Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Task Force to Decide Vineland Developmental Center's Fate

See this article by that title from the Asbury Park Press.  It begins:
The year has brought a lot of uncertainty about the Vineland Developmental Center, but with just a few weeks left in 2011, Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill that puts the center’s fate in the hands of a state-appointed task force. 
The governor’s budget called for shuttering the Landis Avenue facility by June 30, 2013, but state Sen. Jeff Van Drew had proposed a bill that became a lifeline for the Vineland Developmental Center. It called to establish a task force to conduct a comprehensive review of all seven of the state’s developmental centers and determine which center or centers to close. 
In August, Christie issued a conditional veto of the bill, changing some of the language to better align with the state’s intent. The governor signed off on the bill last week.

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