Salem Watch: Bike theft prevention law up for hearing today

Harrison St Bike Garage at PSU

House Bill 2824 is up for a public hearing in front of the House Judiciary Committee in Salem today. The bill would create a new crime for “trafficking in bicycles with a destroyed or altered serial number.” Maximum punishment for a violation of the law would come with a $1,250 fine, 30 days in jail, or both.

Here’s the the language of the proposed law as currently written:

“A person commits the offense of trafficking in bicycles with a destroyed or altered serial number if the person knowingly buys, sells, receives, disposes of, conceals or has in the person’s possession a bicycle from which the serial number has been removed, defaced, covered, altered or destroyed for the purpose of concealing or misrepresenting the identity of the bicycle.”

The bill is currently sponsored by House Reps Sara Gelser (D-Corvallis), Tobias Read (D-Beaverton), Jules Bailey (D-Portland), Jeff Barker (D-Aloha), and Nancy Nathanson (D-Eugene).

In other legislative news, our friends at Active Right of Way have caught wind of a newly introduced bill that would, “authorize(s) cities with population exceeding 100,000 to designate speeds on highways under specified circumstances.” The bill, HB 3150, is sponsored by three Portland House Democrats, Ben Cannon (D-Portland), Ginny Burdick (D-Portland), and Jackie Dingfelder (D-Portland). High-speed state highways run through many parts of Portland (and other Oregon cities).

Stay tuned for more updates and see all our 2011 Legislative Session coverage here.

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