FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 4, 2013
Contact: Michael Gay
Legislation passed by Winters
already hard at work
Salem, OR - A bill introduced and passed by Senator Jackie Winters (R-Salem) this year is already being used to keep Oregonians safer. Using a new law championed by Winters, a woman is being charged with falsifying a police report. The woman trumped up a request for help that initiated an unnecessary manhunt.
"Law enforcement should be catching bad guys and protecting our neighborhoods," said Winters. "When people 'cry wolf,' it distracts public safety officers from the real emergencies. In some cases a false report could result in a criminal going free or a victim's injury or death."
Winters introduced Senate Bill 834 during this year's legislative session. The bill increases the penalty for filing a false report to a class "A" misdemeanor from a class "C" misdemeanor. The bill also would make the offender financially responsible for the cost of their false reporting.
"False reports not only threaten the public safety, they can also cost a lot of money," said Winters. "My hope is that this new law will not only serve as a deterrent to false reports, but also help cover the costs incurred by our law enforcement community."
Winters is a retired small business owner and has served in the state legislature since 1998, when she was elected to the House of Representatives. She was elected to the Senate in 2002.
Jackie has lived in Salem for 42 years.