Bill Would Restrict State Parks for Hate Crime Convicts

Proposed Senate Bill 289 would prevent anyone convicted of a hate crime on public land from entering State Parks for a maximum of five years, and require their licenses and permits to be revoked.  

According to the text of the Senate Amendments to the proposed bill, “the risk of being subjected to a bias crime affects the ability of Oregonians and visitors to access opportunities for outdoor recreation.” The bill is an attempt to make these outdoor spaces more welcoming and accessible to all.  

If the bill is passed, it will affect any person convicted of committing a bias crime in the first or second degree while on state water or on publicly owned land. For a minimum of six months to a maximum of five years, this perpetrator would be forbidden from entering any building, land or water under the jurisdiction of the State Parks and Recreation department. The perpetrator would also have all of their recreational licenses, tags and permits revoked and be unable to apply for new ones for the duration of their sentence.  

This bill is scheduled to be voted on by the Oregon senate next Wednesday, April 28. If approved it will be considered by the House next.  

By Ardea C. Eichner