Oregon: We're not the Judean People's Front! We're the People's Front of Judea!


So, I've been combing through a mountain of healthcare & health insurance-related legislation which has been introduced by various state legislators around the country, and this one caught my eye:

OR HB3326

Relating to changing the name of the Oregon Health Authority; declaring an emergency.

The bill summary doesn't provide much more detail:

Changes name of Oregon Health Authority to Oregon Department of Health. Makes conforming changes. Becomes operative on January 1, 2024. Declares emergency, effective on passage.

OK, so it changes the name of the health department and...declares an emergency relating to that? Huh? What?

It was introduced about a month ago by GOP state representative Werner Reschke. It doesn't have any other cosponsors from either party so far.

I decided to take a look at the actual legislative text.

It includes over 1,800 individual sections, each of which appears to simply strike out the words "Oregon Health Authority" and replace it with "Oregon Department of Health" anywhere the phrase appears anywhere in any part of any Oregon state law or guidance.

The bill is nearly 600,000 words long. That isn't a typo. For comparison, the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy plus The Hobbit combined only comes to around 576,000 words.

And then. at the very end of this massive tome, is Section 1811:

This 2023 Act being necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health and safety, an emergency is declared to exist, and this 2023 Act takes effect on its passage.

Apparently it's vitally important to State Representative Werner Reschke that this department name change happen as swiftly as possible, or else the earth will open up and swallow the entire state of Oregon whole.

Or something.