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Legislature Passes Air Conditioning Bill

(Salem, OR) -- The Oregon Legislature has passed and sent to the Governor a bill that will help low income residents survive extreme heat events. The bill increases access to portable air conditioning units for people who can't afford them. Last summer's "heat dome" caused the deaths of at least 96 people in the state. The bill also sets requirements for new residential rental units to provide adequate cooling. A grant program will help home owners buy heat and cooling pumps.

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