Oregon's Legislature started their first week with a partial week of hearings and meetings. Moving into week 2, the 'normal' pace picks up. The Legislature announced their 'Road Show' hearings for budget input by the public on how the State will prioritize budget investments and face budget reductions. The Advocate voice is critical for these hearings to convey the importance of prioritizing services for seniors and people with disabilities in budget deliberations.
Ways & Means Hearings Around the State
The Oregon Legislature announced hearings around the state on budget.
From the Statesman Journal: The Oregon Legislature will kick off a statewide series of public hearings on the 2017-19 budget in Salem next week.
They’ll take input on the “existing resources framework” budget released by the Joint Ways and Means Committee co-chairmen Jan. 19.
The document shows what the next two years will look like if lawmakers can’t agree on new taxes or other revenue measures to fill a $1.8 billion budget gap.
It promises teacher layoffs and larger class sizes; higher college tuition and reduced financial aid; and fewer health services for people on Medicaid.
Here’s the hearing schedule:
Salem: 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 10 in Hearing Room F at the Oregon State Capitol, 900 Court St. NE.
Portland: Noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 11 in Main Mall, Amo DeBernardis CC Building, PCC Sylvania campus, 12000 SW 49th Ave.
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.
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O4AD encourages advocates to join and make their voice heard in these hearings around the state. Stay tuned for more information on talking points for these 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.
Ways & Means Agency Hearings
The Ways & Means Subcommittee on Human Services will begin their work learning about state Agencies this week. The Oregon Health Authority will be up first in February and it is estimated that the Department of Human Services will be before the Committee in March. O4AD will keep you updated on information for the hearings as they become available.
You can visit the Ways & Means Human Services Subcommittee webpage at: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Committees/JWMHS/Overview.
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.
House Human Services will hold an informational hearing on Housing Needs on Tuesday, February 7 at 8 am in Hearing Room E. You can read the Committee agenda HERE.
House Veterans and Emergency Preparedness will hold a hearing on Veterans Issues on Thursday, February 9 at 3 pm in Hearing Room E. You can read the Committee Agenda HERE.
Ways & Means Human Services will begin their agency hearings with overviews on the Oregon Health Authority this week. Check out their committee website to follow their agendas. Click HERE for the Committee website.
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.
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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