March 4th, 2011
The Oregon Senate voted this morning to support vulnerable Oregonians by passing Senate Bill 398, legislation that adds â€œdisabilityâ€ to the list of classes that are protected from intimidation under state law. Protected classes from intimidation include a personâ€™s race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national religion. â€œDisabilityâ€ would be added to that list under SB 398.
â€œThis bill will ensure that vulnerable Oregonians have greater protection if they are attacked because of their disability,â€ said Senator Suzanne Bonamici (D-NW Portland/Washington Co.), who carried the bill on the floor.