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Emergency Declaration: Legislators Urge $120 Million For Shelters, Affordable Housing For Homeless 

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House Speaker Tina Kotek wants an emergency declaration recognizing the state’s homelessness crisis, with the state spending $120 million on affordable housing and shelter needs.

Oregon Lawmakers Mull Changes To Strengthen Drug Transparency Program 

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Oregon lawmakers are considering changes to the state’s drug transparency law that would prevent pharmaceutical manufacturers from exploiting a potential loophole to avoid reporting price hikes and give state regulators more authority to expect timely information from drug companies.

State Lawmakers Seek Funding for Homeless And Foster Youth

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Oregon lawmakers want to put more money into helping unaccompanied homeless youth before they enter adulthood without a home or future. 

They live in the shadows, failed by their families, public schools and the foster care system. 

Lawmakers Tackle A Rising Slice Of Health Care Costs

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The Oregon legislative session that starts next week is likely to be the stage of a contentious battle over high health care costs -- but this time prescription drugs won’t be the focus.

Dialysis will.

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