We support SB 577 (with the -1 proposed amendments) from the Attorney General’s Hate Crimes Task Force. SB 577-1 improves our state’s response to victims of bias crimes and incidents, requires Oregon’s law enforcement agencies to collect data pertaining to bias crimes and bias incidents across the state, recognizes gender identity as a protected class under our bias crime laws, and reforms our intimidation statutes (renamed to be “bias crime” statutes) to more proportionately address the degree of harm caused by bias crimes. Most importantly, SB 577-1 is the product of a collective effort from a broad range of stakeholders that centered victims and their experiences throughout the policy-development process.

Sponsors

Chief Sponsors: Senator Frederick, Prozanski, Representative Power, Senator Manning Jr; Regular Sponsors: Representative Williamson

Status

Active

Session

2019

Bill number

Position

Support

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