ORS 683.250
Oregon Board of Optometry
  • qualification and terms of members
  • quorum


The Oregon Board of Optometry operates as a semi-independent state agency subject to ORS 182.456 (Definitions for ORS 182.456 to 182.472) to 182.472 (Reports), for the purpose of carrying out this chapter. The board consists of five members appointed by the Governor and subject to confirmation by the Senate in the manner provided in ORS 171.562 (Procedures for confirmation) and 171.565 (Vote required for confirmation). All members of the board must be residents of this state. Of the members of the board:


Four must be doctors of optometry licensed and in practice in Oregon; and


One member must be a member of the public who represents health consumers and who:


Is not otherwise eligible for appointment to the board;


Is not the spouse, domestic partner, child, parent or sibling of a doctor of optometry; and


Does not have a direct or indirect relationship to health care professionals, to the health care industry or to the ophthalmic optical industry.


(a) Board members required to be a doctor of optometry may be selected by the Governor from a list of three to five nominees for each vacancy, submitted by a professional organization representing doctors of optometry.


In selecting the members of the board, the Governor shall strive to balance the representation on the board according to:


Geographic areas of this state; and


Ethnic group.


(a) The term of office of each member is three years, but a member serves at the pleasure of the Governor. The terms must be staggered so that no more than two terms end each year. A member is eligible for reappointment. If a vacancy occurs in the membership of the board for any reason, the Governor shall make an appointment to become immediately effective for the unexpired term.


Each member of the board shall qualify by taking and subscribing the oath of office required by the Oregon Constitution, which shall be filed in the office of the Secretary of State.


A board member shall be removed immediately from the board if, during the member’s term, the member:


Is not a resident of this state;


Has been absent from three consecutive board meetings, unless at least one absence is excused; or


Is not a licensed doctor of optometry or a retired doctor of optometry who was a licensed doctor of optometry in good standing at the time of retirement, if the board member was appointed to serve on the board as a doctor of optometry.


Members of the board are entitled to compensation and expenses as provided in ORS 292.495 (Compensation and expenses of members of state boards and commissions). The board may provide by rule for compensation to board members for the performance of official duties at a rate that is greater than the rate provided in ORS 292.495 (Compensation and expenses of members of state boards and commissions).


A majority of the members constitutes a quorum for the transaction of business. [Amended by 1971 c.102 §9; 1971 c.650 §32; 1973 c.792 §38; 1981 c.203 §1; 1987 c.443 §12; 1997 c.643 §31; 1999 c.1084 §65; 2009 c.535 §18; 2009 c.756 §96]

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May. 15, 2020