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Legislative Matters

By Barbara J. Madrigal, Assistant Commissioner,
Division for Blind Services

Abstract: This article provides a review of the 79thlegislative session, including appropriations for programs and services, rates for medical services, and employee benefits.

Key Words: DBS, Texas Legislature, blindness, funding, appropriations

As I write this, the 79thTexas Legislature is getting ready to reconvene in special session to tackle the school finance issue again. While it’s true the Governor can add topics to the agenda, at this time there’s no reason to believe lawmakers will take up anything directly related to the Division for Blind Services’(DBS)funding or programs.

So, DBS will continue to analyze and implement legislation from the regular session that impacts our division. In this article, I’ll hit some of the highlights pertinent to our budget, services, staff and consumers.

First, however, I would like to express my appreciation for all DBS staff members for their amazing dedication and hard work to get us through another legislative session. The fast pace of the session and constant need to respond rapidly and accurately is demanding and stressful. While we rely heavily on a few staff as legislative “first responders,” everybody else pitches in to keep our day-to-day operations running smoothly. We have a proud tradition of teamwork at DBS, and this is yet another fine example.

Now we move on to legislative matters. I’m including a few items of immediate interest to consumers and employees. If you’re interested in reading about these items in more detail or learning about other legislative actions, I’ve added some useful Internet links at the end of the article.

Appropriations For Programs And Services

Rates For Medical Services

State Employee Salaries & Benefits

For more information on these and other topics, I suggest these websites:

In closing, I would like to thank those of you who support and advocate for DBS. You are strong and devoted allies and we recognize your important role in our quest to provide effective and meaningful programs and services for Texans who are blind!

Thanks for your time and interest. As always, if you have questions or concerns about this article or other DBS issues, feel free to contact me: 512-377-0603 or <barbara.madrigal@dars.state.tx.us>.

Happy Summer!


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