Oregon Legislature Wrapping Up

You can tell that the Legislature is getting closer to wrapping up session: they’ve started shutting down committees. On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Veterans and Emergency Preparedness Committee both wrapped up their business and had their last meetings of the session. Other committees will follow shortly, because with a few exceptions, all bills need to be out of committee by the end of the week.

That means Senate Bill 87, which would have chipped away at veterans’ preferences, is officially dead for this session. (Even though the committee will probably continue to discuss “clarifying” the law and may have a different version introduced in 2016.)

Meanwhile, House Bill 2357, allowing off-duty officers the ability to carry their weapons, is on its way to the Senate floor with a unanimous recommendation from Senate Judiciary. Also heading to the Senate floor is House Bill 2571, which establishes body camera standards – and still includes ORCOPS’ preferred amendments.

House Bill 2704 would allow individuals to record on-duty police officers and was improved earlier this week to prohibit long-range or surreptitious recording. That bill, with those amendments, is heading to the Senate floor for a vote as well.

Two bills supported by ORCOPS are on their way to Governor Brown’s desk to be signed into law: First is House Bill 2208, the public records loophole fix. Once signed, this bill will take effect immediately. Law enforcement can also contact their county to request that their personal information remain exempt from public records requests. Stop by the ORCOPS website to learn more >>> Protect Your Personal Information.

Governor Brown will also sign Senate Bill 943, which provides that a county cannot charge extra fees to a non-resident officer who registers his or her vehicle at a precinct address. However, because the Legislature did not declare an “emergency” with regard to this policy, we can expect it to take effect January 1, 2016.

ORCOPS is still working on several bills that will likely pose a threat right up until the final days. You may recall Senate Bills 822 and 871, both of which contain some acceptable and some unacceptable provisions regarding grand jury processes. These bills are in the Joint Ways & Means Committee, and as such are exempt from most deadlines. However, the Legislature must wrap up ALL business by July 11 – according to the Oregon Constitution. (Although it’s more likely to end a week or so earlier.)

Daryl Turner, President

New Legislation Spearheaded by ORCOPS


Several weeks ago, ORCOPS was made aware of a concerning development regarding the disclosure of officers’ personal information. A local paper submitted a public records request for officer information, including dates of birth and social security information. Ordinarily, this material would be protected from disclosure, but the request was made to the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST), and there was ambiguity over whether the information was exempt from the request. The Department of Justice ordered (some of) the material released, but DPSST is currently fighting that order in court.

In the meantime, ORCOPS jumped into action in Salem in order to close this loophole. Because the Legislative Session was already in full swing, ORCOPS’ staff and lobbyist worked to identify several bills that could be amended with a simple fix to closing the loophole. We then worked through the State House and Senate Judiciary Committees to amend House Bill 2208.  That bill passed the Legislative process yesterday, along with our amendments. It will become effective once it is signed by Governor Brown.

ORCOPS took action immediately because this loophole would have potentially allowed individuals to obtain officer dates of birth. That information could then be used to obtain an officer’s home address and household information from the voter registration database. Our quick efforts means this loophole was closed in about a month.


Under existing laws, counties of residence shield public safety officers’ home addresses and telephone information from public records requests, but this can only be done at the request of the officer. In addition to our work in Salem, ORCOPS urges officers to use these existing tools to protect their information. Ask your local county Assessor and Clerk to protect your personal information in voter registration and property records.

To find your county contact information, go to >>> ORCOPS: Protect Your Personal Information

Daryl Turner, President

Protect Your Personal Information

Under existing laws, counties of residence shield public safety officers’ home addresses and telephone information from public records requests, but this can only be done at the request of the officer. ORCOPS urges officers to use these existing tools to protect their information. Ask your local county Assessor and Clerk to protect your personal information in voter registration and property records.

Contact your county with the following request:

“I am a public safety officer requesting that my personal information be protected from public records requests as described in ORS 192.501, subsection 31.”


