2019 Legislative Session

For ODA members, 2019 was a legislative success.  While tracking over 129 applicable bills this legislative session, member-led advocacy efforts were successful at:
  • Increasing scope of practice for dentists
  • Strengthening liability protection for dentists
  • Paving the way for licensure reform and modernization in Oregon
A key part of the success was an effective lobby day in February with dentists and dental students attending from all areas of the state.  Legislators commented on how impactful it was for them to meet and hear directly from member dentists and students to discuss issues affecting dentistry.  ODA's legislative success was dependent on member involvement at all stages during the legislative process: from lobby day, individual testimony on ODA bills, to email and other correspondence with legislators.  A special thank you to all members who participated in any of these important activities- you made a difference.  

Our Legislative Task Force directed ODA's work during session.  Made up of generalists and specialists practicing in a variety of settings around the state, this group reviewed each of the bills ODA followed, developed recommendations, and provided direction on action for each bill.

2019 ODA Legislative Agenda: Oregon Action for Dental Health, Dentists Making a Difference

ODA introduced key pieces of legislation

  • HB 2220: Dentists and Vaccines: Integrating Dentistry into Primary Care
  • SB 824: Licensure Reform
  • SB 834: Improving Patient and Provider Transparency
  • SB 836: Patient Protections in Dental Pilot Projects
  • Oral Health School Screenings

Other Key Bills of Interest

Bills that Passed into Law

  • SB 835 Advertising as a Specialist
  • HB 3427 Education Funding; Business Tax
  • SB 249 Prior Authorization
  • SB 854 Federally Issued ID in Lieu of SSN
  • SB 855 Foreign Trained Professionals
  • HB 2005 Family Medical Leave Act
  • HB 2011 Cultural Competency
  • HB 2270 Cigarette Tax
  • HB 2609 PDMP
  • HB 2706 COFA Dental
  • HB 3030 Professional Licensing of Military Spouses
For a full list of all of the bills ODA tracked this session, visit our Legislative Action Center.

Click here to see ODA's full End of 2019 Legislative Session Report.

2020 and 2021 Legislative Sessions: Have an idea?
ODA now turns to future Legislative Sessions. If you have ideas on legislative changes or an issue that you would like to see addressed, now is the time to share them! Contact ODA Government Affairs Director, Jen Lewis-Goff.