Legislative Watch: Senate Bill 724 to have fund available for Deaf program


Senate Bill 724

Establishes Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard of Hearing Fund. Continuously appropriates moneys in fund to Department of Human Services for purpose of administering programs of department for in- dividuals who are deaf, deaf-blind or hard of hearing.

Directs Public Utility Commission to transfer certain amount of residential service protection and assistive telecommunication devices surcharge moneys, not to exceed $500,000 per year, to fund. Requires commission and department to enter into agreement to specify amount of moneys to be transferred and to establish plan for biennial reduction in moneys transferred.

Directs department to develop and issue request for proposals for, and to select, eligible nonprofit organization to provide services funded through fund. Requires department to select nonprofit organization no later than January 1, 2022.

Full Bill: https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/...