From hate crimes to cold medicine, many new Oregon laws take effect Jan. 1 – Mail Tribune – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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The Oregon State Capitol is viewed on the first day of the short legislative session in Salem on Feb. 3. (Anna Reed/Statesman-Journal via AP)

Oregon lawmakers adopted a range of reforms, policy changes and civil rights protections during this year’s five-month legislative session, including new laws designed to promote affordable housing, improve police oversight and make it explicitly illegal to intimidate others by displaying a noose.

Those new laws, and many others, take effect Jan. 1. While some were contentious, many passed with overwhelming, bipartisan support.

Here’s a look at some of the changes in store:

POLICE REFORM: George Floyd’s murder by a Minneapolis police officer triggered a national reckoning on civil rights. Oregon lawmakers responded with several bills aimed at improving police conduct and oversight. Here are some of those that take effect Jan. 1:

· Senate Bill 204 gives civilian oversight board access to a database of police encounters and arrests. The bill passed the House 34-22, and the House 18-11.


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