The 2021 legislative session was a landmark for housing and homelessness, with several bills passed to require emergency shelter and protect those without homes.
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Residents will have to wait to see whether the Oregon Legislature’s increased spending and regulation of the health care industry will yield results.
Those workers could have received up to $2,000 in stimulus money if they worked through the pandemic, or $1,200 if they returned to work after collecting unemployment during the pandemic.
A package working its way through the budget process will amount to the Legislature’s largest-ever investment in necessary housing and services, advocates say.
Senate Joint Resolution 12, which passed in the House on Wednesday after approval in the Senate, would enshrine guaranteed health care in the state constitution.
In a lawsuit filed Monday, Laura Hanson says she was discouraged from taking protected medical leave and punished when she did. Hanson’s case led to changes in how the Legislature handles some workplace complaints.
Senate Bill 780 would protect hospitals and others from being sued for “acts or omissions” made because of emergency rules set by the government.