Senate advances bill to scrutinize program changes

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill calling for more scrutiny when state programs for people with developmental disabilities are changed.

Sen. Anthony Pollina of Washington County says the state spends about $170 million a year on services for people with developmental disabilities. But he says the programs have been trimmed in recent years, including those to allow people to stay with their families.

The bill up for final approval on Tuesday would have such changes put before the Legislature's Committee on Administrative Rules for review.

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