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Something SOUR at the Legislature is Something Good?

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June 20, 2007

Salem, OR - Time should be on your side. House lawmakers are expected to vote on bill as early as today that would strengthen the state's so-called SOUR law, Statute of Ultimate Repose law.

The current law protects manufacturers of dangerous products from claims eight years after the product was sold and after eight years, consumers are powerless. The new bill, HB 2909, would allow Oregonians to hold manufacturers accountable for product safety during the life of the product.

Kellie La Follette, a teacher, is facing a lifetime of damage from severe eye burns and long-term medical issues after she and other teachers received radiation burns from faulty halide light bulbs during a meeting. She says its time to put Oregon consumers ahead of out-of-state manufacturers.

“It's common sense. It just seems reasonable that as long as it’s functioning and we're exposed to it, we should be protected.”

Most other states, including Washington, California and Idaho, have stronger consumer protections for faulty products. The Governor signed a bill last week outlawing the use of metal halide lights in schools.

Dondrea Warner/Mandy Walker, Public News Service - OR