Legislative Updates

Current OPHA Policy Priorities (updated 1/26/2023)


2023 Session

Click on each bill to find more information below.

HB 2918 & HB 2925: Racism is a Public Health Crisis: Round Three

SB 546: Toxic Free Cosmetics

HB 3043: Toxic Free Kids Modernization

HB 2773: Workforce Incentives Package

HB 2918 & HB 2925: Racism is a Public Health Crisis

In 2020, OPHA convened the Oregon Health Equity Task Force. Successes started with the declaration of racism as a public health crisis, with HR 6 and the passing of HB 4053 in both chambers in 2022. Racism causes harm, trauma, illness, and death to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Oregonians. The work continues in 2023 to build the support and funds needed to implement HB 4053. The task force is convening again to create and advocate for HB 2918 & HB 2925 in the 2023 Legislative Session.

HB 2918: Appropriates moneys to Oregon Health Authority to use to continue pilot program providing grants to entities to operate mobile health units. Declares emergency, effective July 1, 2023.

HB 2925Extends deadlines for affinity group task forces to complete their work with respect to allocations of resources to address communities' needs and health inequities faced by communities and to report recommendations to Legislative Assembly. Extends deadlines for Oregon Health Authority to develop recommendations for linguistically specific intervention programs and to report recommendations to Legislative Assembly. Declares emergency, effective on passage.

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Read context around HB 4052

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Questions? Contact OPHA Executive Director, Jessica Nischik-Long

SB 546: Toxic Free Cosmetics

Requires Oregon Health Authority to adopt and maintain list of designated high priority chemicals of concern used in cosmetic products and to periodically review and revise list. Requires authority to post certain information on authority's website. Requires manufacturers of cosmetic products sold in state to include on manufacturer's website notice of certain chemicals used in products, beginning on January 1, 2025. Bans manufacture, sale and distribution of cosmetic products containing certain chemicals and classes of chemicals in state, beginning on January 1, 2025. 


SB 546 Fact Sheet

HB 3043: Toxic Free Kid's Act Modernization

Revises provisions relating to chemicals in children's products. Becomes operative January 1, 2024. Takes effect on 91st day following adjournment sine die. 


HB 3043 Fact Sheet

HB 2773: Workforce Incentives Package

Requires Oregon Health Authority to provide incentives to increase recruitment and retention of local public health professionals. Directs authority to provide grants to local public health agencies that provide interns and fellows with training in, and clinical supervision of, nursing duties performed in local public health agencies. Takes effect on 91st day following adjournment sine die.