It's a good week for people who love women and puppies. The Oregon legislature passed two bills last week that all but the most heartless of Oregonians (Republican legislators, apparently) would applaud. The first requires insurance companies to cover the cost of HPV vaccines. The shots, which are 90 percent effective at destroying types of cancer that kill 3,700 women a year, cost about $375, but were often not covered by insurance. "It really came down to 'show me why they need it,'" said Representative Ron Maurer, one of 17 Republicans to vote against the successful bill.
Later in the week, the Oregon legislature approved an anti-puppy mill law that says dog breeders can only have 50 "sexually intact" dogs at a time and must allow their pups space to stretch out and turn around. Nine Republicans voted against that bill. SM
The debate over the baseball stadium deal in Lents is heating up as the deciding day for the $49 million deal looms closer. City commissioners promised to follow neighbors' wishes on whether to spend $42.3 million of the downtrodden area's urban renewal funds to build the new Beavers Triple-A stadium in Lents Park.
Last Wednesday, June 3, dozens of neighbors ranted about the project's cost and assumed impacts during the first organized opposition event. The only politician to turn up, the ubiquitous Steve Novick, told neighbors to phone in their concerns to Portland City Council swing-vote Dan Saltzman. Later that week, the city released a new budget scenario for the deal: If Lents decides to fund the stadium and keep its current investment in affordable housing, it will have to cut almost all other redevelopment projects (like storefront improvements and sidewalk construction) for five years. SM