SALEM, OR (KPTV) - House Bill 3115 would ask cities across Oregon to rewrite their laws to allow houseless communities to sit, lie, sleep or keep warm and dry on public property.

The bill says local laws regulating this must be "objectively reasonable" - asking them to consider the time, place and the manner in which someone is experiencing homelessness. It would also allow the unhoused person to challenge what the city considers reasonable.

This is where Jeffrey Liddicoat has a problem with the bill.

"They allow discretion with the word 'reasonable' I don't know what the definition of reasonable is," he said. "It leaves it up to individual municipalities how to come into compliance with the Boise court case."

The Martin v. Boise case is one the bill references as its background. In 2019 that case ruled that the government can't criminalize actions that are unavoidable when you're unhoused, like sleeping in public.

"Just think about how absurd that is. To tell citizens they can't do normal things humans do like eating, sitting, standing," Liddicoat said.

Liddicoat lives outside and said he doesn't believe this bill will prevent sweeps or harassment he said he's seen from police, a situation that can be extremely stressful.

"When they sweep a person, they take all of their belongings. They take their blankets, they take their belongings, their medications, everything. People should just reflect on what their lives would be like if that happened to them over and over and over again," he said.

HB 3115 passed the senate Wednesday and is on its way to the Governor's desk. Cities will have until July 1, 2023 to update their laws or ordinances.

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Jefferson

Does this mean they can camp, sit, sleep and do whatever else they do in the verge or on the city sidewalk in front of your house. :)

davcon 5

Amazing how it's now the first time I've heard about this insane bill after it's cleared the legislature and headed for Queen Kate's desk. Media sure didn't cover this one. On purpose ??

Eliza Cassan

well on the bright side they do this already anyway, not much will change, but yeah, it's beyond time to take action

But..but...but

I keep seeing stories of how the homeless population keeps increasing…due to the pandemic…how is that possible when no one ca be evicted in Oregon and you don’t have to pay rent? Where are the homeless coming from…methinks they are coming here because of our mild weather, legalized drugs, and handouts. But I could be totally wrong, probably not, but probably a lot more accurate than our politicians,

davcon 5

Probably also because of the bottle bill = ten cents a can or bottle. I see the dirtballs do nothing but scrounge for can and bottles all hours of the day and night. And steal them out of people's yards whenever they're in plain sight. Sometimes not so plain sight either.

Freedom1

State and city parks will become giant camp grounds.

Yabbadabba

Publicly funded public servants should first let out their spare rooms and couches to the homeless first.

racecar57

These is the solution and I think we need a petition started to get this enacted. Start with the governor giving her spare rooms up to the homeless !!

PDX2MtHood

Portland public libraries are basically day homeless shelters at this point.

Filfo Mayo

Knock Knock...

Who's there...

Filfo...

Filfo Who?

Clean out yo stuff it's time to go. Vote Filfo Mayo.

slippery

So, how many votes will the democrats get from these worthless deadbeats because that's what it's all about, getting votes.

RetDOD

Guess it's time to change zoning laws where residential properties are allowed 12 foot razor wire crested tops, military lighting and a no fault clause for using animals as personal property guards.

Also, the State needs to legislate funds to ramp up production of 223 rounds, free to any tax payer resident.

Can tell you one thing, surely won't visit any retailers that don't publish and enforce no loitering enforcement notifications.

This is outrageous.

Merlin

It is time to make the Governor and the liberal legislators vagrants.

PDX2MtHood

Another freshly made red carpet being rolled out to all of the lazy vagrants of America to come to Oregon. Expect taxes to go way up to cover the costs of shelters, trash pickup, etc etc.

But..but...but

Why did the moderators not allow this comment? So does this mean that all parking and camping fees by the State or Oregon, Counties and Cities will be removed also? If I go to a campground to camp for the weekend…am I not unhoused, at that location, that weekend? So why is there equity in charging one group to use public property but not another, I mean one group already pays taxes for the public property and then you charge them fees, while another group pays no taxes and then infringes on the rights of those who have paid for those resources to use that property. Additionally, the taxpayers then have to pay for the clean up and response to those actions….it has been estimated that a smaller city in the Southern Willamette Valley has paid over $3million to deal with homeless response. That is $3million that could have gone to feeding children, or providing internet to underserved youth, or subsidizing utilities to those who need it…to pay for garbage and waste pickup and related issues. If they get to camp and park for free, everyone should be able to camp and park for free.

But..but...but

So does this mean that all parking and camping fees by the State or Oregon, Counties and Cities will be removed also? If I go to a campground to camp for the weekend…am I not unhoused, at that location, that weekend? So why is there equity in charging one group to use public property but not another, I mean one group already pays taxes for the public property and then you charge them fees, while another group pays no taxes and then infringes on the rights of those who have paid for those resources to use that property. Additionally, the taxpayers then have to pay for the clean up and response to those actions….it has been estimated that the City of Eugene has paid over $3million to deal with homeless response. That is $3million that could have gone to feeding children, or providing internet to underserved youth, or subsidizing utilities to those who need it…to pay for garbage and waste pickup and related issues. If they get to camp and park for free, everyone should be able to camp and park for free.

Clackakitty

Welcome to a Progressive Utopia where everything is free ... for some.

Husky Loyalist

More assault on civility and the "norm" by encouraging aberrant, disfunctional behavior at the expense of the law abiding citizen. At some point the majority will just say the heck with it. I will no longer obey the rules and the laws either. Giving away public places to the bums punishes the majority.

Manazuma

So the leadership of Oregon have decided that any problem they cannot solve they will make legal. What will be next drive by shootings? Robbery? They have now made littering and trashing the pubic areas legal, rioting and property destruction is A-OK to the leadership of Portland. Why do we pay these people?

I see a large number of help wanted signs in the city and surrounding areas. No excuse to be sitting on the sidewalk all day.

Clackakitty

"When they sweep a person, they take all of their belongings. They take their blankets, they take their belongings, their medications, everything."

My understanding is that they announce these sweeps well in advance, so if they take your belongings the only one to blame is yourself. Put down the pipe and gather your stuff up.

WebFootSTi

Also I believe that the authorities have to hold their stuff for 30 days so they can reclaim it. Needless to say most of the "stuff" is abandoned.

Jefferson

And, all the stuff they have came from donations and charitable organizations or publicly funded agencies. For sure they didn't buy any of it. :)

davcon 5

A big, fat NO to this !!

Have these lawmakers lost their senses ?

commentor

Have these lawmakers lost their senses? Yes they have. Just look at all the krap bills they have churned out this session, some with zero public input that infringes upon and restricts some of our rights.

nativepdx

Have these lawmakers lost their senses ?

This is what democrats do, as they ignore enforcing camping, sanitary, obstructing sidewalks, health, litter, building codes, fire codes, parking limits, insurance and licenses on cars, trucks and RVs etc?

Much different than just sleeping in a public area.

But..but...but

Already too late, it has already passed the legislature and will obviously be signed by Brown.

But..but...but

It’s too late, this has already passed the legislature and is just waiting on Brown to sign it. Where the change needs to happen is who is getting elected to make these laws.

Native Born

Agreed! We need to have better reps for our state & vote them into office!

Native Born

We think they lost their common sense a long ... time ago. Our lease paying tenants won`t allow any non-paying vagrants on their paid lease property! On our farm the resident thoroughbreds will very strongly chase off any vagrants who try to sleep or stay in their barn! They already have a couple of times. It`s amazing how fast a vagrant can push a shopping cart when they think they`re going to be accosted by a couple of fast strong horses!

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