House to consider Kaylee’s Law

SALEM, Ore. — A bill that would put stricter guidelines in place for college security officers in Oregon will go before the House this week.

SB 576 passed the Senate unanimously in April.

The legislation is also known as Kaylee’s Law — named after Kaylee Sawyer. The 23-year-old central Oregon resident was killed by a community college security guard in 2016.

The bill includes more detailed background checks, and changes to uniforms and vehicles so that they look “meaningfully different than those of traditional law enforcement officers”.

A public hearing on the bill was held last week. A second reading in the House is scheduled for Tuesday, with a third reading scheduled for Wednesday. If it passes – and Governor Kate Brown signs it- it will go into effect immediately.

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