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Monday, August 08, 2005

Where Oregon Ranks

Like I posted on my blog here, I have no particular interest in the area of sex offenders, other than being just an regular plain old vanilla citizen, with a wife, two daughters, and a grandaughter, and armed with a little bit of information. Like the fact that sexual predators aren't rehabilitatable. Like the fact that they typically abuse upwards of 100 times before they are caught. We now know enough, psychologically, sociologically, and criminal justice-wise, to know that these guys have to be watched.

So those Oregon legislators who proudly preen about what a great job they did with this session they just wrapped up may want to think twice about all that preening. I did a little checking, and when it comes to which states have a website listing sex offenders on a state-wide basis, and which states don't have such a website, this is what I found. Check it out. See where Oregon comes in compared to all the other states and the District of Columbia.

I'm still waiting to see which Oregon legislator of the 4 legislators I sent emails to, which includes House Speaker Karen Minnis, will be the first to answer me and explain to me how House Bill 3486 got killed, why, and by whom. I haven't received any replies yet (other than this).

And the Oregon legislators are proud of the job they did this session where they allowed the bill that would have established an Oregon site to be killed?

Alabama: here
Alaska: here
Arizona: here
Arkansas: here
California: here
Colorado: here
Connecticut: here
Delaware: here
District of Columbia: here
Florida: here
Georgia: here
Hawaii: here
Idaho: here
Illinois: here
Indiana: here
Iowa: here
Kansas: here
Kentucky: here
Louisiana: here
Maine: here
Maryland: here
Massachusetts: here
Michigan: here
Minnesota: here
Mississippi: here
Missouri: here
Montana: here
Nebraska: here
Nevada: here
New Hampshire: here
New Jersey: here
New Mexico: here
New York: here
North Carolina: here
North Dakota: here
Ohio: here
Oklahoma: here
Oregon: ABSENT. Zero, zip, none, nada.
Pennsylvania: here
Rhode Island: here
South Carolina: here
South Dakota: here
Tennessee: here
Texas: here
Utah: here
Vermont: here
Virginia: here
Washington: here
West Virginia: here
Wisconsin: here
Wyoming: here

UPDATE - 8/08/05, 10:17pm

I received the following email today from State Senator Richard Devlin (D-Tualatin).

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Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2005 09:32:05 -0700
Subject: RE: HB 3486

From: "Sen Devlin"
To: "Jay Bird"

Dear Jay,

Thank you for your email regarding HB 3486. I appreciate your taking the time to write. This bill passed the House on 6/27 on a vote of 58-0. On 8/4 I carried this bill on the Senate floor and it passed with a unanimous 30-0 vote. It now goes to the Governor.

Regards,
Senator Richard Devlin

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And in response to which I sent the following email to Senator Devlin:

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Mon, 08 Aug 2005 21:48:18 -0700
From: "Jay Bird"
To: "Sen Devlin"
Subject: RE: HB 3486

Senator Devlin,

Thank you much for your information about HB 3486. And thank you also for your efforts in pushing it through the Senate. The last that I had heard was about 10 days ago when it was reported that the bill was stalled in committee or something to that effect, and it appeared at that time that it was going to not get a vote. What happened? How and why was it stalled? With those unanimous votes in both chambers, the brinksmanship and the necessity of heroic measures to save it just aren't understandable.

With your background in the criminal justice system I'm sure that you realize that this subject matter is too important to play games with. But it appears to me that there are some others in the legislature who don't realize that.

J

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Senator Devlin deserves some credit for being the first Oregon legislator to respond to me --the only one so far-- of the four that I sent emails to. If his rendition of him taking the bill to the Senate Floor and getting it voted on is accurate, he deserves credit and kudos for that too. You've got to remember that the day he reports that he did that, Thursday, August 4, was the last day of the legislature. The bill was pushed through literally at the last minute. And media reports about what was happening in the legislature on that last day didn't mention that it was voted on.

So it now sits on Governor Ted's desk.

4 Comments:

At 10:42 AM, Blogger Brian B said...

Jay,

Do you have info on who voted for and against? As a father, I'd like to be sure and register my feelings on this with my local legislator.

 
At 12:12 PM, Blogger jaybird said...

I don't believe it ever came up for a vote. It was bottled up in committee, and killed. I'm trying to find out who caused that to happen.

 
At 11:31 AM, Blogger Vulture 6 said...

The sad thing is there is a 90% repeat rate for sexual offenders.

 
At 6:26 AM, Blogger Brian B said...

For once I had to applaud my local Dem rep -- she was one of the bill's sponsors.

Let's hope Ted has a moment of clarity and signs it.

 

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