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Tuesday in Portland: Residency requirement for medically assisted suicide ends and more top stories

Emily Scarvie

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By Emily Scarvie

(PORTLAND, Ore.) Hello Portlanders! It's Tuesday, March 29 - Here's your daily round up of all the news happening in the City of Roses.

1. Oregon ends residency requirement for medically assisted suicide following lawsuit

On Monday, the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Medical Board agreed to stop enforcing the residency requirement for the state’s law allowing terminally ill people to receive lethal medication. The decision follows a lawsuit that challenged the requirement as unconstitutional.

The law, which allows terminally ill people who have less than six months to live to end their lives voluntarily by taking lethal medications, was enacted in Oregon in 1997 and was the first law of its kind in the U.S. According to OHA, around 2,159 people have died by lethal medications since the law took effect.

California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, New Jersey, New Mexico, Vermont, Washington state and Washington, D.C. have all approved similar laws since then, all including residency requirements.

2. Parkrose School District drops masking requirement starting Tuesday

Starting Tuesday, mask-wearing is now optional for students in the Parkrose School District, one of the last districts in the state to drop the requirement. School officials said they waited until after spring break to drop masking requirements so they’d have time to prepare students and staff for the new school environment.

The district sent an email to parents Tuesday, emphasizing that the decision to wear a mask or not is a personal choice. The district added that masks are still recommended for those at increased risk of contracting COVID-19, including those who are unvaccinated, immune-compromised, have underlying health conditions or are 65 and older.

The Parkrose School District also reminded parents and students to stay home when they’re sick and that they’ll need to wear a mask if exposed to COVID-19.

3. One person hospitalized after shooting in northeast Portland

Portland police said one person was hospitalized after a shooting in northeast Portland late Monday night. Officers responded to a report that a person had been shot on North Failing Street around 10:42 p.m.

When officers arrived at the scene, the victim was taken to the hospital for a non-life-threatening injury. Officers reportedly found a single shell casing at the scene. The suspect left before officers arrived, according to PPB.

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