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QUARTERLY STATE REVENUE FORECAST THIS WEEK!

Legislators from the Senate Committee on Finance and Revenue and the House Committee on Revenue will convene a joint session on February 25, 2021, at 3:15 pm in Remote A to receive the March 2021 Economic and Revenue Forecast from the Office of Economic Analysis. This will give legislators a better idea of the revenues the state is currently projecting for the 2021-23 biennium. As of the last revenue forecast in December of 2020, the projected gap between available resources and estimated expenditures for the 2021-23 biennium was $792.7 million without additional federal relief funding.

POLICY BILLS AND HEARINGS

The DD Coalition is keeping an eye on bills that could have an impact or be of interest to individuals with developmental disabilities. Please see our DD Coalition Priority Bills report for more information. Below are just some of the hearings and bills we’re tracking during the upcoming week.     

MONDAY — February 22, 2021

1:00 pm / Remote C: House Committee on Early Childhood will be holding public hearings on the following bills:
o  HB 2503: Expands eligibility for certain child-care subsidy programs.
o  HB 3073: Relates to the Early Learning Authority and revises the goals of our statewide early learning system. The bill also modifies the membership and duties of the State Interagency Coordinating Council.

1:00 pm / Remote BSenate Committee on Health Care will hold the following:
o  A work session on SB 70, a bill that requires Oregon Health Authority to work with regional health equity coalitions and groups utilizing a regional health equity coalition model throughout the state.
o  Public hearings on the following bills:
SB 457: Modifies required coverage of prescription drugs in medical assistance program.
SB 558: Prohibits insurance policy or contract that provides coverage for prescription drug to require prescription for drug to be filled or refilled at mail order pharmacy or to prohibit prescription from being filled or refilled at local pharmacy.
SB 560: Requires insurer and health care service contractor to count payments made on behalf of enrollee for costs of care toward enrollee's out-of-pocket maximum or cost-sharing.

TUESDAY — February 23, 2021

8:00 am / Remote D: House Committee on Housing will be holding a public hearing on HB 2163, a bill that establishes a long-term rental assistance program in the Housing and Community Services Department.

8:00 am / Remote ASenate Committee on Judiciary and Ballot Measure 110 Implementation will be holding public hearings on the following bills:
o  SB 190: Modifies permissible methods of providing notice of appointment of guardian to protected person.
o  SB 202: Requires court, under certain circumstances, to appoint legal counsel for respondent or protected person in protective proceeding.
o  SB 578: Requires court, under certain circumstances, to appoint legal counsel for respondent or protected person in protective proceeding.

1:00 pm / Remote E: House Committee on Education will be holding public hearings on the following bills:
o  HB 2001: Requires school district that is making reductions in educator staff positions to retain teacher with less seniority if teacher has more merit and if retention of teacher is necessary to maintain school district's diversity ratio.
o  HB 2166: Directs Superintendent of Public Instruction to convene advisory group to review equity in education system of state and to report results of review to interim committee of Legislative Assembly related to education.
o  HB 2697: Requires education provider to prohibit use or display of any symbols of hate on school property or in education program.

1:00 pm / Remote DSenate Committee on Rules will be holding a public hearing on SCR 9, a bill that requires committees and subcommittees of Senate and House of Representatives, and joint committees and subcommittees of Legislative Assembly, to accept remote testimony given by telephonic or electronic means.

3:15 pm / Remote FHouse Committee on Health Care will be holding a public hearing on HB 2390, a bill that requires health benefit plan and health care service contract coverage of pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections and pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome.

3:15 pm / Remote B: Senate Committee Human Services, Mental Health and Recovery will be holding public hearings on the following bills:
o  SB 279: Directs Department of Human Services, to extent practicable, to avoid scheduling meetings and appointments involving child in foster care during school day.
o  SB 517: Directs Department of Human Services to provide person having legal custody of child with explanation for child's removal and description of expected remedial steps person must take for child's return.
o  SB 663: Prohibits Department of Human Services from disclosing records and reports related to child abuse investigations to certain entities unless court finds report of abuse is founded.

WEDNESDAY — February 24, 2021

8:00 am / Remote C: House Committee on Behavioral Health will be holding a public hearing on HB 2417, a bill that requires the Department of Human Services to administer program to provide matching grants to cities or counties to operate mobile crisis intervention teams.

3:15 pm / Remote FHouse Committee on Human Services will be holding public hearings on the following bills:
o  HB 3039: Requires Oregon Health Authority, in coordination with Department of Human Services, to convene one or more groups of stakeholders and experts to study and make recommendations regarding electronic referral system for social services and statewide health information exchange.
o  HB 2119: Transfers responsibility for 2-1-1 system from Office of Emergency Management to Department of Human Services.

3:15 pm / Remote AHouse Committee on Revenue and the Senate Committee on Finance and Revenue will be holding a joint informational meeting to receive the March 2021 Economic Revenue Forecast from the Office of Economic Analysis.

3:15 pm / Remote B: Senate Committee on Education will be holding work sessions on the following bills it had public hearings on last week:
o  SB 53: Updates terminology and funding provisions related to special education programs provided on local, county or regional basis.
o  SB 55: Directs Office of School Facilities to administer statewide facilities assessment program.
o  SB 222: Directs Department of Education to provide reimbursements for vision screenings of students to persons that provide vision screenings.

The committee will also be holding public hearings the following bills:
o  SB 736: Establishes a Task Force on Restorative Justice.
o  SB 328: Prescribes requirements for annual school district and school performance reports, including requirement for inclusion of data related to suspensions and expulsions.
o  SB 236: Directs Early Learning Division to conduct study on use of suspension and expulsion in early childhood care and education programs and to report results of study to interim committee of Legislative Assembly related to education.

3:15 pm / Remote 174House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Civil Law will be holding a public hearing on HB 2937, a bill that provides that a student who experiences an incident of harassment, discrimination or intimidation based on student's race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability or national origin, has a cause of action against the school district and perpetrator of incident.

THURSDAY — February 25, 2021

8:00 am / Remote FJoint Committee on Transportation will be holding a public hearing on HB 2985, a bill that directs the Oregon Department of Transportation to ensure that membership of advisory committees reflects racial and ethnic and ability composition of Oregon.

3:15 pm / Remote 170House Committee on Veterans and Emergency Management will be holding a work session on HB 2426, a bill that directs the Oregon Homeland Security Council to develop an updated list of equipment for purposes of the emergency preparedness equipment grant program.

3:15 pm / Remote CSenate Committee on Veterans and Emergency Preparedness, will be holding a public hearing on SB 434, a bill that requires Oregon Health Authority to adopt rules governing facilities that provide community-based care to elderly individuals and individuals with disabilities to ensure planning by facilities and safeguards for occupants in event of natural disaster or pandemic.


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
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