2017 New & Pending Legislation

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

StateSessionBill TitleBill IDIntroducedSession EndStatusOutcome
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
Kentucky2017Dyslexia Screening & InterventionHB 3072/10/173/30/17Bill HistoryDied in Committee (Rules)
Massachusetts2017-2018An Act relative to students with dyslexia.SD 1498, SB 2941/23/171/2/19Bill History
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 6681/30/175/21/18Bill History
Minnessota2017-2018
Dyslexia and literacy specialist employmentSB 4531/27/175/21/18Bill History
Mississippi2017
Dyslexia CoordinatorHB 4211/5/174/2/17Bill HistoryDied in Committee
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
Mississippi2017 Dyslexia Therapy Scholarship HB 1034, HB 1036, HB 10461/16/174/2/17Bill HistoryPassed
Mississippi 2017Dyslexia ScreeningsHB 4431/5/174/2/17Bill HistoryDied in Committee
Nebraska2017-2018Add dyslexia for purposes of special educationLB 6451/18/174/2/18Bill HistoryPassed ( Section 79-1118.01 (6) Reissue Revised Statutes of Nebraska)
Nebraska2017-2018Interim Dyslexia StudyLR 2225/10/174/2/18Bill History
New Jersey2016-2017Pilot Program Assistive TechnologyAB 32442/22/161/9/18Bill History
New Jersey2016-2017State Dyslexia websiteSB 1333, AB 30192/11/161/9/18Bill History
New York2017-2018Pilot program, Dyslexia screening and InterventionAB 70864/4/1712/31/17Bill History
North Carolina2017-2018Kindergarten Screening for DyslexiaSB 4183/29/179/9/17Bill History
North Carolina2017-2018Students with Dyslexia and DyscalculiaHB 1492/21/179/9/17Bill
History
Passed & Signed by Governor
Oregon2017Screening Tests for DyslexiaSB 10033/2/177/10/17Bill HistoryPassed; ORS 326.726 a
Rhode Island2017Dyslexia Certificate FundingHJR 60754/5/177/14/17Bill HistoryIn finance committee; will carry over to 2018 session
South Carolina2017-2018Universal ScreeningHB 34141/11/176/10/18Bill History
Texas2017Dyslexia Therapist Licensing RequirementHB 11311/18/175/29/17Bill HistoryDied in Committee
Texas2017Dyslexia TestingHB 18862/14/20175/29/17Bill HistoryPassed
Virginia2017Required District Reading Specialist with Dyslexia TrainingHB 2395; SB 15161/18/172/25/17Bill HistoryPassed
Virginia2017Dyslexia Advisor in Public SchoolsSB 7591/22/162/25/17Bill HistoryDied in Committee
West Virginia2017Education & Assessment, Dyslexia and DyscalculiaHB 30233/14/174/8/17Bill HistoryDied in Committee

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Massachusetts – 2015-2016 – H 463 – Screening for Dyslexia

MassDefines and provides screening for dyslexia. Defines dyslexia broadly as a neurological condition with symptoms including “difficulty in acquiring language skills; inability to comprehend oral or written language; difficulty in rhyming words; difficulty in naming letters, recognizing letters, matching letters to sounds, and blending sounds when speaking and reading words; difficulty recognizing and remembering sight words; consistent transposition of number sequences, letter reversals, inversions, and substitutes and trouble in replication of content.”

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Massachusetts – 2015-2016 – S 312 – Education Needs of Children with Dyslexia

MassAn Act to address the special education needs of children with dyslexia.  Creates and sets standard for an  educational specialization in dyslexia for teachers. Requires that a child who has been determined by evaluation to have dyslexia,the Individualized Education Program (IEP) team hall consider and specifically address access to evidence-based, sequenced, explicit multisensory reading instruction; access to assistive technology; and access to teachers and teaching assistants who have obtained the dyslexia teaching endorsement.