4/19/2011: From Saul Hubbard in the RG. The vote was pretty much split on party lines: Democrats for, Republicans against. When the Oregon Republicans vote as a block against a law and order bill because they think it it in an unconscionable infringement on the liberties of those uppity pinko hippie pot smoking college students and professors down in Eugene, a thoughtful person would pause, and ask if pushing this legislation so hard was really a good idea:
“It will permit the department and its officers to enforce not only criminal laws that are on the books in Oregon but also any Board (of Higher Education) or university administrative rules,” added Prozanski in his explanation of the bill.
Sen. Brian Boquist, R-Dallas, took issue with the concept of police departments being created and held accountable by an appointed — not elected — board. Members of the state Board of Higher Education are appointed by the governor, subject to Senate approval.
That’s unlike any other law enforcement arrangement in the state of Oregon, he said.Boquist added that allowing university police departments to enforce any administrative rule and policy established by the board or a university would set a dangerous precedent.
This is the only bill President Lariviere and his legislative VP Michael Redding managed to get through the Senate this session. Pushing it through without consulting the students and with a liars’ budget* behind it destroyed the students’ trust in Lariviere, which contributed to decisions by Amelie Rousseau and the Oregon Student’s Association to fight his new partnership. What a disaster. The OSA is still fighting the police bill in the House. Good for them. And good for Senator Boquist for calling Prozanski out on this insanity.
* A Liars’ Budget is the spreadsheet you make up to justify the decision you’ve already made – or so the economists tell me.