HB 3011 Gives $ to OHA to Fund Hospital Nurse Staffing Program.

This bill appropriates $1.38 million from General Fund to Oregon Health Authority (OHA) for expenses related to hospital nurse staffing program. Fiscal Responsibility Appropriates $1,383,589 in 2021-23 and $2,315,602 for 2023-25 will allow OHA’s Health Care Regulation and Quality Improvement (HCRQI) program to hire six positions. Limited Government Grows government and the OHA empire, with no direct effect on reducing…

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

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…

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HB 2527 Regulations regarding Licensing of Private Security Entities

This bill requires Department of Public Safety Standards and Training to establish by rule standards and procedures for licensing of private security entities. Fiscal Responsibility Estimates need of $665,972 each biennium for three positions to assists with investigations, enforcement, and administrative processes handling complaints and issues of noncompliance. And to assist with collection, processing, and storage of application materials for…

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HB 3389 Tax relief for businesses

This bill allows businesses to reset their unemployment insurance taxes owed to pre-pandemic rates, and adjusts how unemployment insurance is calculated. Fiscal Responsibility Fixing the errors in our state’s unemployment benefits system provides relief. Extends look-back period used to determine Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund solvency level from 10 years to 20 years. Provides that calendar years 2020 and 2021 may…

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HB 2910 Creates & Increases Fees on Emergency Medical Service Providers

This bill authorizes Oregon Health Authority to seek federal approval to assess fee on emergency medical services providers and use fee, interest, penalties assessed on providers and associated federal financial participation less any costs incurred by authority to administer program to reimburse emergency medical services providers for costs of emergency medical services transports. Increases fees for licenses for ambulance services…

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HJR 13 Increases property tax

This bill amends Oregon Constitution increasing ad valorem property taxation to 75% of the real market value. Fiscal Responsibility The bill exempts from ad valorem property taxes lesser of first $25,000 or first 25 percent of real market value of each homestead and requires the legislature to enact laws for administration of exemption, including adjusting $25,000 for inflation. This means…

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HB 3373 Adds Taxpayer Advocate to monitor policies

This bill establishes office of Taxpayer Advocate in Department of Revenue. Establishes functions, powers and duties of office including authority to order DOR to cease action or refrain from additional action based on the TA’s determination of significant hardship over policy or procedure. Fiscal Responsibility The office of the Taxpayer Advocate is a new office within DOR and DOR will…

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HB 2438 Property Tax Exemption Program for Certain Income Brackets

This bill authorizes counties with populations of less than 15,000 to adopt property tax exemption for newly constructed single-family dwellings built and occupied as primary residences by individuals with annual taxable income of not more than $75,000 if filing separately or not more than $150,000 if filing jointly. Requires adoption of ordinance by governing body of county. Applies to county…

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HB 2591 School-Based Health Services Centers

This bill requires the Oregon Health Authority appropriates funds to select 10 school districts or education service districts to evaluate need and develop plans for school-based health services, and to receive grants to operate school-based health center or school nurse model at conclusion of two-year planning process. Personal Choice and Responsibility The is a take over to children’s health care…

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HB 2010 Implementation plan to create Universal Health Care

This bill directs Oregon Health Authority, in collaboration with Department of Consumer and Business Services, to create implementation plan for public health plan to be made available to individuals and families in individual health insurance market and to small employers. Requires authority and department to conduct analyses of specified subjects regarding public health plan. Requires authority and department to report…

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HB 3040 Study of Fees on New/Existing Housing Development Permits

This bill requires the Housing and Community Services Department to conduct a comprehensive study of system development charges including the equity in housing development. Requires city, county or special district that maintains public website to include certain information regarding system development charges in manner readily accessible to general public. Fiscal Responsibility This measure is estimated to be $911,604 General Fund…

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HB 2142 Increases Water Fees charged by Water Resources Department

This bill increases fees charged by Water Resources Department by approximately 17.39 percent, averaged over a four-year period, and creates a new fee for additional points of appropriation included in an application for approval of a change to an existing water right or permit. Fiscal Responsibility Anticipated revenue increase $564,594. This measure increases Water Resources Department (WRD) fees for water…

