Policy

Disability Rights Oregon (DRO) advocates for legislation and public policy that will protect and increase the independence, safety, and integration of people who have disabilities. This includes:

 

  • lobbying during Oregon’s legislative sessions to ensure that new laws support these goals
  • working closely with Oregon’s state administrative agencies to pursue remedies or approaches that protect the rights of eligible people with disabilities
  • serving on Advisory Committees for public agencies to improve policies and procedures
  • partnering with other community groups to increase safety and supports for people with disabilities

 

A marble sculpture with an inscription that reads: "A free state is formed and is maintained by the voluntary union of the whole people joined together under the same body of laws for the common welfare and the sharing of benefits justly apportioned"

Legislative Update, week four

“Words matter.”  Just look at the front wall of the Capitol building where the words pictured above are carved. Inside the building, everyone who testified on SB 64 in the Senate Judiciary agreed that words matter. We did not agree on whether the words in the bill should pass.  SB 64 would change the term “mental… Continue Reading Legislative Update, week four

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… Continue Reading Legislative Update, week three

Oregon Capitol building with green mall lawn and cherry trees with pink spring blossoms

Town hall meetings will be your chance to give input on state services

Oregon legislators are holding seven town halls across the state to receive input about the next state budget. On January 19, the co-chairs of the Joint Ways and Means Committee released an “Existing Resources Framework.” The framework outlines changes and cuts to state services that will be considered if Oregon does not increase revenue. You can read… Continue Reading Town hall meetings will be your chance to give input on state services