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For a quick overview, try this search for “dyslexia” at the Open States web site.  It will return a list of all bills containing the word dyslexia, in reverse date order based on the most recent action on each bill.

2017 New & Pending Legislation

The table below lists bills that introduced or acted upon in various state legislatures during 2017:

StateSessionBill TitleBill IDIntroducedSession EndStatusOutcome
Alaska2017-2018Dyslexia Task ForceSB 27; HB 641/25/175/17/17HB64 SB 27Carries over to 2018
Arizona2017Defines DyslexiaSB 11311/18/174/28/17Bill HistoryPassed
Arizona2017Dyslexia Handbook; DefinitionHB 22021/17/174/28/17Bill HistoryPassed
Arkansas2017Dyslexia Screening and InterventionSB 7081/19/175/5/17Bill HistoryPassed - Act 1039
Connecticut2017Required Training for Special Education TeachersHB 72543/9/176/7/17Bill HistoryPassed; Public Act No. 17-3
D.C.2017-2018Dyslexia and Other Reading Disabilities Screening and Prevention Pilot ProgramDC B 79 1/24/1712/31/18Bill History
Illinois2017-2018Funds for Dyslexia ScreeningHB 5071/23/178/31/17Legiscan summaryHouse Rules Committee; carries over to 2018
Kentucky2017Dyslexia Screening & InterventionHB 3072/10/173/30/17Bill HistoryDied in Committee (Rules)
Maryland2017Dyslexia Education Pilot Program Advisory BoardHB 12642/10/174/19/17Legiscan suimmaryDied in Committee (Ways and Means)
Massachusetts2017-2018An Act relative to students with dyslexia.SD 1498, SB 2941/23/171/2/19Bill History
Massachusetts2017-2018Relative to DyslexiaSB 3131/23/171/2/19Legiscan Summary
Massachusetts2017-2018Definition of DyslexiaHB 3301/23/171/2/19Bill History
Massachusetts 2017-2018Dyslexia Definition & Educational GuidelinesHB 28723/20/171/2/19Bill History
Minnesota2017-2018Dyslexia and literacy specialist requiredHB 6681/30/175/22/17Bill History
Replaced by HF 2 (Omnibus Education Bill)
Minnesota2017-2018Omnibus Education Finance BillHF 2 (90th Legislature 1st Special Session)5/23/175/25/17Bill HistoryPassed: Dyslexia Specalist Provisions in 120B.122
Minnessota2017-2018
Dyslexia and literacy specialist employmentSB 4531/27/175/22/17Bill HistoryReplaced by HF 2 (Omnibus Education Bill)
Mississippi2017
Dyslexia CoordinatorHB 4211/5/174/2/17Bill HistoryDied in Committee
Mississippi2017 Dyslexia Therapy Scholarship HB 1034, HB 1036, HB 10461/16/174/2/17Bill HistoryPassed
Mississippi2017Hinds County Dyslexia Therapy Pilot ProgramHB 10471/3/174/2/17Bill HistoryDied in Committee
Mississippi2017Dyslexia Forgivable Loan ProgramHB 9121/6/173/29/17Bill HistoryDied on Calendar
Mississippi 2017Dyslexia ScreeningsHB 4431/5/174/2/17Bill HistoryDied in Committee
Nebraska2017-2018Interim Dyslexia StudyLR 2225/10/174/2/18Bill History
Nebraska2017-2018Add dyslexia for purposes of special educationLB 6451/18/174/2/18Bill HistoryPassed ( Section 79-1118.01 (6) Reissue Revised Statutes of Nebraska)
New Jersey2016-2017Pilot Program Assistive TechnologyAB 32442/22/161/9/18Bill HistoryWitdrawn
New Jersey2016-2017DOE Pilot Program for assistive technologyAB 50236/19/17Legiscan SummaryEducation Committee
New Jersey2016-2017State Dyslexia websiteSB 1333, AB 30192/11/161/9/18Bill History
New York2017-2018Dyslexia Guidance MemorandumA 8262; S 658106/02/1712/31/17Bill StatusPassed and signed by Governor
New York2017-2018Pilot program, Dyslexia screening and InterventionAB 7086; SB 27674/4/1712/31/17AB 7086 - SB 2767
New York2017-2018Required Certification of Dyslexia TeachersAB 1480; SB 25341/12/1712/31/17AB 1480 Status; SB 2534 status
North Carolina2017-2018Students with Dyslexia and DyscalculiaHB 1492/21/179/9/17Bill
History
Passed & Signed by Governor
North Carolina2017-2018Kindergarten Screening for DyslexiaSB 4183/29/179/9/17Bill HistoryCarries over to 2018
Oklahoma2017Dyslexia HandbookHB 20082/6/175/26/17Legiscan summaryPassed; Approved by Governor 5/15/2017
Oregon2017Screening Tests for DyslexiaSB 10033/2/177/10/17Bill HistoryPassed; ORS 326.726 a
Pennsylvania2017-2018Definition including dyslexiaHB 12714/4/1711/30/17Legiscan summaryHouse Education Committee
Pennsylvania2017-2018Dyslexia Intervention Pilot ProgramSB 7766/16/1711/30/17Legiscan summaryEducation Committee
Rhode Island2017Dyslexia Certificate FundingHJR 60754/5/177/14/17Bill HistoryIn finance committee; will carry over to 2018 session
South Carolina2017-2018Universal ScreeningHB 34141/11/176/9/17Bill HistoryCarries over to 2018
South Carolina2017-2018Teacher Certification and Read to Succeed ActHB 34153/22/76/9/17Legiscan SummaryCarries over to 2018
Texas2017Dyslexia Therapist Licensing RequirementHB 11311/18/175/29/17Bill HistoryDied in Committee
Texas2017Dyslexia TestingHB 18862/14/20175/29/17Bill HistoryPassed
Virginia2017Dyslexia Advisor in Public SchoolsSB 7591/22/162/25/17Bill HistoryDied in Committee
Virginia2017Required District Reading Specialist with Dyslexia TrainingHB 2395; SB 15161/18/172/25/17Bill HistoryPassed
West Virginia2017Education & Assessment, Dyslexia and DyscalculiaHB 30233/14/174/8/17Bill HistoryDied in Committee

