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The Supreme Court will decide the constitutionality of the sweeping healthcare reform approved by Congress last year. The high court will decide if the law's individual mandate requiring everyone to have health insurance by 2014, is within the power of Congress. OSU Cascades Political Science Professor, Jim Foster, says this ruling will have a profound effect on the history making legislation. “If you don't hold up the mandate, it basically guts the financing regime out of it. It’s like a house of cards. You pull out one card. It legally remains, but technically, that's the fundraising keystone and it will cause all kind of collapse.” The high court will hear arguments in March and will make a decision by the summer recess in June,  just a few months before the Presidential election. Foster expects this to be another 5 to 4 vote, with Justice Anthony Kennedy as the swing vote.

 

 

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Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 
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