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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.
MAR
08
2013

Week 4 – 2013 Legislative Session

According to Speaker Kotek’s office, “as of March 1st, nearly 2500 bills have been introduced in the House and Senate combined, with almost 1600 bills in the House alone.” This week students have been in Salem to work specifically on our budgets and governance reform. The
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FEB
22
2013

Week 3 – 2013 Legislative Session: Tuition Equity Passes the OR House!

This week OSA was focused on lobbying for all our bills with a special focus on finalizing our last few bills because the deadline for bill submission was 2/12/13. We also had a major victory this week when Tuition Equity passed the OR House 38-18-4! Budget: A Fight to Make
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FEB
15
2013

WEEK 2 – 2013 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

This week OSA had over 100 students in the capitol for various bills that would greatly impact students in public post-secondary education. Our primary focus is always around budgets and financial aid. OSA is working with the Treasurer’s office to move the Oregon Opportunity
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FEB
11
2013

Week 1 – 2013 Legislative Session

This was the 1st official week of the 2013 Legislative Session. The House and Senate convened at 11:00 AM on Monday, February 4th, and committees held public and informational hearings the first day. The Oregon Student Association was in the building all day every day this week.
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