Oregon police accountability bills advance with notable tweaks

Legislation to restrict the use of tear gas, create a public database of police discipline and make it easier to discipline police is headed for House and Senate floor votes Friday, after lawmakers passed the bills out of committee during the special session Thursday night. Source: Oregon police accountability bills advance with notable tweaks

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown approves early release of 57 inmates vulnerable to coronavirus

The decision comes two weeks after Brown said she would consider commuting the sentences of some inmates to help limit the spread of the deadly disease in the state prison system, where more than 200 prisoners and staff have already tested positive for COVID-19. Source: Oregon Gov. Kate Brown approves early release of 57 inmates […]
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Oregon lawmakers poised to delay key police accountability bill

Oregon lawmakers in the People of Color Caucus are looking at launching a House-Senate committee to identify the most effective police accountability and tactics reforms to pursue in 2021. In doing so, they will likely postpone for now a proposal to put the Oregon attorney general in charge of police use-of-force investigations. Source: Oregon lawmakers […]
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Oregon House votes to repeal law allowing driver license suspension for inability to pay fines

Most of those in favor of repealing said the law disproportionately affects low-income and people of color, both of whom are disproportionately stopped and cited by law enforcement. Source: Oregon House votes to repeal law allowing driver license suspension for inability to pay fines

2 new deaths as known cases near 7,500: Coronavirus in Oregon

A man and a woman, both in their 80s and from Marion County, became the latest patients to die of COVID-19 in Oregon, bringing the toll to 197, health officials said. Source: 2 new deaths as known cases near 7,500: Coronavirus in Oregon

Oregon coronavirus updates, June 26: Brown OKs early release of 57 inmates vulnerable to COVID-19

Gov. Kate Brown on Thursday approved the early release of 57 state prisoners deemed medically vulnerable to the coronavirus, which has spread throughout correctional facilities in Oregon and around the country. Source: Oregon coronavirus updates, June 26: Brown OKs early release of 57 inmates vulnerable to COVID-19

Hours of testimony slow Oregon special session, further work on some issues promised

Oregon lawmakers met Thursday for the second day of an emergency session to pass policies dealing with police violence and the COVID-19 pandemic. Source: Hours of testimony slow Oregon special session, further work on some issues promised

Oregon governor frees 57 inmates vulnerable to COVID

Gov. Kate Brown says the commutation process is only for those with good conduct who have served much of their sentence. Source: Oregon governor frees 57 inmates vulnerable to COVID

OSU study: Oregon workplace safety monitoring needs to be more timely

A recent study evaluating the effectiveness of Oregon’s occupational health monitoring system concludes that the state needs to collect and share data about workplace dangers in a more timely, relevant fashion to allow for rapid intervention. Source: OSU study: Oregon workplace safety monitoring needs to be more timely – KTVZ

COVID-19 testing begins for all nursing home workers and residents

On Wednesday Oregon started mandated testing for all workers and residents in large nursing homes. Source: COVID-19 testing begins for all nursing home workers and residents