Saturday, July 19, 2008

Catching up on "An Act Relative to Mental Health"

So, the record of the General Court online has been updated to show the bill has passed.  It changed numbers again (the version that passed was called SB 2804) and you can read the final text here.  It has now been referred to the House Ways and Means Committee.  
It is interesting and really tedious to compare HB 4276 with SB 2518 and the SB 2804, the version that won the unanimous vote of approval;  I am certain that it will change further before final passage.  I recommend it only to the true policy mavens among my readers.  Like with the Rosie D. settlement, the devil is in the details.  What a monumentous task this thing has taken on, to try to create a system for parents that can produce some results for their children.  
 The bill is not yet on the Ways and Means Committee docket on the website.  I suspect it will appear sometime next week.  One hopes that they will be able to tend to this before adjournment.

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