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Oklahoma – 2017 – HB 2008 – Dyslexia Handbook

Oklahoma An Act relating to education; creating the Dyslexia and Education Task Force:

There is hereby created, to continue until December 31, 2018, the “Dyslexia and Education Task Force”. The purpose of the
task force shall be to create a dyslexia handbook that will provide guidance for schools, students and parents in identification,  intervention and support of students with dyslexia through accommodations and assistive technology.

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Minnesota – 2017 – Education Dyslexia Specialist

Minnesota Minnesota has enacted a new law requiring the Department of Education to employ a dyslexia specialist to provide information and support for schools.  The law provides:

The department must employ a dyslexia specialist to provide technical assistance for dyslexia and related disorders and to serve as the primary source of information and support for schools in addressing the needs of students with dyslexia and related disorders.

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California Dyslexia Handbook Published

CaliforniaThe California Department of Education has now published its guidelines to assist regular education teachers, special education teachers, and parents to identify and assess pupils with dyslexia, and to plan, provide, evaluate, and improve educational services to pupils with dyslexia.

The 132 page handbook can be downloaded in PDF format here:   www.cde.ca.gov/sp/se/ac/documents/cadyslexiaguidelines.pdf

North Carolina – 2017 – HB 149 – Students with Dyslexia and Dyscalculia

North Carolina mapAn act to require the state board of education and local boards of education to develop tools to ensure identification of students with dyslexia and dyscalculia. Requires the State Board of Education to ensure that ongoing professional development opportunities are made available to teachers and other school personnel on the identification of and intervention strategies for students with dyslexia, dyscalculia, or other specific learning disabilities.

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Article: A Critical Analysis of Dyslexia Legislation in Three States

green apple on red booksAbstract: After a multitude of studies across more than a century, researchers have failed to consistently identify characteristics or patterns that distinguish dyslexia from other decoding challenges. Many researchers and educators argue the construct is too vague and contradictory to be useful for educators. Nevertheless, attention to dyslexia in policy and practice has increased at a rapid rate; 37 states now have dyslexia laws, and national legislation was passed in 2016.

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