The Oregon Legislature is in process to prepare to begin work on February 1. The Legislature will hold "Organizing Days" on January 9 - 11. These days are intended to take care of formalities and requirements in anticipation of the session. This includes swearing in of Legislators who were elected during November, introduction of pre-session filed bills, mandatory trainings for Legislators and staff and other items that need addressed during these days. It is anticipated that pre-session filed bills will be released. Legislative Committees are not scheduled to meet during these dates at this time.
There are many resources available to help advocates follow the session and available on the O4AD website (click on listing to lead to the document):
- 2017 House Committee Membership
- 2017 Senate Committee Membership
- 2017 Legislative Committee Meeting Schedule
- 2017 Legislative Calendar of Deadlines
Advocacy Opportunities in 2017
O4AD continues to work to keep you updated on the Legislative Session and opportunities for advocacy. With the projected revenue shortages, the protection of programs for older adults and people with disabilities is of critical importance for O4AD, our members and advocates. We hope that you will engage on these issues.
O4AD is offering many different opportunities for engagement. You may also find dates and times on our website at: http://www.o4ad.org/calendar.html.
Advocacy opportunities for the 2017 Session ~
O4AD Advocacy Day at the Capitol: Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Information on registration to follow. Please plan to join O4AD and our advocates at the Capitol to carry the message of the importance of protecting the independence, dignity, choice and safety of Oregon's older adults and people with disabilities.
The Campaign for Oregon's Seniors & People with Disabilities Advocacy Day: February 28, 2017. Information will be forthcoming from the Campaign to register for this day.
O4AD Advocacy Check ins: Launched in 2016, O4AD has reserved Room 350 in the Capitol as an opportunity for advocates to come to the Capitol, have a place to take a break, grab a cup of coffee or tea, hear updates from O4AD and visit with your legislators. It is O4AD's goal to make the Capitol as accessible as possible for advocates. If you are planning a day to meet with Legislators or bring advocates, please consider utilizing a check in day in order to have a meeting room at your disposal. Check in days are scheduled on the following dates:
- Thursday, March 16. Room 350. Oregon Capitol
- Thursday, April 13. Room 350. Oregon Capitol
- Thursday, June 8. Room 350. Oregon Capitol
- Thursday, June 15. Room 350. Oregon Capitol
O4AD Legislative Conference Calls: O4AD will be hosting weekly Legislative Conference calls. We may revise the schedule as the session continues but as things move quickly during the opening of the session, we will be scheduling calls on Fridays. Please call in on our conference line for an update of the weeks activities and occurrences in the Capitol.
Fridays, Beginning February 3. 11 am
O4AD Conference line: 1-866-200-5786. User code: 835329
O4AD Advocacy Training
Thank you to everyone who has registered for O4AD's Advocacy Trainings. We are currently full in both trainings. If you would like further information on training, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay up to date!
With the Legislative Session around the corner, stay up to date on what's happening and how you can be involved. O4AD values the participation of our advocates and their voice in the conversation about supports and services for Oregon's seniors and people with disabilities.
Please do not hesitate to contact O4AD with any questions or for information we can provide! 503.463.8692. email@example.com
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