HOUSE COMMITTEE ON ADVANCING E-GOVERNMENT

 

April 3, 2001                                                                                                           Hearing Room E

3:30 PM                                                                                                                          Tapes 32-33

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Rep. Jim Hill, Chair

Rep. Rob Patridge, Vice-Chair

Rep. Kathy Lowe

MEMBER EXCUSED:

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Mark Jolley, Committee Administrator

Alice Morton, Committee Assistant

 

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD: HB 2988 – Public Hearing

HB 3164 – Public Hearing

HB 2039 – UETA – Public Hearing

HB 2112 – UETA – Public Hearing

HB 2038 – Pubic Hearing

HB 2212 – Work Session

 

 

These minutes are in compliance with Senate and House Rules.  Only text enclosed in quotation marks reports a speaker’s exact words.  For complete contents, please refer to the tapes.

 

TAPE/#

Speaker

Comments

TAPE 32, A

003

Chair Hill

Calls the meeting to order at 3:40 p.m. and opens a public hearing on HB 2988.

HB 2988 – Public Hearing

008

Mark Jolley

Committee Administrator.  Gives overview of the bill.

035

Duncan Wyse

Oregon Business Council. Gives overview of the HB 3615 Interim Task Force regarding the Public Utility Commission (PUC) operations, and provides written material (EXHIBIT A).

058

Bruce Samson

Attorney. Reads from the report provided by Mr. Wyse.

126

Chair Hill

Asks how we can drive the process in a pubic policy environment.

130

Wyse

Says similar to last session – have someone outside the system look at it, and then conduct a follow-up review.

220

Rep. Lowe

Asks for the composition of the taskforce.

225

Wyse

Goes through the list of commission members citing names and occupations.

270

Rep. Lowe

Asks for a background of the perception that the PUC needed a task force to examine it.

280

Wyse

Said the market has changed, there are very complex issues, and it is necessary to have an extremely nimble management style.

350

Rep. Lowe

Asks was it your conclusion that the perceptions were grounded in fact.

335

Wyse

Responds, yes, and that they tried to bring the divergent parties together.

384

Chair Hill

Asks how do we construct this measure to make the process work. Asks how is it, even with a legislative mandate, that the PUC has not come to talk, that they have sent a letter instead (EXHIBIT B).

430

Wyse

Says he understands where the concerns are.

440

Rep. Butler

Testifies in support of HB 2988.

TAPE 33, A

044

Rep. Butler

Says he still firmly believes a quorum of PUC commissioners should be present for the important testimony. Adds that there can be an appearance of unfairness if they are not present. Suggests that the committee have the task force members continue to meet on a periodic basis to assist with oversight on this regard.

095

Gary Bauer

NW Natural Gas.  Testifies regarding HB 2988 and provides written remarks (EXHIBIT C). Says that if the committee determines that Commissioners should be present at hearings, his group recommends that you narrow the legislation to major contested case proceedings involving rate matters.

138

Chair Hill

Asks how to do this since the PUC is not represented in the room.

150

Bauer

Responds

200

Ginny Lang

QWEST. Speaks to the bill, and supplies written remarks (EXHIBIT D).

236

Jeff Bissonette

Citizens’ Utility Board. Testifies in opposition to HB 2988.

284

Chair Hill

Asks if the PUC has asked him to come here.

290

Bissonette

Says the PUC did not ask him to come and that his remarks are his organization’s own analysis.

300

Chair Hill

Asks how he views the situation.

305

Bissonette

Responds with the suggestion to talk with the PUC representatives directly.

318

Chair Hill

Explains the PUC has been invited and that they declined to come, with the reason that the matter was not compelling enough.

325

Rep Lowe

Asks how many ALJ’s the PUC has.

335

Bissonette

Responds.

384

Chair Hill

Closes public hearing on HB 2988 and opens work session on HB 2988.

HB 2988 – Work Session

401

Chair Hill

Reads transcribed comments from a PUC legislative coordination meeting to highlight its member’s view of the Advancing E-government committee. Remarks on the possibility of a work group to address the issue of PUC Commissioner presence at the PUC meetings.

431

Rep. Lowe

Says if the committee forms a work group, she suggests getting procedural assistance.  Stresses the need for consistency so each hearing the commissioners attend are decision-making. Otherwise, she does not expect that three commissioners would travel the state listening to general public testimony.

TAPE 32, B

040

Chair Hill

Asks Bruce Sampson if he could help craft something and facilitate a work group.

 

Committee

Discussion on the best way to put together an appropriate group, with the intention to not be punitive, but constructive.

120

Chair Hill

Closes work session on HB 2980 and opens public hearing on HB 2112.

HB 2112 – Uniform Electronic Transactions – Public Hearing

200

Mardi Saathoff

Attorney, Representing the State Bar Workgroup. Testifies in support of HB 2112 and speaks to elements of the -2 amendments, (EXHIBIT E).

250

Pete Shepherd

Attorney, Department of Justice. Explains the –2 amendment and says that Rep. Lowe’s changes are addressed.

300

Mardi Sathdoff

Says the workgroup recommends they bring forward their own law.

345

Rep. Merkely

Testifies regarding HB 2112, explains and provides printed material. (EXHIBIT F) regarding digital signature infrastructure.

365

Chair Hill

Says with this bill we are merely conforming to the federal law.

370

Jim Craven

American Electronics Association.  Thanks the people who have given their time to working this out.

400

Chair Hill

Closes public hearing on HB 2112 and opens work session on HB 2112.

HB 2112 – Work Session

405

Chair Hill

Suggests the group working on amending the bill have proposed amendments back next Thursday in order to make the changes in committee.

420

Chair Hill

Closes work session on HB 2112 and opens work session on HB 2212.

 

TAPE 33, B

HB 2212 – Work Session

006

Kristen Burch

Victory Group. Says they and the DOJ agree on the amendments and there are some to fix in committee.

010

Cheryl Prelelgrini

Attorney, Department of Justice (DOJ). Supplies the words that correct the –4 amendments that seemed to be changed in the most recent LC draft (EXHIBIT G).

025

Chair Hill

Says they will have an another work session on Thursday to vote it. Closes work session on HB 2212 and opens work session on HB 2038.

HB 2038 – Work Session

042

Rick Hanson

Department of Administrative Services (DAS). Speaks to HB 2038, relays DAS's suggestion to replace a whole sentence related to managing information over the internet.

059

Chair Hill

Tells him to work with the committee administrator on it. Closes work session on HB 2028 and adjourns meeting at 5:03 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

Submitted By,                                                                           Reviewed By,

 

 

 

Alice Morton,                                                                           Mark Jolley,

Committee Assistant                                                                 Committee Administrator

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – HB 3615 Interim Task Force, written report, Duncan Wyse, 45pp.

B – HB 2988, letter opposing, Public Utilities Commission, 7pp.

C – HB 2988, written testimony, Gary Bauer, NW Natural Gas, 1p.

D – HB 2988, written testimony, Ginny Lang, QWEST, 1p.

E – HB 2112, -2 amendments, Mardi Saathoff, 33pp.

F – HB 2112, written materials, Rep. Jeff Merkley, 1p.

G – HB 2212, -4 amendments, staff, 2pp.