GO! Bulletin
FIRST BIG DEADLINE FOR POLICY BILLS APPROACHES
Only one week left to schedule work sessions in the first chamber!

The first big legislative deadline is at the end of this coming week! Committee must schedule work sessions for measures in the chamber of origin no later than Friday, March 19, 2021. Committees will be scrambling this coming week to schedule public hearings and work sessions on bills they want to move forward. The GO! Team is keeping an eye on those bills that are of interest to individuals with developmental disabilities. Please see our DD Coalition Priority Bills Report for more information. 
 
Note that this bill deadline does not apply to the Joint Committee on Ways and Means, other joint committees, the Senate Committee on Finance and Revenue, the House Committee on Revenue, the Senate Committee on Rules, the House Committee on Rules, the Senate Committee on Redistricting and the House Committee on Redistricting. 
 
Below are some of the hearings and bills we’re tracking during the upcoming week:
MONDAY — March 15, 2021
 
8:00 am / Remote B: House Subcommittee on Equitable Policing will hold a public hearing on HB 3356, a bill that directs the  Department of Public Safety Standards and Training to study public safety standards (Note: This is a placeholder bill we are monitoring.) 
 
1:00 pm / Remote EJoint Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Education will continue its public hearings on the Oregon Department of Education budget bills (SB 5513 and SB 5514) with invited testimony from the Oregon Department of Education. The Committee will also have an Informational Hearing with invited testimony and public testimony related to the Governor’s recently-announced “Summer Learning and Childcare Package.” 
 
1:00 pm / Remote C: House Committee on Early Childhood will be holding a public hearing on HB 2474,  a bill that expands applicability of certain provisions relating to family leave to employers who employ one or more employees.
 
TUESDAY — March 16, 2021
 
8:00 am / Remote BSenate Committee on Labor and Business will be holding a public hearing on SB 569, a bill that makes it an unlawful employment practice for employer to require employee or prospective employee to possess or present valid driver's license as condition of employment or continuation of employment.
 
1:00 pm / Remote D: Senate Committee on Rules will be holding a public hearing on SB 791, one of the many voting-related bills that have been introduced this session. This bill establishes ranked choice voting as voting method for selecting winner of nomination for and election to nonpartisan state offices and county and city offices except where home rule charter applies.
 
1:00 pm / Remote E: House Committee on Education will be holding the following hearings:
 
o  Public hearing on HB 2945, a bill that requires school districts to ensure that students for whom out-of-school suspensions or expulsions have been imposed receive specified services during suspensions or expulsions.
o  Work session on HB 2166, a bill that directs the Superintendent of Public Instruction to convene an advisory group to review equity in the education system of the state and to report results of review to interim committee of Legislative Assembly related to education.
 
1:00 pm / Remote 174Joint Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Human Services will begin its public hearings on the Oregon Department of Human Services budget bill (SB 5529), with invited testimony from the Oregon Department of Human Services, Shared Services division.
 
3:15 pm / Remote B: Senate Committee on Human Services, Mental Health and Recovery will be holding a public hearing on SB 725, a bill that restricts licensing or certification of providers of developmental disability services. Note: The DD Coalition has been involved in discussions related to this bill and is expecting an amendment to be issued at the hearing. 
 
3:15 pm / Remote FHouse Committee on Health Care will be holding a public hearing on HB 3352, a bill that renames the Health Care for All Oregon Children program as the Health Care for All Oregon program and expands eligibility to adults who would qualify for Medicaid-funded state medical assistance program or for federal premium tax credits but for their immigration status.
 
WEDNESDAY — March 17, 2021
 
8:00 am / Remote C: House Committee on Behavioral Health will be holding a public hearing on HB 2086, a bill that appropriates moneys to the Oregon Health Authority to undertake specified steps to address the needs of individuals with behavioral health disorders for services, treatment and housing.
 
1:00 pm / Remote BSenate Committee on Health Care will hold a work session on SB 567, a bill that includes as unlawful practice a medical provider's denial of treatment that is likely to benefit a patient based on the patient's race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability. This is a high priority bill for the DD Community! 
 
1:00 pm / Remote EJoint Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Education will continue its public hearings on the Oregon Department of Education budget bills (SB 5513 and SB 5514) with invited testimony from the Oregon Department of Education. 
 
3:15 pm / Remote FHouse Committee on Human Services will be holding a work session on HB 2964, a bill that requires the Department of Human Services to reimburse the cost of care provided in residential training facilities and residential training homes in amounts sufficient to allow facilities and homes to pay direct support professional 150 percent of state minimum wage. This is a high priority bill for the DD Community! 
 
3:15 pm / Remote BSenate Committee on Education will be holding public hearings on the following bills:
o  SB 732: Requires school districts to establish educational equity advisory committee.
o  SB 242: Modifies definitions of "sexual conduct" for purposes of requirements for education providers related to abuse of and sexual conduct toward students.
 
THURSDAY — March 18, 2021
 
8:00 am / Remote D: House Committee on Housing will be holding a public hearing on HB 2736, a bill that requires landlords to provide tenants with informational notice developed by Bureau of Labor and Industries regarding discrimination upon execution of rental agreement on or after January 1, 2022, or for existing rental agreements by February 1, 2022.
 
1:00 pm / Remote 174Joint Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Human Services will continue its public hearings on the Oregon Department of Human Services budget bill (SB 5529) with invited testimony only from the Oregon Department of Human Services, focusing on an Agency Overview, Central Services, and State Assessments and Enterprise-wide Costs.
 
3:15 pm / Remote FHouse Committee on Health Care will be holding a work session on HB 2359, a bill that requires health care providers to work with health care interpreters from health care interpreter registry operated by Oregon Health Authority to provide interpretation services.
 
3:15 pm / Remote B: Senate Committee on Human Services, Mental Health and Recovery will be holding a public hearing on SB 714 relating to residential care facility staffing.


INTERESTED IN GIVING TESTIMONY AT A COMMITTEE HEARING? 

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. 
INTERESTED IN TRACKING BILLS OR HEARINGS?

  • 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. 
2021 Legislative Session Budget Priorities

  • Reinstate Regional Family to Family Networks ($1.3 million GF)
  • Set DSP Wage at 150% of minimum wage (HB 2964)
  • Fully Fund Case Management Entities
  • Develop Statewide Data System

GO! ONLINE: 2021 DD Advocacy Days
2nd Wednesday of each month from 10AM - Noon

Join the Oregon DD Coalition’s GO! Project Advocacy Team online to learn about:
  • Legislative Budget Priorities
  • Sharing Your Story & Effective Messaging

GO! ONLINE: 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
It’s quick and easy to find out who your State Senator and State Representative are at www.oregonlegislature.gov
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