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MAY
24
2013

Week 16 – 2013 Legislative Session: Revenue and Cultural Competency

I wanted to wait and send this update until after the Governor’s latest budget press conference as well as the 1st public hearing on SB 270 in the Joint Ways and Means Subcommittee on Education. So here goes… The Governor came out on May 15th with a new compromise on revenue and
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MAY
10
2013

Week 14 – 2013 Legislative Session: Budget Notes & Cultural Competency!

The Capitol was a buzz again this week. Workloads died down a little for members after the last deadline, but this week it ramped back up. It sounds like Senator Johnson will be back in the next couple weeks after a terrible and unfortunately car accident. This means the Senate
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APR
26
2013

Week 12 – 2013 Legislative Session: Oregon Student Rally for Higher Education!

This is a hugely successful week for students in Salem. The Ways and Means Roadshows proved to be a perfect platform for students to talk about affordability and the need for more funding. We are past the half way mark of the 2013 Legislative Session so… I guess it was time for a
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APR
23
2013

Week 11 – 2013 Legislative Session: Budgets and The Ways and Means Road Show

April 18th marked the halfway point for the 2013 Legislative Session. As of Thursday any bill that was going to move forward needed to have passed out of committee. Through hard work and strategic organizing OSA priorities are still in play and gaining ground. Budgets will not be
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APR
12
2013

Week 10 – 2013 Legislative Session: Budgets and Cultural Competency for Healthcare Providers

Monday was the last day a bill could be scheduled for its 1st work session. This meant that if a bill wasn’t scheduled by Monday it is considered “dead;” unless the bill was referred to Ways and Means or a Rules committee. OSA was ahead of this deadline and all the bills we care
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APR
05
2013

Week 9 – 2013 Legislative Session: Tuition Equity Signed by Governor

That’s right Oregon undocumented students are now welcome at Oregon’s universities!!! Although tuition equity was without a doubt the highlight of the week OSA will continue to stay focused on the budgets and keep tuition affordable. Oregon University System, community college,
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APR
01
2013

Week 8 – 2013 Legislative Session: Higher Education Joint Lobby Day

The highlight of the week was our joint lobby day between students, faculty, and staff. We met with over 40 members of the state legislature. Our goal was to elevate the discussion around university and community college budgets as well as discuss our joint concerns regarding
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MAR
22
2013

Week 7 – 2013 Legislative Session: Tuition Equity Passes in the OR Senate!

It has been a busy week in Salem to say the least. We had our first Ways and Means budget hearing and call-in day. The Senate Chair of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Education said he heard from students on the importance of the Oregon Opportunity Grant budget through many
MAR
18
2013

Week 6 – 2013 Legislative Session: Budgets, Tuition Equity, and Governance

March and April of the approximate 5th month long legislative session always feel a little hectic. Most bills are in the middle of re-drafting and all stakeholders are trying to change legislation into something they could support. The speed to “fix” legislation on either side of
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MAR
08
2013

Week 5 – 2013 Legislative Session: Budgets and Baseball Cards

The highlight of the week was lobbying all 90 legislative offices on student priorities for the 2013 Legislative Session. We did this through a fun and creative lobbying tactic. OSA made baseball cards of every legislator in Salem and on the back were 1 of 7 student priorities.