Post-Deadline ReviewThe dust has settled after the bill deadline of last week. Many bills met their end during the deadline but there are still many proceeding in the process. The next deadline is June 2 for bills that are NOT in Ways & Means, Revenue or Rules, to move out of the policy committee in the second chamber.
Along with this deadline, further information was shared in the budget conversation which prompted significant conversation in the capitol.
The Co Chairs of Ways & Means released a "Targeted Reduction" list. This list, which was emphasized to be a discussion document only and not a proposed budget, not a binding document, not even a formal proposal, was released to demonstrate the options that may have to be exercised in the event there is no further revenue available during the session and no other mechanisms possible to help balance the currently projected $1.6 billion deficit. The document met with many different perspectives and you can read the reduction list HERE.
The Co Chairs have also participated in a workgroup that has released a set of potential cost containment measures that could be implemented to help lower the budget deficit gap for the 17-19 biennium. This proposal was met with both disdain and applause and you can access the proposal HERE. Again, this document is for discussion and does not represent a formal proposal that is set to be implemented.
These proposals have garnered significant conversation- you can read media coverage below:
- Oregon Budget Writers Unveil PERS reforms and other cutbacks
- 4 Things to Know as Oregon's Tax and Budget Wars Heat Up
- Lawmakers Float PERS Reform Ideas that Finance Experts Question
- Lawmakers: Oregon Budget Deficits Could Get Worse
Hearings This Week
Now that the first bill deadline has passed, O4AD has reviewed our bill tracking and cleaned out bills that are no longer moving through the process. You can access the most recent bill tracking report HERE.
O4AD's most recent bill calendar is also available HERE.
This week, there is a lighter bill calendar as people pick up the pieces after the first deadline. Some bills of interest include:
HJM 4. Urges Congress to pass RAISE Family Caregivers Act. Senate Human Services.
SB 104. Modifies provisions relating to registry of persons who provide care in certain facilities. House Human Services.
HB 5039. Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs Budget Bill. Joint Ways & Means Subcommittee on Transportation and Economic Development.
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. Senate Health Care.
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 - Keeping the focus on protecting funds for OPI.
As the budget conversation continues, it is critical to not let up on the focus to OPI. The Budget Reduction document from the Co Chairs, released last week, proposes a 50% cut to the OPI program serving seniors and elimination of funding for OPI services to people with disabilities. This proposal not only places OPI consumers in jeopardy of losing their current level of independence but also threatens the State General Fund through anticipated increases in overall General Fund expenditures from consumers moving into Medicaid.
You can read O4AD's response to the Co Chairs Targeted Reduction List HERE.
O4AD has released our newest Talking Points on the importance of protecting funding for OPI. You can access these talking points HERE.
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
Read about O4AD's budget priorities HERE.
You can also access other talking points and information on OPI via O4AD's website - HERE.
THANK YOU! Your voice is critical as we fight to protect this important program.
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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.
You may also sign up via our Google Form. Please note you will need to indicate the Area Agency you are affiliated with for this event. Access the Google Form HERE.