According to an article first published by the Oregonian Thursday, well over 300 bills, passed to law through Oregon legislative vote will hit the books January 1, 2016. Who’s to benefit the most from recently passed legislation, read on.
looking to the record, 300 of the hundreds of new laws passed by Governor Kate Brown and the Oregon legislature are set to take effect New Year’s Day 2016, many to the benefit of Oregon workers, students, young women, impatient motorist, non smokers and bicyclist. For this article we’ll stick to the health related mandates.
Taking religion out of politics, the Oregon legislator rightfully passed a law that promotes open access to birth control pharmaceuticals for women, without a previously required examination and subsequent written subscription from a physician. I believe the positive mental, and physical health implications here to be self evident. Prevention is simply that, prevention.
Over 10 employees
Here’s something that any employee that’s been sick for more than one or two days in a workweek will appreciate. For 2016, Oregon business owners with more than 10 full time employees(loophole, anyone?) must compensate workers up to 5 paid sick days per year. I’m confident that’s there’s a contingency or two attached to this one. Doctors note?
“Vaping” in public, forgetaboutit!
Smoking is smoking! You may now add your electronic cigarette to the list of substances covered under the “no smoking in public laws. “Hey, what’s the strawberry smell?” I’m good with it. Here’s 10 facts everyone should know about electronic cigarettes.
Taking rural Oregon gas stations out of the service sector
As of January first, for Oregonians living in rural counties with a population of less than 40,000, you will now be allowed to pump your own gasoline, providing that your vehicle is not commercial.
Have you ever had to wait for an attendant to finish his or her cigarette break, cellphone call, day old donuts, or simply notice your arrival prior to being serviced at the gas pump? You may now pump your own gasoline in rural Oregon.
I’m personally just a bit bewildered by this one. Under the guise of “job creation” Oregon was permitted to slide on E.P.A. rulings pertaining to the capturing of fueling-off-gassing, saving million of dollars in gas station modification and the installation of modern fume recapture and re circulation nozzles. Has something changed here? And then there’s that job creation thing.
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