Oregon Student Association’s Response to the Governor’s Recommended Budget for 2019-2021

The Governor’s Recommended Budget for 19-21 does not present a “base budget” and an “investment budget.” It presents a cuts budget and a status quo budget.

A true investment that would meet the needs of students would be:

• $1 billion for the Public Universities Support Fund

• $787 million for the Community College Support Fund

• $252 million for the Oregon Opportunity Grant

We do not need smaller tuition increases. We need tuition freezes.

We do not need financial aid to be accessible to some more of the students in need. We need financial aid to be accessible to all of the students in need.

The State of Oregon has been leaving students to foot the bill for public higher education for too long. It’s time for the state of Oregon to show up and put their money with their mouth is. Oregon’s debt to students is past due.

We look forward to working with the Governor and the Legislature to come up with a revenue plan and budget that actually meets the needs of students in Oregon.

Oregon Student Association Legislative Session Wrap Up

The Oregon Student Association had a successful short session passing 10 of 12 priority issues.


Senate Bill 1563 – Tuition Equity 3.0

Removes requirement that students who are not citizens or lawful permanent residents apply for official federal identification document to be eligible for exemption from paying nonresident tuition at public universities.

Senate Bill 1557 – Military Student Support Reform

Requires community colleges, public universities and Oregon Health and Science University to provide certain rights to students ordered to federal or state active duty for 30 or fewer consecutive days.

House Bill 4141 – Student Voice and Transparency Act

Requires each public university to establish advisory body to advise university president on recommendations to governing board regarding resident tuition and mandatory enrollment fees.

Senate Bill 1528 – HECC Tax Credit Auction

Creates tax credit for contributions to Opportunity Grant Fund.

House Bill 4043 – Community College Financial Aid Advising

Requires community colleges to jointly conduct study to determine best methods for helping community college students learn about and apply for benefits.

House Bill 4150 – K12 Sexual Harassment Reform

Requires specified information to be shared with student, staff member or certain person following conclusion of investigation related to sexual harassment.

House Bill 4053 – K12 Accelerated Credit Transfer

Requires Chief Education Office to prepare annual report on accelerated college credit programs.

Senate Bill 5702 – Capital Investments

Increases amounts authorized for issuance of revenue bonds for biennium.

House Bill 4155 – Net Neutrality

Prohibits public bodies from contracting with broadband Internet access service providers that engage in certain network management activities based on paid prioritization, content blocking or other discrimination.

House Bill 4028 – Student Parent Childcare Tax Credit

Limits expenses for which dependent care income tax credit may be claimed to combination of earned income taxable by Oregon and imputed income, using lesser amount attributable to either spouse on joint return.



$32M Community College Funding

Obtaining $32 million for community colleges to mitigate tuition increases and expand advising services.

This was one of the hardest tasks on our agenda. Although the Oregon Community College Association was taking lead on this funding request, our organization played a huge role on moving this issue forward. The coalition requested a meeting on the Joint Ways and Means Subcommittee on Education for Tuesday, February 27th. Nearly all members of the subcommittee were on board, including the co-chairs, and we were able to get the House Higher Education leaders to sign a letter of support. However, when requesting funds without a bill aligned, the subcommittee must get the approval of all four co-chairs (subcommittee and full committee).

This made the task difficult for us to advance. We were able to secure 3 out of 4 co-chairs. President Courtney was the missing link. A day before our planned meeting, we were informed that the President decided to not have the meeting on the 27th. This essentially eliminated the possibility of a funding ask. Legislators in support suggested using whatever political capital they had left to get a smaller amount, but the coalition decided to save that political capital for the long session and make Community College Funding the primary goal for higher education funding allocation.

Paid Postage

Permits county, city or district to choose to permit electors to return ballot by business reply mail, with county, city or district paying cost for ballot return.

The bill was ineffective after the Sine Die. We expect this bill to be a big push during the long session.

OSA Statement on Termination of DACA

This is a sad day for Oregon, especially the many undocumented students OSA works for. Today, the Trump administration announced the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program. The DACA program has served as a critical lifeline for nearly 11,000 immigrants in the state of Oregon.

Thousands of young people in Oregon came out of the shadows and accepted the government’s offer in good faith and worked hard to build their lives here. Today, the government went back on their word, and threatened the lives and futures of 11,000 Oregon Dreamers.

The fate of 800,000 DACA recipients nationwide, who call this country their home, depend on the decisions of Congress. You have an opportunity to reach out to congressional representatives, such as Representative Greg Walden who holds a leadership position in the House of Representatives, and encourage them to fight for undocumented Oregonians.

