Oregon Laws Concerning
Weightlifting In Prison

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The senate bill passed and was enacted to chapter 851 on 13 Aug 1997.

The house bill was a bit interesting in that it actually called for the new equipment to be built by inmates. Weightlifting equipment is especially designed and constructed for the safely and correctly performing exercises. Ordering inmates to build their own equipment would put both those elements at risk.


House Bill 2943

     69th OREGON LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY--1997 Regular Session

NOTE:  Matter within  { +  braces and plus signs + } in an
amended section is new. Matter within  { -  braces and minus
signs - } is existing law to be omitted. New sections are within
 { +  braces and plus signs + } .

LC 2177
                         House Bill 2943

Sponsored by COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY (at the request of Oregon
  AFSCME)

                             SUMMARY

The following summary is not prepared by the sponsors of the
measure and is not a part of the body thereof subject to
consideration by the Legislative Assembly. It is an editor's
brief statement of the essential features of the measure as
introduced.

  Requires Department of Corrections to replace existing free
weights with universal weight lifting equipment.

                        A BILL FOR AN ACT
Relating to corrections.
Be It Enacted by the People of the State of Oregon:
  SECTION 1.  { + (1) No later than January 1, 1999, the
Department of Corrections shall replace any existing free weight
equipment in department institutions with universal weight
lifting equipment.
  (2) The department shall cause the universal weight lifting
equipment to be constructed by inmates engaged in prison work
programs. The department shall sell the existing free weight
equipment and use the proceeds for purchasing materials for the
universal weight lifting equipment.
  (3) Until existing free weight equipment is removed or
replaced, the department shall assign at least two corrections
officers to the weight lifting exercise area whenever inmates are
present and using the equipment. + }
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Senate Bill 773

  69th OREGON LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY--1997 Regular Session

                            Enrolled

                         Senate Bill 773

Sponsored by Senator STULL; Senators MILLER, QUTUB, SHANNON,
  TIMMS, Representative MILNE

                             AN ACT

Relating to corrections; creating new provisions; amending ORS
  144.420, 144.450, 144.470, 144.480, 421.305, 421.438, 421.442,
  421.990, 655.505 and 655.555; repealing ORS 421.055, 421.095,
  421.310, 421.400, 421.431, 421.436 and 421.475; limiting
  expenditures; and declaring an emergency.

Be It Enacted by the People of the State of Oregon:

  SECTION 19.  { + (1) No later than January 1, 1999, the
Department of Corrections shall replace any existing free weight
equipment in department institutions with weight lifting
equipment that does not involve free weights.
  (2) Until existing free weight equipment is removed or
replaced, the department shall assign at least two corrections
officers to the weight lifting exercise area whenever inmates are
present and using the equipment.
  (3) The department may not provide free weight equipment in any
new department institutions that are constructed after the
effective date of this Act. + }
  SECTION 20.  { + This Act being necessary for the immediate
preservation of the public peace, health and safety, an emergency
is declared to exist, and this Act takes effect on its
passage. + }
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Enrolled Senate Bill 773 (SB 773-B)                        

Passed by Senate May 21, 1997
Repassed by Senate July 4, 1997
Passed by House June 20, 1997


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