HB 3145 Makes Publicly Available Database of Information about Public Safety Employees Records

06/18/2021
HB 3145 VOTE:NO
Passed, awaiting Gov's signature

Status (overview) of bill:https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Measures/Overview/HB3145
Committee assigned to bill:N/A


This bill requires law enforcement unit that imposes discipline, including economic sanction on police officer to report to Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).  Requires report added to online database include name and rank of officer disciplined, names of unit employing the officer, and a description of the facts underlying the discipline imposed, including a copy of any final decision.

Personal Choice and Responsibility
Puts officers and their families in danger. Unless a termination cause, the disclosure isn’t justified.

Fiscal Responsibility
The Department of Justice believes that this measure may have a minimal fiscal impact on the agency as a result of an anticipated increase in grievances by law enforcement officers who have economic sanctions brought against them. The potential cost to counties and cities is indeterminate. The Criminal Justice Commission, the Oregon Youth Authority, and the District Attorneys and their Deputies do not anticipate a fiscal impact from this measure. The Oregon State Police could absorb the work required by this measure with resources in its budget and does not report a fiscal impact.

Limited Government
House Bill 4207 of the first Special Session of 2020 required the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) to publish information in an accessible online database as to suspension or revocation of an officer’s certification and required law enforcement agencies to request the personnel file of any officer it might hire before extending an offer of employment to that officer. House Bill 3145A requires additional information be added to the database when discipline that carries an economic sanction is imposed on a law enforcement officer and becomes final. The report from law enforcement to DPSST must include the names and rank of the officer disciplined, the name of the unit employing the officer, and a description of the facts underlying the discipline imposed, including a copy of the final decision. DPSST must then publish that information within 10 days of receipt.

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