The Oregon State Legislature's House Health Care Committee has
designated a Legislative Workgroup to review current policies and laws for licensed direct entry midwives in Oregon.
The workgroup, led by Representatives Alissa Keny-Guyer and Julie Parrish, has met several times to discuss a number of topics, including mandatory licensure, birth outcomes, midwifery licensing fees and the possibility of the Board of Direct Entry Midwifery becoming an autonomous board, with control over administrative rulemaking and investigations.
OHLA staff has attended the meetings to provide education regarding agency and board operations but has remained neutral on the issues discussed.
The House Committee on Health Care is sponsoring House Bill 2997, which would make midwifery licensure mandatory and would grant the Board of Direct Entry Midwifery authority related to administrative rulemaking, investigations and discipline.
To track HB 2997, use the Oregon Legislative Information System at https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2013R1/Measures/Overview/HB2997. Click on "Meeting Material/Exhibits" to view testimony on the bill.