posted on August 01, 2014 09:29
A flurry of activity throughout the day resulted in resolution of many items in the Massachusetts State Legislature as the final day of formal session began on July 31. We are pleased to report three top priority bills of The Arc and one supported bill made it through the session. We owe a strong debt of gratitude to the General Court, and Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray.
Autism Omnibus –opens the door to many who need supports and services
Real Lives- places in statute self-determination for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and families
National Background Check-ensures a national safeguard for those hired to work directly with people served by DDS (Department of Developmental Services)
The passage of these three bills together makes this legislative period a significant landmark session for The Arc!