As the Session completed their third week, the conversation around affordable housing began it's movement in the Session. SB 608, which looks at no-cause evictions and rent control, had its first hearing and was voted out to the Senate Floor. It will be heard on the Senate Floor this week and carried by Senator Shemia Fagan who is an outspoken advocate for affordable housing solutions. Hundreds testified as to the issues around the state with affordable housing and what is has meant to their family. The Housing Alliance is a great resource for the many bills around affordable housing this session. You can read about their work HERE.
THIS WEEK - Public Testimony on the APD Budget
This week, the Department of Human Services will continues their presentations on programs and services in the Joint Subcommittee of Human Services in Ways & Means. This is an opportunity for the Department to provide an overview of programs, services and talk about priorities, issues and challenges.
The Commission on the Blind will have their presentation on Monday and Vocational Rehab programs will be heard on Tuesday. Also on Tuesday, HB 2010, the proposed funding package to fill part of the gap for the Medicaid expansion population under the Oregon Health Plan will be heard.
On Wednesday, the Joint Committee will be taking Public Testimonyon the APD (Aging & People with Disabilities), DD (Developmental Disabilities), and Vocational Rehab budgets. This
In person testimony will be limited to 2 minutes per person. To attend in person, join us:
Human Services Subcommittee on Ways and Means
Location: Capitol, Hearing Room F
Date: Wednesday, February 13th
To submit written testimony, please use this email: firstname.lastname@example.org
O4AD will continue to advocate for the following:
1. We support the proposal in the Governor’s Recommended Budget to fund services for older adults and people with disabilities within DHS at Current Service Level
2. We ask that the Legislature consider policy option packages put forward by DHS that were not included that address critical issues, in particular case management staffing, Community abuse prevention via the Gatekeeper program and caregiver support.
3. As the Legislature continues their work in the Ways and Means process, looking to smart investments in our long term system of services and supports for older adults and people with disabilities will allow Oregon to benefit in positive consumer outcomes, efficient use of agency resources and efficiency and effectiveness in state budgets.
We will also consider other proposals as they become available and we are asked for support!
You can follow this committee and hearing at the committee webpage. The materials for presentations are posted on the Committee website and are updated.
Hearings and Committees
Oregon's Legislature continues Committee meetings this week.
You can learn more about Legislative Committees HERE.
You can find current membership of Legislative Committees HERE.
And you can follow current agendas for Committees HERE.
O4AD will also update on bills in Committees that are of interest ~
Monday, February 11
Joint Subcommittee on Human Services Ways & Means- Commission on the Blind
Public Health Modernization Overview. Senate Health Care. 1 pm
Tuesday, February 12
Joint Subcommittee on Human Services Ways & Means -
Vocational Rehab Overview
SB 492- Proclaims state policy to provide aids, benefits and services to persons with disabilities who are parents or guardians. 3 pm. Senate Human Services.
Wednesday February 13
Joint Subcommittee on Human Services Ways & Means
Public Testimony. 8:30 am (please see above)
*Please note, bills can be added or removed to hearing schedules at any time. Please consult the latest agenda/schedule for the bill (available via the bill's link above) to learn the latest information.
You can access O4AD's bill tracking report, latest bill calendar and the Committee Schedule via our website HERE.
We look forward to hearing your voice as we work towards securing supports and services for older adults and people with disabilities. There are many ways to engage and O4AD is working to help you stay updated on the process and how you can help impact the work here in Salem at the Capitol:
- Legislative Conference Calls - O4AD is hosting Legislative Conference calls every FRIDAY, at 10:30 am during session (there may be some dates that will be canceled and we will send out notice ahead of time.) Join us for a quick update on the week in the Capitol, upcoming events or opportunities for advocacy and issues for engagement.
Fridays, 10:30 am
Call in: 1-888-788-0099
Meeting ID: 617 015 825
You may also join via computer via Join Zoom Meeting
We hope you can join us this Friday!
- Legislative Emails - O4AD will be publishing weekly email updates during the 2019 Session. If you are not on our list, go to http://www.o4ad.org and enter your information on the front page. It's that easy!
For more information, contact O4AD at: email@example.com or 503.463.8692
O4AD advocates for the independence, dignity, choice and safety of Oregon’s seniors and people with disabilities. http://www.o4ad.org