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Lawmakers Consider Bill To Rein In High Insulin Prices

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Oregon lawmakers are looking for ways to keep insulin prices in check for patients who need the drug to stay alive.

Vaping Lobby, Public Health Officials Clash Over Flavor Ban

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Oregon lawmakers faced their first resistance on Thursday to a proposal that would ban flavored vaping products in response to thousands of vaping-related illnesses and dozens of across the country.

Family Treatment Court Proposal Aimed at Substance Abuse

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Five Oregon counties may get a new family treatment court program to help  parents overcome substance abuse and keep families together.

The family treatment court model, proposed in House Bill 4040, would put a full-time judge in each participating county in charge of the program.

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. 

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