OHLA had a busy legislative session, but the work to implement legislation that was enacted has just
begun. Following is a highlight of legislation that was passed into law, including HB 2074, which moves OHLA to the Oregon Health Authority.
Administrative rulemaking has already been scheduled for the Respiratory Therapist and Polysomnographic Licensing Board and the Board of Body Art Practitioners.
The Board of Body Art Practitioners' statute changed resulting from passage of Senate Bill 107. SB 107 established permanent licensure for earlobe-only piercing.
The Respiratory Therapist and Polysomnographic Licensing Board statute changed resulting from SB 107, which established on-the-job training requirements for polysomnographic technologists.
There will also likely be rulemaking for the following:
- Board of Direct Entry Midwifery as the result of the passage of HB 2997, which establishes mandatory licensing for the state's midwives.
- Board of Cosmetology as the result of the passage of SB 836, which establishes licensure exemptions for those working in the theatrical field; and as the result of the passage of HB 3409, which establishes a separate field of practice for natural hair care practitioners.
- Behavior Analysis Regulatory Board as the result of the passage of SB 365, which establishes the new board within the agency and requires insurance coverage for applied behavior analysis treatment for children eight years of age or younger diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.
- HB 2037, which establishes a streamlined licensing process for military spouses/domestic partners.
The agency will also be collaborating with the Oregon Health Authority on rulemaking for the following:
- SB 172, which requires all infants born at birthing facilities to be screened for congenital heart defects
- SB 683, which requires heath care practitioners to refer patients to facilities based solely on consideration of patients' needs and health choices and prohibits limitation of referrals to facilities in which health care practitioners have financial interest.