2017 ORS 192.401¹
Records of health professional regulatory boards, Health Licensing Office

(1)(a) A person denied the right to inspect or to receive a copy of a public record of a health professional regulatory board, as defined in ORS 676.160 (Definitions for ORS 676.165 to 676.180), that contains information concerning a licensee or applicant, and petitioning the Attorney General to review the public record shall, on or before the date of filing the petition with the Attorney General, send a copy of the petition by first class mail to the health professional regulatory board. Not more than 48 hours after the board receives a copy of the petition, the board shall send a copy of the petition by first class mail to the licensee or applicant who is the subject of a public record for which disclosure is sought. When sending a copy of the petition to the licensee or applicant, the board shall include a notice informing the licensee or applicant that a written response by the licensee or applicant may be filed with the Attorney General not later than seven days after the date that the notice was sent by the board. Immediately upon receipt of any written response from the licensee or applicant, the Attorney General shall send a copy of the response to the petitioner by first class mail.

(b) A person denied the right to inspect or to receive a copy of a public record of the Health Licensing Office that contains information concerning an individual who holds, or an applicant for, an authorization to practice a profession to which ORS 676.595 (Disclosure of certain investigatory information) applies, and petitioning the Attorney General to review the public record shall, on or before the date of filing the petition with the Attorney General, send a copy of the petition by first class mail to the office. Not more than 48 hours after the office receives a copy of the petition, the office shall send a copy of the petition by first class mail to the holder of the authorization or the applicant who is the subject of a public record for which disclosure is sought. When sending a copy of the petition to the holder of the authorization or the applicant, the office shall include a notice informing the holder of the authorization or the applicant that a written response by the holder of the authorization or the applicant may be filed with the Attorney General not later than seven days after the date that the notice was sent by the office. Immediately upon receipt of any written response from the holder of the authorization or the applicant, the Attorney General shall send a copy of the response to the petitioner by first class mail.

(2)(a) The person seeking disclosure of a public record of a health professional regulatory board, as defined in ORS 676.160 (Definitions for ORS 676.165 to 676.180), that is confidential or exempt from disclosure under ORS 676.165 (Complaint investigation) or 676.175 (Complaints and investigations confidential) shall have the burden of demonstrating to the Attorney General by clear and convincing evidence that the public interest in disclosure outweighs other interests in nondisclosure, including but not limited to the public interest in nondisclosure. The Attorney General shall issue an order denying or granting the petition, or denying or granting it in part, not later than the 15th day following the day that the Attorney General receives the petition. A copy of the Attorney General’s order granting a petition or part of a petition shall be served by first class mail on the health professional regulatory board, the petitioner and the licensee or applicant who is the subject of a public record ordered to be disclosed. The health professional regulatory board shall not disclose a public record prior to the seventh day following the service of the Attorney General’s order on a licensee or applicant entitled to receive notice under this paragraph.

(b) The person seeking disclosure of a public record of the Health Licensing Office that is confidential or exempt from disclosure as described in ORS 676.595 (Disclosure of certain investigatory information) shall have the burden of demonstrating to the Attorney General by clear and convincing evidence that the public interest in disclosure outweighs other interests in nondisclosure, including but not limited to the public interest in nondisclosure. The Attorney General shall issue an order denying or granting the petition, or denying or granting the petition in part, not later than the 15th day following the day that the Attorney General receives the petition. A copy of the Attorney General’s order granting a petition or part of a petition shall be served by first class mail on the office, the petitioner and the holder of the authorization or the applicant who is the subject of a public record ordered to be disclosed. The office shall not disclose a public record prior to the seventh day following the service of the Attorney General’s order on a holder of an authorization or an applicant entitled to receive notice under this paragraph.

(3)(a) If the Attorney General grants or denies the petition for a public record of a health professional regulatory board, as defined in ORS 676.160 (Definitions for ORS 676.165 to 676.180), that contains information concerning a licensee or applicant, the board, a person denied the right to inspect or receive a copy of the public record or the licensee or applicant who is the subject of the public record may institute proceedings for injunctive or declaratory relief in the circuit court for the county where the public record is held. The party seeking disclosure of the public record shall have the burden of demonstrating by clear and convincing evidence that the public interest in disclosure outweighs other interests in nondisclosure, including but not limited to the public interest in nondisclosure.

(b) If the Attorney General grants or denies the petition for a public record of the Health Licensing Office that contains information concerning a holder of an authorization to practice a profession or an applicant, the office, a person denied the right to inspect or receive a copy of the public record or the holder of the authorization or the applicant who is the subject of the public record may institute proceedings for injunctive or declaratory relief in the circuit court for the county where the public record is held. The party seeking disclosure of the public record shall have the burden of demonstrating by clear and convincing evidence that the public interest in disclosure outweighs other interests in nondisclosure, including but not limited to the public interest in nondisclosure.

(4) The Attorney General may comply with a request of a health professional regulatory board or the Health Licensing Office to be represented by independent counsel in any proceeding under subsection (3) of this section. [Formerly subsections (4) to (7) of 192.450]

Chapter 192

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Attorney General’s Public Meetings and Records Manual, (1973) Vol 36, p 543; public meetings and records manual, (1976) Vol 37, p 1087; pro­hi­bi­­tion on disclosing marriage records, (1998) Vol 49, p 21

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 192—Records; Public Reports and Meetings, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors192.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 192, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano192.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.