Rep. Girod: Sex Offenders Living without Police Protection

Lyons Legislator Leads House Republicans in Calling for Immediate Vote on Bill

SALEM”” Rep. Fred Girod (R-Lyons) today led House Republicans in urging action on HB 2861, the bill to prohibit paroled sex offenders from residing in communities without 24/7 police protection. He called for an immediate vote on the bill because Democratic leadership had allowed it to die in the House Judiciary Committee. While a 29-23 majority supporte withdrawing HB 2861 from the Judiciary Committee, the bill fell two votes shy of getting a Floor vote.

“As both a rural legislator and concerned citizen, I am extremely disappointed that our legislative body failed to protect our most vulnerable citizens,” Rep. Girod said after the vote. “HB 2861 provides a vital layer of protection for rural communities which all too often lack adequate law enforcement coverage.”

Rep. Girod introduced the bill at the request of Gates, a rural community of 500 that lacks the resources to protect citizens from paroled sex offenders. He said the bill is a starting point for a broader discussion on policies to protect Oregonians who are vulnerable to sexual offenses.

“HB 2861 assures that paroled sex offenders are placed in areas where law enforcement protection is always available,” Rep. Girod said. “The bill is an important step toward protecting rural communities that can’t afford 24/7 coverage.”


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  • Homerf12

    Rural communities can be a safe haven for predators, after all, a felon is more likely to be eaten by the herd of rampant cougar and wolfs in rural Oregon than for the felon to run into a cop.

  • nme

    Naw, I think a rural sexual offender would more likely be consumed by a raging wildfire than wolves.


    I think they should be fed to the rampant cougars and wolves. That’s the only way to make them even a little useful to society!

  • nme

    I wonder what PETA’s stand on that would be?


      Good one! That might constitute cruelty to animals!

  • devietro

    Rural communities might not be a bad place for sex offenders, away from the majority of kids. Would be quickly noticed as “somebody new” in any setting. Also word travels FASTER than wildfire in those small towns so everybody would know who the creep is. In addition these communities tend to bread a very proactive security mentality. Whether its protection from wolves or sex predators they both require constant awareness.

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