Governor Kathy Hochul vetoed numerous bills recently, one of which would create a group to give state agencies feedback about what happens in group homes in New York.
Many of the bills she vetoed were about studies, task forces, and commissions. She claimed that these bills should be part of the next budget negotiation.
Lawmakers are angry about this bill being vetoed. It would create a group of facility residents and their caregivers to report back to the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities. It would also report to the Office for Addiction Services and Supports. Leaders have expressed that this is not a study or task force but a way to make agencies deal with families directly.
Advocates say this bill is something that should be done regardless and should not require a law to happen. Others point out that the members of the group would not be paid, so there was not a good reason to veto it.
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