♥ Find Your Representatives ● Track a Bill ● How a Bill Becomes Law ♥
The CDSC supports legislation that benefits people who have Down syndrome at the state and national levels. We are affiliated with the National Down Syndrome Society’s Governmental Affairs Committee, and the Connecticut Family Empowerment Task Force. We encourage you to contact your local, state and federal representatives and educate them about issues important to your family.
CALL TO ACTION!
A Family Hearing Day has been scheduled in in Hartford on January 22nd. We are being given an opportunity to tell our representatives what our families need from the support system in Connecticut. Below is a slideshow giving some history and an example of what is at issue. Don’t miss this opportunity for your voice to be heard!
The website www.cga.ct.gov is a tremendous source of information about the Connecticut General Assembly. You can find just about everything you need to advocate for legislation at the state level there. Find your representatives here. Here is a link you can use to track a bill as it moves through the General Assembly.
This page on the Connecticut General Assembly page also lists federal representatives. Use this link at the U.S. Library of Congress to track a bill through the House and Senate. View a diagram of how a bill becomes law at the national level at Lexis/Nexis.
Federal Legislation to Watch –
The ABLE Act (Achieving a Better Life Act), in process for the last several years, has been re-introduced into the House and Senate in the current (2011-2012) year. It would allow individuals who have disabilities and their families to save money without jeopardizing Social Security or Medicaid benefits. Lauren Potter, an actress on the TV program, “Glee,” spoke a year ago about why the legislation is important. http://vimeo.com/31987839 You can find additional information on the National Down Syndrome Society website. Scroll down the page almost to the bottom. Legislators “co-sponsor” legislation to signal their support of it. All Connecticut legislators in the House and Senate have signed on, except Senator Chris Murphy. Use the link to the U.S. Library of Congress above or the link at Govtrack to follow the bill’s progress.