03/24/2017 Legislative Update March 27
“My favored term is First Man Dan.”Governor Kate Brown tells lawmakers how she describes Oregon’s First Partner/Gentleman
News of the week: The State Revenue Forecast is up
The State Economist released the May Revenue forecast on Thursday, revealing revenues are up by $463M since the last quarterly forecast. The guarantees an additional $105M for schools, due to a prior agreement by legislators to dedicate 40 percent of any new revenues for education. Economists are also certain the kicker will kick, estimating personal income tax credits of $473M. The release of the May Revenue forecast is a critical piece to wrapping up the 2015-2017 budgets.
The Road to Sine Die
In addition to wrapping up state agency budgets, one of the big go home issues for Governor Brown is a transportation package. Legislative leadership from both parties came back to the table on Monday. Previously, the talks had been suspended after a low-carbon fuel standard bill (SB 324) was passed and signed into law. Republican leaders say they won’t vote for a transportation package unless Oregon’s low-carbon fuel standard is repealed. They plan to meet again today.
One issue that hasn’t been resolved is the implementation of Measure 91, which legalizes the sale of recreational marijuana. To date, the Joint Committee on Measure 91 has not been able to reach agreement on any legislation. Senate President Peter Courtney announced the the creation of a Senate Special Committee on Implementing Measure 91 to break the impasse, although the joint committee will continue to convene. Measure 91 goes into effect July 1.
The big bill this week: E-Cigarette Regulations Pass
The Senate passed HB 2546, which will regulate e-cigarettes in the same way as traditional cigarettes. This bill will keep e-cigarettes out of the hands of minors and prohibit their use in indoor public places and places of employment. The bill now heads to legislative leadership and to the Governor for signatures.
The next deadline: May 22 – Deadline for Chairs to SCHEDULE Work Sessions for Second Chamber Measures
Policy committee Chairs must post agendas with the second chamber measures that they intend to hold a work session on before the May 22 deadline. This does not apply to Ways & Means, Revenue, Rules, and other joint committees.
Hearings Next Week
SB 840, allows licensed independent practitioners to perform involuntary psychiatric holds. It’s up on Monday in the House Health Care Committee. OCEP participated in the OAHHS workgroup on mental health. This is one of the recommendations from the workgroup.
HB 3378, which requires hospitals to adopt written discharge policies for patients, is up for a hearing on May 20 in House Health Care.
SB 874, adrenal insufficiency, is up for a hearing in House Health on Wednesday. At the request of the Senate Health Care Committee Chair, OCEP worked on amendments. The new version of the bill (A-Engrossed) removes the requirements that establish medical protocols in EDs. Instead the Oregon Health Authority will identify informational materials and distribute them to hospitals and emergency provider associations.
Thing to Know: Note from Mother
This is the term used to get a permission slip from a legislator in order to have Legislative Counsel draft a bill or amendments for a bill. If a non-legislator wants a change, they will need to get a note from mother. Oregon does not allow amendments from the floor unlikes the U.S. House and Senate.
For more information about the legislative process, please contact Katy King.