State and Local Administration and Enforcement of Public Health Laws

ORS 431.150
Enforcement of public health laws generally


(1)

The Oregon Health Authority shall enforce ORS 431.001 (Findings) to 431.550 (Power of Oregon Health Authority to collect information from local public health administrators) and 431.990 (Penalties) and any other public health law of this state. The Director of the Oregon Health Authority shall supervise local public health administrators in the execution of their duties under subsection (2) of this section.

(2)

A local public health administrator shall administer and enforce ORS 431.001 (Findings) to 431.550 (Power of Oregon Health Authority to collect information from local public health administrators) and 431.990 (Penalties) and any other public health law of this state within the jurisdiction of the local public health authority supervised by the local public health administrator. If a local public health administrator has knowledge of a violation of ORS 431.001 (Findings) to 431.550 (Power of Oregon Health Authority to collect information from local public health administrators) and 431.990 (Penalties) or any other public health law of this state, or of a violation of any rule adopted under ORS 431.001 (Findings) to 431.550 (Power of Oregon Health Authority to collect information from local public health administrators) and 431.990 (Penalties) or adopted under any other public health law of this state, the local public health administrator shall report the violation to the Oregon Health Authority in a form and manner prescribed by the authority.

(3)

The Oregon Health Authority or a local public health administrator may investigate cases of irregularity or violations of laws or rules necessary for the authority or local public health administrator to execute their duties under subsections (1) and (2) of this section. A local public health administrator shall aid the authority, upon request, in conducting investigations initiated by the authority.

(4)

When a violation of a public health law or rule is reported to a district attorney or official acting in the capacity of a district attorney, the district attorney or official shall initiate and promptly commence the necessary proceedings against the party or parties responsible for the alleged violation.

(5)

Upon request of the authority, the Attorney General shall assist the authority in the enforcement of laws and rules under this section. [Amended by 1959 c.314 §22; 1971 c.650 §12; 1973 c.833 §43; 1973 c.835 §165; 1974 c.36 §12; 1977 c.582 §11; 2009 c.595 §536; 2015 c.736 §33]

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