Deadline Week for Policy BillsOregon's Legislature continues to move ahead even with no clear direction on a revenue package, consensus on a transportation package or a vote yet on the Provider Tax bills. However, this week, a short week due to the Memorial Day holiday, is the deadline week for Policy Bills. All bills that are not already in Ways & Means, Rules or Revenue must have had a Work Session by Friday, June 2 in order to continue to move through the process. This means the bill would have already had a work session in the originating chamber, been to a vote on that Chamber's floor, then been referred to the 2nd Chamber's appropriate policy committee and must now have a Work Session by June 2 and then head to that Chamber's floor for vote.
O4AD will update our bill tracking once this deadline passes in order to keep up updated on the latest in policy moving ahead.
Now that the Legislature moves forward out of policy work, with some exceptions, the conversation moves very quickly to budget. The Co Chairs of Ways & Means and their Subcommittee Co Chairs are working through different budget scenarios. Due to the uncertainty of potential revenue sources, and other obligations or priorities, the budget writers are presented with unique challenges in crafting budgets that address a number of scenarios - increases in revenue, decreases in revenue, flat revenue, increases in potential revenues forecasts, decreases in potential revenue forecasts, and other contingencies. This leaves advocates for aging and disability programs with significant work over the next month! Please stay updated with O4AD for ways YOU can engage to protect OPI funding.
Hearings This WeekDue to the upcoming deadline, please visit O4AD's website for the most recent bill tracking report. You may access this HERE.
You may also access our most recent bill calendar HERE.
We will issue a full update after the deadlines on Friday.
If you are attending hearings, please note you may contact the Capitol if accommodations are needed in the room. For information on visiting the Capitol and Special Needs, please click HERE.
You may view a complete listing of hearings occurring via the Legislative website - HERE.
Advocacy Steps Up as Budget Negotiations Step Up
As O4AD continues to work on protecting funding for Oregon Project Independence for both older adults and people with disabilities, Legislators tell us they are hearing from YOU! They are hearing about the importance of this program from advocates, constituents, OPI consumers and others. THANK YOU for your hard work on this important and critical issue to older adults and people with disabilities. YOUR VOICE matters in this important conversation on how Oregon will fund services and supports during the 2017-19 biennium. It is essential that we do not balance budgets on the backs of our most vulnerable populations.
O4AD has released Talking Points on the importance of protecting funding for OPI. You can access these talking points HERE. Please take a moment to share these points with your Legislator - regardless of the Committees where they serve, their support for OPI with their colleagues is critical.
You can also contact Ways & Means legislators to let them know the importance of this program. You can access their contact information HERE.
Or you can email them directly following these links:
Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward - Co Chair, Human Services Ways & Means Subcommittee
Representative Dan Rayfield - Co Chair, Human Services Ways & Means Subcommittee
Senator Sara Gelser
Senator Jackie Winters
Representative Teresa Alonso Leon
Representative Knute Buehler
Representative Cedric Hayden
Representative Sheri Malstrom
Senator Richard Devlin - Co Chair, Ways & Means
Representative Nancy Nathanson - Co-Chair, Ways & Means
Our message is simple - Protect Funding for OPI at Current Funding Levels.
Read about O4AD's budget priorities HERE.
THANK YOU! Your voice is critical as we fight to protect this important program.
For more information or with questions, please contact O4AD. firstname.lastname@example.org.
O4AD Legislative Conference Call - No call on June 2. Call on June 9 to include Federal Policy Update from DC.
Please note, there will be NO Legislative Conference Call on Friday, June 2 due to Legislative Deadline.
Our NEXT Legislative Conference call will be June 9, 11 am with a Federal Policy update with n4a - the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging included.