Legislative Priorities Now

Executive Director, Leo Sarkissian, speaking during a meeting.

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:

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Conference Committee Priorities – Time to Act

FY 2015 Conference Committee Budget Update

budget_1-300x199The 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 … Read More…

Senate Releases Ways and Means Budget

The Massachusetts State HouseSenate 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 … Read More…

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 … Read More…