Modifies offender sentences

HB 3194 was the product of an effort to shift funds from expensive prison beds to more cost-effective community supervision programs.  The law was developed by a special committee on public safety that built on the work of a Public Safety Commission appointed by Governor Kitzhaber.  The measure will move $18 million from prison construction and operations and to community programs.  Multnomah County supported a much larger shift in funding and further action in future sessions is anticipated.

Allows alternative uses of Wapato

HB 2480 modifies the statutes regarding tax-exempt public bonds to allow Multnomah County to pursue options for the use of the Wapato facility without endangering the tax exemption now provided to bond holders.

Insures some inmates

HB 2087 will allow corrections managers to apply for Medicaid or other federal medical benefits on behalf of inmates, who are otherwise eligible, when the inmates are hospitalized for more than 24 hours.

Requires insurance cover treatment for drunk drivers

HB 2385 removes a statutory exemption and thereby requires health insurance providers to cover addiction treatment for people charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants.

Coordinate state and county prison reentry services

HB 2685 allows closer cooperation between the Oregon Department of Corrections and county corrections in providing transition services that help reduce recidivism.