This is a heartbreaking day for the immigrant community. We encourage students who are impacted to practice self care and reach out to mental health resources on their campus. The Oregon Student Association will continue to organize and fight for undocumented Oregonians.


Capitol Update


On 7/7/17 the Oregon Legislature passed resolutions to Sine Die, otherwise known as adjourn session. This report is a snapshot of the student victories and missed opportunities.

Students were at the center of Oregon politics and were represented at the capitol every day. We have over 150 students at our lobby days, over 130 in person student testimonies, over 150 written student testimonies and over 350 calls to legislative offices. The power of this advocacy has helped us to advance our agenda as an association. Here are some of the results of student advocacy:

Priority Policy Issues

SB 762 – Survivor Amnesty PASSED

Summary: Exempts sexual assault victims and persons assisting sexual assault victims from arrest or prosecution for offense related to purchase or possession of alcoholic beverage by person under 21 years of age if evidence of offense was obtained because of contact with law enforcement agency or emergency medical services to report assault or obtain assistance.


SB 231- Mental Health & Neurodivergancy Research PASSED

Summary: Establishes Task Force on Student Mental Health Support.


HB 2845 – Ethnic Studies Standards PASSED

Summary: Directs Department of Education to convene advisory group to develop statewide ethnic studies standards for adoption into existing statewide social studies standards for public kindergarten through grade 12.


HB 2864 – Cultural Competency PASSED

Summary: Requires each community college and public university to establish process for recommending, and providing oversight for implementation of, cultural competency standards for institution and institution’s employees.


HB 2355 – End Profiling PASSED

Summary: Directs Oregon Criminal Justice Commission to develop method for recording data concerning officer-initiated pedestrian and traffic stops. Also trains mandates cultural competency trainings of all Oregon law enforcement officers and reduces drug felonies to misdemeanor for the first 2 offenses.


HB 2673 -Gender Documentation PASSED

Summary: Creates alternative process for persons seeking to change name on vital record for purpose of affirming gender identity.

Priority Budget Issues

OSA’s budget askGovernor’s Recommended BudgetCo-Chair’s FrameworkActual allocation% increase from 2015
Public University Support Fund$765M$667M$683.4M$737M10.5% increase
Community College Support Fund$636M$550M$556.3M$570M3.6% increase
Oregon Opportunity Grant$155M$151M$140M$146M4.3% increase
Oregon PromiseN/A$40M$5M$40M300% increase


Missed Budget Opportunities 

HB 2830 – Oregon Education Reinvestment Act FAILED

Summary: Increases corporate activity tax rates. Would secure $250M for higher education budgets.


