Redlining, also known as the housing discrimination law, has been used by local authorities to prevent the housing of minorities in areas of the state where racial segregation is common.
This year, Oregon’s Democratic governor signed a bill into law that will make it a felony for local governments to discriminate against minorities in housing and other areas of life.
Under the new law, those convicted of violating the law will be subject to up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
Oregon lawmakers voted unanimously on Thursday to pass a measure that will give local governments the authority to enact and enforce the law, which is the latest in a string of changes to the state’s discriminatory housing laws in recent years.
State Sen. Matt Shea, who co-authored the legislation, said the measure is needed to ensure that communities of color have the same opportunities as other Oregonians and to make sure that localities can take action to stop discrimination.
“When we say that we want to be fair, we mean it, and when we say we want the state to be equitable, we are serious about that,” Shea said.
“We have seen so many communities of Color who are just trying to get by and are not getting what they deserve.
That’s what we’re trying to fix.”
The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 24-7.
The measure will go into effect on May 1.
In Oregon, the law applies to all municipalities, and local governments must provide housing and job training to residents of color.
Under current law, many communities are underrepresented in the workforce and have difficulty finding qualified employment, while others are disproportionately represented in high-poverty neighborhoods and have limited access to job training or housing.
Housing discrimination has been a growing problem in the state for decades, and Shea said he hopes to see more communities change their policies and work with local authorities on a wide range of issues.
“If you’re a minority and you’re trying, for whatever reason, to get into a position of power, to have a home and a place to live, you don’t get that,” he said.
The legislation was supported by a coalition of organizations, including the Oregon Association of Community Organizations, the Oregon NAACP and the Oregon Community Foundation.
The legislation has received broad bipartisan support in the Legislature, which has passed bills similar to the bill.
Last year, lawmakers passed the Racial Justice Act that would require cities and counties to create a Racial Justice Task Force, an agency that would report on housing and employment discrimination in Oregon.
The task force would be responsible for reviewing existing laws and implementing policies to improve housing for low-income communities.
The bill was approved by a narrow margin, but it faces a battle in the Senate.
The state Senate has passed legislation that would give local government the authority and power to create and enforce laws that prohibit discrimination in the sale of real estate.
The bill was sponsored by state Sen. Brian Knight, R-Portland, who is a former state attorney general.
Knight said he has been working with state Sen, Tom Allen, R, to develop a statewide framework that would provide a framework for local jurisdictions to enforce the existing discrimination protections.
The task force has been created in part to help guide the task force’s work and be able to develop new rules and policies.
Under the new legislation, the state will begin using a new law that requires local governments in Oregon to make an effort to eliminate racial disparities in their hiring practices.