- Had already had a work session scheduled
- Were already in Ways & Means, Rules or Revenue (on the Senate side, Finance & Revenue)
Senate Bill 863, which is a proposal to shield the names, birthdates, driver's license numbers or any other identifying information of potentially thousands of recreational pot customers is scheduled on the House floor for a vote on Monday. It aims to stop legal retailers from stockpiling the names, birthdates, addresses, driver's license numbers and other private information of each recreational customer that walks through their doors.
This week the Oregon House voted on House Bill 2004, a bill we have mentioned in earlier updates which would repeal a statewide ban on rent control and would prohibit no-cause evictions except under certain circumstances with 90 days written notice and payment of relocation expenses. The bill passed narrowly with a vote of 31 – 27 (2 excused), mostly along party lines. It is now on the Senate side for action there.
Current Oregon law only requires certain vehicles to remain in the right-most lane on a multi-lane highway unless they are passing. SB 532, aimed at those being called ”left lane hogs,” has passed the Senate. It would designate the left-most lane on multi-lane highways as the passing lane and require all vehicles to move out of the left-most lane after passing a slower moving vehicle. It applies only to roads with a posted speed limit of greater than 55 miles per hour, and does not apply when traffic is moving slower than the normal flow of traffic or if traveling in left lane to avoid obstructions or adverse conditions in other lanes. It is a punishable by a maximum fine of $250.
The Senate Committee on Education passed Senate Bill 1032 out of the committee and sent it to Ways & Means for budget consideration. The bill would remove the cap of $10 million in grants per fiscal year for the Oregon Promise program. The program was established by Senate Bill 81 in the 2015 legislative session, and, for students meeting eligibility requirements, offsets tuition remaining after deduction of federal or state grants and a $50 copay. If SB 1032 is passed, Oregon Promise would be able to allocate money to more students. A similar bill, SB 55, has already cleared the House and the Senate and is awaiting the governor's signature.
Hearings This Week(* Bill number is a link to the bill website)
HB 2433 - Directs Housing and Community Services Department to establish pilot program in which department constructs low income senior housing development on school district lad and school district rents to low income seniors and reduced rent in exchange for classroom assistance. Tuesday, April 11. House Human Services. Work Session.
SB 494 - Establishes Advance Directive Rules Adoption Committee for purposes of adoption form of advance directive to be used in this state. Tuesday, April 11. Senate Judiciary. Work Session.
HB 3262 - Requires Department of Human Services in collaboration with other agencies to adopt rules related to prescription of psychotropic mediations to elderly persons and persons with disabilities. Tuesday, April 11. House Human Services. Work Session.
HB 2170 - Establishes Office of Oregon Ombudsmen, containing Long Term Care Ombudsman, Residential Facilities Ombudsman, Foster Parent Ombudsman, Foster Child Ombudsman and Oregon Public Guardian and Conservator. Tuesday, April 11. House Human Services. Work Session.
HB 2675 - Requires community health improvement plans adopted by coordinated care organizations and community advisory councils to focus on and develop strategy for integrating physical, behavioral and oral health care services. Tuesday, April 11. Senate Health Care. Public Hearing.
HB 2630 - Makes changes to Oregon guardianship laws to assure adequate safeguards to respondents and protected persons. Tuesday, April 11. House Judiciary. Work Session.
SB 944 - Requires DHS to study and report to the Legislative Assembly on effectiveness of specified program approaches in providing access to mental health and addiction services for seniors and persons with disabilities and to make recommendations for expanding access to services. Wednesday, April 12. Senate Human Services. Public hearing and possible work session.
HB 2384 - Sets limit on taxes due on homesteads of seniors living on fixed income equal to total amount of taxes due for property tax year preceding first property tax year for which relief allowed. Wednesday, April 12. House Revenue. Public Hearing.
SB 58 - Modifies duties and authority of Long Term Are Ombudsman. Wednesday, April 12. Senate Human Services. Work Session.
HB 2402 - Directs Center for Health Statistics to establish program allowing individual who is homeless to obtain certified copy of individual's record of live birth, free of charge. Wednesday, April 12. House Health Care. Work Session.
HB 2661 - Requires long term care referral provider to be certified by Health Licensing Office. Thursday, April 13. House Human Services.
HB 2776 - Authorizes appointment of guardian for person with disability who is in need of guardianship. Thursday, April 13. House Judiciary. Work Session.
HB 3319 - Establishes minimum amount that Legislative Assembly must appropriate to Department of Veterans' Affairs in each biennium, apart from appropriations from veterans' services fund established under Ballot Measure 96 (2016). Thursday April 13. House Veterans. Public Hearing and Work Session.
HB 3097 - Requires Oregon Health Authority to study barriers to residents applying for Medical Assistance. Thursday, April 14. House Health Care. Work Session.
You may view O4AD's latest bill tracking report HERE.
You may view O4AD's latest bill calendar HERE.
Remember - bills that have not been scheduled for a work session or are not already in Ways & Means, Revenue or Rules is no long proceeding forward in the process.
You may visit the Oregon Legislative website and their Committee Agendas online HERE. These agendas are updated regularly and will also show informational hearings.
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.
Oregon Project Independence - Remind Legislators that OPI must be protected.
As Legislators continue to work through development of budgets, priorities, revenue packages and more, it is critical that the importance of services and supports for older adults and people with disabilities remain at the forefront of their considerations in investments. Protecting OPI is not only the right thing to do, it is a wise investment. OPI is cost efficient and a proven effective program that helps protect the independence, dignity and choice of seniors and people with disabilities.
Services in OPI cost, on average, $332 per month in State General Fund per consumer served. Medicaid long term services and supports come at a much higher price tag to the State General Fund.
- Medicaid in-home services - approximately $803 per month in State General Fund
- Medicaid Community Based Care - approximately $846 per month in State General Fund
- Medicaid Nursing Facility Care - approximately $3,168 per month in State General Fund
- $21 million for services to older adults
- $6 million for services to people with disabilities via the pilot project.
Contact Ways & Means legislators to let them know the importance of this program. You can access their contact information HERE.
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 Day at the Capitol
O4AD will host their Day at the Capitol on Wednesday, May 17. Register now through your local Area Agency on Aging or Advisory Council. We look forward to a busy day advocating for services and supports on behalf of Oregon's older adults and people with disabilities. For more information, please contact O4AD at email@example.com or your local Area Agency on Aging.
From n4a ~ n4a releases 2017 Policy Priorities.
n4a, the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging & Disabilities, recently released their 2017 Policy Priorities during the Aging Policy Briefing in Washington DC. Take a moment to read about the priorities established HERE.
n4a is working to advocate for funding to the Older Americans Act programs and other federal programs that serve older adult and people with disabilities. Stay tuned for more information as the budget process continues.
ABOUT O4ADO4AD advocates to protect the independence, dignity, choice and safety of Oregon’s seniors and people with disabilities. Area Agencies on Aging & Disabilities, our members, provide long-term care services statewide including home delivered meals, ADRC services, Medicaid services in many areas and Oregon Project Independence statewide. O4AD’s members are responsible for service provision to the majority of seniors and people with disabilities in the state. http://www.o4ad.org