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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: January 3, 2013 02:32 PM
From: Senator Christine M. Tartaglione
To: All Senate members
Subject: Co-Sponsorship: Office for People with Disabilities
In the near future, I plan to re-introduce legislation, formerly S.B. 234 of 2011-2012, which would create the Office for People with Disabilities within and to be administered by the Office of the Governor. While this office has been established by Executive Order, my legislation would make the office permanent by statute.

The Office for People with Disabilities provides essential services for people with disabilities and their families. Through the expertise of its members, the office supports and empowers Pennsylvania’s disabled population by undertaking basic, but necessary, functions, such as identifying gaps and funding deficits in disability services and programs, advocating for increased availability of and access to those services and planning for program improvements statewide.

In consideration of the great strides the disability community has made in the Commonwealth, it is important this progress continue in the future. Making the Office for People with Disabilities a permanent fixture in Pennsylvania will help to ensure this occurs.

S.B. 236 was co-sponsored previously by Senators Washington, Fontana, Erickson, Rafferty, Kitchen, Brewster and Costa.

Introduced as SB280