March 6, 2017
This week marks the move to the second month of the Legislative Session here in Oregon. We saw another key deadline pass on Tuesday, February 28 – this deadline was for Legislative Concepts (LCs) to be ‘dropped’ or filed for introduction – or to become a formal bill. Once a Legislative Concept is filed and becomes a bill, it is then considered public record.
There are still many bills moving through the process to be introduced and we will see those coming out in the next few weeks.
This past week saw Landlord-Tenant laws being heard with robust attendance at many hearings. Governor Brown was in Washington DC as well to attend the National Governor’s Association meeting as well as meeting with Congressman Greg Walden of Oregon who is the Chair of the House Committee overseeing healthcare policy. The Governor also unveiled a new website – 95percentoregon.com which is intended to show the impact of a potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act to Oregonians.
This week the Legislature will take up issues including allowing 16 year olds to vote, tightening the law on mobile phone usage by drivers and requiring the state to pay for ballots to be returned by voters. On a lighter note, a new Senate bill has been introduced that would amend the Oregon Constitution to do away with a long-obsolete section of the Oregon Constitution which bans anyone who participates in a duel from holding public office. Senate Joint Resolution 44 would address this issue.
Hearings this week ~
This week, there are a variety of bills that will be heard that are of interest to advocates.
HB 2170. House Human Services. Establishes the Office of Oregon Ombudsmen, containing Long Term Care Ombudsman, Residential Facilities Ombudsman, Foster Parent Ombudsman, Foster Child Ombudsman and Oregon Public Guardian and Conservator. Public Hearing. 8 am. Hearing Room E.
SB 95. Senate Human Services. Requires certain securities professionals to report suspected financial exploitation of elderly, disabled, or vulnerable individual to Department of Consumer and Business Services and Department of Human Services. Work Session. 1 pm. Hearing Room D.
HB 2630. House Judiciary. Makes changes to Oregon guardianship laws to assure adequate safeguards to respondents and protected persons. Work Session. 1 pm. Hearing Room 343.
SB 239. Senate Human Services. Establishes process to determine consent of resident of residential care facility or adult foster home to individually based limitation of certain rights. Work Session. 1 pm. Hearing Room D.
SB 834. Senate Human Services. Requires Department of Huma Services to develop and present proposal for creation of human rights commission to interim committees of Legislative Assembly related to human services and health no later than September 1, 2017. Public Hearing. Hearing Room D.
HB 2010. House Human Services. Establishes task Force on Addressing Racial Disparities in Home Ownership. Public Hearing. Hearing Room E.
HB 2961. House Human Services. Establishes Homeownership Repair and Rehabilitation Program within House and Community Services Department to provide grants to eligible non-profit organizations to provide financial assistance to persons in low income households for repair and rehabilitation of residences. Public Hearing. Hearing Room E.
HB 2570. House Human Services. Directs House and Community Services Department to establish Affordable Homeownership Grant Program to provide grants to eligible nonprofit organizations with affordable homeownership programs to provide opportunities for homeownership to persons in low income households. Public Hearing. Hearing Room E.
Remember, You can access Committee Agendas Online via the Oregon Legislative Information System - https://olis.leg.state.or.us/LIZ/Committees/Meeting/List.
You can access O4AD's most current Bill Tracking ReportHERE. This report will show current status of bills, if they are scheduled and in what committee they are scheduled. We update this weekly to keep you in the know on what's going on.
You can also access O4AD's most current Bill CalendarHERE. The bill calendar gives you information on bills O4AD is tracking that may be up for hearing this week. Please note that hearing schedules do change so please use this as a reference.
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.
Advocacy Check-ins and Updates
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. NEXT WEEK!
- 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.
Friday, March 10 2017. 11:00 am
O4AD Conference line: 1-866-200-5786. User code: 835329
Please note the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs will be joining us on the call to discuss the variety of Veterans bills that are currently being considered.
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 & Calendar can be found 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.
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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