Legislative Update from OAD on 5/19/2019

OAD and Community Bills

Senate Bill 795
Prescribes requirements for Oregon Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Services Program.
Status: Referred to Ways and Means by order of the Senate President (4/9/2019)
Point of Contact: Chad A. Ludwig at LudwigAdvocate@gmail.com

House Bill 3206
Requires Department of Human Services to administer program to make support service providers available to individuals who are deaf-blind.
Status: Referred to Ways and Means (4/12/2019)
Point of Contact: Shannon Mason at odbcan@outlook.com

House Bill 3205
Expands Telecommunication Devices Access Program to include provision of communication facilitators.
Status: GOVERNOR SIGNED on May 13!!!!! On May 17th, it went into book - Chapter 113, (2019 Laws): Effective date January 1, 2020. 
Point of Contact: Shannon Mason at odbcan@outlook.com

Senate Bill 1033
An Act to direct Division of Motor Vehicles to provide that information may be included in the Oregon vehicle registration system indicating that the operator of the vehicle may be deaf or hard of hearing
Status: Work Session Hearing to Monday, May 20h at 3pm in Room #F.
Point of Contact: Chad A. Ludwig at LudwigAdvocate@gmail.com

Not OAD's Bills and OAD do support these Bills

Senate Bill 13
Changes terminology [for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing] of certain disabilities for purposes of special education statutes.
Status: Passed from House Committee on Education on May 6th. It is being referred to full House for vote. 

Senate Bill 352
Appropriates moneys from General Fund to Oregon Department of Administrative Services for distribution to Tucker Maxon School to provide financial aid to students with hearing loss who cannot afford tuition and for capital improvements.
Status: The bill passed on 4/8/2019 from Senate Committee on Education to Ways and Means Committee, await for schedule hearing.


Special note: Individuals with a disability who need a reasonable accommodation to participate in any functions at Oregon State Capitol, please contact at 503-986-1373 or employee.services@oregonlegislature.gov at least 48 hours prior to the event.