Three High Priority bills of The Arc Headed for Governor’s Signature

Inside the State House

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. …

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Conference Committee Budget Released for 2015

Image of calculator, graph, and pencil to represent the budget.

The 36.5B fiscal year 2015 budget was finalized on June 29th and passed 144-7 in the House and unanimously in the Senate on June 30th.The budget made significant investments in services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who receive services from the Department of Developmental Services (DDS). Most notably was the investment to fund increases in the rate paid for long term residential services through CH257 – the first …

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Legislative Priorities Now

Executive Director, Leo Sarkissian, speaking during a meeting.

A number of pieces of Arc priority legislation are still being considered. Since this is an election year, both the state budget and all legislation that requires a roll-call vote (which is all policy) needs to be finished by July 31st to proceed forward this year. At this point this is where we stand: Real Lives Bill (H4151): The Real Lives bill expands the ability of people to decide where and …

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Conference Committee Priorities – Time to Act

FY 2015 Conference Committee Budget Update The recently completed House and Senate budgets made significant investments in services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who receive services from the Department of Developmental Services (DDS). Most notably was the investment to fund increases in the rate paid for long term residential services through CH257 – the first such rate increase in close to thirty years. Transportation also received an increase …

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Senate Releases Ways and Means Budget

Senate Chair Stephen Brewer and the Ways/Means Committee released a very positive 2015 budget for services on May 14.  The Budget supports “Blueprint for Success” which will increase community access for individuals with disabilities and bring our state’s services closer to the Olmstead decision and ADA.  The Senate also increased residential rates significantly reflecting Chapter 257.  Please see the budget chart for the Senate here. You can go to take action …

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House Passes Omnibus Bill 151-0 – Unanimous & Bi-Partisan

April 17: Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed a comprehensive Autism bill – House 4047. The bill was a combination of many of the pieces of legislation filed in January of 2013 as a result of the work by the Governor’s Autism Commission. The legislation will reestablish the Autism Commission as a permanent and autonomous entity, necessary since the previous commission sun-setted upon release of the report. It provides for …

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