Rep. Jim Weidner

Bill Giving Teens Unfettered Access to Therapists Arouses Debate Over Parental Rights

Senate Bill 491 would allow teens to bypass their parents when seeking help for mental health issues, which can arise from conflicts with their parents.


May 7, 2013 — Teens struggling with a problem at home could have a better chance to access mental health services under a bill debated Monday in the House Health Committee.

Oregon House Passes Bill Giving Workers Two Weeks Leave to Grieve

HB 2950 expands the Oregon Family Leave Act to include time spent in bereavement, protecting employees from being fired for missing work when a close family member dies

April 15, 2013 — On April 12, 2006, Rep. Shemia Fagan, D-Portland, told her colleagues in the House that she had her best lunch date ever, as her dad drove from The Dalles to help her celebrate her admission to law school.

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