“Instead of reaching for weapons, we must reach for answers.”
Governor Kate Brown calls for an end to gun violence at her press conference urging legislators to strengthen current laws around background checks.

The Big Deal this Week

Oregon’s Revenue Forecast is released. The state General Fund resources are up $200 million since the December 2016 forecast. There’s still a $1.6 billion dollar shortfall to be addressed.

Rep. Mitch Greenlick, the chair of the House Health Care Committee, will start hearings on HB 2122, CCO Reform, on Monday.

Bill Watch

Zoom+ Care Introduces bills on PA prescribing (SB 423) and Emergency Services (SB 817) https://www.thelundreport.org/content/zoomcare-wants-physician-assistants-dispense-controlled-medications

SB 817 is up for a public hearing on Tuesday.

News of the Week

Oregon has a new legislator. Silverton Mayor Rick Lewis resigns his seat to take the one recently vacated by Rep. Vic Gilliam. http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/local/stayton/2017/02/23/rick-lewis-takes-house-oath-resigns-mayor/98315758/

HB 2114 Limit on Opioid Editorial: http://www.nrtoday.com/opinion/editorials/as_others_see_it/bills-battling-opioid-abuse-are-not-the-answer/article_d04d5772-07a3-56dd-adca-062e0abbaa92.html

Gov. Brown “End Gun Violence Now” press conference: http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/02/end_gun_violence_now_gov_kate.html

Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum won’t review charges against former Gov. Kitzhaber: http://portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/347025-226715-oregon-attorney-general-ellen-rosenblum-to-feds-wont-review-kitzhaber-case-after-all


February 28 – Deadline to file bills with the Secretary of the Senate or the Chief Clerk 

Measures that were requested by the January 13 deadline must be filed with the Secretary of the Senate or the Chief Clerk by 5 p.m. on February 28 in order to be introduced without counting against introduction limits. After this deadline, legislators must use a priority bill* in order to introduce bills.

Health-Related Bill hearings and other activities 

Monday, February 27

HB 2597 Distracted Driving (Public hearing/Possible Work Session)


HB 2122 Coordinated Care Organization Reform (Public Hearing)


Tuesday, February 28

SB 487 Wrongful Death/Medical Malpractice Cap Increases (Public Hearing and Work Session)


SB 801 Medical Imaging (Public Hearing)


SB 817 Allows urgent care centers to advertise “non-life threatening” emergency services. (Public Hearing)


Wednesday, March 1

SB 231 Establishes Task Force on Student Mental Health Support (Public Hearing)


HB 2675 Community Health Improvement Plans (work session)


HB 2679 Creates Hospital Rate Commission (Public Hearing)


Thursday, March 2 

HB 2613 Driving under the Influence —Expands offense to include other intoxicants

(Public Hearing and Possible Work Session)


Friday, March 3 

HB 2300 Prescription Drug Pricing -Requires cost of mental health drugs to be taken into consideration when determining global budgets (Public Hearing)


HB 2387 Prescription Drug Pricing Thresholds (Public Hearing)


Legislative Session 101: What’s a Priority Bill?

A priority bill is a drafting request that legislators may submit to Legislative Counsel at any time during the 2015 session. Every member shall be entitled to five requests but they don’t have to use them all. Many members hold onto them throughout the session. Once a measure bearing a priority designation of the Legislative Counsel has been delivered to the member, they have three business days to submit it to for introduction.


Questions about the Legislative Process? Contact Katy King: KatyKing01@gmail.com

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