​Assessor ​541-523-8203 ​541-523-8352
Collector ​541-523-8222 ​541-523-8240
​Clerk ​541-523-8207 ​541-523-8240
​Assessor ​541-766-6665 ​541-766-6848
​Collector ​541-766-6767 ​541-766-6848
​Clerk ​541-766-6831 ​541-766-6675
​Assessor ​503-655-8671 ​503-655-8313
​Collector ​503-655-8671 ​503-655-8313
​Clerk ​503-650-5686 ​503-650-5687
​Assessor ​503-325-8522 ​503-338-3638
​Collector ​503-325-8561 ​503-338-3638
​Clerk ​503-325-8511 ​503-325-9307
​Assessor ​503-397-2240 ​503-397-5153
​Collector ​503-397-7252 ​503-397-7252
​Clerk ​503-397-3796 ​503-397-7266
​Assessor ​541-396-7901 ​541-396-1027
​Collector ​541-396-7725 ​541-396-1027
​Clerk ​541-396-7601 ​541-396-1013
​Assessor ​541-447-4133 ​541-447-1051
​Collector ​541-447-6554 ​541-416-2140
​Clerk ​541-447-6553 ​541-416-2145
​Assessor ​541-247-3294 ​541-247-9361
​Collector ​541-247-3294 541-247-3436​
​Clerk ​541-247-3295 ​541-247-6440
​Assessor ​541-388-6508 ​541-382-1692
​Collector ​541-388-6559 ​541-385-3248
​Clerk ​541-388-6544 ​541-383-4424
​Assessor ​541-440-4225 ​541-957-2091
​Collector ​541-440-4519 ​541-440-4338
​Clerk ​541-440-4324 ​541-440-4408
​Assessor ​541-384-3781 ​541-384-3304
​Collector ​541-384-3781 ​541-384-2166
​Clerk ​541-384-2721 x 151 ​541-384-3304
​Assessor ​541-575-0107 ​541-575-2248
​Collector ​541-575-0189 ​541-575-2248
​Clerk ​541-575-1675 ​541-575-2248
​Assessor ​541-573-2246 ​541-573-8193
​Collector ​541-573-8365 ​541-573-8193
​Clerk ​541-573-6641 ​541-573-8370
​Assessor ​541-386-4522 ​541-387-6864
​Collector ​541-387-6824 ​541-387-6894
​Clerk ​541-386-1442 ​541-387-6864
​Assessor ​541-774-6059 ​541-774-6701
​Collector ​541-774-6535 ​541-776-6735
​Clerk ​541-774-6147 ​541-774-6714
​Assessor ​541-475-2443 ​541-325-5504
​Collector ​541-475-4458 ​541-475-4454
​Clerk 541-475-4451​ ​541-325-5018
​Assessor ​541-474-5260 ​541-474-5261
​Collector ​541-474-5175 ​541-474-5176
​Clerk ​541-474-5243 ​541-474-5246
​Assessor ​541-883-5111 ​541-885-6757
​Collector 541-883-4269​ ​541-883-5165
​Clerk ​541-883-5134 ​541-885-6757
​Assessor ​541-947-6000 ​541-947-7012
​Collector ​541-947-6000 ​541-947-7012
​Clerk ​541-947-0905 ​541-947-6015
​Assessor ​541-682-4321 ​541-682-3819
​Collector ​541-682-4321 ​541-682-3819
​Clerk ​541-682-4328 ​541-682-2303
​Assessor ​541-265-4102 ​541-265-4148
​Collector ​541-265-4139 ​541-265-5466
​Clerk ​541-265-4131 ​541-265-4950
​Assessor ​541-967-3808 ​541-917-7448
​Collector ​541-967-3808 ​541-917-7448
​Clerk ​541-967-3831 ​541-926-5109
​Assessor ​541-473-5117 ​541-473-5109
​Collector ​541-473-5148 ​541-473-5164
​Clerk ​541-473-5151 ​541-473-5523
​Assessor ​503-588-5144 ​503-588-7985
​Collector 503-588-5144​ ​503-566-3911
​Clerk 503-588-5225​ ​503-373-4408
​Assessor ​541-676-5607 ​541-676-5610
​Collector ​541-676-5607 ​541-676-5610
​Clerk ​541-676-5601 ​541-676-9876
​Assessor ​503-988-3326 ​503-988-3356
​Collector ​503-988-3326 ​503-988-3330
​Clerk ​503-988-3326 ​503-988-3330
​Assessor ​503-623-8391 ​503-831-3015
​Collector ​503-623-9264 x 1387 ​503-623-0721
​Clerk 503-623-9217 x 1250​ ​503-623-0717
​Assessor ​541-565-3505 ​541-565-3312
​Collector ​541-565-3623 ​541-565-3312
​Clerk ​541-565-3606 ​541-565-3312
​Assessor ​503-842-3400 ​503-842-3448
​Collector ​503-842-3400 ​503-842-3448
​Clerk ​503-842-3402 ​503-842-1599
​Assessor ​541-276-1111 ​541-278-6375
​Collector ​541-276-1111 ​541-278-6375
​Clerk ​541-278-6236 503-278-5463​
​Assessor ​541-963-1002 ​541-963-1039
​Collector ​541-963-1002 ​541-963-1039
​Clerk ​541-963-1006 ​541-963-1013
​Assessor ​541-426-4543 ​541-426-5901
​Collector ​541-426-4543 x 153 ​541-426-5901
​Clerk ​541-426-4543 x 158 ​541-426-5901
​Assessor ​541-506-2510 ​541-506-2511
​Collector ​541-506-2540 ​541-506-2511
​Clerk ​541-506-2530 ​541-506-2531
​Assessor ​503-846-8741 ​503-846-3908
​Collector ​503-846-8741 ​503-846-3909
​Clerk ​503-846-8741 ​503-846-3909
​Assessor ​541-763-4266 ​541-763-2026
​Collector ​541-763-2078 ​541-763-2026
​Clerk ​541-763-2400 ​541-763-2026
​Assessor ​503-434-7521 ​503-434-7352
​Collector ​503-434-7521 ​503-434-7352
​Clerk ​503-434-7518 ​503-434-7520

