2013-2014 INTERIM ACTIVITIES
Committee Work (September 16-18, 2013)
House Higher Education Committee (agenda) met on Monday morning, September 16. After approving committee rules; the committee received information on the following topics:
(1) Oregon Education Investment Board, higher education update by Interim Chief Education Officer Nancy Golden;
(2) Secretary of State Audit Report on "teacher preparation and professionalism;"
(3) What's new at Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development by interim Executive Director Gerald Hamilton;
(4) Higher Education governances by Ben Cannon;
(5) Report by Chair Dembrow on "Pay forward; Pay Back;" and
(6) Gorge Scholars Program by Columbia Gorge Community College officials.
House Education Committee (agenda) met on Monday afternoon to receive informational presentations by Deputy Superintendent of Public Education Rob Saxton on full day kindergarten; priority, focus and model schools; implementation of Smarter Balanced Assessments; and other issues. We also received testimony of implementation of 2013 "seclusions bills" and shortened school days.
House Human Services and Housing Committee (agenda) met on Tuesday morning, September 17. We received updates by the Early Learning Council, Youth Development Council, Oregon Housing and Community Services, Department of Human Services overview of services for the developmentally disabled, and Department of Corrections transition programs.
Task Forces and Work Groups
House Human Services Committee's Public Assistance Work Group has met several times. Vicki Olson has represented me at the meetings and reported they hope to have two bills to address welfare fraud.
HB 3007 Manufactured Home Parks Work Group met on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 working on possible legislation for the 2014 session.
Met on Aug. 30 with High Desert ESD Superintendent John Rexford about HB 3401 B work group. Work Group met in Salem on Sept. 18 to discuss regional services possibilities.
August 11: Attended a reception in Atlanta reception for new NCSL National President OR Senator Bruce Starr.
August 12: Attended a NSCL workshop in Atlanta on states' "Foster Children" programs.
August 19: Met with Bend ODFW officials and Awbrey Glen GC representations about damage to the course by a large herd of Elk and discussed solutions.
August 20: Toured Gilchrist's Interfor mill with other legislators.
August 23: Attended CO "Jobs with Justice" reception for Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian in Bend.
August 27: Met with Dr. Gabby Marshall & Lobbyist Bill Cross about follow-on actions related to HB 3000 requiring entering students to have an eye exam or visual screening.
Sept. 4 & 5: Attended Governor's Veterans Advisory Committee Reception & meeting in Bend.
Sept. 4: Attended the Early Learning Council bidder's conference in Bend.
Sept. 17: Met with Gina Zejdlik, Legislative Director for the Secretary of State's office about a possible 2014 bill.
Sept. 18: Met with Oregon Housing Director Margaret Van Vleit and Ben Pray about foreclose counseling and funding for this and other services.
Sept 30-Oct 2: Special Session in Salem.