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HB 2434 Increases Aviation Fuel Tax

This bill increases tax on jet fuel (1 to 3 cents) and aviation gasoline (9 to 11 cents), including Mo-Gas, only to return in grants that requires matching. Requires 3/5 vote for tax increase. Changes the percentages of distribution allocated to certain aviation programs. Fiscal Responsibility House Bill 2075 was passed during the 2015 Legislative Session. The measure amended ORS…

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HB 3265 Foreign criminal protections

This bill prohibits a law enforcement agency or a public body from inquiring into, collect information, detain or provide information about an individual’s immigration or citizenship status or country of birth unless for investigation, but not to assist federal agents. Places Oregon citizens and police officers in danger. Personal Choice and Responsibility Refusing federal protection from illegal criminal individuals puts the…

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HB 2928 Restricts the use of Riot Control Tools for Law Enforcement

This bill regulates the use of chemical incapacitants, kinetic impact projectiles and sound devices by law enforcement agencies. Personal Choice and Responsibility Law enforcement needs all the tools they can get to maintain order in the face of violent mobs. They have shown great restraint with the tools they have access to and have suffered many more injuries than rioters…

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HB 2075 Increases Radiation Vendor License and Fees

This bill establishes vendor license and annual fees increasing cost for medical services using radiation including X-ray machines for dental, academic, veterinary, podiatry, hospital radiology, chiropractic, osteopathic, computed tomography, mammography, therapy, microwave repair facilities, and tanning devices. Personal Choice and Responsibility This wouldn’t protect public from radiation, just increases medical costs. Fiscal Responsibility OHA anticipates that this measure would increase…

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HB 2930 Creates new Commission regarding Law Enforcement Standards

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. Fiscal Responsibility Requires allocations of General Funds. Limited Government As a condition of enforceability, an arbitration…

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SB 817 No More Fines on Court Bailouts for Juveniles

This bill eliminates fines, fees, and court costs associated with juvenile delinquency matters, and provides for appointment of counsel at taxpayer expense in all juvenile delinquency matters. Additionally, this measure makes certain court records available at no cost to parties. Personal Choice and Responsibility No study or data has shown that reducing punishments imposed by the courts, produces lower recidivism…

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SB 844 Caps Prescription Drug Prices by a New Board Committee

This bill establishes a new Prescription Drug Affordability Board in Department of Consumer and Business Services to review prices for prescription drug products meeting specified cost criteria. Fiscal Responsibility The financial impact of this measure is $1,786,192 of General Fund with 6 positions. The Prescription Drug Affordability Board is to annually assess fees to be paid by manufacturers of prescription…

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HB 3352 Healthcare for Undocumented Adults

This bill renames Health Care for All Oregon Children program to Cover All People and expands eligibility to adults who would qualify for state medical assistance program but for their immigration status. Fiscal Responsibility The measure is anticipated to have an impact on the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon Health Authority, and Department of Human Services. This will…

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HB 2505 Creates Child Welfare Equity Advisory Committee

This bill establishes the Child Welfare Equity Advisory Committee in the Governor’s Child Foster Care Advisory Commission to improve equitable treatment of all populations who receive foster care. Fiscal Responsibility Department of Human Services is directed to provide the Commission with necessary clerical and administrative support, including at least one full-time policy analyst. DHS assumes that this position will be…

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SB 707 Remedy for children placed out-of-state

This bill requires the Department of Human Services, by October 1, 2021, to provide to each child and ward who the Department placed in an out-of-state residential facility between January 1, 2016 and June 30, 2020 notice of their right to seek civil remedy if there is a belief they were treated negligently. Directs department to obtain records from out-of-state…

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HB 2172 Lowers minimum sentencing

This bill changes mandatory minimum sentences for specified felonies other than murder to presumptive sentences. This is an attempt to allow a lesser sentence and overturn the twice voter approved Measure 11. Personal Choice and Responsibility For victims trying to move on and heal from abuse, letting their abusers off with lesser sentences is unconscionable. Eight of the nine female…