Important Bills Moving Through the Legislature

With about six weeks left in the current session, we’re seeing a number of bills important to ORCOPS moving through the Legislature.

House Bill 2208
began as a way to grant public records protections to code enforcement officers, but we recently discovered a loophole in current records protections related to law enforcement officer dates of birth. ORCOPS worked with other law enforcement interests to add a provision to HB 2208 that protects officers’ personal information held by the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).  The bill has been amended and will soon be reprinted as HB 2208-A. The bill has already been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee, and now heads to the Senate floor for a vote which will probably take place next week.

The Senate Judiciary Committee also considered HB 2571, related to the use of body cameras. The bill will likely get a small technical adjustment to the records retention language. Once the adjustment is made, this bill will be ready to go. The Senate Judiciary Committee is likely the last point for public comment on the measure. Once it heads to the Senate floor, no additional committee hearings are needed. When the bill passes, local law enforcement agencies will be able to decide whether they want to use body cameras and, if so, use the State legislation as a guide to develop their own rules and policy regarding body cameras.

House Bill 2357 allows honorably retired and off-duty officers to carry their weapons, and is scheduled to pass out of committee next week. Senator Burdick (D – Portland) requested an amendment to provide that retired officers would still be able to lose that privilege in the same manner as an individual would lose CHL privileges. ORCOPS is in support of the underlying bill and we’ll be monitoring it as it moves along.

Do you register your personal vehicle at your precinct rather than your home? Does the county where your precinct is charge additional fees for that registration that you wouldn’t have to pay if you registered at home? Well, if SB 943 passes, that won’t be a problem anymore. The bill recently passed unopposed out of the House Transportation Committee and is headed to the House floor.

