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  • A file photo of farmworkers picking blueberries in Albany on one the morning of the hottest day ever recorded in Oregon, on June 28, 2021.
    Monica Samayoa
    The rules require access to shade, water and cool-down breaks for farmworkers and other laborers. Proponents say they are the most protective in the nation.
  • Farmworkers preparing blueberries they picked in Albany, Oregon, on June 28.
    Monica Samayoa
    The measure is the most divisive of the 2022 short legislative session. Lawmakers have largely been split along party lines, with Republicans echoing concerns of many farmers who say the legislation would devastate the state’s agricultural industry and force family farms to move toward automation or sell to large corporations.