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Senate Unanimous in Bill Protecting Student Medical Records

SB 1558 closes an end-run that University of Oregon officials made around privacy laws to access a student’s counseling records to use against her when she sued the university for its mishandling of her rape case involving the basketball team.

Partisan animosity broke down in Salem on Presidents’ Day, as Republicans frustrated by the Democratic agenda turned to D.C.-style delaying tactics, forcing House and Senate clerks to read, verbatim, dozens of pages of legalese in each bill before it could come to a vote.

Student Medical Privacy Rules Tightened Up

The rape case at the University of Oregon spawns re-examination of FERPA rules, new Oregon privacy law

How assured can Oregon college students be about on-campus medical privacy when they return to school in the fall?

Perhaps a bit more than before, given legislation passed this June to tighten up student privacy records in cases of sexual abuse or assault.

Savings Accounts Could Lift People with Disabilities from Poverty

Sen. Sara Gelser wants Oregon to quickly take advantage to changes in the federal tax code that allows people with disabilities to use special 529 accounts already available for college savings. People could use these accounts to save for basic needs without running afoul of the $2,000 assets cap for federal benefits.

The Senate Human Services Committee passed Senate Bill 777 on Thursday, which creates a way for people with disabilities to climb out of poverty without losing their federal disability benefits.

Oregon Lawmakers Should Lead the Nation and Restore Privacy Protections

The medical records of college students deserve such protection given what occurred at the University of Oregon

Wikipedia’s entry for the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 is short. FERPA, also called the Buckley Amendment for Senator James Buckley who sponsored the bill, grew by one paragraph in March of this year. 

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