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The House and Senate Conference Committee reports on HB1291, SB678, HJR49 and SJR66 were approved on Saturday afternoon, March 10. The Conference Committee did not recommend consolidation of the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH) or the Virginia Department for the Blind and Visually Impaired (VDBVI) into the new agency.VDDHH and VDBVI are not consolidated into the new DRS/Aging agency. VDDHH and VDBVI will continue to be separate agencies.

The legislation still needs to be signed/agreed to by the Governor. Delegate Gilbert indicated that the Governor wants to obtain as much reform as possible. Delegate Gilbert went on to say that he was not sure if the Governor would want to jeopardize the bill with further changes during the veto session. The veto session is scheduled for April 18. The Governor could sign the bill before then if he is not going to make further recommendations.
(Thanks to Maureen Hollowell)

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