Welcome to Week 3 of the 2018 Legislative Session!  

This session is off to a busy start. We have already passed the first deadline for policy committees to move measures introduced in their chamber (i.e. Senate bills in the Senate, House bills in the House) out of committee. The deadline does not apply to Ways & Means, Revenue, Rules, and other joint committees. Most of the bills the DD Coalition is tracking survived this deadline. You can read the bill report here.

The next deadline for policy bills is this coming Thursday, February 22. Policy committees must post agendas that schedule any remaining second chamber measures (Senate bills in the House, House bills in the Senate) for which they intend to hold work sessions.  This will not apply to Ways & Means, Revenue, Rules, and other joint committees. Bills in a policy committee that are not scheduled for a work session by this deadline cannot become law.
Good News - Oregon's Revenue Forecast is UP!  

On Friday, February 16th, Oregon's economists released their latest revenue forecast that anticipates general fund (state dollars) and lottery funds will be up $255.4 million from the end of last session (July 2017). This is about 1.2 percent higher than they estimated. We are hearing that a large ch unk of this revenue will go toward rebuilding the state's "rainy day" fund which was depleted more than usual during Oregon's difficult fire season last summer. We will be working with our partners to gather more definitive information about the impact of this additional revenue on human services budgets (including DD services).

While this budget news is promising, we are continuing our advocacy  efforts to prevent changes to children's waiver eligibility that could result in wait lists for children accessing DD Services as early as July 2018 and could cause 1 in 3 of children in DD Services to lose access to needed services because of parental income levels as of October 2019. Download our advocacy fact sheet here .    

Bills to Watch 

For information about these and other bills the DD Coalition has selected that may impact the lives of people experiencing intellectual or developmental disabilities and their families, please reference our Bill Tracking Report. Hearings this week include the following:

Note: We expect to see several committees post agendas for this coming week in the next day or two.

8:00 AM / HR E House Human Services and Housing Committee plans to hold public hearings and possible work sessions for the following:

  • SB 1526 A - Prohibits court from considering parent's disability in determining whether to terminate parental rights unless parent's conduct related to disability is of such nature and duration as to render parent incapable of providing proper care to child or ward for extended periods of time.  
  • SB 1540 A - Modifies the definition of child abuse for the purpose of mandatory reporting. 
Watch live video or listen to audio of the Senate and House chamber sessions and Committee hearings online through the Oregon State Legislature's website
Advocacy Days

Our first DD Advocacy Day of the year held on Valentine's Day was well attended by advocates who traveled near and far to participate. 

We encourage you to connect with your legislators any day this session, and if possible please plan to join us on at our next Advocacy Days event:
Tuesday, February 27 from 10 AM to 2 PM
Training provided at 11 AM
State Library of Oregon (directly across from Capitol)
250 Winter Street NE Salem, Room 102 & 103
The Oregon Developmental Disability Coalition's GO! Project Advocacy Team will be available to provide you with information, training and support:
  • Go to www.oregonlegislature.gov to get contact information for your State Representative and State Senator
  • Schedule a time to discuss the issue of DD Services funding with your two state legislators and/or their staff
  • Wear something yellow to show unity in advocacy
  • Stop by before and after your visits for important advocacy updates!
Now Let's GO!

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