We’re almost to the end of the 2016 Legislative Session, but a key piece of legislation has stalled in the Senate – the bill to allow a judge to shield an officer’s name from public release for 90 days if there is a credible threat against the officer or their family.
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Our lobbyist in Salem is on top of the issue, but Legislators need to hear from you, too!
Please take a few moments and write a quick e-mail expressing your personal SUPPORT of HB 4087, so that the Legislature knows that there are scores of real officers standing behind our organization.
We want to email (or call) the Senate President and the legislators on the Senate Rules Committee:
Senator Peter Courtney, Senate President: firstname.lastname@example.org / 503-986-1600
Senator Ginny Burdick, Chair: email@example.com / 503-986-1718
Senator Ted Ferrioli: firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Lee Beyer: email@example.com
Senator Brian Boquist: firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Diane Rosenbaum: Sen.DianeRosenbaum@state.or.us
Your e-mail can be written personally, or you can draw from our previous testimony on the bill. Here’s an example:
As a law enforcement officer, I am writing to let you know of my strong support of HB 4087, which allows a judge to shield an officer’s name from public release for 90 days if there is a credible threat against the officer or their family.
As a law enforcement officer, I put my life on the line every day. But doing my job shouldn’t put my family at risk, too. The protections in HB 4087 would occur only in the event that a judge found a credible threat to exist – on par with many other public records protections currently in statute.
The House of Representatives passed this bill on a resounding 55-3 vote. I hope that you will join them in helping to protect law enforcement officers — and their families – from harm.
(Your name, City of residence)
Be aware that any e-mail will become a public record, and please do not take time to email while on the clock! Remember to always be respectful, and to not resort to name-calling or accusations. For example, It’s OK to say that you feel endangered, but not OK to suggest that a legislator is trying to endanger you.
Thanks! Get those e-mails and phone calls in!
Oregon Coalition of Police and Sheriffs