Died In Committee on 06-26-21
Status (overview) of bill:https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Measures/Overview/SB619
Committee assigned to bill:https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Committees/SJD110/Overview
Sen. Lew Frederick (D, SD-22) was the chief sponsor of this bill.
This bill directs Department of Revenue to establish a program to pay alleged reparations to Black Oregonians who can demonstrate heritage in slavery
Personal Choice and Responsibility
It has been close to 160 years since anyone owned an African Slave. Will create victim-hood where it is not warranted. There were Chinese, and Irish indentured persons, what about them! African Americans owned slaves, American Indians took slaves. This bill is Racist in its concept!
Once you go down this path and start paying people that were never slaves from people that never owned slaves, the hole gets deeper! The department shall pay to each eligible applicant the amount of $123,000 in the form of an annuity payable annually for the life of the applicant.
Oregon was never a slave State! If this were an issue it would be done by the Federal Government.