Oregon is among 13 states that have passed laws designating or allowing local governments to deem EMS as an essential service. Washington is not.
Photos of young overdose victims on display at an overdose awareness event in Rockville, Md., in August. Accidental overdose has become a primary cause of deaths for people under 40.
Some states are beginning to pay more attention to access to interpreters of rare languages. In Oregon, lawmakers are funding a program to make it easier for interpreters of Indigenous languages to get certified.
Andy and Miraya Gran pose with their daughter, Isla, after the couple — who took out a second mortgage and asked their family for help to raise $102,000 for out-of-pocket fertility treatments costs — testified in favor of a fertility insurance mandate in Minnesota this year.
COURTESY MIRAYA GRAN