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Out of Thousands of Bills, OHLA Focuses on Key Legislation

April 12, 2013

As the Oregon Legislative Session enters the midway point, the Oregon Health Licensing Agency (OHLA) is busy tracking about 30 bills out of the approximately 2500-3000 bills that have been introduced in the 2013 session.

Those 30 bills include legislation proposed by the agency (see the February edition of Licensing Line) as well as bills introduced that may affect the agency or any of the 11 volunteer citizen boards the agency oversees.

This second legislative edition of Licensing Line provides highlights of those bills and OHLA's role in the legislative process.

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Following are links to OHLA-introduced bills that are described in
more detail in the February edition of Licensing Line linked to above:

House Bill 2101:  Consolidates provisions relating to OHLA's authority over certificates, permits, licenses and registrations and fees collected.
House Bill 2102:  Modifies provisions related to athletic trainer registration.

Senate Bill 107A:  Modifies certain provisions relating to Nursing Home Administrators Board, Respiratory Therapist and Polysomnographic Technologist Licensing Board, Board of Cosmetology, Board of Body Art Practitioners and Oregon Health Licensing Agency.

Senate Bill 5524:  Limits biennial expenditures from fees, moneys or other revenues collected or received by OHLA.

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OHLA Stays Neutral on Non-OHLA Bills

One bill, House Bill 3409, not introduced by OHLA that proposes to exempt "natural hair care" from the educational requirements of hair design and barbering has generated support for and against the bill.

At the direction of the Governor's Office, OHLA has been careful to be neutral on the bill.

"It may appear strange that we are neutral on HB 3409, but we are not in the policy-making position right now, the Legislature is," says OHLA Policy Analyst Randy Harnisch.  "Our role is to explain to the Legislature what the bill does, and to identify how the agency and Board of Cosmetology would implement the bill if it passes into law."

Some, such as the Urban League of Portland and the Cascade Policy Institute, are for the bill, saying it doesn't make sense for natural hair care practitioners to take the full education and training required for hair design or barbering.  Others, such as cosmetology school owners and other industry stakeholders, are against the bill, saying it requires no educational requirements for natural hair care, thus weakening current consumer protections.

"We are encouraging the industry and other interested stakeholders to take the opportunity to voice their concerns," adds Harnisch.  "That's what the legislative process is all about."


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OHLA Provides Testimony on Non-OHLA Bills

Following is proposed legislation for which OHLA has provided testimony.  Again, OHLA has been directed by the Governor's Office to remain neutral on these bills.  Click on "Meeting Material/Exhibits" to access testimony on the bill.

House Bill 2997: Mandatory Licensure of Midwives

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Senate Bill 365: Establishes requirements for coverage of autism spectrum disorders by health benefit plans. Requires OHLA to establish licensing procedures for providers of applied behavior analysis.

Senate Bill 697: Prohibits person not licensed to perform tattooing from possessing equipment used for tattooing with intent to use that equipment on another person.

Senate Bill 836:  Modifies exemption to provisions regulating cosmetology disciplines, specifically related to services performed in the photographic and theatrical industries.

House Bill 2560:  Prohibits agencies from appointing person to serve on rulemaking advisory committee if person is also serving on public board, commission, public committee or work group of public body.
House Bill 2611:  Relating to continuing education on cultural competency for health care professionals.
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Bills Not Going Forward in this Session

Senate Bill 302: Transfers duties, functions and powers relating to issuance of authorizations and enforcement and certain other duties, functions and powers, from nine boards to Oregon Health Licensing Agency.

House Bill 3166:  Authorizes environmental health technicians to provide technical support and assistance to environmental health specialists.
Note: Not all bills introduced are passed into law, due to a number of reasons: lack of stakeholder support/consensus, unforeseen consequences that could adversely affect constituents, and cost/fiscal impact.  Approximately one-third of the bills introduced are passed into law.
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OHLA At-A-Glance: Agency Oversees 11 Boards, More than 36,000 Individual Licensees

The Oregon Health Licensing Agency (OHLA) oversees licensing and regulation of multiple health and related professions
represented by 11 volunteer citizen boards. The agency ensures qualification standards and ongoing professional requirements for more than 36,000 individual licensed practitioners, nearly 5,000 licensed facilities and nearly 8,000 independent contractors.
OHLA's mission is to protect the health, safety and rights of Oregon consumers served by OHLA-regulated professions.
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