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Council, other associations oppose Senate amendment

The Providers' Council and other human services associations sent a letter to the full Senate on Wednesday, June 8, opposing an amendment filed with the Senate zoning bill.

Amendment #9 to Senate Bill 2311, An Act promoting housing and sustainable development, would create a special commission to explore making changes to the Dover Amendment, which was first enacted in 1950 to stop municipalities from discriminating against certain classes of organizations by exempting them from residentially zoned neighborhoods. The Dover Amendment ensures all residents the right to live anywhere in the Commonwealth.

The letter was signed by Providers' Council President and CEO Michael Weekes and the leaders of the Association for Behavioral Healthcare, the Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers, the Children's League of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Association of 766 Approved Private Schools (maaps) and the MetroWest Human Services Advocacy Coalition.

You can download the letter in its entirety here. If you have further questions, please contact Bill Yelenak.