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Sign Language Interpreters - Proposed Administrative Rules

Monday, April 1, 2024

The Oregon Board of Sign Language Interpreters (Board), under the Health Licensing Office (HLO), is notifying interested parties that proposed administrative rules have been filed with the Secretary of State's Office for publication in the April 2024 Oregon Bulletin. Permanent administrative rules are scheduled to become effective on June 8, 2024.

Rules are needed to continue to license sign language interpreters under the regulation of the Board. The Board was established within HLO during the 2023 Legislative Session by passage of HB 2696. These rules make the Board operational by proposing Board-approved minimum qualifications and licensing requirements for sign language interpreters in Oregon.

The Board's statutes and administrative rules can be found on the Board's website at For alternative formats, contact Samie Patnode at

You are invited to review the proposed rules and submit comments from April 1 to April 28, 2024, at 12 p.m. (noon). Comments can be submitted by email to Samie Patnode at or by mail to:

Attn: Samie Patnode
Health Licensing Office
1430 Tandem Ave. NE, Suite 180
Salem, OR 97301-2192

A public rule hearing has been scheduled for April 16, 2024, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Interested parties may attend the hearing in person at the address listed above or by way of Zoom.

How to attend the meeting:

(If not attending in person, follow one of the options below)​ ​

Ways to attend:
Join By: Meeting or Conference ID:Passcode:



Click here to join the meeting

Meeting ID:

161 186 3994



(audio only)

Dial (669) 254-5252

Conference ID:

161 186 3994 #



Instructions for attending:

  • Email your full name to Samie Patnode at and let her know if you would like to testify.
  • The Health Licensing Office asks that individuals attending the hearing through Zoom keep their cameras off and their phones or microphones muted during the entire hearing until your name is called to testify.

Comments will not be accepted or considered if received after 12 p.m. (noon) on April 28, 2024. For more information or to request alternative formats or accommodations to attend, please call Samie Patnode at (503) 373-1917 or email