HOUSE COMMITTEE ON STREAM RESTORATION

 & SPECIES RECOVERY

 

 

April 06, 2001                                                                                                     Pendleton City Hall

4:00 P.M.                                                                                                                     Tapes 85 -  86

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Rep. Bob Jenson, Chair

Rep. Randy Leonard Vice-Chair

Rep. Al King

Rep. Kelley Wirth

 

MEMBER EXCUSED:          Rep. Jan Lee, Vice-Chair

Rep. Tim Knopp

Rep. Jeff Kruse

Rep. Patti Smith

Rep. Carolyn Tomei

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Sandy Thiele-Cirka, Committee Administrator

Linda K. Gatto, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURES HEARD:

                                                PUBLIC HEARING

                                                   HB 2341

                                                   SB 49A

                                                   HB 3809

 

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 85, A

006

Chair Jenson

Calls the meeting to order at 4:00 p.m. and opens the public hearing on HB 2341.

HB 2341 – PUBLIC HEARING

015

Sandy Thiele-Cirka

Administrator.  Summarizes HB 2341 and the –1 amendment dated 3/29/01 (EXHBIT A).

025

Henry Lorenzon

Commissioner, Oregon Fish & Wildlife Commission (OFWC). Provides professional background. States that five of the six commissioners oppose HB 2341.  Testifies in favor of HB 2341. Comments it is his belief that the appointment made by the governor would strengthen the communication ties.

093

Rep. Leonard

Questions what the position of the other commission members is.

097

Lorenzon

Responds that basically the other members are satisfied with the current selection process.

117

Chair Jenson

Comments that the perception of the legislature has been that the communication between the governor’s office and ODFW has been inadequate.

130

Lorenzon

Responds that there has been significant improvement recently.

170

Chair Jenson

Closes the public hearing on HB 2341 and opens the public hearing on SB 49-A.

SB 49 A – PUBLIC HEARING

190

Lorenzon

Testifies in opposition to SB 49 A. States he believes that Oregon’s board of commission system has had a positive influence on openness in government and lack of corruption.

220

Rep. King

Comments on the role of ODFW director and notes that it has expanded beyond the tools available.

251

Lorenzon

Responds that the director is charged with enforcing laws that are opposed by those constituents directly affected and unopposed by the constituents that are not.

260

Rep. Leonard

Asks about accountability when the appointment is made by the commission.

308

Lorenzon

Responds there may be difficulties filling the position with qualified candidates that are not political appointees.

354

Rep. Wirth

States upon receiving 23 e-mails on this bill, all in opposition, observes three main points:

·         ODFW appointment is too important to be determined by one person;

·         Pitting of politics among groups;

·         Senate confirmation.

400

Lorenzon

Responds the members of the commission are well meaning. Discusses that as a commission the methodology is open to public input.

 TAPE 86, A

009

Chair Jenson

Questions if the current system allows for too much authority when compared to appointments for the Department of Human Resources or the Department of Corrections.

026

Lorenzon

Responds that it has to do with the perception of the agency.

056

Karl Jenson

Cattle producer and landowner. Testifies in opposition to SB 49-A and states that if the governor has sole authority, industry people may not have the access to address issues that are important to them.

092

Chair Jenson

Inquires if the appointment of the director for the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) would be better served if appointed by the commission.

102

Jenson

Responds affirmatively, states that access is limited. States the bottom line is he would rather communicate with the ODA instead of the EPA.

140

T.J. Hansell

Representing 12-H Inc. Reads prepared testimony in opposition to      SB 49 A, (EXHIBIT B).

186

Chair Jenson

Closes the public hearing on SB 49 A, and the committee stands at ease for four minutes. Opens the public hearing on HB 3809.

HB 3809 – PUBLIC HEARING

211

Thiele-Cirka

Summarizes HB 3809.

196

Daren Coppock

Executive Vice President, of the Oregon Wheat League. Reads prepared testimony in support of HB 3809, (EXHIBIT C).

315

Chair Jenson

Closes the public hearing HB 3809 and re-opens the public hearing on  HB 2341.

HB 2341 – PUBLIC HEARING

330

Hansell

Reads prepared testimony, (EXHIBIT D).

355

Chair Jenson

Closes the public hearing on HB 2341 and re-opens the public hearing on HB 3809.

HB 3809 – PUBLIC HEARING

360

Rep. Leonard

Relates his understanding is that through the process of natural selection the stock is stronger, but the hatchery fish have avoided these natural conditions.

400

Coppock

Responds there is also the question of whether there are any pure wild fish.

TAPE 85, B

030

Rep. Wirth

Comments that the Umatilla hatchery can not be duplicated at all hatcheries because Umatilla started with different circumstances and their goals are different.

060

Coppock

Responds the model and philosophy of the Umatilla hatchery is duplicable.

100

Gary James

Fish Biologist, Representing the Umatilla Tribes. Testifies in support of the principal behind HB 3809. States concern about destroying surplus fish.

134

James

Continues explanation of hatchery programs as a component to recovery. Explains the philosophy of the Umatilla hatchery program.

212

James

Testifies in opposition to a separate genetic science panel. Proposes other options.

277

Rep. King

Notes that those suggestions are outside the scope of the bill. Presents a scenario and questions how it would be addressed and managed.

350

James

Responds that this scenario is a viably extinct situation. Discussion continues.

TAPE 86, B

054

Chair Jenson

Closes the public hearing on HB 3809 and opens the meeting for public comment.

064

K. Jenson

Comments on rehabilitation efforts.

092

Chair Jenson

Adjourns the meeting at 5:35 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Submitted By,                                                                           Reviewed By,

 

 

 

Linda K. Gatto,                                                                        Sandy Thiele-Cirka,

Committee Assistant                                                                 Committee Administrator

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A. HB 2341, -1 amendments dated 3/29/01, staff 1 p

B. SB A, prepared testimony, T.J. Hansell, 1 p

C. HB 3809, prepared testimony, Daren Coppock, 2 pp.

D. HB 2341, prepared testimony, T.J. Hansell, 1 p

E. SB 49A, prepared testimony submitted by fax, Robert P. Davison, 2 pp.

F.  SB 49 A, prepared testimony, submitted by fax, Bob May, 2 pp.