I heard the good news about 1 a.m. and received this email from Kevin Noonan. I'm unbelievably relieved. This was a very close call--
We were quite surprised to learn the senate was considering each override as soon as they were voted upon favorably by the house.
So I am happy to report the senate also approved the override last night; in fact they voted unanimously.
We cannot thank you enough for your unwavering support for the people we serve. Please ask folks to take time to visit the open pantry web site: http://www.openpantry.org. They they can follow the links for contact information of legislators and a list of the representatives and senators who helped us to make this happen.
Please ask folks to send them an e-mail to let them know you appreciate their efforts on behalf of people who need their help.
This most recent experience has been a long and exhaustive struggle.
I know there are difficult days ahead but today as i enjoy the honor of completing my 19th year as executive director of open pantry community services, people might notice a slight spring in my step.
In solidarity and peace,
Kevin J. Noonan