Homeless camping on public lands to be allowed.

Oregon communities, counties, now must re-write their laws by July 1, 2023 to accommodate homeless camping on public lands. (HB 3115) As reported by multiple sources, Oregon governments now must allow individuals to sit, lie, sleep, keep warm and dry on public lands. The bill requires local and county governments to modify their laws and ordinances to be in line…

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Reviewing Measure 11: Advocates seek reform, prosecutors argue it works fine

Oregon’s landmark mandatory sentencing law, Measure 11, is about to go under scrutiny by state legislators this week. Advocates of criminal justice reform have four bills that would change the way those convicted of serious crimes are sentenced. The first of those bills, House Bill 2002, has a public hearing scheduled in the House Committee of Judiciary on Tuesday. But Oregon’s District…

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Oregon lawmakers consider allowing prisoners to vote

Oregon would become the third state in the nation to allow prisoners to vote under two bills before the Legislature this year. In proposals that would put the state in the vanguard of a renewed debate over enfranchisement and inequity in the criminal justice system, House Bill 2366 and Senate Bill 571 would restore voting rights to the roughly 12,600…

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HB 3088 legalizes prostitution in Oregon

Oregon State Representative Rob Nosse (Democrat, HD-42) has introduced a bill to legalize prostitution. HB 3088 reads “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.” NY Post writer states the cost of legalizing prostitution,“Nevada has a…

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