SALEM, OR -- (Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown released the following statement regarding a special session to clarify the ambiguity around Senate Bill 1013, the Death Penalty Bill.
"While it is clear there is a misunderstanding regarding the intent of the words in Senate Bill 1013, it is also clear there is not sufficient support for a special session to pass a fix. When announcing my support for a special session, I said that it was conditional on stakeholders and legislators crafting bill language that had the votes to pass. That has not been achieved. I cannot justify the additional cost and time a special session requires without that support, and I will not be calling the legislature into a special session this month before the law goes into effect."
The Oregon Department of Justice has stated the bill would apply retroactively to death penalty cases. If that turns out to be the case, some death row inmates could get a new trial. Republicans in Salem say the measure should be sent to voters.