As Oregon's Legislature moves into the second week, we will celebrate Oregon's birthday on February 14, take up the legal age to use tobacco and discuss PERS reform. Bills are now being scheduled for hearings and the Ways & Means Budget writers will continue their hearings around the state.
Ways & Means Hearings Around the State
After holding hearings in Salem and Portland, the Ways & Means Committee will continue their hearings around the state.
This week, hearings will move to Eastern and Central Oregon with meetings in Hermiston and Madras.
Hearing Schedule ~ Hermiston: 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 17 at Hermiston High School, 600 S 1st St.
Madras: 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 18 at Madras High School, 390 SE 10th St.
Ashland: 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 24 in Rogue River Room, Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd.
Eugene: 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 25 in Building 17 (The Forum), Lane Community College, 4000 E 30th Ave.
Tillamook: 6 to 8 p.m. March 3 in Officer’s Mess, Port of Tillamook Bay, 6825 Officers Row.
Please note signups for testimony opens at 1 hour prior to the hearing. In general, not all individuals who sign up for testimony will be able to be heard due to time constraints.
You may submit written testimony at the hearing to Committee staff or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org (This is a CORRECTION from previously posted email addresses).
Learn about the Members of Ways & Means by visiting the Committee website HERE. You can visit each member's webpage to learn their District and their background.
Access O4AD's talking points for the Ways & Means Hearing. Click HERE for our Ways & Means one pager. . We are advocating that Oregon's budget writers:
- Preserve Oregon's system of long term services and supports that emphasizes independence, dignity, choice and safety - and is a model for the rest of the nation.
- Protect current service level funding for senior and disability services including Oregon Project Independence, Medicaid long term services and supports, abuse prevention and intervention and the aging and disability infrastructure. These wise investments not only help meet the needs of our older adults and people with disabilities but also provides tremendous cost savings for the state budget - and has for many years. (read more about Oregon Project Independence HERE)
- Prioritize the needs of Oregon's older adults and people with disabilities in budget conversation. The needs of our vulnerable citizens should be a first conversation as budgets and investments are considered.
Hearings this week
This week, there are a number of hearing as Committees get underway. Check out O4AD's bill calendar to follow bills we are tracking that are scheduled this week. You can access our most current list on our "Useful Links and Documents" page, HERE. You can also access our Bill Calendar which lists bills we are following that are being heard this week.
House Human Services and Housing will hold an informational hearing on Oregon Project Independence on Thursday, February 16 at 8 am. This will be in hearing room E. You can read the agenda HERE.
If you are attending this hearing, O4AD has reserved Room 243 in the Capitol to stop by before the hearing or until 10:30 am for advocates.
Ways & Means Human Services continues hearing the overview from the Oregon Health Authority on their various programs. You can check out their committee website to follow their agendas. Click HERE for the Committee website.
Joint Ways & Means Subcommittee on Transportation and Economic Development will begin to hear the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs budget on Tuesday at 1 pm. You can access their Committee website HERE.
House Judiciary will hear HB 2622 which authorizes financial institutions to refuse certain financial transactions when a financial institution reasonable believes financial exploitation of a vulnerably person may be occurring. You can access their agenda HERE for this hearing on February 15th at 1 pm, Hearing Room 343.
You can access Committee Agendas Online via the Oregon Legislative Information System - https://olis.leg.state.or.us/LIZ/Committees/Meeting/List.
Please do not hesitate to contact O4AD with questions regarding Committees and Hearings.
Please utilize the many resources available for advocates:
- O4AD publishes our bill tracking reports regularly on our website. Click HERE to access our information page. You will find bill tracking reports and bill calendars updated regularly.
- O4AD's Bill Tracking Report can be found HERE.
- O4AD's Bill Calendar - this report shows the bills that are currently scheduled for hearing as of the date of our report. We will compile this report weekly (note it is subject to change). Find this report HERE.
- 2017 House Committee Membership
- 2017 Senate Committee Membership
- 2017 Legislative Committee Meeting Schedule
- 2017 Legislative Calendar of Deadlines
Oregon Legislative Website
Oregon's Legislative Website offers many different ways to stay up to date on the Session. Take a moment to visit Oregon's Legislative Website to learn what you can access. Click HERE for the website.
Tools for Advocates on the Oregon Legislative Website:
- OLIS (Oregon Legislative Information System): OLIS provides a wealth of information regarding the current session. Find Committee agendas, Committee membership, Bills, New Measures, Daily and Cumulative Publications and more.
- Committee Agendas Online: This page offers a listing of all currently scheduled Committee hearings and is updated as soon as Committee hearings are posted or revised.
- Today's Session Information: Each day, information on hearings, bills introduced, bills to be heard on the Senate or House Floor and Session Publications are listed.
- Audio/Visual for the Capitol: Hearings are now streamed live which allows for greater access by all. Advocates can review hearings that are upcoming which may be access online. Hearings are also archived and may be watched later.
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. For more information on this advocacy opportunity, please click HERE. If you plan to attend, the Campaign asks that you please register via the link above.
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
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.
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