Local law enforcement agencies have a lot to be proud about regarding their reaction to a swatting call last month to Hermiston High School, but lawmakers in Salem have the opportunity to create a stronger punitive law to ensure those who commit such crimes are held accountable.

Senate Bill 664 — now in the Senate Committee on Judiciary — is designed to make it a crime to commit a terroristic act. The law proposes a maximum of five years imprisonment and/or a $125,000 fine or both.

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