Join State Representative Julie Fahey (Democrat, HD-14) for a Virtual Town Hall on Saturday, March 6th at 2pm to hear an update on what she is working on during the 2021 legislative session. Bring your thoughts and questions! What is she doing to open Oregon?
Monday, Feb. 8, 2021, Rep. Fahey had her first public hearings on two of her bills. First thing in the morning, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Equitable Policing heard HB 2481, which will prevent local police departments from receiving certain types of military surplus equipment from the U.S. Department of Defense’s 1033 surplus program.* This is an idea she originally heard from an HD 14 resident back in 2017, and it fits into the larger conversation we are having about how to ensure police are a safe presence in our communities. Also on Monday, the Business and Labor Committee heard HB 2818, which will make it more likely that workers who have made a successful wage claim with BOLI will be paid the wages they are owed. Under the bill, workers whose wage claims have been verified, but whose employers are unwilling or unable to pay their back wages, can be paid out of a state fund called the Wage Security Fund.
* What’s wrong with police departments receiving surplus equipment they could use? It’s cost effective. Is this another way to defund the police? She wants ‘to ensure police are a safe presence in our communities’; safe for who, the criminals?
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Date(s) - 03/06/2021