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HB 3088 Repeals crime of prostitution

This bill’s chief sponsor is Rep. Rob Nosse (D, HD-42) This bill repeals crimes of prostitution, commercial sexual solicitation and promoting prostitution. It defines prostitution as “engagement by a person in sexual conduct or sexual contact with another person in return for a fee. Personal Choice and Responsibility NY Post writer states the cost of legalizing prostitution, “Nevada has a…

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SB 356 Expands school healthcare abilities

This bill establishes a School Nurse Specialist in the Oregon Department of Education. The School Nurse specialist will collaborate with the State School Nursing Consultant of the Oregon Health Authority to assess health information, standardize school nursing practices, and lead school healthcare teams throughout state public schools. Personal Choice and Responsibility Notably this bill makes no mention of working with…

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HJR 10 Amendment to not return kicker to taxpayers

This bill amends the Oregon Constitution to use the kicker to increase allowance of earned income tax credits, in lieu of returning surplus revenue to all personal income taxpayers. Personal Choice and Responsibility Distributed as earned income tax credits for families with children under 18. A socialist move to redistribute wealth. Fiscal Responsibility The kicker is the voter’s way of…

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SB 12A Study on a Pharmacy Tourism Program

This bill was amended to a study on importation of pharmaceuticals or travel to Mexico and Canada for public employees. Fiscal Responsibility. Costs of the study are estimated at $80,000 to $120,000 Other Funds, with half paid by PEBB and half by OEBB. PEBB’s costs are supported by the premiums paid by state agencies and universities, and the costs for…

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HB 2164 Cover ALL People (for healthcare)

This bill is a study by the Governor related to health laws. However the Governor testified amending it renaming Health Care for All Oregon Children program to Cover All People program covering all adult residents 19 years and older regardless of immigration status. Fiscal Responsibility -3 Amendment eligibility criteria: adult, resident; income below 138% of federal poverty level (FPL) unless…

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SB 401 Redefines minimum sentencing

This bill guts Measure 11 and goes soft on violent criminals under the guise of “criminal justice reform.” Allows rapists, attempted murders, child pornographers, and kidnappers to get up to 40% off their sentences. Personal Choice and Responsibility For victims trying to move on and heal from abuse, letting their abusers off with lesser sentences is unconscionable. Eight of the…

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SB 842 Refund taxes from stimulus checks

This bill requires state to refund taxes taken from stimulus checks. Personal Choice and Responsibility Because of a loophole in the state tax code, an estimated 870,000 Oregonians will be sending a part of their federal stimulus checks to the state government. Middle-class families are hit hardest. Fiscal Responsibility In computing Oregon taxable income for the purposes of this chapter,…

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HB 3005 Ends state preemption over local gun ban ordinances

This bill repeals ORS 166.170 through 166.176, which are the Oregon statutes that allow only the state to restrict the “sale, acquisition, transfer, ownership, possession, storage, transportation or use” of firearms (referred to as “preemption”), and not cities, counties or school districts. Personal Choice and Responsibility The restrictions this would repeal prevent cities, counties, and schools from banning possession of…

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HB 2543 Delaying Firearm purchases

This bill prohibits the transfer of firearm by gun dealer or private party if the Department of State Police does not provide a response that recipient is qualified to receive a firearm. Removes the current language from the statute which says the sale can proceed the following day if the dealer is not informed that the person is disqualified by…

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HB 2474 Expands medical leave to employers with one employee

This bill expands Oregon Family Medical Leave Act (OFLA) to include employers with 1 or more employees, which allows for up to 12 weeks of leave for certain situations such as the birth or adoption of a child. Personal Choice and Responsibility This bill doesn’t teach responsibility and respect for an employer – the hand that feeds them. Fiscal Responsibility…

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HB 2348 Prohibits processed meats in hospitals

This bill prohibits hospitals and long term care facilities from offering processed meats. Personal Choice and Responsibility Government has no business playing medical expert nullifying personal choice. Nutritionists say that seniors don’t get enough protein in their diets. This is ruthlessly endangering seniors. Limited Government Government has no business dictating how private businesses should be run unless health is imminently…

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HB 2341 Prorates property taxes due to fire damage

This bill authorizes tax collector to prorate taxes on property damaged or destroyed in county declared in state of emergency due to fire or act of God, or authority of Governor under Emergency Conflagration Act. Personal Choice and Responsibility Those that lots their homes in fires should not have to pay property taxes on a home that no long exists….