We’ve got a very active Twitter @OregonCOPS and facebook.com/orcops page, too. If you haven’t “liked” our page, take a moment and check it out.  And follow us on Twitter as well.

Contact me if you have any questions or comments regarding our ORCOPS activities.

Daryl Turner, President

Emerging Issues as the Legislative Session Soldiers On

As the Legislative session soldiers on, several emerging issues have kept us busy over the past week.

First and foremost, the Oregonian issued a public records request for officers’ dates of birth. Had they made the request directly to a law enforcement agency, it would have been denied. However, by directing their request to the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST), the Department of Justice determined that there was enough ambiguity in public records law to support the release. This is a clear and unreasonable invasion of privacy. While DPSST is fighting the release, ORCOPS is working on a legislative fix. The relationship-building work we’ve done throughout this session is allowing us to team up with other law enforcement and labor organizations to close this loophole. Senator Prozanski (D – Eugene), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has a bill in his committee that we will try to amend on Monday, May 18. Representative Jeff Barker (D – Aloha) and his staff have been busy getting these amendments drafted – as well as some backup options.

ORCOPS is also continuing our work with legislators and the Bureau of Labor and Industries to block Senate Bill 87-A, which starts dismantling veterans’ hiring and promotion practices. There has been a sense among legislators that the current law needs clarification, but also that veterans’ preference should be preserved. Representative Julie Parrish (R – West Linn) has been a strong supporter on this issue, and sits on the House Committee where the bill will be heard on Tuesday, May 19. ORCOPS is hoping to provide that clarification by adding an amendment to the bill, turning “SB 87-A” into “SB 87-B”. (So don’t be alarmed if some version of the bill passes!)

There has still been no action scheduled on Senate Bill 822 (grand jury recordings with special release provisions for police officers) or Senate Bill 871 (requiring all use of deadly force incidents to go to grand jury), but we fully expect these bills to be considered soon in the Ways & Means Committee.  Representative Jennifer Williamson (D – Portland) co-chairs the committee, and has worked well with ORCOPS on profiling and bodycam issues. We are maintaining close communications with her on these bills, but no commitments have been made yet.

Contact me if you have any questions or comments regarding our ORCOPS activities.

Daryl Turner, President

Bills are coming up for votes in Salem and things are really starting to move

Bills are coming up for votes in Salem and things are really starting to move – generally in a good way, but there are still some challenges ahead.

On Monday, we had a public hearing on HB 2978, which would allow officers who do not impose economic discipline and who carry out – but do not develop – policy to join a bargaining unit if they so decide. This is the next step in a multi-year effort among public employees to clarify the definition of “supervisory employee” for these purposes. The City of Portland opposed the bill based on the fear that it would potentially impact an existing agreement with captains. ORCOPS is discussing a potential amendment with members of the Business and Labor Committee.

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Key Issues Come Into Focus

It’s been a week of both offense and defense in Salem, as key issues come into focus. The Legislature is beginning to take action on many of the things we’re watching closely.

With regard to profiling, Speaker of the House Tina Kotek (D – Portland) is taking the lead on mediating a deal between advocates (notably the Center for Intercultural Organizing) and public safety advocates such as ORCOPS). While it’s becoming clear that some form of a bill will likely pass, we’re working for the best version possible. We have had some fruitful discussions focusing on reasonable exceptions (such as a welfare check of a person based on their homelessness status or mere conversations), and are emphasizing local control over such policy.

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ORCOPS Gets To Work

ORCOPS has been hard at work in the Capitol Building – we’re helping to shape legislation to make it more effective and we’re building bridges with allies. Much of our work so far in 2015 is about communicating that public safety is about much more than issues like police conduct or criminal law. Some of the bills we have engaged will show that law enforcement organizations have deep connections to their community.

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