Rep. Amore and Sen. Conley’s legislation that expands job opportunities for developmentally disabled signed into law
STATE HOUSE – Rep. Gregg Amore and Sen. William J. Conley Jr.’s legislation (2016-H 8035 Sub A / 2016-S 2476aa) that requires the Governor’s Workforce Board to expand job and career opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities was signed into law today by Governor Raimondo at a ceremonial bill signing. The legislation was passed by the General Assembly last month.
“As our state focuses on creating much needed jobs for our citizens, it is crucial that those with intellectual and developmental disabilities are not left behind in the current economic development process,” said Representative Amore (D-Dist. 65, East Providence). “Individuals with disabilities deserve the opportunity to work and succeed in life as much as anyone else and this legislation will ensure that this group of citizens is not shut out of our state’s financial recovery.”
“People with developmental disabilities are no different than any other person in Rhode Island. They want to work and contribute to our society and this legislation will allow these individuals to have fruitful and productive lives they desire,” said Senator Conley.
The legislation also adds representatives from the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals to the advisory committee of the state career pathways systems.
From the left: Cosponsor Rep. Kathleen A. Fogarty, Rep. Gregg Amore, Governor Gina M. Raimondo, and Sen. William J. Conley Jr. at a ceremonial bill signing in the State Room of the State House.
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