MDSC Executive Director Maureen Gallagher and
The MDSC works to address policy issues affecting people with Down syndrome.
We believe the most effective Legislative Advocacy is accomplished by individual voters bringing up the issues that matter to them with their state or federal representatives.
To that end, the MDSC has formed a Government Affairs Committee with broad statewide representation with a stated goal of mobilizing the MDSC membership to advocate for policies and bills that will benefit people with Down syndrome.
Working in conjunction with the MDSC Executive Director and management team, the committee helps advance bills on our state and federal platforms in the following ways:
MDSC Statewide Platform
In every legislative session, the Government Affairs Committee chooses among dozens of disability-related bills. A select number of bills are chozen as top priority and support bills. They become the MDSC's statewide platform for the coming year (Pending board approval).
Top Priority bills that have passed in the last year include:
As of this moment, we do not have the platform for upcoming bills ready. We will update accordingly when we have obtained the information.
MDSC National Platform
The MDSC adopts our federal legislative platform from our national partner, the National Down Syndrome Society. Go to our national platform page to see our/NDSS’s 2015/16 federal policy priorities.
Join/Contact the Government Affairs Committee
The committee appreciates your feedback, and we are often looking for new members. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Your Legislator
To find your legislator, visit the Massachusetts Legislature’s recently revamped website.