Democrat Herald: Pacific islander law enforcement bill heads to Senate

From the the Albany Democrat-Herald:

SALEM — House Bill 2594, which will allow citizens of three South Pacific islands to become law enforcement officers in Oregon, was passed unanimously Monday by the House of Representatives, and the bipartisan bill is expected to see similar support in the Senate, according to co-sponsor Andy Olson, R-Albany.

The bill is co-sponsored by Senator Sara Gelser, D-Corvallis.

According to Olson, the bill is a continuation of the effort to include citizens from Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia and the Marshal Islands with the benefits of U.S. citizenship as reparation for 67 atomic bomb tests among those island countries during World War II.

“During the 2013 session, we passed HB 2517 that allows citizens of the Compact of Free Association islands to obtain their driver’s license, and during the short session we passed HB 4071, which provides health care coverage for them,” Olson said.

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