Oregon Senate Bill. Heads up!!!
Senate Hearing regarding an 'anti-terror' bill, SB 742
8:00am Monday 24 March
Contact: Oregon Criminal Justice Reform Coalition
westernprisonproject.org Oregon Capital- Senate Judiciary room 343, Salem, Oregon
We need people to campaign against bill SB 742, which is a poorly written "anti-terrorism" bill. If passed would subject people to life in prison if
they or any other participant intended to disrupt commerce, transportation, educational, or governmental institutions (such as strikes, protests,
student food fights).
The Oregon Criminal Justice Reform Coalition has endorsed the campaign to protect Oregonís 181 laws to prevent police spying on lawful activities.
Now, there is a badly written ìanti-terrorismî bill in the Oregon State Senate that, if it passed, could result in innocent people being sent to
prison for life.
This bill is SB 742. It creates the crime of "terrorism" and defines it so broadly that individuals would be subject to life in prison if they or
any other participant intended to disrupt commerce, transportation, educational, or governmental institutions (such as strikes, protests, student food
fights-- there is a proposed amendment to change the definition, but we do not have details at this time).
More importantly, under section 2 it would also allow state and local law enforcement to ignore both ORS 181.575 & ORS 181.850 if investigating
ìterrorism.î This provision unravels the protections that these two "181" laws provide, and would allow police spying on Oregonians who are not
breaking any laws.
ORS 181.575 Protects Against Police Spying on Innocent People and Organizations: The law prohibits law enforcement agencies from collecting or
maintaining information about the political, religious, social views, associations or activities of any person or group unless that information
directly relates to a criminal investigation.
History: From the creation of the Portland Police ìRed Squadî in the 1940s until the passage of this law in 1981, hundreds of political, religious and
other organizations were the subjects of FBI and police surveillance for no valid reason. A recent series in the Portland Tribune (September 2002)
uncovered Portland police intelligence files tracking groups such as ACLU of Oregon, American Friends Service Committee (Quakers), Coalition Against
Domestic Violence, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, Hispanic Commission, Peace House, Planned Parenthood, Rape Relief Hotline, Sierra Club, United
Farm Workers and many more.
ORS 181.850 Allows State & Local Law Enforcement to Focus on Oregon Priorities. This law prevents state and local law enforcement agencies from
targeting people based on their race or ethnic origin when those individuals are not suspected of any criminal activity.
Local law enforcement is prohibited from using resources to apprehend people whose only offense is a federal immigration violation. The law allows
state and local law enforcement to contact the INS after they have arrested someone. The law also permits state and local police to request
information from the INS that may help solve a criminal case.
This law does not prevent local law enforcement from working with federal law enforcement to investigate threats of terrorism.
History: In the 1980s, several local law enforcement agencies carried out raids and roadblocks in collaboration with the INS targeting Oregonís Latino
community. Many lawful residents and US citizens were swept up in the raids and were treated harshly by local police and INS agents. Passage of ORS
181.850 in 1987 has not completely eliminated such practices, but has helped create dramatic improvements in the relationship between immigrants and
Here's the link to the full text of Senate Bill 742: pub.das.state.or.us...