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Oregon Attorney General John Kroger today announced an ambitious agenda to tackle the state's meth crisis, clean up Oregon's environment, defend the civil rights of all Oregonians, and protect children and consumers.
"As your Attorney General, my highest priority is to protect our state and its citizens from crime, pollution, fraud, and discrimination," Kroger said. "This legislative agenda is tough and smart, giving us the tools we need to make sure our laws are properly enforced."
In a major address before Portland State University students, faculty and staff, Kroger announced five new initiatives based on his experience as a federal prosecutor and from the thousands of conversations he has had with voters across the state. All five proposals focus on improving the Department of Justice's capacity to enforce the law and protect Oregon's citizens. The total cost of the five initiatives is less than $2 million per year - less than 1% of the Department's current budget.
Attorney General Kroger's five new policy proposals are to:
In addition to these proactive measures, the Attorney General highlighted two current Department of Justice programs that are critical to the state - the Defense of Criminal Convictions Program and Oregon's Child Support Program. The Defense of Criminal Convictions Program keeps convicted criminals behind bars by defending those convictions in Oregon's courts; the program is essential to Oregon public safety. The Department's Child Support Program works to make sure that the 300,000 single parents who are legally entitled to child support get the money they need to help raise their children.
Mr. Kroger encouraged the audience to get involved with his agenda, "Your involvement is even more important now that the election is over. We can make Oregon great, but we have to do it together. So get active, write a letter, lobby your elected officials - we all need to hear from you so we know how to do our jobs better."
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