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Social Policy

Feb 19, 2024

Legislative Report - Week of 2/19

On February 26, The Joint Committee on Addictions and Community Safety Response is holding a public hearing to consider two amendments to HB 4002 which deals with Oregon’s addiction crisis.

Feb 12, 2024

Legislative Report - Week of 2/12

HB 4082, Summer Learning for 2024 and Beyond, to provide $50 million for summer care in 2024 and establish a workgroup for planning to support after-school and summer learning opportunities and care in the future was approved unanimously in the House Committee on Education and referred to Ways and Means.

Feb 5, 2024

Legislative Report - Week of 2/5

Volunteers are needed who are interested in issues related to Children at Risk, Corrections, Farmworkers, Mental Health, and Physical Health. Please contact SocialPolicy@lwvor.org for more information about how you can make a difference with League advocacy.

Jan 15, 2024

Legislative Report - Week of 1/15

Volunteers are needed who are interested in issues related to Children at Risk, Corrections, Farmworkers, Mental Health, and Physical Health. Please contact SocialPolicy@lwvor.org for more information about how you can make a difference with League advocacy.

Nov 13, 2023

Legislative Report - November Interim

The Joint Interim Addiction and Community Response Committee held an in-depth discussion on the controlled substance crimes of unlawful possession, manufacture or delivery of illegal drugs during November interim legislative days.

Oct 2, 2023

Legislative Report - September Interim

Senate Judiciary discussed SB 337 on 9-27. The bill formed a new Public Defense Services Commission, to become effective 1-1-2024. The staff is recruiting new defense attorneys for unrepresented clients residing In jails.

Aug 18, 2023

Legislative Report - Sine Die

In 2023, it became clear that the housing crisis is now a statewide issue. In communities throughout Oregon people are living on the street and many of those who are housed are at risk of losing their homes because they can’t afford to pay their rent.

Jun 26, 2023

Legislative Report - Week of 6/26

SB 1089 (changed from SB 704) Sets up a Governance board for Universal Health Care. The board would create a plan to finance and administer Universal Health Care for Oregonians.

Jun 12, 2023

Legislative Report - Week of 6/12

On June 6, the Legislative Fiscal Office and the Joint W&Ms issued their recommended budget to the Transportation and Economic Development Subcommittee on SB 5511, the Housing and Community Services Department (OHCS) budget: Legislative Fiscal Office's analysis.

Jun 5, 2023

Legislative Report - Week of 6/5

At the urging of newly-elected Governor Kotek, the Oregon Legislature invested more than $215 million in the Early Session Housing Package.

May 29, 2023

Legislative Report - Week of 5/29

The continued Republican walkout has prevented 17 floor sessions from being held, with 150 bills waiting to be worked on by the Senate after significant effort and gaining bipartisan support.

May 22, 2023

Legislative Report - Week of 5/22

Fortunately, many critical housing policy bills and funding passed earlier in the session, but some are still under consideration or awaiting Senate action.

May 15, 2023

Legislative Report - Week of 5/15

Republican walkouts have prevented the full Senate from considering key housing bills that passed out of Senate Housing and Development and are ready for floor votes. In better news, the full House adopted SB 702, which will require racial justice and implicit bias training for home appraisers.

May 8, 2023

Legislative Report - Week of 5/8

Despite the controversy over sensitive bills and the walkout by Senate Republicans since last May 3, legislators continue to hold committee meetings with the intention of meeting their constitutional obligation to adjourn after 160 days, which is Sunday, June 25 at midnight.

May 1, 2023

Legislative Report - Week of 5/1

To address the state’s Homelessness State of Emergency Governor Kotek launched earlier this year an emergency response initiative made up of seven regional multi-agency coordinating groups (MAC). On April 28, the Governor and Oregon Housing and Community Services announced that the funding agreements have been signed and are being sent to the regional MAC groups to effectively distribute this critically needed emergency resource.

Apr 24, 2023

Legislative Report - Week of 4/24

Governor Kotek created the Housing Production Advisory Council to develop comprehensive recommendations to build 36,000 homes per year. On April 25, the Council released its Framework for Action Plan, which gives priority to solutions that will have the greatest impact in addressing the state’s housing shortage, and inequity and racial injustice. 

Apr 17, 2023

Legislative Report - Week of 4/17

April is Fair Housing Month. This year marks the 55th anniversary of the passage of the 1968 Fair Housing Act.

Apr 10, 2023

Legislative Report - Week of 4/10

SB 216 Passed out of SCHC 3/1, Now in House Behavioral Health and Health Care.

Apr 3, 2023

Legislative Report - Week of 4/3

The Senate and House Judiciary Committees made their way through their backload of bills in work sessions on April 3 and 4.

Mar 27, 2023

Legislative Report - Week of 3/27

It has been another busy week for the Legislature as it works to meet a first-chamber deadline of April 4, when bills must be sent out of committee, either to the floor for a vote or to another committee for further consideration.

Mar 20, 2023

Legislative Report - Week of 3/20

Three key gun safety bills were heard together in a combined informational and public testimony hearing in House Judiciary on March 22.

Mar 13, 2023

Legislative Report - Week of 3/13

“Unprecedented” is frequently quoted if the Legislature passes Governor Kotek’s comprehensive $200 million funding request.

Mar 6, 2023

Legislative Report - Week of 3/6

SB 551, a bill that directs OHA to provide information on safe storage of firearms and prescription drugs to school districts for dissemination on their websites and social media, was heard in Senate Education on March 7.

Feb 27, 2023

Legislative Report - Week of 2/27

The League submitted supportive testimony on two bills, both heard on February 27 in the House Judiciary, related to programs at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility.

Feb 20, 2023

Legislative Report - Week of 2/20

The Legislature is introducing bold and innovative bills to address critical issues facing our state, including homelessness, evictions, social inequities, and a severe affordable housing shortage.

Feb 13, 2023

Legislative Report - Week of 2/13

Governor Kotek has underscored the need to address the state’s housing emergency, and the legislature is coalescing around bills to serve communities around the state in sheltering the unhoused, providing low- and extremely low-income housing, and serving those experiencing economic inequality. 

Feb 6, 2023

Legislative Report - Week of 2/6

Oregon’s housing crisis demands a wide variety of tools aimed at keeping people who are housed in their homes and helping people with inadequate or no shelter into safe and stable housing.

Jan 30, 2023

Legislative Report - Week of 1/23

Action is converging around Governor Kotek’s priority to address the state’s housing emergency.

Jan 30, 2023

Legislative Report - Week of 1/30

The League submitted testimony in support of SB 529, heard in Senate Judiciary on January 31. The bill modifies alternative incarceration programs to specifically address the chronic disease of addiction.

Jan 24, 2023

Legislative Report - Week of 1/16

It is difficult to predict what will take place during the 2023 Legislative Session about issues related to reproductive rights in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in Dobbs vs. Jackson Women's Health.

Jan 17, 2023

Legislative Report - Week of 1/10 - 1/17

Debbie Aiona and Nancy Donovan attended the Oregon Housing Alliance’s membership meeting to learn about proposed legislation under consideration for its 2023 legislative agenda. LWVOR is an alliance member.

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