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Legal Advocacy Roundup

  • Brown v. D.C.: The Arc and The Arc DC recently joined an amicus brief before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in support of a class of plaintiffs with physical disabilities seeking transition services from institutional to community living. 
  • Texas v. United States: The Arc submitted a declaration (the linked document is large and may load slowly) in support of a Motion to Intervene in this case (challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act) filed by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and joined by 16 other attorneys general. These states seek to enter the lawsuit filed by Texas and others in order to defend the ACA. In its declaration, The Arc noted that it views the ACA “as critical for people with IDD and their families in providing benefits, supports, and civil rights protections that help make community living possible.”
  • Moore v. Texas: The Arc recently issued a statement on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals’ decision finding that Bobby Moore did not have intellectual disability and could therefore be executed. The 5-3 decision ignored the wishes of prosecutors, and the dissent—citing The Arc’s amicus brief—rebuked the majority for going against the Supreme Court.