GO! Bulletin
The Legislative Session is Starting to Wrap Up

The Speaker of the House has declared that Sine Die is eminent, which means the end of session is getting closer. Now the work of the session moves away from legislators learning about bills and into the work of passing bills.

One of the signals that we are reaching the end of session is the memo to suspend the requirement of 24-hour notice for work sessions during committee meetings. This change allows for legislators to focus on the work at hand and move bills through the process as quickly as possible.

We do know that the session has to end within 160 business days, which is towards the end of June, but it may wrap up early. We will give you a specific date as soon as it is announced.
DD Advocacy Day

Wednesday, June 9th
10AM - Noon

Join the Oregon DD Coalition’s GO! Project Advocacy Team online to get updates on the legislative session, discuss funding priorities and have some fun connecting with fellow advocates!

It has been a really long session, and we all deserve a little dance party! Come prepared to suggest a song for our 2021 Legislative Session advocacy playlist! We especially love songs with the word "GO" in the lyrics. So wear something yellow, if you have it, and GO! ONLINE with us this Wednesday. We may even record a short thank you music video for legislators! See you then!

DD Coalition Funding Priorities

  • Reinstate Regional Family to Family Networks ($1.3 million GF)
  • Set DSP Wage at 150% of minimum wage
  • Fully Fund Case Management Entities
  • Develop Statewide Data System

Bills, Hearings and Deadlines

Below are some of the hearings and bills we’re tracking or monitoring during the upcoming week. Please see our more recent DD Coalition Priority Bills Report on our website for more information.     
MONDAY — June 7, 2021

Senate convenes at 10:30AM
HB 2459:Relating to video conferencing
House convenes at 11:00 AM
  • SB 562: Relating to children; prescribing an effective date.
  • SB 744: Relating to high school diploma requirements; declaring an emergency.
1:00 PM / Remote BHouse Committee On Early Childhood will be holding an informational hearing on Oregon Child Integrated Data.

TUESDAY — June 8 2021

8:00 AM / Remote 174Joint Subcommittee On Human Services will be holding work sessions on the following bills:
  • SB 70: Relating to disparities in health outcomes for communities impacted by discrimination; declaring an emergency. 
  • SB 707: Relating to notices to children placed in out-of-state residential facilities; declaring an emergency.

House Convenes at 11:00 AM:
  • SB 732: Relating to educational equity advisory committees; prescribing an effective date.
  • SB 744: Relating to high school diploma requirements; declaring an emergency.
WEDNESDAY — June 9, 2021

1:00pm / Remote F: Joint Subcommittee On General Government will be holding work sessions on the following bills:
HB 2992: Relating to payments to members of certain public entities; prescribing an effective date.

In order to prevent COVID-19 from spreading, entry to the Oregon State Capitol is for authorized personnel only until further notice. The Oregon Legislative Assembly has established a process to accept remote verbal public testimony on bills by video or phone during this time, in addition to written public testimony.  For more information, see the helpful information posted online. 

  • Use the Oregon Legislature's Capitol e-Subscribe service to receive bill alerts for individual bills as they move through the legislative process, receive committee agendas, news from members of the legislative body and more.
  • You can also watch or listen to live or archived video and audio of Senate and House chamber sessions and Committee hearings.
GO! ONLINE for DD Advocacy Videos
We created a series of training videos to support your preparation for remote legislative advocacy. Visit our You Tube Channel or Facebook Page to view them.

  • Introduction to the GO! Project
  • 2021 Legislative Advocacy
  • Why Is Advocacy Important?
  • How To Develop Your Message
  • Making a Legislative Appointment
  • Preparing For a Virtual Visit
  • Expecting the Unexpected
  • What to Do After a Legislative Visit
  • Advocacy Via Email
Just Two For You!
Every Oregon resident is represented by one State Senator and one State Representative. So whenever you are urged to contact your State Legislators, it only means to contact the two that represent you! Easy!

To quickly find out who your State Senator and Representative are visit the Oregon Legislative Website and enter your home address in the "Find Your District & Legislators" box.
About the Oregon DD Coalition
The Oregon DD Coalition advocates for DD services on behalf of and with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, and support organizations in Oregon.

We influence DD service and community support systems and legislation by communicating with a common, consistent voice – creating better opportunities for Oregonians with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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