The proposed Idaho Stop Sign law has died in Salem, failing to win adequate support from legislators in the House of Representatives. The law, which would allow bicyclists to treat stop signs like yield signs, got a contentious hearing in the House Transportation Committee in March and went back for some amendments ["Stop, Collaborate, and Listen," News, March 26].
Now Doug Parrow, with the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, says lack of support from lawmakers related to concerns about giving bicyclists "special rights" has killed the bill. Parrow adds that cyclists' negative reactions to a proposed bicycle registration bill in March may have steeled some legislators against the stop sign idea. "In some cases bicyclists swore at lawmakers over that bill," says Parrow. "And the reality of the situation is that some of those comments may have frustrated some of the people from whom we needed support on the stop sign bill." MD
The city has settled an alleged intrusive search lawsuit for $7,900. The suit, brought by Ondrea Hollinquest, alleged she was subject to a search inside her pants without underwear by the late Officer Mark Zylawy, after asking for a female officer to conduct the search. Zylawy is now deceased, following an accident. Hollinquest alleged that after the search, Zylawy and Officer Nicholas Rothwell drove her around town for 40 minutes with loud hiphop blaring from the patrol car before booking her at the Multnomah County Detention Center. The police bureau declined comment.
"Officer Mark Zylawy was one of the most respected police officers the Portland Police Bureau has ever had, and it would appear, based on the suit being filed long after his passing, that this could be construed as a way of capitalizing on an officer's death," says Portland Police Association President Scott Westerman. MD