Government, politics, Salem

House passes bill to restrict some military surplus use by law enforcement agencies

The Oregon Capitol building in Salem. Photo: Chas Hundley

The Oregon House of Representatives passed a bill prohibiting law enforcement agencies from receiving certain types of U.S. military surplus equipment from the federal government, including armored drones, grenades, and firearms silencers, among other types of gear.

Nine House representatives from the Democratic and Republican parties voted against the bill (see below for the list of nay-voters). 

House Bill 2481, co-sponsored by Rep. Karin Power (D-Milwaukie) and Rep. Julie Fahey (D-West Eugene/Junction City), comes in response to a tumultuous year of protests against police brutality, which has disproportionately affected minority communities and people of color, a House Democrats news release said.

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