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SB 396 Defines “undetectable firearm” and creates fines.

This bill defines “undetectable firearm” and “untraceable firearm” and defines crimes of possessing, manufacturing, importing, offering for sale or transferring undetectable and/or untraceable firearms. Personal Choice and Responsibility “untraceable firearms” are those manufactured after 1968 and without a serial number, so that law enforcement cannot trace the sale/distribution chain. This bill makes it a Class B felony to manufacture, possess,…

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SB 296 Chief Justice during Emergency suspend time periods in court proceedings

This bill authorizes the Chief Justice of Oregon Supreme Court, during the period of statewide emergency and upon finding of good cause, to extend or suspend time periods or time requirements in rules or statutes in specified court proceedings. Limited Government the first special session of 2020 passed HB 4212 which gave the authority in question here to the Chief…

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SB 139 Increases Tax Liability for Some Businesses

This bill reduces marginal tax rates at which non-passive pass-through income is subject. Limits reduced rate pass-through income qualification to S corporations and partnerships with ordinary business income not in excess of $5 million and adds employment requirements. Fiscal Responsibility Amendment changes not just the rate, but adds a scale of qualifications to complicate the calculation. The rate extends the…

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SJR 12 State to ensure access to health care

This bill amends Oregon Constitution establishing obligation of state to ensure every resident of state access to cost-effective, clinically appropriate and affordable health care. It promises something impossible obligating the state to balance it against the public interest in funding public schools and other essential public services. Personal Choice and Responsibility Oregon voters need to make an informed decision on…

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HB 3284 Protecting personal health data protection outside of emergency periods

This bill provides parameters on use of the personal health data gathered by “covered organizations” via mobile apps during an emergency and requires destroying within 65 days or 30 days after the emergency period ends. Provides protection for consumer data collected while allowing government entities to continue to control our lives in the name of public health. Personal Choice and…

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HB 2337 Collects data on race, ethnicity, language and disability status.

This bill requires state agencies and third party contractors that collect demographic data on behalf of state agencies to comply with rules adopted by Oregon Health Authority for collection of data on race, ethnicity, preferred spoken and written languages and disability status. Personal Choice and Responsibility Legislation can “whereas” all they want but it won’t change that it is confirming…

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SB 846 Reduces Kicker

This bill recalculates the tax rebate for individual and corporate taxpayers to reduce the kicker amount by $15 million and redirect to the Department of Justice and Insurance Fund. Personal Choice and Responsibility It manipulates the constitution to not be accountable for over spending. The kicker is expected to total $571 million. Fiscal Responsibility This measure implements statutory changes necessary…

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HB 2958 HIV prevention drug insurance coverage

This bill requires commercial health insurers to cover antiretroviral prescription drugs and allows pharmacists to prescribe and dispense 30-day supply of pre-exposure prophylactic antiretroviral drug. Fiscal Responsibility It will cause an increase in prescription coverage to subsidized the support of a habit of pleasure. Limited Government Based on significant advances in the use of antiretroviral drugs, clinical guidelines recommend the…

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SB 554 Allows ban of carry by CHL holder by Colleges, Universities, School Districts and Airport

This bill allows the State Capitol, colleges, universities, school districts, and the Portland Airport to ban carried firearms in or on their grounds by those with Concealed Handgun Licenses (it’s already illegal if you don’t have a CHL), making possession a Class A misdemeanor (364 days jail and or $6,250 fine). SB 554-B has been combined with HB 2510 and…

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HB 2510 Lockup requirements for Firearms

This bill may be combined with SB 554 This bill requires the owner or possessor of a firearm to secure the firearm with a trigger or cable lock or in a locked container when transferring the firearm and at all other times that the firearm is not carried by or “under the control” of the owner, requires reporting of theft,…

