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Oregon lawmakers pass bill that 'changes the landscape' on debt collection – KTVZ

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Oregon lawmakers pass bill that 'changes the landscape' on debt collection – KTVZ


Eric Tegethoff, Oregon News Service

PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) — Consumer advocates in Oregon are praising recently passed legislation they say changes the landscape on debt collection.

Senate Bill 1595, known as the Family Financial Protection Act, gained approval from lawmakers during this year’s short session.

It provides a number of protections for consumers against debt collection practices, including ensuring that collectors don’t come after people for debt that isn’t theirs or is for the wrong amount.

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Oregon Consumer Justice Executive Director Jagjit Nagra said it also changes the period of time consumers have to file a complaint.

“Originally, it was a one-year statute of limitations – and in many debt collection scenarios that’s pretty problematic,” said Nagra. “So, if you think about medical billing, it can take a long time for, often, just those bills to be produced and then that clock has already started ticking. So we extended that from one to three years.”

The legislation provides other safeguards as well, such as from overwhelming legal fees and more garnishment protections.

Oregon state Rep. Nathan Sosa – D-Hillsboro – said lawmakers heard heartbreaking stories this session about the impact of debt on families.

“Many of the Oregonians who are in debt collection,” said Sosa, “are there because of an unexpected medical emergency, or they have suffered from another tragedy – such as the death of a spouse who was the income earner for the family.”

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Nagra said rural communities in Oregon have the highest share of debt collection in the state.

He also noted that communities of color share a higher burden, with 28% of households in some sort of debt collection, compared with 16% of white households.

“It’s an issue that folks are grappling with in the here and now,” said Nagra. “So, for us, it was really important to have these fixes advanced because from our purview, quite frankly, they are long overdue.”

The bill is awaiting the governor’s signature.

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Intel contractor sues for $550K, says toxic chemicals in Oregon factory cost him sense of taste, smell

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Intel contractor sues for $550K, says toxic chemicals in Oregon factory cost him sense of taste, smell


A contractor who worked inside Intel’s D1X factory in Hillsboro sued the company last week, alleging he was injured by exposure to toxic chemicals in April 2022.

Ivan Higgs was working for Charter Construction, which contracted with Intel for welding and other services inside D1X, Intel’s main research factory.



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This Oregon coast inn is one of the best beach resorts in the country

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This Oregon coast inn is one of the best beach resorts in the country


The Stephanie Inn, a popular Oregon coast destination for decades, has another accolade to add to its collection.

The 42-room Cannon Beach resort is the only property in the Pacific Northwest that made the cut for Travel+Leisure’s list of the “15 Best Beach Resorts in the U.S.”

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Hanna Delgado makes ceremonial final start at Oregon week after season-ending neck injury

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EUGENE — Oregon’s Senior Day started and ended with emotional displays from Hanna Delgado.

The Ducks outfielder, who suffered a season-ending neck injury on April 12, made her final career start in Oregon’s 8-3 win over Oregon State Sunday afternoon at Jane Sanders Stadium.



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