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New Oregon law allows groups to hand out used eyeglasses, hearing aids to needy
  Monday June 6, 2011 - 8:43 AM
PORTLAND, Ore. — A new Oregon law passed last month will allow certain fraternal charitable organizations immunity from liability when they hand out used eyeglasses or hearing aids to Oregonians in need.

The Oregonian newspaper reports that the Lions Club has been collecting and distributing used glasses to the needy abroad for decades, but liability issues prevented them from doing so in Oregon.

House Bill 2312 takes effect Jan. 1. Milwaukie Democrat Rep. Carolyn Tomei was the bill's chief sponsor.

The service club plans to celebrate at the Oregon Capitol in Salem Monday with a ceremonial bill signing.

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