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Seeking Public Comment on Proposed Rule - Compliance with Governors' Executive Orders and Guidance

Thursday, October 1, 2020

The Health Licensing Office (HLO) has filed a proposed administrative rule with the Oregon Secretary of State, which has been published in the October 2020 Oregon Bulletin​. The rule clarifies during an emergency declared by the Governor of Oregon, that it is unprofessional conduct to and the potential consequences of, an authorization holder failing to comply with an Executive Order issued by the Governor or the Oregon Administrative Rules overseeing their profession. The proposed language is similar to the temporary rule 3​31-020-0078​, that took effect on May 15, 2020, with additional clarification and a different rule number.

The HLO is seeking public comment regarding the proposed administrative rule language, including public comment on whether other options should be considered for achieving the rule's substantive goals while reducing the negative economic impact of the rule on business. You are invited to review the proposed rule and submit comments from October 1 through November 19, 2020, at 10 a.m. Comments will not be accepted, nor considered, if received after 10 a.m. on November 19, 2020. Written comments can be submitted by way of postal mail to:

Attn: Anne Thompson
Health Licensing Office
1430 Tandem Ave. NE, Suite 180

Salem, OR 97301-2192

To submit your comments by way of email, send to Anne Thompson at:

There will also be a telephonic public hearing from 9 to 10 a.m. on November 19, 2020. To limit exposure and the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus, and to adhere to the Governor's physical distancing requirements, the hearing is being held via telephone conference call only. The call-in number is 1-877-336-1831, participant code: 4589476.

The proposed rule language is expected to become effective November 20, 2020.

The proposed rule text can be found by going to the Oregon Secretary of State October 2020 Oregon Bulletin.

For more information or to request alternative formats, please call Anne Thompson at (503) 373-1904, or email


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