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.
Contact me if you have any questions or comments regarding our ORCOPS activities.
Daryl Turner, President