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Oregon Legislature Bill Could Reclassify Drug Crimes As Misdemeanors

(Salem, OR)  --  A bill the Oregon Legislature is considering would change the way some drug crimes are treated.  Under HB 2355, heroin and meth could be de-felonized and profiling would be reduced.  The bill would require law enforcement agencies to collect data such as age, race and ethnicity during a traffic stop and then have the data reviewed by 2020 to develop strategies for profiling reduction.  The bill is still in committee but proponents are optimistic about getting it passed.

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