Policy Committees Conclude Their WorkOn Friday, June 2, the Policy Committees concluded the majority of their work as the second deadline hit. Bills that had moved through the first Chamber and were in the second Chamber policy Committee had to have a work session occur and action taken by Friday in order for the bill to remain alive. This does NOT apply to bills in Ways & Means, Rules or Revenue. From here, a Policy Committee may hold an informational hearing, may hear other items if they wish, but their action on bills has concluded in a formal capacity. Therefore, you will see a dramatic decrease in hearings from now until the end of the session.
Rebalance & Caseload
During the past week, the Department of Human Services released their Spring Rebalance report and Caseload forecast. Both reports are tools used by the Legislature in their overall view of the budget and resources available.
DHS reported overall that they have no current General Fund request - no additional funds needed at this time to balance their budget - and an overall $51 million in potential excess General Fund available.
To learn more about the DHS rebalance, please read here:
1. DHS Rebalance Presentation: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/CommitteeMeetingDocument/131173
2. DHS Rebalance Letter: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/CommitteeMeetingDocument/131172
3. SB 5543 (DHS Rebalance bill) webpage: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Measures/Overview/SB5543
4. Legislative Fiscal Recommendation: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/CommitteeMeetingDocument/131174
The Department also shared their most current Caseload forecast. The forecast is also a key budget tool that shows changes in numbers of individuals DHS is serving. Overall, there is an expected continued increase in the DHS caseload for Aging & People with Disabilities and in-home care continuing to gain in consumers (this relates to Medicaid). The Committee discussed the factors which includes demographics, more individuals without family to help provide care, geographic separation from family and other factors).
You can read the most recent Caseload Forecast presentation here: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/CommitteeMeetingDocument/131170.
This week there will continue to be further discussions in the Legislature on PERS, cost containment and revenue/transportation packages as the Legislature grapples with how to move towards the budget work to be done that will bring the Session to a close. O4AD will continue to stay closely engaged in this process in order to update advocates and other stakeholders. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or for more information.
Hearings This WeekWith the second deadline having now occurred for policy bills, there will be a dramatic decrease in the number of bills up for hearing. However, you will see more action in Ways & Means. This does not apply to bills that are currently in Ways & Means, Rules or Revenue. The Senate has announced that they are now on a one hour notice for Committee hearings - a Senate Committee that is going to hear a bill or 'work' a bill need only give a one hour notice before holding the hearing. This can make it challenging to follow the hearing schedule - we recommend staying in close contact with the Oregon Legislative website which is updated to reflect new hearings. Please visit the Committee Agendas Online page to stay up to date - https://olis.leg.state.or.us/LIZ/Committees/Meeting/List.
Of note this week:
Public Hearing and Work Session - SRULES
Establishes Advance Directive Adoption Committee for purpose of adopting form of advance directive to be used in this state.
Relating to health care decisions; prescribing an effective date.
Work Session - HREV
Relating to state finance; prescribing an effective date; providing for revenue raising that requires approval by a three-fifths majority.
JWMHS Joint Ways & Means Human Services Subcommittee
Directs Department of Human Services to convene work group to develop common client confidentiality release form to be used by public bodies and community organizations to enable and facilitate appropriate sharing of confidential information.
Relating to the sharing of information between social services providers; declaring an emergency.
Joint Ways & Means Human Services
Public Hearing and Work Session
Directs Oregon Health Authority to establish grant program through which individual who is homeless may obtain certified copy of individual's record of live birth at reduced cost or free of charge.
Relating to individuals who are homeless; prescribing an effective date.
O4AD: Oregon Association of Area Agencies on Aging
No Position 0
Public Hearing - JWMNR
Requires State Parks and Recreation Department to set aside certain number of campsites to be available for reservation only by disabled veterans during first 30 days of any applicable reservation period.
Relating to reservations for use of state parks; prescribing an effective date.
Public Hearing and Possible Work Session
Directs specified state agencies to file annual report with interim committees of Legislative Assembly on general government affairs describing amount of federal funds received by agencies in preceding fiscal year and describing plan to operate agency if amount of federal funds received by agency in current fiscal year is reduced.
Relating to state financial administration; declaring an emergency.
Public Hearing and Possible Work Session
Requires state agencies, departments and political subdivisions to grant to persons who are blind priority to establish and operate vending facilities in public buildings.
Relating to persons who are blind; prescribing an effective date.
You can review O4AD's most recent bill tracking report HERE.
O4AD's most recent bill calendar is also available HERE.
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.
You may view a complete listing of hearings occurring via the Legislative website - HERE.
Oregon Project Independence - An Essential piece of the budget picture.
As the Legislature moves to intensive budget discussions, it is important that there is a focus on budget needs for older adults and people with disabilities. Both populations are currently provided services through Oregon Project Independence, older adults have statewide access and people with disabilities have services through the Pilot Program in five geographic areas around the state. This cost effective, programmatically efficient program has allowed individuals to stay in their own home and own community and avoid premature or unnecessary entrance into Medicaid or facility based care. The Legislature cannot afford to NOT fund this program for seniors and people with disabilities. Moving individuals from OPI into Medicaid would result in an immediate 50% cost increase to the General Fund at a minimum.
O4AD has released Talking Points on the importance of protecting funding for OPI. You can access these talking points HERE.
You can 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
Our message is simple - Protect Funding for OPI at Current Funding Levels.
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.
For more information or with questions, please contact O4AD. firstname.lastname@example.org.
THANK YOU for your continued work on protecting funding for OPI!
O4AD Legislative Conference CallO4AD is pleased to host our weekly Legislative Conference Call on Friday, June 9 at 11 am. We will be joined by n4a, the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging & Disabilities, for a Federal Policy update.
Friday, June 9.
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