Government Affairs Committee
To support the mission of The Arc Mass by advocating for legislation and other governmental policies and practices on a state and federal level to assure a full array of quality services and supports and the protection of human rights of persons who have intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.
The Mission of The Arc of Massachusetts is to enhance the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. We accomplish this through advocacy of supports and services based in the community.
All interested individuals. Each chapter of The Arc should send a representative. Encourage human service agencies, other organizations and individuals to participate. Please contact Charlie Fiske for more information.
The first Monday of the month, 10:00am to 11:30am
January 9, 2017 – GA Meeting
January 18 – Supporting Families/MA 21 (In person 10-12:30)
January 19 – New Legislator Reception
January 20 – New bills filing deadline (all are new)
January 24 – ADDP State House luncheon
January 25 – Governor’s budget H1
January 25 – NE Arc Legislative Training
January 31 – MDDC bill sharing session 11:00 -1:00 (Quincy)
February 6, 2017 – GA Meeting
February 8 – Special Olympics advocacy training
February 8 – State House “drop off day” budget concerns and 3/27 Arc/MDDC reception alert
February 15 – Supporting Families/MA 21 (call in 10:30-11:30)
February 17 – United Arc legislative breakfast, Turners Falls
February 24 – The Arc of the South Shore/Brockton Area Arc – Legislative breakfast, Randolph
March 6, 2017 – GA Meeting
March 10 – Life Links legislative breakfast, Lowell
March 15 – Supporting Families/MA 21 (In person 10-12:30)
March 20-22 – Disability Policy Seminar in D.C.
March 22 – DDS Citizen Advisory Boards State House
March 24 – Berkshire County Arc – Legislative breakfast/ITAM Lodge, Pittsfield
March 27 – The Arc/MDDC Legislative Reception (State House)
April 3, 2017 – GA Meeting
April 10 – Autism Awareness Acceptance Day (State House)
April 12 ? – House Ways & Means budget H4201 (flexible)
April 19 – Supporting Families/MA 21 (call in 10:30-11:30)
April 24 ? – House debate (flexible)
May 1, 2017 – GA Meeting
May 17 – Senate Ways and Means budget (flexible)
May 17 – Supporting Families/MA 21 In person 10-12:30
May 24-26 – Senate debate (flexible date)
June 1, 2017 ? – Conference Committee Deliberations 1-4 weeks (flexible)
June 5 – GA Meeting
June 21 – Supporting Families/MA 21 (call in 10:30-11:30)
June 25 ? – Gov. signs budget, may veto line items (flexible)
June 27 ? – If Governor vetoes, override of vetoes (possible)
July 10, 2017 – GA Meeting (normally 1st Monday but due to holiday)
July 19 – Supporting Families/MA 21 in person 10:00- 12:30
- Develop strategies which attempt to effect the legislative process and regulatory entities;
- Work toward adequate funding and availability of all services, particularly through the state Budget;
- Promote the provision of quality services and advancement of human rights for all;
- Present legislative priorities and platform in writing to The Arc Mass Board Steering Committee for approval in writing.
- Select priority issues each year;
- Select supported issues each year;
- Maintain and expand list of statewide legislative contacts to provide means for promoting the Committee’s agenda with elected officials;
- Advocate for changes in services to increase consumer driven supports;
- Be knowledgeable about and respond in concert with The Arc, when appropriate, to federal governmental issues;
- Expand the GA Committee, encouraging chapters of The Arc to send a representative.
- Develop strategies and material to influence legislators;
- Organize visits to the State House;
- Visit chapters of The Arcs to encourage their participation in legislative advocacy;
- Insure that all important information about legislation, state budgets, plans and policy changes of the administration, DDS and other state agencies is discussed, evaluated and shared with The Arc Mass Board of Directors, chapters of The Arcs, human service providers and interested members of the public
- Plan and participate with the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council in the Annual Legislative Reception;
- Sponsor bills when needed.
- Offer regional advocacy training sessions
- Annually the Government Affairs Committee will host a special meeting with the Board to discuss policy priorities and past accomplishment and invite chapters, human services sponsors, state partners and other interested parties to attend.