HOUSE COMMITTEE ON STREAM RESTORATION

& SPECIES RECOVERY

 

 

February 28, 2001                                                                                                   Hearing Room E

1:00 P.M.                                                                                                                      Tapes 44 - 46

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Rep. Bob Jenson, Chair

Rep. Jan Lee, Vice-Chair

Rep. Randy Leonard Vice-Chair

Rep. Tim Knopp

Rep. Jeff Kruse

Rep. Patti Smith

Rep. Al King

Rep. Carolyn Tomei

Rep. Kelley Wirth

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Sandy Thiele-Cirka, Committee Administrator

Linda K. Gatto, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:           Public Hearing

                                                   HB 2788

Public Hearing and Work Session

   HB 2872

 

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 44, A

003

Chair Jenson

Calls the meeting to order at 1:05 p.m. and opens a public hearing on HB 2788.

HB 2788 – PUBLIC HEARING

020

Kristina McNitt

Representing the Oregon Water Resources Congress. Submits and reads written testimony in support of HB 2788 (EXHIBIT A).

082

Chair Jenson

Referencing page 2, line 13 of the bill, asks whether “the whole of irrigation systems” includes pipelines.

093

Bill Ganong

Legal counsel to the Klamath Irrigation District. Responds that they believe it does. Explains that the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service prefer clear definitions, and there is no definition of the whole of an irrigation system.

108

Chair Jenson

Asks if there is court precedent on this issue.

109

Ganong

Responds that to his knowledge there are no appellate opinions that define this term.

127

Brad Harper

Executive Director, Water for Life. Submits written testimony of Keith Cyrus (EXHIBIT B) and comments on the litigation that the Cyrus family is involved in with the Squaw Creek Irrigation District. Requests that the committee defer action on HB 2788 until this litigation is resolved.

183

Rep. Lee

Questions if it is mute point since the statute would not be effective until it is adopted.

184

Harper

Disagrees and states that there could be appeals and the law could take affect while the case is still pending.

198

Ganong

Notes that there may be a condemnation proceeding pending. Explains what could take place in this proceeding.

258

Chair Jenson

Closes the public hearing on HB 2788 and opens a public hearing on HB 2872.

HB 2872 – PUBLIC HEARING

260

Sandy Thiele-Cirka

Committee Administrator. Provides overview on HB 2872.

294

Mike Dewey

Representing the Oregon Wheat Growers League. Provides background information on the assistance that the legislature provided last session to the agriculture and natural resource community with regard to research and extension.

322

Tom McCoy

President, Oregon Wheat Growers League. Explains what the 1999 Legislative Assembly provided to the wheat industry.

390

Dewey

Comments that the 1999 legislature appropriated approximately $12.8 million more than the Governor’s budget. Notes that the Governor’s proposed budget for the 2001-2003 biennium de-funds this $12.8 million.

TAPE 45, A

036

Thayne Dutson

College of Agricultural Sciences Dean and Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station Director, Oregon State University (OSU). Provides a PowerPoint presentation on the Oregon Invest database.

136

Dutson

Continues PowerPoint presentation.

162

Chair Jenson

Asks for clarification regarding the economic benefit to the State of Oregon by the OSU experiment stations’ work that is being done.

163

Dutson

Responds that this figure is just for the Agricultural Experiment Station work. States that these are dollars that go directly into the economy.

177

Chair Jenson

Asks for clarification that this benefit has not appeared recently, but that the OSU experiment stations have historically provided this kind of benefit.

183

Dutson

Responds affirmatively. Continues presentation. Comments that the bill adds back to OSU’s budget the amount that was reduced in the Governor’s budget.

275

Chair Jenson

Asks what will happen if the legislature does not fund this.

276

Dutson

Responds that they would have almost $17 million less than they have currently, and they would have to make reductions in personnel and other expenditures.

285

Chair Jenson

Asks what the specific reductions would be.

288

Dutson

Responds that it would be difficult to determine the specifics right now.

309

Lyla Houglum

Extension Service Dean and Director, Oregon State University. Provides background information on the Extension Service. Comments on HB 2872 and the work the Extension Service has done as a result of the resources that were acquired in the 1999 Session.

TAPE 44, B

025

Chair Jenson

Talks about the SB 1010 bills and asks if the Extension Service is gearing up to be of assistance in regard to non point-source pollution.

