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Avonte’s Law moves forward

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Tracking device bill moves to Senate floor
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 15-5 on April 14 to move a bill to the full Senate floor that would create a permanent federal funding source for tracking devices for people with autism…
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More than a hundred disability rights protesters arrested in Washington D.C.

Sen. Charles Schumer meets with ADAPT protestors
Sen. Charles Schumer meets with ADAPT protestors
Disability rights activists stormed the nation’s capital last week, demanding that the federal government do more to deinstitutionalize people with disabilities. “I was in a nursing home and I have too many brothers…
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Bill seeks to expand Second Amendment due process protections for Social Security disability recipients, veterans

Protecting Gun Rights and Due Process Act introduced
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced new legislation April 14 to block a controversial Obama Administration proposal to impose new firearm restrictions on recipients of Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income,…
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Florida newspapers win Pulitzer Prize for investigation of Florida mental health system

Award for reporting on Florida psychiatric hospitals
Investigative journalism award for reporting on Florida psychiatric hospitals
The Tampa Bay Times and Saratoga Herald-Tribune were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism April 18 for its year-long investigation into Florida’s network of state-run mental health hospitals. “…
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Bill introduced to exempt taxes on discharged debt from disability, student loan forgiveness program

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Bill to make student loan forgiveness program tax free
Two days after the Obama Administration announced comprehensive reforms to the federal student loan forgiveness program for people with severe disabilities, a bipartisan group of senators is pushing for additional changes
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