Policy Bills and Hearings This Week
So far this session, there have been 1,929 bills introduced on a wide-range of subjects. Of those, there are around three dozen bills that the DD Coalition is currently monitoring that could potentially require some sort of advocacy or involvement by the DD community. We are still in the process of evaluating the bills and learning more about them, so keep an eye on future issues of the GO! Bulletin for more information. Please see our DD Coalition Priority Bills report if you want to learn more about these bills.
The following are the hearings scheduled for the upcoming week that might be of interest:
MONDAY — January 25, 2021
8:00 am / Remote B: House Subcommittee on Equitable Policing will hold an Informational Meeting on a group of bills that came from the recommendations of the Joint Committee on Transparent Policing and Use of Force Reform. That report issued, December 31, 2020, is available here .
1:00 pm / Remote C: House Committee on Early Childhood will hold an Informational Meeting with invited testimony only related to the work of an Early Childhood Task Force. The committee will be hearing from LPRO Staff, Dana Hepper of the Children’s Institute, Marie Simonds of the Wild Rivers Coast Alliance, and Elanna Yalow, Kindercare Education. The Committee will also be receiving information on Coronavirus Response/Impacts with testimony from Miriam Calderon, Early Learning System Director.
1:00 pm / Remote B: Senate Committee on Health Care will hold an Informational Meeting with invited testimony only related to COVID-19 Response Updates and COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution & At-Risk Populations.
3:15 pm / Remote B: Senate Committee on Education will be holding an Informational Meeting with invited testimony only on K-12 School Reopening Efforts. Testimony is expected from Lindsey Capps, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Governor; Colt Gill, Director, Oregon Department of Education; Dean Sidelinger, State Epidemiologist, Oregon Health Authority; John Larson, President, Oregon Education Association; TBD, Oregon School Employees Association; Tenneal Wetherell, Superintendent, South Coast Education Service District, representing the Coalition of Oregon School Administrators; Erika Lopez, Hillsboro School District, representing the Oregon School Boards Association; Kristi Dille, President, Oregon PTA; Audrie Fox, representing Oregon Student Voice; Heather Godsey, President, Oregon School Nurses Association; and Kali Thorne Ladd, Executive Director, Kairos PDX.
TUESDAY — January 26, 2021
1:00 pm / Remote E: House Committee on Education will be holding an Informational Meeting with invited testimony only on the Oregon Department of Education Legislative Update. Testimony is expected from Colt Gill, Director, Oregon Department of Education; Carmen Xiomar Urbina, Deputy Director, Oregon Department of Education; Jessica Ventura, Government Relations Director, Oregon Department of Education; Grace Bullock, Senior Mental Health Strategist, Oregon Department of Education; and Katarina Mosely, Director, Health in Education, Oregon Health Authority.
1:00 pm / Remote C: Senate Committee on Housing and Development will be holding an Informational Meeting with invited testimony only on Community Groups and Legal Aid. Testimony is expected from Ryan Fisher, Lobbyist, Housing Authorities of Oregon; Alison McIntosh, Convener of Oregon Housing Alliance and Policy and Communications Director of Neighborhood Partnerships; Sybil Hebb, Director of Legislative Advocacy, Oregon Law Center; John VanLandingham, Attorney, Lane County Legal Aid and Oregon Law Center; Molly McGrew, Lobbyist, Multifamily NW; and Kim McCarty, Executive Director, Community Alliance of Tenants.
3:15 pm / Remote B: Senate Committee on Human Services, Mental Health and Recovery will be holding an Informational Meeting with invited testimony only on COVID-19 Vaccination Phase 1a Population: Update on Progress, Barriers and Successes. Testimony is expected from Dr. Dana Hargunani, Chief Medical Officer, Oregon Health Authority; Laura Hennum, Chief Executive Officer, Good Samaritan Hospital; Lilia Teninty, Director, Office of Developmental Disabilities Services, Department of Human Services; and Leslie Sutton, Executive Director, Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities.
WEDNESDAY — January 27, 2021
3:15 pm / Remote F: House Committee on Human Services will be holding an Informational Meeting with invited testimony only on the Department of Human Services (DHS) Overview. Testimony is expected from Fariborz Pakseresht, Director, ODHS Overview; Rebecca Jones Gaston, Director, Child Welfare Programs; Dan Haun, Director, Self-Sufficiency Programs; Keith Ozols, Director, Vocational Rehabilitation; Lilia Teninty, Director, Office of Developmental Disability Services; and Mike McCormick, Interim Director, Aging and People with Disabilities.
3:15 pm / Remote 170: House Subcommittee on COVID-19 will be holding an Informational Meeting with invited testimony only on several topics with multiple speakers: COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan Overview and Status Update; Engaging Low Income and BIPOC Workers in the Vaccination Process; and COVID-19 Vaccines and How They Work.
3:15 pm / Remote B: Senate Committee on Education will be holding an Informational Meeting with invited testimony only on K-12 School Reopening, as well as a Public Hearing on K-12 School Reopening.
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THURSDAY — January 28, 2021
1:00 pm / Remote F: House Committee on Judiciary will be holding a public hearing on HB 2502, a bill that adds five members representing “historically disadvantaged groups” to the Task Force on School Safety.
INTERESTED IN GIVING TESTIMONY AT A PUBLIC HEARING?
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