SB 1531

Senate Bill 1531

This bill was introduced by Senator Lew Frederick (D-Portland), which originally would have imposed a mandate for police officers to get mental health counseling every two years. ORCOPS has strongly opposed the mandatory provision in the bill. The bill was heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is chaired by Senator Floyd Prozanski (D-Eugene). Senator Prozanski opted not to move the bill out of committee, so it’s not likely to pass this session. ORCOPS has been working with Senator Frederick’s office and talking with the Senate Judiciary Committee members on something for the 2019 session that would allow first responders voluntary access to wellness programs alongside an increase in benefits and improved workers compensation provisions.