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Lawmakers plan to introduce bills aimed at housing, gun violence, overtime pay for agricultural workers – News from the North East and North Portland

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Several Oregon lawmakers met virtually with members of religious communities to outline the bills they are presenting at a 35-day legislative session that began Feb. 1. Proposals include health care and improving Oregon’s mental health system.

Lawmakers also plan to introduce bills aimed at housing, gun violence and overtime pay for farm workers. Rep. Tauna Sancheza Democrat representing parts of North and Northeast Portlandsaid she is working on bills to develop a response system that helps people experiencing mental health problems or drug abuse, without the involvement of police or prison.

Representative Pam Marsha Democrat from Jackson Countysaid she supports legislation that will move Oregon to all clean energy in the coming decades. Another bill stipulates that the Oregon Department of Health distributes air conditioners nationwide in the event of heat.

Lawmakers spoke to about 190 people Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, Unitarian Universal Voices for Justice, Interfaith Poverty Alliance, Oregon Coalition of Christian Voices and Muslim Education Trust.

Oregonians can monitor the progress of bills as they are introduced, discussed in committee, and sent to the next steps. The Oregon Legislative Information System is online at https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov.



Lawmakers plan to introduce bills aimed at housing, gun violence, overtime pay for agricultural workers – News from the North East and North Portland

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