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HB 2972 Study of “land value taxation” to increase property taxes

This bill directs a study on how property values influence and constrains tax assessments creating a shortfall. The study is to look into ways to increase property taxes levied on the land value instead of the building (improvements) value, skirting around the constitution and Measure 5. Personal Choice and Responsibility A study on redistribution of wealth by evaluation of tax…

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HB 2623 Caps insulin out of pocket costs

This bill caps the out of pocket cost of insulin at $75 for a 30-day supply, and $225 for a 90-day supply. The Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) would review the price annually and would be allowed to adjust the cap based on changes to the cost of living. Personal Choice and Responsibility Every person’s health care plan…

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SB 629 Allows pharmacist to use telepharmacy for services at remote locations.

This bill allows pharmacist to use telepharmacy to deliver pharmacy services to patient at remote location, elderly and disabled. Limited Government In small cities that cannot support a full-time pharmacist, many residents must travel considerable distances to pick up their prescriptions or depend on others to pick them up for them. This can cause many to either go without their…

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HB 2075 Adds license and annual fees for radiation equipment

This bill establishes vendor license and annual fees increasing cost for medical services using radiation including X-ray machines for dental, academic, veterinary, podiatry, hospital radiology, chiropractic, osteopathic, computed tomography, mammography, therapy, microwave repair facilities, and tanning devices. Personal Choice and Responsibility This wouldn’t protect public from radiation, but increases medical costs. Fiscal Responsibility OHA anticipates that this measure would increase…

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HB 2819 Unearned tax credits to unqualified persons.

This bill allows otherwise qualified individual to claim earned income tax credit under individual taxpayer identification number in lieu of Social Security number if eligible for the Earned Income Credit. Applies to tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2022, and before January 1, 2026 Personal Choice and Responsibility Individual Taxpayer Identification Number – ITINs cannot be used to…

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HB 3115 Homeless camping

This bill will allow the homeless to sue local entities when they enforce local laws against unlawful camping on public property which includes public lands, premises and buildings. Personal Choice and Responsibility The rights of taxpaying citizens are being ignored in this bill as public spaces are not setup for humans to live in a safe and clean environment, local…

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HB 3139 Parent Disclosure of Suicide Assessment

This bill requires parental disclosure when minor receives suicide assessment, intervention, treatment, or support services, and encourages mental health care providers who believe a minor is at risk of attempting suicide to disclose relevant information to a parent, guardian or other individuals who can help take necessary safety measures. Personal Choice and Responsibility Data has shown that the pandemic’s effects…

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HB 2077 Lead-based paint activities assessments, increases fine

This bill requires person to identify to Oregon Health Authority if a third party performs lead-based paint activities or renovation. Allows authority to order risk assessment and hazard control or abatement of lead-based paint activities and renovation when authority has reason to believe violation occurred. Personal Choice and Responsibility This is a sympathy bill for low-income families living in old…

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SB 299 Creates children’s service districts

This bill authorizes the creation of children’s service districts and provides authority to levy permanent property taxes and other taxes which is unnecessary, duplicative and has the effect of limiting the capacity of existing taxing jurisdictions in meeting their responsibilities. Fiscal Responsibility Adding more taxing districts could lead to compression and those already in compression would see compression increases if…

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HB 3355 requires officers’ names on uniforms during crowd control.

This bill requires officers’ names on uniforms during crowd control. Officer must give a name when requested. The enforcement agency must supply the name of the officer upon request. Personal Choice and Responsibility Law enforcement officers are human beings, this is a job, they have family and have places they live. It is irresponsible to allow officers to be doxed…

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HB 2481 Prohibits Law Enforcement Agencies from receiving Military Surplus Equipment

This bill prohibits law enforcement agencies from receiving certain military surplus vehicles, aircraft, grenades, grenade launchers, and firearms silencers from the federal government. Limits what funds can be used to purchase surplus military equipment from the federal government. Fiscal Responsibility Saves local law enforcement needing equipment from purchasing out of local funds. Limited Government In the summer of 2020, Portland…

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