Legislative Updates

Current OPHA Policy Endorsements (updated 7/7/17)

HB 2645A: Relating to drugs; prescribing an effective date - Directs each manufacturer of prescription drugs that are sold within this state to develop and implement drug take-back program for purpose of collecting from individuals and nonbusiness entities those types of drugs for disposal. Directs each manufacturer of certain types of] prescription drugs that are sold within this state to develop and implement drug take-back program for purpose of collecting from individuals and nonbusiness entities those types of drugs for disposal. Directs State Board of Pharmacy] Department of Environmental Quality to administer Act. Requires manufacturers subject to Act to first submit plan for developing and implementing drug take-back program on or before December 31,] July 1, 2018. Requires drug take-back programs to be operational by February 1, 2019. Becomes operative January 1, 2018. Sunsets September 15, 2029. Takes effect on 91st day following adjournment sine die.

HB 2531: Relating to state financial administration - Appropriates moneys from General Fund to State Workforce Investment Board for Worksystems, Inc. for training and case management of 1,000 potential job applicants in East Portland and East Multnomah County in advanced electronics, advanced metal and machinery manufacturing and distribution. Declares emergency, effective July 1, 2017.

SB 719: Relating to extreme risk protection orders; prescribing an effective date (Was SB 868) - Creates process for obtaining extreme risk protection order prohibiting person from possessing firearms when court finds that person presents imminent risk, or risk in foreseeable future, of suicide or causing injury to other persons. Establishes procedures for peace officer or family or household member of person to apply for order. Establishes procedures for respondent to request hearing, and for continuance of extreme risk protection order after hearing or if hearing is not requested. Establishes procedures for termination and renewal of order. Requires court to order respondent to surrender firearms, ammunition and concealed handgun license upon issuance of order. Provides for law enforcement officer serving order to request immediate surrender of firearms and to carry out lawful search and seizure of firearms. Punishes violation of order, or false application for order, by maximum of one year's imprisonment, $6,250 fine, or both. Takes effect on 91st day following adjournment sine die. 

HB 3276: Relating to health care - Requires health benefit plan coverage of health services necessary to combat disease outbreak or epidemic. Requires Oregon Health Authority to convene task force to make recommendations relating to improved health insurance coverage for students and use of vaccinations during public health emergencies. Declares emergency, effective on passage.

SB 1008: Relating to diesel - Beginning January 1, 2018, requires certain public improvement contracts to reserve one percent of total contract price for performing repowers or retrofits of certain diesel engines used in course of performing contract. Sunsets requirement on January 2, 2030. Requires Department of Environmental Quality to establish and maintain statewide inventory of nonroad diesel engines. Requires department to complete initial inventory no later than July 1, 2018. Beginning January 1, 2020, requires certain nonroad diesel engines to be registered with department. Authorizes Environmental Quality Commission to adopt rules and registration fees. Directs commission to adopt by rule diesel engine emission standards for medium-duty trucks, heavy-duty trucks and nonroad diesel engines operative January 1, 2__. Requires commission to phase in implementation of certain standards. Authorizes State of Oregon to deposit moneys received pursuant to settlement agreements in Clean Diesel Engine Fund and engage in certain uses of moneys. Adds grants and loans for replacements to permissible uses of moneys in Clean Diesel Engine Fund. Repeals state preemption of local regulation of idling by primary engines in commercial vehicles. Declares legislative intent for use of federal funds received as congestion mitigation and air quality improvement grants. Declares emergency, effective July 1, 2017. 

SB 878: Relating to fluoridation - Requires water suppliers to provide notice upon changing practices with respect to fluoridation of water supply.

SB 112: Relating to carbon monoxide alarms - Requires carbon monoxide alarm in enclosed structure that has carbon monoxide source and is occupied and used as food service facility or for-profit business. Provides that requirement does not apply to residential structures.

SB 123: Relating to children's special districts - Authorizes formation of children's special districts. Authorizes children's special districts to levy property taxes to fund programs that offer children's services. Defines "children's services" as services provided outside of school hours to children who are school-aged or younger, including, without limitation, services related to education, civics, culture, arts and music, physical recreation, health and well-being, technology and development of skills. 

