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It's a big moment in the long debate in Oregon over medical liability reform. The Governor-backed Senate Bill 483 passed in the Senate earlier and passed in the house 55 to 1 on Tuesday.   it allows for doctors to have confidential talks with patients that cannot be used later in court. 

State Representative Jason Conger of Bend was a co-sponsor on the bill.  

 

 "Put yourself in the position of being a family member of someone who's been a victim of a medical error and has god forbid died- and your surgeon doesn't come and talk to you about what happened because he has been counseled not to - i think i would be confused first- and then very very angry.  you can imagine why that would increase significantly the chance that that kind of situation would proceed to litigation. "

 

Conger was picked by the governor to be on a special task force to look into the issue of medical liability reform. He called the vote "historic" because it brought both doctors and trial lawyers together on a bill. State Rep. Gene Whisnant of Sunriver was the lone ‘no’ vote on the bill. It now goes to the governor’s desk.

 

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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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