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Governor Brown to sign 'Kaylee's Law' in Bend

The bill was named for Kaylee Sawyer, murdered by a campus security officer in 2016.

Posted: Jul 17, 2019 3:20 PM

SALEM, Ore. — A bill crafted in the memory of a young woman murdered in 2016 will be signed into law by Governor Kate Brown tomorrow in Bend, according to Brown's office.

"Kaylee's Law" was named after 23-year-old Kaylee Sawyer, who was killed by on-duty campus security officer Edwin Lara near Central Oregon Community College in Bend. Following the murder, Lara went on the run — driving across Oregon in a frenzied crime spree before his arrest near Yreka in California.

Senate Bill 576 more clearly differentiates campus security from police officers, both in appearance and in their powers. The bill was proposed by Sawyer's family and co-sponsored by 24 lawmakers.

The Oregon Senate passed the bill in May, sending it to Governor Brown's desk.

"While this legislation focuses on specific scenarios, at its heart, it is about making our campuses safer for our students. Parents send their children off to college with high hopes for good grades, great friends, and broadened horizons. But they never expect to lose a child," said Governor Brown. "Kaylee Sawyer’s death was a tragedy, and we want to make sure that this never happens to a promising young Oregonian again."

Governor Brown's office said that she will be joined at the event on Thursday by local lawmakers and community members, signing the bill into law at the Deschutes County District Attorney's Office.

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