Signed into Law by Gov Brown on 07-19-21
Status (overview) of bill:https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Measures/Overview/HB2930
This bill establishes the Commission on Statewide Law Enforcement Standards of Conduct and Discipline for arbitrator to determine reasonableness of disciplinary action imposed by law enforcement agency. Removes the discipline matrix or discipline guide as a mandatory subject of collective bargaining for law enforcement.
Requires allocations of General Funds.
As a condition of enforceability, an arbitration award that orders the reinstatement of a public employee or otherwise relieves the employee of responsibility for misconduct must comply with clearly defined public policy in statute or judicial decisions. Resolution of disputes over conditions and terms of a contract may be resolved through binding arbitration. House Bill 2930A removes the discipline matrix or discipline guide as a mandatory subject of collective bargaining for law enforcement, establishes the Commission on Statewide Law Enforcement Standards of Conduct and Discipline, and requires an arbitrator to apply a reasonable person standard. Requires that the standard arbitrators apply in police discipline cases be just cause, as defined in ORS 236.350. Sets the standard of evidence at preponderance of the evidence, requires the employer to show: (1) the officer engaged in misconduct, and (2) the discipline met the statutory just cause standard.