Kaylee's Law passed in the Oregon House

Pictured is Kaylee Sawyer. Kaylee's Law passed in the Oregon House. (News 10 File Photo)

The Oregon House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 576, otherwise known as Kaylee's Law, on Thursday. The bill is named for the young woman, Kaylee Sawyer, from Bend, Oregon who was assaulted and murdered in July of 2016 by a Central Oregon Community College campus security officer.

Kaylee's Law clearly defines how campus security officers may appear so that are not confused for official police officers. It also requires nationwide background checks of all individuals employed as campus security officers and removes the stop-and-frisk authority of special campus security officers.

Representative Cheri Helt, R-Bend, and Representative Jeff Barker, D-Aloha, carried the bill, which was declared a special order of business and passed out of the House unanimously. The Senate put forth a 29-0 vote in favor in April of this year.

"It was an honor to carry Kaylee's Law on the floor today and while I am heartbroken by the events that led to the creation of this legislation, I am hopeful that the steps my colleagues in the House and Senate have taken will prevent a tragedy like this from occurring in the future," said Helt in a statement released today. "I would like to especially thank Kaylee's parents, Jaime and Crystal, for their courage and strength to create this legislation and move it through the legislature."

Kaylee's Law will be sent to Governor Kate Brown's desk for her signature before it becomes law.

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