Some scoffed at the idea that Wi-Fi could harm schoolchildren. Not Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson (D-Gresham).
"People laughed at this and said, 'We can't be wearing aluminum all the time,'" she says. "Sen. Rob Wagner put a roll of aluminum [foil] on my desk, which I thought was hilarious."
Monnes Anderson was a chief sponsor of Senate Bill 283, which directs the Oregon Health Authority to look over independent peer-reviewed scientific studies of the effects of "microwave radiation" in schools. When WW examined the idea as a "Bill of the Week" in May, its passage seemed a long shot. But it cruised through both legislative chambers and now awaits the signature of Gov. Kate Brown.
Monnes Anderson says she's glad, but not surprised, her bill passed. "You can't see radiation, feel it, taste it, so it doesn't exist? I know better than that," she says.
It's one of nearly two dozen bills WW examined during the turbulent legislative session. Here's how the others fared.
Senate Bill 1013
Limits crimes which qualify for the death penalty.
House Bill 2437
Allows farmers to excavate dig more ditches without a permit, and dump some of the dirt into wetlands.
Issues non-commercial driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants.
Started as tax reductions for college tuition and fees. But it was "gut and stuffed" with a measure that says if voters overturn a tax hike, schools won't get promised funding.
Require annual inspections of auto scrapyards.
Toughens the law on bias crimes and tracks them.
Outlaws plastic straws unless customers ask for them.
Ensures that victims of accidents will be fully compensated before their health insurance company can collect.
A cap on carbon emissions.
Allowing the construction of affordable housing on wetlands.
This bill would have paved over wetlands and built housing on top of them, and would only replace a quarter of the wetlands instead of at a 1-1 ratio.
Removed the religious and philosophical exemptions for vaccine requirements.
Allowed taxing districts for children's services.
Qualified deputy district attorneys for police pensions.
Exempted Pedialyte should be exempt from the bottle deposit.
Reclassified an incinerator as a renewable energy plant so that it could receive tax credits.
Removed guns from campus police at public universities.
Required big tech companies to release blueprints for repairs.
Shifted lodging taxes from tourism to affordable housing.
Established confidentiality for legislative workers reporting sexual harassment, as well as the accused.
Taxed cell phone users to pay for rural broadband.