Oregon lawmakers lift security measure imposed on senator

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon Senate panel has rescinded the security measure it imposed on state Sen. Brian Boquist after he made threatening statements during an acrimonious 2019 legislative session, in a case that centers on free speech.

Since July 2019, Boquist has been required to give 12 hours notice before coming to the Oregon State Capitol, in order to give the state police time to bolster their security.

Boquist maintained in a lawsuit that this measure violates his free speech rights as an elected official.

In a ruling last April, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed.

Boquist suggested Monday that the Senate Conduct Committee suspend the interim safety measure until federal courts rule on the matter.

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