Oregon has introduced new legislation restricting students’ use of mobile phones to reduce their exposure to radiofrequency radiation.
The bill (SB 283) states:
‘The Oregon Health Authority shall:
• (a) Review peer-reviewed, independently funded scientific studies of the health effects of exposure to microwave radiation, particularly exposure that results from the use of wireless network technologies in schools or similar environments; and (b) Report the results of the review to an interim committee of the Legislative Assembly related to education not later than January 2, 2021.
• The review described in paragraph (a) of this subsection must, at a mini- mum, consist of a literature review of peer-reviewed, independently funded scientific studies that examine the health effects of exposure to microwave radiation on children.
• The Department of Education shall develop recommendations to schools in this state for practices and alternative technologies that would reduce stu- dents’ exposure to microwave radiation.’
The bill was unanimously approved by the State Senate and the Oregon House
of Representatives passed it with an overwhelming majority (50 to 8) on 25 June 25.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed the bill on 9 August.