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 Summer 2002 Volume 5, Issue 2 

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ALBANY - June 20, 2002

ADAPT protesters paid a visit to Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno’s Capitol Office to demand passage of the “most-integrated setting” bill. The Majority Leader emerged from his office, talked with the protesters, and ensured them and the media that he would put the bill on the Senate floor for a vote at 2:00 PM. Majority Leader Bruno kept his word. He personally introduced the bill and ushered its unanimous passage through the Senate. Senator Maziarz was the Senate sponsor of the bill.

The Assembly passed the bill unanimously on June 12, 2002. Assembly member Kevin Cahill, Chair of the Assembly Task Force on People with Disabilities, authored the bill. It will establish a policy-making state council to develop and implement a comprehensive “most-integrated setting” plan consistent with the Olmstead U.S. Supreme Court decision. The disability community is now waiting for Governor Pataki to sign the bill into law. The Governor or the Assembly can call the bill up at any time before the end of the calendar year. Governor Pataki will then have 10 days to act. Advocates anticipate that the bill will be called up some time before Election Day 2002.

The State of Olmstead (Page 2) and Voice and a Vote Campaign-(Page 4)


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