Oregon Senate to Vote on SB 1013 Today

Today, Tuesday May 21, at 11:00 AM the Oregon Senate will read, debate and vote on the OADP supported bill to "reduce the use" of the death penalty, with Senate Bill 1013.

If you can, please alert your senator to let them know you support SB 1013 to reduce the use of the death penalty as a step towards repeal. 

If you cannot attend, please email or call your senator and alert other supporters of repeal know what is happening in these efforts. To find your senator https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/FindYourLegislator/leg-districts-mobil...
OADP is optimistic that it will it pass in the Senate. Then it will go to the House of Representatives and go through the same process of committee hearing(s), debate and vote. When finished in the two houses of the legislature the bill would go to Gov. Kate Brown for her signature.

SB1013 would limit death sentences redefine what constitutes aggravated murder thus decreasing the number of cases eligible for the death penalty. The bill also would block death penalty juries from taking into account how dangerous a convict might be in the future. The current method is arbitrary. 

Rep. Jennifer Williamson, a Portland Democrat and House majority leader, said that current practice in Oregon lets victim families down. Oregon gives the impression that it has a death penalty, but it does not use the law, Williamson said. 

Related: https://www.opb.org/news/article/oregon-lawmakers-death-penalty-limits-s...




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