No time for this

Current Events & News | 06/24/2019

Parasa Chanramy
Policy & Implementation Director

In case you missed my email on Friday, Senate Republicans walked out last week for the second time, denying quorum and grinding the entire legislative process to a halt.

With less than two weeks left in the 2019 session, their delay jeopardizes important legislation like HB 5015, a budget bill that provides $170 million in base funding for Measure 98, and millions for early learning and the statewide equity initiatives.

We are extremely disappointed with this behavior, and I bet you are, too. Join us in urging Senate Republicans to come back to work!

Email Senate Republicans

Thank you to everyone who has already sent emails and reached out to lawmakers. Stand leaders sent 891 emails to Senate Republicans over the weekend, and I know we’re just getting started!

If there aren’t enough senators to reach quorum by June 30th, hundreds of bills will die when the clock strikes midnight that night.

Governor Brown is already preparing to call a special session for the first week of July. If that happens, all bills that haven’t passed must go through the legislative process again in order to be considered.

For more information, make sure to join our weekly calls on Fridays from noon to 12:30pm to get the latest on what’s happening at the Capitol.

What: Weekly Legislative Update Calls
When: Every Friday from noon to 12:30pm
Tune in by phone: 408-740-3766 (Access code: 669 855 1592 #)
and
Join the presentation/video: https://zoom.us/my/stand.spare

Key updates from last week:

The Joint Committee on Ways and Means advanced the Oregon Department of Education’s budget (HB 5015) with 20 YES votes and one NO vote. The bill heads to the House floor next.HB 5015 includes base funding for Measure 98 ($170 million of the total $303.2 million). The bill also contains millions in important investments for early learning and several equity initiatives like the African American Student Success plan and the Tribal Attendance program.

HB 2164, which includes the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Education Savings Credit, moved out of the Joint Committee on Tax Expenditures last week. HB 2164 heads to the House floor to be considered. If this bill passes, both credits will help support more low- and middle-income families and students.

SB 800, which would help improve the transfer of credits from high school to higher education, is still stalled in the Ways and Means Committee. Since we still have time for now, we continue to work with partners to incorporate this priority into another bill.

What’s on the docket this week:

We expect the House to work on some of Stand’s key bills this week, including HB 5015 (ODE’s budget bill with base funding for Measure 98) and HB 2164 (the tax credit bill).

In the Senate, things are less clear. As long as the Republican walkout continues, much of the work that the Senate needs to accomplish remains stalled.

This behavior is not okay; the walkout is stalling funding for Measure 98, early learning, different equity initiatives and many other important priorities that have an impact on children and families across Oregon.

If you haven’t already, please join us in telling Senate Republicans to come back to work.

Email Senate Republicans

As always, you’re invited to learn the very latest every Friday during session by joining my legislative update call from noon to 12:30.

What: Weekly Legislative Update Calls
When: Every Friday from noon to 12:30pm
Tune in by phone: 408-740-3766 (Access code: 669 855 1592 #)
and
Join the presentation/video: https://zoom.us/my/stand.spare

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