CORRECTION: District Attorney John Hummel is not a member of the Republican Party, he is non-affiliated. Mr. Hummel has never been a member of either party. KBND News regrets the error
BEND, OR -- Several Central Oregon Republicans have called on Governor Kate Brown to call a special session to address concerns about a death penalty bill that takes effect by the end of the month. Senator Tim Knopp, has joined fellow Republicans, Representatives Jack Zika, Cheri Helt, and Vikki Breese-Iverson and non-affiliated District Attorney John Hummel in urging Brown to address confusion caused by Senate Bill 10-13. Their statement says families of murder victims could end up seeing the person who killed a relative being released or having their sentences reduced. As an example they cite the case of Randy Lee Guzek who killed a Terrebonne couple in 1987. The Republicans say under the Death Penalty Bill, Guzek could get a reduced sentence.