- House Bill 2361 died in the House Committee on Health Care. This was the bill that the Licensure Exemption Workgroup wasted so much time on, as discussed in earlier posts.
- In the Senate Committee on Health Care, Senator Steiner Hayward tried to attach an amendment to House Bill 2303 to require, apparently, anyone with a pulse to register with the Oregon Health Authority as an “alternative behavioral health practitioner.” The committee passed the original bill without the amendment.
HB 2361: A Failed Attempt to Eliminate the Counseling Exemption
The first bill, HB 2361, was just another Psychology Board overreach. This time, they thought they were being sneaky by recruiting a couple of other boards to act as their puppets. The idea was that three boards with zero credibility would carry three times as much weight with the legislature as just one board. And they do! Three times zero equals zero.
All this was just the usual nonsense: the boards live in a bubble where they take for granted everything that other people consider absurd, and vice versa. They have no ability to take the other person’s point of view or find common ground, so their ability to compromise, or even to explain their own position, is impaired.