On Monday afternoon, Hernandez revised the date of his departure from the Oregon state Legislature, saying he plans to stay in office through March 15, rather than March 31 as he had originally proposed
Giving birth at an out-of-hospital birth center is rarely covered by insurance plans. If it is, coverage is usually minimal. A bill under consideration by the Oregon legislature would increase access to birth options and midwifery care.
In exchange for a number of changes she hopes will make it easier for lawmakers of color to pursue top leadership, Janelle Bynum, D-Clackamas, said she would not submit her name for consideration when the House meets to elect a speaker next week, clearing the way for Tina Kotek to hold on to the seat.
Oregon lawmakers are set to convene in Salem on Monday for a special legislative session as many pandemic protections for Oregonians are due to expire at the end of the month. OPB politics reporter Dirk VanderHart has been tracking the session and breaks down what to expect.
Over the course of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s become clear that Oregon doesn’t have enough therapists to meet everyone’s needs. For Oregonians of color, therapists that provide culturally competent care are scarce, partly due to the shortfalls of Oregon’s mental health care system. Here's what one Oregon lawmaker is doing to try and change it.