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Findley sides with Demo majority to reform youth sentencing

Rep. Lynn Findley, R-Vale, was one of four Republicans that sided with Democrats last week on a bill to adjust sentencing guidelines for youth charged with serious crimes. (The Enterprise/File).

SALEM – State Rep. Lynn Findley, R-Vale, was one of four Republicans to join the Democratic majority in the House last week passing legislation that would modify sentences for youth charged with serious crimes.

Senate Bill 1008 passed the House on a 40-18 vote and now will move to Gov. Kate Brown for her signature. The bill lifts certain sentencing requirements for juveniles created when voters approved Ballot Measure 11 in 1994.

Measure 11, the state’s mandatory minimum sentencing edict, stipulated that those charged between 15 and 17 for certain crimes such as rape and murder would be prosecuted and sentenced as adults . . .