GO! Bulletin
Bills, Hearings and Deadlines

The pace is starting to pick up again around the Capitol, after a brief slow down following the bill deadline that recently passed. Policy and other bills that are still alive continue their journey through the “other chamber,” meaning the chamber they were not introduced in. The following are the remaining bill deadlines that we are tracking going forward:
-      May 14th: Bills have to have a work session scheduled in the second chamber or they die*
-      May 28th: Bills have to be passed out of committee in the second chamber or they die in committee; committees close for the session*
 
* Note: 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. Please see our DD Coalition Priority Bills Report for more information.
 
MONDAY — April 26, 2021
 
 
8:00 am / Remote CHouse Committee on Behavioral Health will be holding public hearings on the following bills:
o  SB 566ARemoves term "mentally defective" from statutes defining sexual offenses.
o  SB 563Modifies laws relating to youth suicide intervention and prevention to include children 5 to 10 years of age.
 
1:00 pm / Remote CHouse Committee on Early Childhood will be holding an informational hearing on “Research on Oregon Families’ Access to Child Care During COVID-19” with invited testimony from Katherine Pears, Senior Scientist and KITS Program Director, and Oregon Social Learning Center & OSLC Developments Inc.
 
1:00 pm / Remote BSenate Committee on Health Care will be holding a public hearing on HB 2508A, a bill that prescribes requirements for reimbursement by Oregon Health Authority and coordinated care organizations of health services delivered using telemedicine.
 
3:15 pm / Remote FHouse Committee on Human Services will be holding public hearings on the following bills:
o  SB 562: Declares that person may not be disqualified from service as child welfare service provider based on certain traits.
o  SB 280: Modifies provisions relating to criminal records checks performed by Department of Human Services and Oregon Health Authority.
 
3:15 pm / Remote BSenate Committee on Education will be holding work sessions on the following bills:
o  HB 2589A: Requires public institutions of higher education to have same developmental educational requirements and placement tests for incoming student who completes high school and institution determines is college ready and incoming student who received certificate for passing approved high school equivalency test and received grade indicating student is college ready.
o  HB 2817A: Allows student enrolled in program provided by school district or education service district to earn General Educational Development (GED) certificate to participate in interscholastic activities.
 
TUESDAY — April 27, 2021
 
8:00 am / Remote D: House Committee on Housing will be holding a public hearing on SB 282A, a bill that extends the grace period for repayment of residential rent accrued during emergency period of April 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021, until February 28, 2022.
 
1:00 pm / Remote 170: House Committee on Rules will be holding a public hearing and possible work session on HB 3073A, a bill that changes name of the Early Learning Division to Department of Early Learning and Care.
 
1:00 pm / Remote E: House Committee on Education will be holding the following hearings:
o  Informational hearing with invited testimony on “Impact of the Pandemic on Students with Disabilities,” as well as an informational hearing on HB 3350, a bill that prescribes requirements for providing education to student with disability during COVID-19 emergency.
o  Public hearing on SB 53A, a bill that updates terminology and funding provisions related to special education programs provided on local, county or regional basis.
 
1:00 pm / Remote D: Senate Committee on Rules will be holding public hearings on the following bills:
o  HB 2560ARequires governing body of public body, to extent reasonably possible, to make all meetings accessible remotely through technological means and provide opportunity for members of general public to remotely submit oral and written testimony.
o  HB 2168Establishes Juneteenth as legal state holiday.
 
WEDNESDAY — April 28, 2021
 
1:00 pm / Remote BSenate Committee on Health Care will be holding an Informational Meeting on “COVID-19 Update” with invited testimony from Patrick Allen, Director, Oregon Health Authority, and Dean Sidelinger, State Health Officer, Oregon Health Authority. 
 
3:15 pm / Remote BSenate Committee on Education will be holding the following hearings:
o  Public hearings on:
HB 2053Modifies community plan requirements for Preschool Promise Program.
HB 2059Modifies directive to Office of Child Care to develop quality recognition and improvement system for childcare facilities.
HB 2054Modifies recipients of, and uses for, grants provided under Early Learning Kindergarten Readiness Partnership and Innovation Program.
HB 2051ABroadens eligibility of youths who may participate in statewide youth reengagement system.
o  Work session on:
HB 2052: Requires school district to allow students to wear Native American items of cultural significance at public school events, including high school graduation.
 
THURSDAY — April 29, 2021
 
1:00 pm / Remote D: Senate Committee on Rules will be holding the following:
o  Public hearings on:
 SB 258Requires Secretary of State to conduct study and analyze provisions of Oregon Constitution, Oregon Revised Statutes and Oregon Administrative Rules relating to voter access.
 HB 2681AProhibits moving voter to inactive status due to voter not voting or updating voter registration for any period of time.
o  Work session on:
 HB 2560ARequires governing body of public body, to extent reasonably possible, to make all meetings accessible remotely through technological means and provide opportunity for members of general public to remotely submit oral and written testimony.
 
3:15 pm / Remote B: Senate Committee on Human Services, Mental Health and Recovery will be holding an informational meeting on “Family Networks During Southern Oregon Wildfires,” with invited testimony from Emilie Wylde Turner, Bridging Communities, and Rosa Belem Ochoa, Vice-Chair, Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities.  
 
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: 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
GO! ONLINE: 2021 DD Advocacy Days
Second Wednesday of Each Month: May 12 & June 9

Join the Oregon DD Coalition’s GO! Project Advocacy Team online On Wednesday May 12 & June 9 from 10AM to Noon to learn about:
  • Legislative Budget Priorities
  • Advocacy Strategies

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