State and Local Government News
Maryland: “Disability Rights Groups Seek Equal Access to Ballot through Voting Machine Bill, Lawsuit”
This article highlights efforts in Maryland to implement a universal ballot marking system that would enable voters with disabilities to vote “privately and independently,” as their ballots would be indistinguishable from those of voters without disabilities.
A bill in the Maryland state legislature would require public schools to allow the use of therapy dogs across the state.
Pennsylvania: “Department of Human Services Provides Updates on Work Supports System for Medicaid Recipients”
The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) recently outlined the new Medicaid Work Supports system, a program designed to connect people whose health care is covered through Medicaid to local employment and training resources. As Pennsylvania continues to experience economic challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic, DHS hopes this program can be a bridge to employment for people affected by job or income loss.