We’ve almost completed 2 months of the Legislative Session! This week marks a milestone as each of the campaigns on the Fair Shot for All 2017 Legislative Agenda have had their first hearings at the Capitol.
Cover All Kids
Oregon is one step closer to ensuring that every child has access to health insurance and is on the pathway to success. The Cover All Kids campaign has passed its first legislative hurdle by moving out of the House and Senate Health Care Committees. The bills now await hearings in the Ways and Means Committee.
In 2015 Fair Shot for All helped pass legislation that banned profiling by law enforcement. This year we’re taking the next step to address profiling by asking the legislature to collect better data, require training of all law enforcement officers, establish accountability mechanisms, and address disparities in drug crimes. HB 2355 is expected to pass out of the House Committee on Judiciary next week.
Family and Medical Leave Insurance
Most Oregonians will one day need time away from work to deal with a serious personal or family illness or to care for a new child. Over 100 community members came to Salem Thursday to share this message with their legislators during the first Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI) Act hearing in the House Committee on Early Childhood and Family Supports.
Reproductive Health Equity
The Reproductive Health Equity bill, HB 3391, had its first hearing last week in the House Committee on Health Care. Fair Shot coalition partners sent a message loud and clear: Every Oregonian--regardless of income, citizenship status, gender identity, or type of insurance--must have access to full reproductive health coverage.
Stable Homes for Oregon Families
Today, far too many Oregonians are experiencing extreme rent increases and no-cause evictions. Hundreds turned out on March 2nd to testify in support of HB 2004 in front of House Committee on Human Services and Housing.