LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

OREA LEGISLATIVE UPDATE - APRIL 28, 2017

Dear Leaders:

What a crazy week at 23rd and Lincoln. As we get closer to the Sine Die adjournment date, the pressure is on to do SOMETHING with the state budget. The nearly $900 million hole, as you know, is not an anomaly—our state has a revenue issue! It is going to take some bravery for lawmakers to make tough decisions and do the right thing to restore revenue sources to the state. Please communicate to your area legislators that you are watching to see if they can make the hard decisions and not give in to powerful lobbyists—that you will support them at election time if they do the right thing.

On SB242, legislation to place the state treasurer on the OPERS and OTRS Boards, the vote to pass the bill was 51-34, with 13 abstentions. Below are the representatives that voted no. If they are from your area, please take the time to thank them for standing with OREA, teachers, firefighters and others who lobbied against this bill. It is simply bad policy.

NO VOTES ON SB242:

Bennett (F)

Hardin

Munson            

Thomsen           

Blancett  

Henke             

Nichols 

Virgin  

Cannaday          

Hoskin   

Perryman 

Walke  

Condit             

Inman             

Proctor

Wallace 

Dollens 

Kouplen

Renegar  

West (R)          

Ford              

Lepak             

Russ   

Williams   

Fourkiller  

Loring  

Sears

Young 

Goodwin 

Lowe              

Stone 

 

Griffith          

Meredith 

Tadlock   

 

 

ABSTENTIONS:

Bush  

McBride           

Nollan  

Ritze 

Casey             

McEntire 

O'Donnell   

 

Dunnington        

Montgomery  

Ortega  

 

Fetgatter   

Murdock  

Ownbey  

 

All other representatives voted YES. The Governor and State

HB 2316—Passed in the Senate, will go back to conference committee in the House, but it is authored by the Speaker and will most likely pass. This is a bill that allows the governor, Senate president pro temp, and Speaker of the House to remove any appointments to state agencies, boards, or commissions without cause.

Next year, 2018 will bring another important election cycle to our state, and the OREA Fund will need to be filled to support candidates that are friendly on retiree issues. OREA is working to create a COOKBOOK of our members best recipes. Proceeds from the sale of this cookbook will go to support our OREA Fund. Please start gathering those recipes and start sending them in to us--either by mail or email--to help us put this together. More information will be forthcoming.

Thanks for all that you do,

Sabra Tucker
OREA Executive Director

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