Other Student Priorities

Bill NameBill SummaryBill URLPASSED or FAILEDPriorityPositionDesired outcome?
HB 2666Gives community college recognized student government authority to establish process and allocate mandatory student-initiated fees, subject to refusal under certain circumstances by board of education of community college district or president of community college.https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/HB2666/EnrolledPASSED2SupportYES
HB 2729Establishes official name of open resources program as “Oregon’s Open Educational Resources (OER) Program.”
Requires Higher Education Coordinating Commission to regularly convene faculty, staff and librarians from public universities and community colleges for purpose of coordinating program in specified manner.
HB 2972Prohibits public university, community college or Oregon-based private university or college to use threat or imposition of student discipline or other sanction to influence decision of victim of alleged incident of sexual assault, domestic violence or stalking regarding whether to report alleged incident or participate in investigation or adjudication of alleged incident.https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/HB2972/EnrolledPASSED2SupportYES
HB 2998Requires community colleges and public universities to establish foundational curriculum or foundational curricula for first year of coursework at public post-secondary institutions of education and establishes requirements for foundational curricula.https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/HB2998/EnrolledPASSED2SupportYES
HB 3078Modifies eligibility for Family Sentencing Alternative Pilot Program.https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/HB3078/B-EngrossedPASSED2SupportYES
HB 3170Extends collective bargaining rights to certain faculty members of public university with academic rather than administrative focus.https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/HB3170/EnrolledPASSED2SupportYES
HB 3391Requires health benefit plan coverage of specified health care services, drugs, devices, products and procedures related to reproductive health.https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/HB3391/EnrolledPASSED2SupportYES
HB 3408Clarifies that person may register to vote or update voter registration by having other person deliver voter registration card to designated agency or official.https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/HB3408/EnrolledPASSED2SupportYES
HB 3464Prohibits public body from disclosing specified information concerning person unless required by state or federal law.https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/HB3464/IntroducedPASSED2SupportYES
HB 2565Changes how priority enrollment system is applied to continuing qualified students and new qualified students.https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/HB2565/EnrolledPASSED2SupportYES
SB 143Directs Department of Veterans’ Affairs to develop and implement one or more grant programs statewide to expand and enhance existing campus veteran resource centers and employ campus veteran resource coordinators on campuses of community colleges and public universities to help veterans successfully transition from military service to college life, succeed in college, complete educational goals and transition from college to workforce and community.https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/SB143/EnrolledPASSED2SupportYES
SB 802Allows person who is at least 16 years of age to register to vote.https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/SB802/EnrolledPASSED2SupportYES
SB 253Requires institutions of higher education to provide to each applicable student information detailing amount of education loans received, amount of tuition and fees student has paid to institution, estimate of total payoff amount of education loans student has received, estimate of amount student will have to pay each month to service loans and percentage of borrowing limit student has reached for each type of federal loan.https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/SB253/EnrolledPASSED2SupportYES
SB 274Requires each post-secondary educational institution that provides housing for students to provide to each student enrolling or registering at institution for first time information on vaccine-preventable diseases known to occur in individuals between 16 and 21 years of age.https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/SB274/EnrolledPASSED2SupportYES
SB 318Directs Department of Education to provide technical assistance and support to school districts and community colleges to prevent and respond to interpersonal violence.https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/SB318/IntroducedFAILED2SupportNO
SB 350Prohibits public schools from using Native American mascots.https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/SB350/IntroducedFAILED2SupportNO
SB 683Requires state to pay for ballot return envelopes that can be returned by business reply mail for each election held in this state.https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/SB683/IntroducedFAILED2SupportNO
SB 1001Permits each student enrolled at community college or public university to request, at no cost to student, evaluation to determine whether student should have section 504 plan or review of student’s existing section 504 plan.https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/SB1001/IntroducedFAILED2SupportNO
SB 1006Directs certifying agencies to certify to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, within specified time, victim helpfulness in detecting, investigating or prosecuting certain criminal activity.https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/SB1006/IntroducedFAILED2SupportNO
SB 1011Requires Higher Education Coordinating Commission to conduct study and develop recommendations regarding most effective voter registration methods for students attending public universities and community colleges.https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/SB1011/IntroducedFAILED2SupportNO
HB 2782Authorizes issuance of bonds under Articles XI-G and XI-Q of Oregon Constitution to finance expansion of Oregon State University-Cascades campus.https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/HB2782/IntroducedFAILED2SupportNO
HB 2693Establishes grant program under which Department of Education awards grants to school districts for percentage of certain student transportation costs for which school district does not receive any amount in distributions from State School Fund.https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/HB2693/A-EngrossedFAILED2SupportNO
HB 2004During first nine months of occupancy, prohibits landlord from terminating month-to-month tenancy within 60 days of receiving from tenant request for repairs to correct certain building, health or housing code violation or unhabitable condition.https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/HB2004/B-EngrossedFAILED2SupportNO
HB 2668Requires governing board of public university to obtain approval from Legislative Assembly or Higher Education Coordinating Commission in order to increase tuition and mandatory enrollment fees by more than four percent annually.https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/HB2668/IntroducedFAILED2SupportNO
SB 196Provides that part-time faculty member at public institution of higher education who qualifies for health care benefits will pay 10 percent of insurance premiums, with remaining 90 percent paid by state.https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/SB196/A-EngrossedFAILED2SupportNO
HB 2921Preempts city or county from adopting rule, ordinance or policy related to immigration.https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/HB2921/IntroducedFAILED4OpposeYES
SB 443Requires that at least 25 percent of Oregon Opportunity Grant moneys be awarded to students committed to majoring in science, technology, engineering or mathematics fields.https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/SB443/IntroducedFAILED4OpposeYES
SB 540Requires community college or public university to expel any student convicted of riot.https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/SB540/IntroducedFAILED4OpposeYES
HB 2145Establishes lower minimum wage for work-study students, adjusted annually for inflation.https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/HB2145/IntroducedFAILED4OpposeYES
HB 2378Allows employer to pay 85 percent of minimum wage to employee under 21 years of age for initial 90 days of employment.https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/HB2378/IntroducedFAILED4OpposeYES
HB 2915Allows employer to pay federal minimum wage to youth employee during employee’s initial period of employment.https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/HB2915/IntroducedFAILED4OpposeYES
HB 2917Requires state agencies and persons that contract with state agencies to use federal E-Verify employment verification system to verify employment eligibility of job applicants.https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/HB2917/IntroducedFAILED4OpposeYES