Oregon's 80th Legislative Session will begin their work today in Salem. Legislators convened last week to swear in Members, undergo mandatory trainings and ready for the work which begins this week. Today, Legislative Committees begin meeting with full schedules as they dive into the long session.
With an ambitious agenda, this "long" session stands to be one that is interesting at a minimum. Raising revenue, carbon emissions, education funding and health care funding remain at the top of the list for priorities from the Majority Democrat Caucuses, now holding a super majority in both chambers.
O4AD will be sharing information regarding the session and issues related to older adults and people with disabilities as we move throughout this process. We welcome your questions, inquiries and thoughts as we work to protect the independence, dignity, choice and safety for Oregon's seniors and people with disabilities. Please do not hesitate to contact us:
Hearings and Committees
Oregon's Legislature will begin Committee meetings this week. With a large number of committees and many new members serving on committees with new subject matter for them, this session will require important education and advocacy by advocates.
You can learn more about Legislative Committees HERE.
You can find current membership of Legislative Committees HERE.
And you can follow current agendas for Committees HERE.
O4AD will also update on bills in Committees that are of interest ~
SB 21: This bill requires DHS to report to committees on program changes needed in statute due to changes in budget. Senate Human Services. Tuesday, 1/22
SB 19: This bill requires DHS and OHA to adopt rules for licensing each type of adult foster home. Senate Human Services. Tuesday 1/22
SB 167: This bill aligns definitions in mental health services bill of rights with definitions application to reporting of abuse of persons with mental illness. Senate Human Services. Thursday 1/24
You can access O4AD's bill tracking report, latest bill calendar and the Committee Schedule via our website HERE.
We look forward to hearing your voice as we work towards securing supports and services for older adults and people with disabilities. There are many ways to engage and O4AD is working to help you stay updated on the process and how you can help impact the work here in Salem at the Capitol:
- Legislative Conference Calls - O4AD will begin our Legislative Conference calls, which will be held every FRIDAY, at 10:30 am during session (there may be some dates that will be canceled and we will send out notice ahead of time.) Join us for a quick update on the week in the Capitol, upcoming events or opportunities for advocacy and issues for engagement.
Fridays, starting January 25
Call in: 1-877-788-0099
Meeting ID: 617 015 825
You may also join via computer via Join Zoom Meeting
We hope you can join us this Friday!
- Legislative Emails - O4AD will be publishing weekly email updates during the 2019 Session. If you are not on our list, go to http://www.o4ad.org and enter your information on the front page. It's that easy!
For more information, contact O4AD at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 503.463.8692
O4AD advocates for the independence, dignity, choice and safety of Oregon’s seniors and people with disabilities. http://www.o4ad.org