This Oregon bill introduced by Senator Minnis looks like something to be very concerned about. You can read an official summary of it at: link to www.leg.state.or.us. It would essentially create a crime of "terrorism" with a minimum jail sentence of 25 years for activities as minimal as participating in an action that "disturbs commerce and transportation systems in the State of Oregon."
I just wrote Senator Kate Brown and my representative am including a copy of my letter below. These state political battles are easy to ignore, but I wouldn't want to find out about this when I was being faced with a 25 year to life prison sentence! Please write your reps if you agree with me. They make it easy for you if you click on "Write your legislator" at http://www.leg.state.or.us/.
Dear Senator Brown,
I am very alarmed about the proposed Senate Bill 742 that creates a crime of
"terrorism" punishable by a minimum of 25 years jail sentence. Although everyone is
opposed to terrorism, per se, this bill would impose an extremely heavy penalty for
actions that even the most ordinary of citizens might find themselves participating in.
Any member of a protest march through the streets of downtown Portland, for
instance, could be convicted under this proposed law for participation in a
disturbance of "commerce or the transportation systems of the State of Oregon."
I implore you to read the text of this bill carefully and if you agree with me that it is an
excessive and chilling attack on our civil rights, please do what you can to stop it.
Thank you for your consideration of this issue.