Hairstyles, Cold Medications, and Mugshots: Oregon’s New Laws You Need to Know


Hundreds of new laws went into effect in Oregon on January 1. Here are some of the most important Keizerites need to know through 2022.

Law enforcement agencies will no longer be allowed to post reservation photos, also known as ID photos, of people arrested prior to their conviction.

Hundreds of new laws went into effect in Oregon on January 1. Here are some of the most important Keizerites need to know through 2022.

Remote access to permanent public meetings

Some things aren’t going to go back to what they were before COVID – and sometimes that’s good.

When the pandemic struck in March 2020, many government agencies were forced to start holding their public meetings remotely via video or audio. Thanks to House Bill 2560, that will not change. Government agencies will be required to continue to provide remote access to public meetings for members of the public by phone, video or other virtual means where possible. In addition, these agencies will be required to provide members of the public with the opportunity to submit written or oral testimony electronically.

The town of Keizer has an agreement with Keizer TV until at least the end of 2022 to broadcast all city council meetings, all planning committee meetings, all parks council meetings and all budget committee meetings

The new law will exclude executive sessions and other meetings not open to the public.

Prescription is no longer needed for cold medicine

Former Keizer Rep, Bill Post, and Sen. Kim Thatcher, R-Keizer, were both major sponsors of the bill that allows the sale of cold medicine containing pseudoephedrine in Oregon without a prescription. Oregon will be the last state to end the prescription requirement to purchase drugs containing pseudoephedrine.

Pseudoephedrine is a key ingredient in methamphetamine and the restriction was in place to limit people’s ability to purchase large amounts.

Cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine will only be sold to persons 18 years of age or older who have valid photo ID. Pharmacists will need to enter these transactions into a national database that tracks purchases.

Bill targets catalytic converter theft

The theft of catalytic converters has exploded in recent years. The average number of catalytic converters stolen in the United States each month increased from 108 in 2018 to 1,203 in 2020 according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

The reason so many catalytic converters are stolen is that the converters, which are used to clean a car’s emissions, contain precious metals such as palladium and rhodium. Rhodium is currently valued at around $ 21,000 an ounce and palladium at $ 2,500 an ounce.

Oregon Senate’s new Bill 803 attempts to combat these thefts by making it illegal for scrap companies to buy or receive converters, except when it is a commercial seller or owner of the vehicle.

These companies will also need to obtain a photocopy of the vendor’s driver’s license, a photo of the vendor, the car’s license plate number, and more information regarding who is selling the converter.

More mugshots

Law enforcement agencies will no longer be allowed to post reservation photos of individuals arrested prior to their conviction. In the past, law enforcement was allowed to share these reservation photos, commonly known as “passport photos”, on social networks and with the media before the person was convicted of a crime.

Police will still be allowed to post reservation photos if they determine that public assistance is needed to assist “in the arrest of a fugitive or suspect in a criminal investigation.”

The new law also targets “post to pay” posts that would post the booking photos on their website and charge a fee to remove the photos. These posts will now have up to 30 days to remove a booking photo after someone submits a formal request.

In the past, the Keizertimes has posted reservation photos on its “Cuffs in Keizer” page. Although the newspaper has never charged a fee for removing the photos, we will be removing all old “Cuffs in Keizer” from our website.

The CROWN Act

A new law called the CROWN Act prohibits discrimination based on hairstyles associated with a person’s race. The CROWN Law will strive to protect Blacks in Oregon both in the workplace and in public schools from discrimination for wearing braids, locs, headgear or protective headgear.

Schools can no longer force students to remove accessories from their hair, remove scarves to match their uniforms, or undo their hairstyles to perform lice control. The law will also apply to extracurricular activities, in particular sports.

Under the new law, anyone who believes they have been the victim of hair discrimination based on race can file a complaint at their workplace or school.

Police reform

More than a year of protests after George Floyd’s death have resulted in drastic changes in Oregon’s laws regarding police surveillance.

Bill 2936 will require the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training to create a background checklist and standardized personal history questionnaire that law enforcement agencies will use when hiring new officers. The bill directs agencies to create policies for police officer speech standards and will also allow agencies to access personal social media accounts.

Bill 3145 Create a statewide publicly accessible online database to track the discipline history of police officers. If a public safety employee is sanctioned, law enforcement is now required to provide the Ministry of Public Safety Standards and Training with a report describing the misconduct and discipline. This information will then be put into a database created by the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training and will be accessible to the public.