GO! Bulletin
 Last Month of this Session

We are in the home stretch of the 2021 legislative session! Any bills that did not have a work session and move out of a policy committee by the final deadline on May 28th died in committee. 
 
The Joint Committee on Ways and Means (“JWM”) and its subcommittees are now focusing on passing the rest of the agency budget bills out of committee. Legislators are also scrambling to get their policy bills that are “alive” but stuck in JWM or any of the other committees that remain operational (rules and revenue in both chambers) out of those committees and to the finish line. 
 
Constitutional “sine die” (Latin word meaning adjournment until the next legislative session) must happen by June 27th, but legislators had predicted a target sine die of June 18th when they planned out the deadlines and overall timeline at the start of the 2021 session. Stay tuned for future information and advocacy alerts in our last few issues of the GO! Bulletin as it is sure to be an action-packed few weeks ahead!
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

Plan Now to GO! ONLINE for DD Advocacy Day
Wednesday, June 9th

Join the Oregon DD Coalition’s GO! Project Advocacy Team online on Wednesday, June 9 from 10AM to Noon to get updates on the legislative session, discuss funding priorities and have some fun connecting with fellow advocates!

Bills, Hearings and Deadlines

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.     
 
TUESDAY — June 1, 2021
 
At this time of session, the focus shifts to moving bills through the House and Senate chambers in floor sessions and sending them on to the Governor for signature. The following are just a few of the bills we’re tracking that have a third reading and floor vote on Tuesday, June 1st:
 
SENATE CHAMBER – convenes at 10:30 am:
HB 2102ARelating to programs administered by the Department of Human Services
HB 2333A: Relating to use of psychotropic medications for children in foster care
 
HOUSE CHAMBER – convenes at 11:00 am:
SB 199ARelating to advance directives
SB 748ARelating to benefit plans
SB 89Relating to developmental disabilities residential facilities
SB 556ARelating to in-person inspections
SB 558ARelating to insurance coverage of prescription drugs
SB 86ARelating to licensing of residential facilities
SB 699: Relating to preexisting condition exclusions
SB 569A: Relating to proof of driver's license for employment purposes
SB 90A: Relating to public disclosure of foster home residents
SB 279A: Relating to school attendance of children in foster care
 
8:45 am / Remote DHouse Committee on Housing will be holding informational hearings with invited testimony only on the following topics: “House Bill 2003 and Regional Housing Needs Analysis,” “Regional Housing Needs Analysis: Community Stakeholder Perspective,” and “Recommendations to the Legislature.” 
 
WEDNESDAY — June 2, 2021
 
5:30 pm / Remote AHouse Committee on Revenue will be holding work sessions on the following bills:
o  HB 3069A: Establishes statewide coordinated crisis services system including 9-8-8 suicide prevention and behavioral health crisis hotline
o  HB 2630: Provides that, for five school years, calculations of weighted average daily membership made for purposes of distributions of state moneys to school districts may not be decreased for school districts impacted by wildfires in 2020
 
5:30 pm / Remote BHouse Special Committee on Redistricting will be holding a joint session with the Senate Committee on Redistricting to host a series of informational meetings with invited testimony only on “Oregon County-by-County Overview.” These informational hearings are scheduled to take place on June 2nd, 8th, 9th and 15th
 
THURSDAY — June 3, 2021
 
1:00 pm / Remote D: Senate Committee on Rules will be holding public hearings on the following bills:
o  HB 2001A: Requires school district that is making reductions in educator staff positions to retain teacher with less seniority if release of teacher would result in lesser proportion of teachers with cultural or linguistic expertise.
o  SB 4: Directs Oregon Health Authority to study and make recommendations for improving coordination of youth mental health services among state agencies.
 
5:30 pm / Remote B: Joint Committee on Tax Expenditures will be holding public hearings on the following tax expenditure bills:
o  HB 2444Extends sunset for tax credit for child with disability
o  SB 142Extends sunset for tax credit for child with disability
o  HB 2440Extends sunset for tax credit for working family dependent care
o  SB 146Extends sunset for tax credit for working family dependent care
o  HB 2442AExtends sunset for additional personal exemption credit for taxpayer with severe disability
o  SB 144Extends sunset for additional personal exemption credit for taxpayer with severe disability
 
FRIDAY — June 4, 2021
 
1:00 pm / Remote DHouse Committee on Housing will continue to hold informational hearings with invited testimony only on the following topics: “Rental Assistance Funding and Programming,” “Local Government Rental Assistance,” and “Landlord, Tenant and Direct Service Provider Perspectives.”   

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.
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
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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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