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Oregon Democrats Want to Give Homeless the Right to Sue If Forced to Move Their Encampments

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At this point, Democrats aren't even trying to hide the fact they are out to destroy the country. 

Oregon proposed a law allowing homeless people to sue municipalities for as much as $1,000 per violation as part of a new initiative to decriminalize homelessness. 

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House Bill 3501, known as the Right to Rest Act, would allow homeless individuals to use public spaces in "the same manner as any other person" without discrimination for their housing status, despite residents expressing frustration over the impending safety and hygienic issue. 

Homeless people could also be awarded a hefty sum if they are "harassed" by anyone trying to make them move. 

Oregon's recent growth in homelessness is among the largest in the U.S., growing by 23 percent between 2020 and 2022 and increasing by 3,304 people to about 18,000. 

While Portland has seen a decrease in population, homelessness spiked by 50 percent from 2019 to 2022. 

However, the bill, sponsored by Beaverton-area Democratic Representative Farrah Chaichi, is unlikely to pass this session since it has already missed several key deadlines and a sense of "compassion fatigue" that has taken route in the Oregon state legislature this session.

Homelessness has been a significant issue for Oregon since the 2020 riots. The college town of Eugene has caused problems for residents who fear for their safety after squatters living in RVs have taken over the area, who often engage in public sex acts and take part in drug use. 

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"No one is legally supposed to be camping here, no one is supposed to be giving fellatio in the corner, no one's supposed to be shooting up heroin in plain sight, no one's supposed to be trespassing on our property," Eugene resident Laine Radcliffe told a local news outlet. "One time someone was doing that, they were just sitting on our fence, and I said, 'Dude you need to get off and leave; this is private property,' and he began swinging a metal baseball bat at me and proceeded to spit blood on me." 

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