VOTE: NO – Signed into law by Gov. Brown
Status (overview) of bill: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/Measures/Overview/HB2262
This bill extends duties of the Early Learning Council to ensure “Families are healthy, stable and attached” and modifies duties and membership.
Personal Choice and Responsibility
Adds a requirement ensuring “Families are healthy, stable and attached” that overlaps with the Health Authority and opens the door to infringing on personal rights. What does it mean if the council finds the family is dysfunctional? Is the family unhealthy if they don’t vaccinate their children?
The changes can be reason to need more staff.
Modifies from “oversees” to “coordinates” changing the delivery of early learning services to more hands-on and adding family health and stability will need more staff. Is it a reason to grow the program and give more cause to regulate family development? Removes connection to the federal Head Start Act, is that so they can go into any home and not be restricted to Head Start families?. Modifies council membership to include nonvoting members representing relevant agencies and tribes.