Oregon lawmakers passed more than 120 bills during this year`s short legislature. Some of the most notable laws on issues such as taxes and drug price transparency have already come into force. Red Flag laws, or laws that allow some people to apply to a court to remove guns from another person who could pose a threat to themselves or others, go into effect in Colorado, Hawaii and Nevada. More than a dozen states have similar laws. On New Year`s Day, however, many other measures come into effect, ranging from tougher penalties for domestic violence to easing free school fees for children who have spent time in foster care. Here is a selection of the main new laws that will come into effect on January 1: Miller: Happy New Year to you. Good new laws for you too. PORTLAND, Oregon. (KOIN) – With a new year come new laws in Oregon. Lawmakers passed hundreds of new laws during the 2021 sessions, many of which will take effect on Jan.
1. The state can expect new laws to prevent discrimination in hiring, allow human composting, and require additional training for law enforcement. Some plaintiffs who win financial damages in litigation could receive more as a result of House Bill 4008. Under the new legislation, an applicant`s future income can no longer be calculated to take into account the individual`s race or ethnic origin. The amendment does not prohibit the consideration of a claimant`s sex when determining potential future income. VanderHart: Yes, it`s quite interesting, it`s perhaps one of the most nuanced pieces of legislation that the legislature has passed. Essentially, the bill changed the wording of how police respond to what he called illegal assembly. Prior to this change, the law essentially ordered officials to go into a crowd and arrest people if they refused to disperse from an illegal gathering. The bill contained words like « shall » and « shall » This bill softened that wording to say that public servants can go and arrest people if necessary, eliminating that requirement. This law was obviously a response to the protests, protests against police reform, and others that took place in Portland in 2020.
It`s the beginning of a new year, which means new state laws will go into effect across the country. VanderHart: It was as a result of some of these incidents that we saw that black people were discriminated against or treated differently because they wear their hair. Last year, there was an incident in Portland where a high school volleyball player was forced to cut her hair to remove beads. A high-profile incident in New Jersey where a wrestler had to remove his dreadlocks before the competition. This law essentially expands the state`s anti-discrimination laws to specifically protect against discrimination based on hairstyles commonly associated with race. And as you know, it`s not just athletics. This also applies to schools and the workplace. Many other states are doing this, and Oregon is just one of the most recent. Let`s start with policing, because there are a number of new laws that will change various things for policing throughout the state.
House Bill 2936 is one of them. This is the recruitment of new officers. What does it say? Dave Miller: It`s Think Out Loud on OPB, I`m Dave Miller. It`s a new year, and with it, a whole host of new state laws have gone into effect in Oregon. The Ontario Provincial Commission Commission`s political reporter, Dirk VanderHart, is now here to talk about some of them. Dirk, welcome back. Miller: What other new laws might affect policing in Oregon? Effective January 1, 2022, it will be illegal to discriminate against Black people because of their hairstyles in Oregon workplaces and public educational institutions. At the same time, several new laws will come into force to usher the state into a new era of police surveillance, accountability and justice. Ontario Provincial Commission political reporter Dirk VanderHart talks about these and several other new laws in Oregon. The Mark O. Hatfield U.S.
Courthouse in downtown Portland. Senate Bill 1550 aims to strengthen the traceability system for Oregon`s seafood products in the marketplace, a task that is becoming increasingly important as the state deals with biotoxins that appear in dungeon crabs — the state`s most valuable seafood species. according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. HB 2935 – Known as « The CROWN Act », HB 2935 prohibits public schools and employers from discriminating against people because of their hairstyle when it is associated with their race. The law states that this includes, among others, braids, embellishments, locs and twists, natural hair, hair structure and hair type. CROWN stands for creating a respectful and open world for natural hair. At least eight states will begin imposing new or increased taxes on electric vehicles to compensate for lost revenue from gasoline taxes used to improve infrastructure. Illinois is now the 11th state to recognize the legal use of recreational marijuana for adults. Illinois Gov. J. J. Pritzker on Tuesday announced more than 11,000 pardons for minor marijuana offenses.
VanderHart: There are a lot of them. There was, as I said, quite a package. I think nine or ten came into effect on January 1. There is one that allows police oversight boards to have better access to law enforcement records when investigating potential wrongdoing. Another would be to increase the way Oregon police departments must report and catalogue their use of force. And there`s also a bill that ensures that agencies are more transparent when they discipline officials, so that the public knows that a public servant has been disciplined, and a little bit about why. This law expands Oregon`s current gun ban for people convicted of domestic violence to cover an offender, even if they are not married or living with the victim and they do not have children together. House Bill 4145 closes what supporters have called the « boyfriend loophole » and has been a top priority for the governor.