Leading the news this week from the Capitol is the release of the February Revenue forecast. General Fund Gross Revenue was up $112.5 million from the 2015 Close of Session estimate and net General Fund and Lottery resources are up $219.4 million from the 2015 Close of Session estimate. There is currently no personal income tax kicker predicted for 2017 but there is a projected $36.2 million corporate tax kicker projected which is statutorily dedicated to education.
The State’s ending balance is up $23.7 million from the 2015 Close of Session and the Rainy Day Fund is projected to receive $180.7 million from the 2015-17 biennium and the projected ending balance is up $102 million from the December 2016 forecast. For 2017-19, there is a projected net combined resources (General Fund and Lottery) expected to be nearly $21 billion or nearly $200 million more than the previous forecast. This does net out a predicted slightly smaller deficit from the projected $1.8 billion for budget writers to work with as they craft a 2017-19 budget but still an enormous challenge to grapple with throughout the 2017 session.
State economists also warned that economic growth is slowing in Oregon – a trend to watch for the future.
Friday, February 24 was the deadline for Legislative Counsel to return bill drafts to legislators. No new legislative concepts can be drafted (except for individual legislator priority bills and committee bills). Legislative concepts must be introduced by Tuesday, February 28 and the first chamber work session deadline is April 18.
Ways & Means Hearings Around the State
The Ways & Means Committee will conclude their hearings around the state in Tillamook. The final hearing will be on Friday.
Hearing Schedule ~ 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. Hearings are very crowded so we suggest arriving as early as may be possible to secure seating and ease in accessing the hearing locations.
We are advocating for protection of funds for Oregon Project Independence and continuing service levels in the Department of Human Services Aging & People with Disabilities budgets. Protecting our older adults and people with disabilities must be a key consideration for budget writers to maintain Oregon's system of long-term services and supports. Make your voice heard on the importance of these services and supports.
You can download O4AD's talking points on OPI HERE.
You can download O4AD's talking points for the budget hearings HERE.
Submitting testimony via email: You may submit written testimony at the hearing to Committee staff or via email at: email@example.com (This is the correct email to submit testimony for Ways & Means related to the budget hearings).
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.
Make your voice heard on behalf of Oregon's seniors and people with disabilities. Weigh in at a hearing, send in your comments to the Ways & Means Committee or contact your local legislators! Your voice matters!
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.
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.
The Ways & Means Subcommittee on Human Services is scheduled to begin hearing the Department of Human Services budget and agency overviews on March 14. At this time, we have heard that the following are dates to take note of:
- March 14 - The Committee will begin their hearings on the Department of Human Services with an introduction and overview by Directors Clyde Saiki
- March 15 & 16 - The Committee will begin hearing information and overview of the Aging and People with Disabilities Division of DHS.
- March 28 - Public testimony is currently scheduled on the DHS budget.
The Subcommittee meets Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday at 8:30 am in Hearing Room F.
House Human Services will hold an informational hearing on Landlord-Tenant Law on Tuesday, February 28 at 8 am in Hearing Room E.
House Judiciary will hear a number of bills on guardianship and and exploitation on February 28, 1 pm in Hearing Room 343. Bills to be considered include:
Work Session -
- HB 2622 Authorizes financial institution to refuse certain financial transactions when financial institution reasonably believes financial exploitation of vulnerable person may have occurred, may have been attempted or is being attempted.
- HB 2623 Allows trustee of trust to make disbursements for trustee's compensation or compensation of person providing investment advisory or custodial services out of principal or income under certain circumstances.
- HB 2776 Authorizes appointment of guardian for person with disability who is in need of guardianship.
- HB 2630 Makes changes to Oregon guardianship laws to assure adequate safeguards for respondents and protected persons.
- HB 2217 Creates Falk-Alfano Act.
You can access Committee Agendas Online via the Oregon Legislative Information System - https://olis.leg.state.or.us/LIZ/Committees/Meeting/List.
Please note if you need ADA accommodation for attendance at hearings in the capitol, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
or by calling 1-800-332-2313 at least 72 hours prior to the meeting time.
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. This event is currently closed to registration due to constraints in room availability. If you have pre-registered, please expect information to come your way.
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. PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF TIME FOR THIS WEEK'S CALL.
Friday, March 3 2017. 11:30 am PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF TIME THIS WEEK.
O4AD Conference line: 1-866-200-5786. User code: 835329
Stay up to date!
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