Oregon's Legislative Session Week 8
Things are definitely getting busier at the Capitol as we move close to some important session deadlines. The first deadline in front of us is Friday, March 17th which will be the last day that a bill can have an agenda posted for a work session. The work session does NOT have to be HELD by this date, but it must be scheduled in a committee (Exceptions are Rules, Revenue, or Joint Committees).
This will be a very busy week as quite a few of the bills we are monitoring are being considered. Seven bills we are following will have a hearing, five bills will have a work session, and two are expected to move through the Senate Chamber. These bills address a variety of important topics including direct support professional wage standards, regional family networks, adult foster home rates, out-of-state educational placements, emergency behavioral health services, and crisis hotline funding.
Another critical deadline coming up is Tuesday, April 4th which is the last day for policy bills to move out of committee in the chamber that they originated from. If a bill does not move out of the originating committee by this date, it will be considered “dead”. It is important to note that this deadline does not apply to Ways and Means, Revenue, Rules, or Joint Committees.