Braille Monitor                                                                  August-September 1985


Randolph-Sheppard Rumblings
NCSAB Threatens To Act

National Council of State
Agencies for the Blind
Alexandria, Virginia
July 12, 1985

Dear State Director:

The State of New York is carefully preparing a federal court suit against the U.S. Postal Service. The suit relates to both the so-called "Break Even Policy" and the Postal Service's continued efforts to not comply with the Randolph-Sheppard Act.

I'm sure your agency has had some experience with trying to establish a vending facility at a Post Office or Postal Facility or trying to arrange to receive your fair share of vending machine income. If your experience has been as frustrating as ours or New York's has been you may wish to join as a supporter of the suit.

This does not mean that you will be asked to participate in the suit or in any way to join financially. We are simply trying to demonstrate to the courts that this is a very serious issue and that there is considerable state support for judicial remedy. Administrative remedies have been exhausted. Arbitration has been pursued and the Postal Service has not budged. In fact they have more carefully avoided working with the State Licensing Agency and further blocked sharing of vending machine receipts by policy.

We in Pennsylvania support New York and have contacted them to express our willingness to be part of the lawsuit. I urge you to write a brief letter to Jack Ryan at the New York State Commission for the Blind, 40 North Pearl Street, Albany, New York 12243, to express your support and to add your state to those taking this action. If possible carbon our National Office in Alexandria.

On another unrelated matter the deadline on the Secretarial Determination Process for the Bureau of Prisons request has been extended to July 19. If you have not commented you may still have time. If you have commented and want to review the comments which have come in to date you are encouraged to do so. Eleven comments have been received so far, seven from states. All eleven have opposed the Prison Request.

If you would like more information please call Chet Avery in RSA at (202) 245-0918. We will continue to update you as more information becomes available.


Joseph A. Snyder, Chairman
Randolph-Sheppard Committee
(717) 787-6176