State Senator Troy Balderson (R-Zanesville) praised the Senate's budget proposal that provides additional support for Ohioans with developmental disabilities. The Senate's version of the two-year state operating budget passed the Senate yesterday with a vote of 23-10.

“I was pleased to see that the Senate restored certain DODD funding levels to increase access to services,” Balderson said. “From the visits I have made to various Developmental Disabilities facilities in the district, I have seen firsthand what a vital role these services and staff play in the community.”

The Senate's budget proposal takes steps to address concerns raised by the developmental disabilities community about the inadequate funding levels included in the Governor's budget proposal. The Senate restored funding for developmental disabilities by adding $12 million in Fiscal Year 2016 and $21 million in Fiscal Year 2017.

Additional concerns about the closure of developmental disability centers were addressed in the budget, which includes a provision to form a Developmental Closure Commission and extends the time from 30 to 90 days for the Commission to issue its report on potential closures.

House and Senate leaders will continue to work toward an agreement to address the differences between the two versions of the budget during Conference Committee proceedings. The House and Senate must reach an agreement by July 1.

To watch the live stream of the Conference Committee, provided by the Ohio Channel, visit

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