Post-Grant Reports


Sabbatical Leave Report

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Business Law, Public Responsibility, and Ethics | Legislation | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | State and Local Government Law


The principal project for my sabbatical was to conduct research and propose a bill to the Oregon legislature addressing an unethical business practice perpetuated by alarm monitoring companies. I conducted primary research on state laws and discovered examples from four states that had enacted regulations addressing the issue. In coordination with Representative Ron Noble and Oregon legislative counsel, HB 2996 (“Prohibits alarm monitoring company from locking out client from security alarm system or device”) was drafted and introduced in the 2019 Oregon State Legislature. The bill was referred to the Business and Labor Committee. The Department of Justice (DOJ) raised a concern regarding an enforcement mechanism in the bill and HB 2996 died in committee on June 20, 2019. However, efforts to address this unethical business practice are ongoing. Recent meetings with Noble and DOJ counsel resolved the objection raised and I anticipate regulations will be enacted in 2020 curbing the practice.


This research was conducted as part of a sabbatical leave in 2019.

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