Oregon governor set to sign drug recriminalization bill

Kotek said she intends to also sign measures focused on housing, education and campaign finance.
Tents housing people experiencing homelessness are set up on a vacant parking lot in Portland, Ore., Dec. 8, 2020. Oregon lawmakers convened Feb. 5, 2024, for the start of a short legislative session that’s being dominated by homelessness, housing, and plans to overhaul the pioneering drug decriminalization law amid a surge in overdose deaths. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer, File)

Oregon will reintroduce criminal penalties for small amounts of drugs, rolling back a key provision of a landmark 2020 law, after Gov. Tina Kotek (D) signs an overhaul bill sent to her by the legislature.

Kotek said Thursday that she would sign House Bill 4002, which partially repeals the country’s first-ever drug decriminalization effort referred to in the state as Measure 110.

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