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Linthicum Defends Property Rights
“Puts the cultural blindness and disrespect for individual rights on full display”

Today, State Senator Dennis Linthicum (R-Klamath Falls) issued a statement on proposed HB 2238, which allows the Governor to confiscate property without compensating owners during an emergency. He said,

“For the better part of a year now, Oregonians have had to endure the tyranny of unconstitutional lockdowns instituted by Governor Kate Brown. Now, this week, the Democrat-controlled legislative assembly is convening to crush Oregonians even further on an endless quest for power.

“HB 2238 is a shameful proposal to expand the Governor’s emergency power by including, 'the seizure, use or possession of any real or personal property,' while specifying the owner, 'is not entitled to compensation.'

“This bill puts the cultural blindness and disrespect for individual rights of the supermajority on full display. Consider the fact that thousands and thousands of Oregonians, especially those in the middle and lower-income areas have been severely damaged by the governor’s fruitless lockdowns. People have lost their livelihoods, their family’s savings, and new opportunities for personal growth and development. I cannot fathom how the supermajority thinks that allowing the government to take private homes, commercial locations, retail enterprises, pocket watches, and firearms will somehow save the lives of Oregonians. It will not.

“The state’s health and safety organizations have already been weaponized for their own statist ennoblement. This clearly unconstitutional law will add insult to injury by doing nothing but sabotage Oregonian’s private property rights and undermine faith in our democratic processes.”

There are several bills dealing with property rights to be considered during the 2021 legislative session.

--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2021-01-20 10:27:34Last Update: 2021-01-20 10:36:39

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