I received this e mail from a group of DA’s. It deserves your attention.
“Unfortunately we didn't know, that even as we spoke, Kruse was screwing us and voting for the -2 version of SB 822. It passed out on a 3-2 vote and now goes to Ways and Means. If we are not able to do something, first with the Republicans and then with Williamson, were are completely lost on this. I have been told that currently Williamson is refusing to even negotiate any possible modifications to the bill.
The irony is that we will go from being one of a minority of states that mandates no recording, to the state with perhaps the worst recording provisions for law enforcement and crime victims if this passes.”
Why is my former colleague and a good, conservative Republican like Jeff Kruse voting for an anti-crime victim piece of legislation like this? Do we all understand that crime is a wedge issue for us?
SB822 as amended in the Senate, dangerously and needlessly exposes victims and none of us want to see that happen. A Grand Jury proceeding is secret and this bill removes that secrecy in certain circumstances, which could have deadly consequences.
I acknowledge that I’ve been missing the boat on getting advanced information to you re: the crime bills. Our “lobbying” effort is not what it should be...yet. But you could sure help by more closely looking at the pending crime bills and at least asking if we have any concerns before guys like Jeff Kruse obligate themselves to getting in bed with Democrats like Prozanski and Williamson by supporting something like this.
The approach to crime and crime victims is a defining issue between political parties, yet the majority of Oregonians have supported tough on crime initiatives over the years. That’s understandable as so many of us have been the victims of crime and we know how it disrupts our lives.
Can you imagine how you would feel if you were called to testify in secret before a Grand Jury as the victim of a crime, only to have that testimony exposed?
This cannot and must not happen!
Please do not allow this bill to become law as written. I urge you to contact your state Representative or Senator and urge them to vote no unless amended to protect victims’ rights.
You can find how to contact your legislator by clicking here: www.oregonlegislature.gov. Then simply enter your address in the box under ‘Find My Legislators’ and click ‘go’ and your Senator and House members contact info will be displayed on a map.
Please join me in stopping SB822.
The Honorable Jeff Kropf (Ret)
Founder, Capitol Watch Political Action Committee
Why elect Republicans if they're going to vote this way?
--Voting for Oregon's Obamacare!
--Voting to give illegals special Oregon drivers' licenses
--Voting for the multi-billion dollar boondoggle I-5 light rail bridge
--Voting to create a pathway for early release for sexual criminals
--Voting to put the government into the hotel business competing with private enterprise
--Then voting to not allow voters to approve the costs of building that boondoggle Portland hotel even though 73% of the voters want to vote on it!
A case in point is Senator Bill Hansell, 32 years on the government payroll.
Based on his voting, you'd think Senator Hansell is from Portland. You’d be wrong, as he’s actually from Pendleton, one of the most bedrock conservative districts in the state.
How can he vote like a Portland liberal then come home and convince his constituents that he’s really one of them? How can he miss it so badly by voting in favor of illegal drivers licenses when 82% of the voters in his district voted to reject it (MZ88)?
Well, I can tell you from personal experience that he’s infected with a malady that infects the common sense brain cells of conservatives when they, for too long, hang around government bureaucrats, lobbyists and special interest groups in the echo chamber of the Capitol, city hall, or the county commission.
Infected Republicans like Senator Hansell, become delusional and out of touch with reality, succumbing to voting for bills that don’t sit well with their conservative constituents at home. Eventually, they screw over their constituents badly enough, that no amount of spinning their voting record in town hall meetings, union support or knocking on doors will save their political behinds.
Sooner or later, a true conservative will step forward, beat him in a primary and send Republicans like Hansell into retirement to collect their fat PERS pension at taxpayer expense.
Then the cycle begins again... as the newly elected conservative heads to Salem. The only way to break this cycle is if, we the people, from the very beginning, hold elected officials accountable to their voting record.
Jeff Kropf is a former eight year Republican Oregon state Representative. He's a lifelong Oregonian and executive director of Capital Watch PAC.
Recently, Jan Meekcoms State Director of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) of Oregon put out a list of current bills before Oregon's legislature labeled "Oregon 'Job Killers' List".
Democrats in our legislature, of whom none are NFIB members, are up in arms at a recent article Meekcoms wrote about the harmful bills. How dare an organization that has defended business growth, the middle class, and job creation call such bills, and those who sponsor them, a "Trojan Horse"? Whine, whine, whine. The truth hurts. Click here to see the article. Below is a comprehensive list of bills and a short explanation of them, that NFIB is working hard to defeat in the legislature.
Please note before reading the list. You might find yourself scratching your head and saying "these things are already illegal in Oregon and an employee can sue over these issues." You would be absolutely correct, and that is appropriate. Where NFIB is alarmed is many of these bills remove the "due process" a court decision allows and gives punitive powers immediately to government entities. Since some of those decisions can seize a business's property and bankrupt them, it is alarming to think about the astronomical liability an employer faces in the simple act of hiring an employee. This also includes any employer who conducts business and has employees in Oregon. When considering those options, the term "Job Killers List" seems very appropriate.
SB19 Expands Liability for Wage Claims
Exposes shift supervisors, bookkeepers, farm labor contractors, farmers and others to the potential liability of wage claim allegations, even when based on honest mistakes. Also adds criminal liability to civil wage claims.
SB615 State Retirement for the Private Sector
Creates mandatory enrollment in a state-run plan for private sector employers that do not offer a state qualified retirement plan to their employees. Counterpart: HB2960
SB718 Allows Liens on Personal Employer Property
Creates a dangerous and unfair precedent in the wage-and-hour arena by allowing employees to file liens on an employer's real or personal property, based upon alleged yet unproven wage claims.
SB845 Imposes New Fees on Large Employers
Requires employers whose employees obtain health insurance coverage through a public program to pay a fee to the state for that coverage.
Increases employer mandates by requiring all employers, large and small, to provide all employees with paid sick leave, and threatens employers with statuatory penalties as well as litigation for alleged violations. Counterpart: HB2005
HB2007 Adds Employer Liability for Wage Discussion
Creates a new unlawful employment practice against an employer who takes any negative employment action against an employee for discussing or disclosing "in any manner" his or her wages or those of another employee.
HB2009 Increases Statewide Minimum Wage
Increases Oregon's minimum wage from $9.75 to $15 per hour by 2018. Other minimum wage bills: SB130, SB327, SB332, SB597, SB610, SB682, HB2004, HB2008 and HB2012.
HB2386 Authorizes New Cease and Desist Authority for Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI)
Subjects employers to potentially unjustified imposition of cease and desist orders by BOLI, which, once issued, could require costly proceeding to have removed.
HB2540 Requires Prevailing Wage in Enterprise Zones
Eliminates the incentive to build projects inside Enterprise Zones by requiring prevailing wage to be paid on any privately owned projects developed on private land.
HB2606 Expands Family Leave for Siblings
Adds siblings as an additional category of family members for whom a worker may take leave to provide care.
HB2764 Increases Workers Compensation Costs
Unravels certain cost-saving provisions and resulting benefit increases due to Oregon's 1990 Workers Compensation reforms, resulting in employers paying nearly 5% increases in workers compensation system costs without any expectation that increases will be offset by system savings.
HB3377 Mandates Predictive Scheduling
Requires employer to establish "mutally acceptable work schedule" upon employee request for a flexible or predictable work schedule. Mandates employers provide alternative work schedules. Other predictive scheduling bills: SB888, HB2010.
Legislation included on the "Job Killer" list will change throughout the session as bills are amended or new language is introduced.