Legislative Update, week three

Oregon and New Jersey are the only two states that don’t allow motorists to pump their own gas.  But that may be changing.  The proverbial camel’s nose nudged into tent when the 2015 legislature allowed self-serve in “low-population” counties after 6 p.m. and before 6 a.m.  On Friday, the House Committee on Transportation Policy considered whether a few more camel parts in the tent might be appropriate.  If HB 2482 and HB 2458 become law, self-serve will be available at all hours in rural counties and card-lock stations will be permitted to sell retail gas between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. in those counties.

Why should the disability community take interest in this?  Simply because many people with disabilities drive but cannot manipulate gas pumps.  If a station is not staffed to assist a person who cannot pump their own gas, that person is not only denied the equal benefit of the station’s service but may be prevented from traveling.  Imagine being a wheelchair user who has run out of gas on a remote rural highway.  Not so good.  The bills’ proponents testified that they are working with AAA to craft a solution.  If the camel is in the tent, it should be ADA accessible.

The week in review

These bills had Public Hearings during the week:

SB 66   Requires courts to notify persons found guilty except for insanity of sex crime of their obligation to report as sex offender and of gun restrictions that apply to them.

SB 82 Bans the use of solitary confinement of youth in OYA facilities for punishment.

SB 101  Authorizes the child abuse investigation or interview of a child who is subject of a child abuse report on private as well as public school premises.

SB 105  Requires independent residence facilities for minors to be licensed, certified or authorized by DHS under laws regulating child-caring agencies.

SB 239 Establishes a process to determine the consent of a resident of a residential care facility or adult foster home to individually based limitations of certain rights.

SB  243 Expands the definition of “child in care” to include children receiving care and services from certified foster homes and developmental disabilities residential facilities.

These bills were passed out of committee with a do pass recommendation:

SB 63 Modifies notice requirements by PSRB regarding hearings.

SB 244 Establishes notification requirements of DHS regarding reported or suspected deficiencies, violations or failures of a child-caring agency to comply with requirements and reports of suspected child abuse.

SB 245 Modifies the definition of “child care facility.”

Upcoming

Monday

Public Hearings in the Senate Committee on Judiciary  8:30 am, Hearing Room 343

SB 64 Renames “mental disease or defect” to “qualifying psychiatric or developmental condition” in criminal and certain juvenile statutes.
SB 65 Authorizes the PSRB to establish a restorative justice program.

Public Hearings in the Senate Committee on Human Services, 1:00 pm, Hearing Room D 

SB 243 Expands the definition of “child in care” to include children receiving care and services from certified foster homes and developmental disabilities residential facilities.
SB 397 Directs DHS to convene a work group to develop common client confidentiality release form.
SB 58 Modifies the duties and authority of the Long Term Care Ombudsman.
SB 59 Authorizes the Long Term Care Ombudsman to petition fora protective order regarding person in long term care facilities or residential facilities when the ombudsman believes the person is in need of protective services.
SB 95 Requires certain securities professionals to report suspected financial exploitation of elderly, disabled or vulnerable individual..
SB 275 Permits health care providers to deny request for free copy of health information regarding individual who is appealing denial of Social Security disability benefits in some cases.

Public Hearings in the House Committee on Health Care, 3:00 pm, Hearing Room E

HB 2339 Prohibits health care provider or participating health care facility from balance billing patient covered by health benefit plan or health care service contract for services provided at participating health care facility.
HB 2398 Prohibits health care provider from billing medical assistance recipient except as provided by Oregon Health Authority by rule.

Tuesday

Work Session in the Senate Committee on Judiciary, 8:15 am, Hearing Room 343.

SB 82 Bans the use of solitary confinement of youth in OYA facilities for punishment.

Public Hearing in the Senate Committee On Veterans and Emergency Preparedness, 3:00 pm, Hearing Room B.

SB 129 Establishes a Task Force on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Oregon.

Wednesday

Public Hearings in the Senate Committee On Human Services 1:00 pm, Hearing Room D.

SB 238 Requires DHS to pay agencies that contract with DHS to provide comprehensive services to adults with physical, intellectual or developmental disabilities amounts sufficient for agencies to pay 150 percent of minimum wage to direct support professionals.
SB 104 Modifies provisions relating to registry of persons who provide care in certain facilities.

Public Hearing in the House Committee on Judiciary, 1:00 pm, Hearing Room 343.

HB 2622 Authorizes financial institutions to refuse certain financial transactions when the financial institution reasonably believes financial exploitation of vulnerable person may have occurred, may have been attempted or is being attempted.

Public Hearing in the House Commiittee on Health Care, 3:00 pm, Hearing Room E.

HB 2319 Creates a Mental Health Regulatory Agency.
HB 2552 Requires OHA to operate, on each campus of Oregon State Hospital, a facility to provide short-term mental health treatment and residential care.

Thursday

Public Hearing in the House Committee On Agriculture and Natural Resources, 8:00 am, Hearing Room D.

HB 2634 Modifies criteria for qualification as “person with a disability” under wildlife laws so that it conforms with the ADA.  This is a DRO bill.

Public Hearings in the House Committee on Human Services and Housing, 8:00 am, Hearing Room E.

HB 2547 Appropriates moneys from the General Fund for operation of the Gatekeeper program by Northwest Senior and Disability Services agency.
HB 2551 Prohibits placement of a child with intellectual disability, who is taken into protective custody, in hotel, motel, inn, hospital, Department of Human Services office or juvenile detention facility.
HB 2728 Requires DHS to pay comprehensive services providers at a service rate that is no less than rate paid by department for similar services provided by personal support worker or by direct care provider in secure residential treatment home or facility.

Public Hearings and Work Session in the Senate Committee on Education, 3:00 pm, Hearing Room C.

SB 318 Directs the Department of Education to provide technical assistance and support to school districts and community colleges to prevent and respond to interpersonal violence.
SB 414 Directs the Department of Education to establish school-based student threat assessment system to support school personnel in conducting threat assessments of students who are at risk of engaging in violence or destructive behavior or committing self-harm or suicide.
SB 183 Directs Department of Education to establish Early Indicator and Intervention System. (Work Session)

More information

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