Sen. Boquist: HC mask rule ends, ex-Bend mayor dies homeless, more…

By Oregon State Senator Brian Boquist
Highlights, excerpts from Sen. Boquist newsletter

— Oregon to end mask mandate in health care settings on the arbitrary day of April 3, 2023. If the mask mandate is ending, why not do it now? Why the random day in April? Washington and California are doing the same thing, and California nurses are mad about it.

— The OHA interim director is leaving after 2 months.

— REALLY good article about Portland: “What’s the matter with Portland? Shootings, theft and other crime test city’s progressive strain”

— A former Bend mayor died homeless, what happened to him?

— Lawmakers bipartisan “no toll” bill.

— KOIN reports: “Two Clackamas County K9s are among Oregon’s first to be certified to detect fentanyl… Fentanyl overdose calls have been on the rise over the past several years, authorities shared, and in 2022, CCSO said they seized 333,365 pills containing fentanyl and 22.6 pounds of fentanyl powder which is over four times more pills and over 22 times more powder than was seized in 2021.”

— A campaign to have rural eastern Oregon secede from the blue state and join more conservative Idaho has “virtually no chance” of becoming a reality, according to Idaho’s top state Senate Democrat.

— Interesting read by Willamette Week: Who decides which Oregonians are sane enough to go on trial?

— PODCAST: Gov. Kotek on OPB

— Oregon Congresswoman Lori Chavez-DeRemer visited the Southern Border.

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