Booze delivery bill will go to Legislature
The abbreviated, even-year session of the Oregon Legislature begins at the state capitol in Salem on February 3.
Rep. Margaret Doherty, D-Tigard, has two priorities this session: allowing same-day alcohol delivery and expanding access to medicine that can reduce the risk of getting HIV. For the alcohol, she envisioned something like a GrubHub but for beer, wine, and hard liquor. "You can get pot delivered to your house, but you can't get alcohol," Doherty said.
Deliverers would need a server's permit and check the purchaser's age, Doherty said. It would be optional for liquor stores and grocery stores to participate. A legislative work group will meet in January to finalize the proposal.
"What we're talking about is more, I'm having a Super Bowl party and I ran out of beer, so I want to order a case of beer, that kind of thing," Doherty said.
Another of Doherty's bills would let pharmacists dispense preventative medicine for HIV, known as PrEP, without a prescription from a physician — similar to how patients can now get birth control directly from a pharmacist in Oregon. California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a similar bill in October.
Doherty is working with the Cascade AIDS Project, which tests thousands of people a year for the disease, to provide ID cards that show a patient has tested negative for HIV before being prescribed the medication, which can significantly reduce the risk of getting HIV, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
To her, making a preventative medicine more readily available is common sense. "I come of the generation that guys that I knew, and later on women, that contracted AIDS, they died in two years," Doherty said. "And so to have a preventative medicine is absolutely mind-boggling."
Sen. Ginny Burdick, D-Portland, who leads the Democrats in the Senate, wants to amend the constitution to shrink the number of members that have to be present to conduct business. Right now, 20 out of the 30 senators need to be there, and in the House, 40 of the 60 representatives.
Last year, Senate Republicans fled the state to hold up voting in that chamber. The move left the Senate two short of being able to take action.
"Senate Democrats will work to protect Oregon's democracy by giving Oregonians and their representatives more tools to stop any future quorum denials," Burdick said in a statement at the time. That proposal would also require voter approval.
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