SB 1026: Relating to preventing access to firearms by minors - Creates crime of endangering a minor by allowing access to a firearm. Punishes by maximum of 30 days' imprisonment, $1,250 fine, or both. Increases penalty to maximum of six months' imprisonment, $2,500 fine, or both, or one year's imprisonment, $6,250 fine, or both, depending on location at which firearm is possessed. Increases penalty to maximum of five years' imprisonment, $125,000 fine, or both, if any person is seriously injured or killed. Requires gun dealer to post notice concerning obligation to prevent minors from accessing firearm without consent of minor's parent or guardian. Prohibits transfer of firearm to person convicted of endangering a minor by allowing access to a firearm for five-year period after conviction. 

SB 797: Relating to firearms - Prohibits transfer of firearm by gun dealer or private party if Department of State Police is unable to determine whether recipient is qualified to receive firearm. Requires Department of State Police to notify United States Attorney for District of Oregon and all state and local law enforcement agencies with jurisdiction when, during criminal background check performed by gun dealer prior to transfer of firearm, department determines that recipient is prohibited from possessing firearm. Requires department to notify attempted unlawful purchaser's probation officer or court that issued protective order, if applicable. Requires department to make notification within 24 hours unless investigation would be compromised. Requires law enforcement agency or prosecuting attorney's office receiving notification to report to department on action taken after notification and outcome of action. Requires department to publish written report detailing attempted unlawful purchases, including information on investigations and criminal prosecutions. Modifies definition of relationship status pertaining to types of court orders and misdemeanor convictions that cause person to be prohibited from possessing firearms. Provides that conviction for stalking causes person to be prohibited from possessing firearm unless person obtains relief from prohibition. Punishes unlawful possession by maximum of one year's imprisonment, $6,250 fine, or both. 

SB 274: Relating to immunizations - Requires each post-secondary educational institution that provides housing for students to provide to each student enrolling or registering at institution for first time information on vaccine-preventable diseases known to occur in individuals between 16 and 21 years of age.
Extreme Risk Protection Orders to prevent firearms to people experiencing crisis. 

HB 3391: Relating to reproductive health care - Requires health benefit plan coverage of specified health care services, drugs, devices, products and procedures related to reproductive health. Allows exemption for plans sold to religious employers. Requires Oregon Health Authority to implement program to reimburse costs of services, drugs, devices, products and procedures related to reproductive health provided to individuals who can become pregnant and who would be eligible for medical assistance if not for certain federal requirements. Prohibits discrimination in provision of health care coverage. Prohibits interference by public body in consenting female's choice to terminate pregnancy. Prohibits public body's interference with health care provider terminating or assisting in termination of pregnancy of health care provider's patient, if health care provider is acting within scope of provider's license. Declares emergency, effective on passage. Learn more here: https://reprohealthequity.org/

Public Health Modernization - Public Health Modernization will ensure basic public protections critical to the health of all in Oregon and future generations— these include clean air, safe food and water, health promotion and prevention of diseases, and responding to new health threats. Click here to learn more. 

Transportation For Oregon’s Future Principles - Oregon’s transportation system is broken. It hurts our wallets, fouls our air and water, and forces us to spend time away from loved ones or even lose friends and family to preventable traffic deaths. It’s time Oregon invested in a balanced transportation system that supports a strong economy and creates healthy communities. According to the Transportation For Oregon’s Future Principles, investments should support healthy living, social equity, environmental stewardship, and a strong economy. 

Clean Energy Jobs Campaign Principles - The Clean Energy Jobs Campaign supports legislation that would help reduce the pollution that is the primary cause of climate change. Such legislation can also create thousands of jobs by encouraging investment in cleaner energy sources, greater energy efficiency, and upgrading rural infrastructure threatened by a changing climate. In addition, it should keep more of the money we spend on energy working for us inside our state, instead of enriching giant out-of-state companies and CEOs. A Clean Energy Jobs bill would achieve these goals in a way that reduces the impact on Oregon residents while having the largest polluters do their fair share. The principles outlined HERE must be met in all legislation to cap and price climate pollution. 


Action Alerts

APHA ACTION ALERT - Act now to stop the repeal of the ACA! (January 9, 2017)

OPHA ACTION ALERT - Express Your Support for Public Health Funding TODAY! (March 7, 2017)

OPHA ACTION ALERT - Gun Legislation Hearing Monday, April 17th 8am (April 13, 2017)

OPHA ACTION ALERT - DIESEL BILL GUTTED - Call Your Oregon State Senator & Governor Brown THIS WEEK (April 19, 2017)

APHA ACTION ALERT - Oppose repeal of the Affordable Care Act (June 20, 2017)


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