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Legislative Panel Approves $5 Million For Coronavirus Response -- For Now

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The Oregon legislative emergency board on Monday approved $5 million for the Oregon Health Authority’s efforts to fight coronavirus. 

More money may be needed in the future as the outbreak grows, lawmakers warned.

Session Costing Taxpayers Nearly $500,000 Ends With Little Done, Divisions Deeper Than Ever

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Democratic legislative leaders declared the session over on Thursday, blaming the failure on Republican lawmakers who walked out to prevent a quorum and kill a cap-and-trade bill.

Updated: Democratic Lawmakers Declare Session Over

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Updated at 3:23 p.m.Thursday, March 5, 2020

Democratic legislative leaders declared the session over on Thursday, blaming the failure on Republican lawmakers who walked out to prevent a quorum and kill a cap-and-trade bill.

Oregon Officials Devise Coronavirus Plan, Hoping To Avoid Fate Of Washington State

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Oregon state regulators have a blueprint to prevent coronavirus from sweeping through a long-term care facility as it did in Washington state, where 10 people have died.

Walkout Jeopardizes Millions of Federal Dollars For Mental Health Care

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Oregon may have to exit a federal project that has expanded access to behavioral mental health services in mostly rural communities if the Republican walkout continues through the rest of the session.

Oregon House Moves to Ban Underage Sales Of Kratom, A Botanical Used For Pain Or Fun 

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Oregon lawmakers want to regulate the sales of kratom, an unregulated drug made from tree leaves native to Southeast Asia that some people take to ease pain or to get high.

Opinion: Proposal To Create New Dental Professional Is Ill-Conceived

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The Oregon Legislature just put aside a bill designed to create a new category of professional in the dental industry.  Supporters said it would widen access to dental treatment, and they hope to bring it back. 

But the bill, which would license dental hygienists, is ill-conceived.

House Passes Bill To Protect Immigrants Seeking Health Care

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Oregon lawmakers took swift action to help immigrants get health care and avoid getting ensnared by a new and widely criticized federal rule designed as a crackdown. 

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