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Our matchless Oregon Classroom Law Project (CLP) has a handout on how to link remotely to live courtroom hearings. The document was written in 2020 (and may be updated as CLP prepares for 2022, so check the Classroom Law Project website regularly, from their homepage and from their Courthouse Experience Teacher Resource page.

You may also need to link directly to the specific courthouse website for updated information. Use a search engine for those URLs.

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You can read the enrolled bill and some of its legislative history at the LegiScan Texas website, which can also link you directly to the Texas legislature’s website.

As you read the law, do not confuse these two legal actions:

1) Private civil right of action

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The Reading of the Bills in the Oregon Senate reminded me of the Running of the Bulls, but instead of trying to speed up the bull, so to speak, legislators try to slow down the bill.

See this news story (among others) for example: “Oregon Senate Republicans protest COVID restrictions with delay tactics,” by Dirk VanderHart (OPB), April 28, 2021.

So, a little Oregon history, in Three Parts (the last being the most interesting one):

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If you need a quick answer to an Oregon Special Session question, pick up the phone and call your legislator (from the Find Your Legislator form) or the State Legislature’s switchboard (800-332-2313) or call or email a legislative librarian at the State Library of Oregon.

Current Oregon Legislative (General Assembly) Special Session information can be found via the Oregon Legislature’s homepage.

Historic Special Sessions (From the Secretary of State Blue Book (from 1860 to 1-2 years ago).)

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Remote Online Notarization (RON) law (temporary) was enacted during the first special session of the 2020 Oregon Legislative Assembly:

“​​​​​The Oregon Legislature passed HB 4212A​, which was signed into law by the Governor on June 30, 2020. While this bill contained many concepts, part of it legalizes Remote Online Notarization (RON) through July 2021.

RON allows a commissioned notary public to​ perform notarial acts using audio/video technology for remotely located individuals under certain circumstances using vendors meeting specific requirements. RON also allows notaries from other states to perform Remote Online Notarizations for Oregonians….​” [Link to the Oregon Secretary of State website for official information about remote notarization requirements.]

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Hope you enjoyed another year of voting at your kitchen table or in the wild, aka Vote by Mail in Oregon.

If you want to make sure your election ballot was received and counted or if you want to update your registration, the Oregon Secretary of State’s office makes that easy:

Link to the My Vote page

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Interesting decision by Multnomah County Circuit Court Administrators and judges given even the little we know now about how Covid-19 spreads, not to mention the condition of the old Courthouse:

“Oregon Law Forces Jury Trials To Continue, Increasing Virus Risk,” by Conrad Wilson, OPB, May 12, 2020

If you are called for jury duty, grand or petit, in Oregon, please check your Circuit Court’s website for instructions and contact information. Or, call the phone number on your juror summons.

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1) COVID-19 Resources for Students and Parents, from the Oregon Department of Education, including topics such as civil rights and civic engagement, death, mental health, and much more:

This page contains the most recent information available on how the 2019 Novel Coronavirus is affecting schools in Oregon. Please email us with any questions. If you have an urgent health need, please contact your local health department or health care provider.” [Link to website]

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