033

Houglum

Responds affirmatively. Discusses the Master Gardener Program.

051

Chair Jenson

Asks if this program is active in the Portland metropolitan area.

052

Houglum

Responds affirmatively.

055

Rep. Smith

Asks if there is a cost to attend the program.

057

Houglum

Responds that there is a charge to take the class and a requirement to volunteer time back to the program to further outreach in the community.

068

Rep. Kruse

Asks if the Extension Service still has the Family Community Leadership Program.

078

Houglum

Responds affirmatively.

095

Rep. Lee

Asks if the Extension Service provides assistance to communities under the CREP program.

097

Houglum

Responds affirmatively. States that she will provide the committee with information on the various programs the Extension Service has in watershed and water quality.

106

Rep. Wirth

Comments on the programs as a transfer of technology.

126

Houglum

Discusses funding sources and how the funds are utilized.

154

Hal Salwasser

College of Forestry Dean and Forest Research Lab Director, Oregon State University. Submits written material (EXHIBIT C) and testifies on the value of Oregon’s investment in the Forest Research Lab.

218

Salwasser

Responds to an earlier question by Chair Jenson by commenting on the personnel reduction and the effect on the graduate students.

242

Sen. Ted Ferrioli

Senate District 28. Urges the committee to look at the bill and think about the communities that benefit. Testifies in support of HB 2872.

364

Alan Kanaskie

Forest Pathologist, Oregon Department of Forestry. Submits written material (EXHIBIT D) and provides slide show on Swiss needle cast disease of Douglas fir.

TAPE 45, B

118

Greg Filip

Director, Swiss Needle Cast Cooperative. Provides an overhead presentation on the Swiss Needle Cast Cooperative.

171

Mark Gourley

Starker Forests, Corvallis. Comments on the devastating effects of this disease.

217

Sharon Beck

Legislative Chairman, Oregon Cattlemen’s Association. Testifies on the research that the OSU Range Resources Department has accomplished as a result of the funding from the 1999 Session.

277

Beck

Continues testimony on the need for science in the SB 1010 planning process. Urges the committee to reinstate the funding necessary to continue research.

315

Bob Beck

Rancher. Testifies on the need for continued funding of the research stations.

347

Kent Madison

Echo. Comments on the importance of extension and research. Submits and reads written testimony regarding the marine science portion of HB 2872 (EXHIBIT E).

TAPE 46, A

052

Madison

Encourages the committee to support HB 2872.

063

Jim Rutledge

State 4-H Program Leader, and President, Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation (AITC). Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT F) and testifies on the agricultural literacy programs being developed jointly by 4-H and AITC.

075

Dona Coon

Past President, Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation. Testifies on the benefits of the Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom program. Encourages the committee to support HB 2872.

151

Melissa Mosier

Citizen, Coburg. Provides personal experiences in the 4-H program.

194

Ginny Galvin

Citizen, Turner. Provides personal experiences in the 4-H program. Encourages the committee to support HB 2872.

Written testimony of John McCulley, representing Tree Fruit Growers, in support of HB 2872 submitted by staff for the record (EXHIBIT G).

286

Chair Jenson

Closes the public hearing and opens a work session on HB 2872.

HB 2872 WORK SESSION

290

Rep. Kruse

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT HB 2872-1 amendments dated 2/27/01.

 

 

VOTE:  9-0

394

Chair Jenson

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

295

Rep. Kruse

MOTION:  Moves HB 2872 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation and BE REFERRED to the committee on Ways and Means by prior reference, with an additional recommendation that the bill be sent to the Natural Resources subcommittee.

308

Rep. Tomei

Explains that she will be voting against the motion.

341

Rep. Knopp

Comments that the committee is reviewing the policy issue. States that he will support the motion.

355

Chair Jenson

Expresses support for the bill and comments on the need for the bill.

 

 

VOTE:  8-1

AYE:               8 - King, Knopp, Kruse, Lee, Leonard, Smith P, Wirth, Jenson

NAY:               1 - Tomei

443

Chair Jenson

The motion CARRIES.

444

Chair Jenson

Closes the work session on HB 2872 and adjourns the committee at 3:04 p.m.

(Tape #47 not used)

 

Submitted By,                                                                           Reviewed By,

 

 

 

Linda K. Gatto,                                                                        Sandy Thiele-Cirka,

Committee Assistant                                                                 Committee Administrator

 

Transcribed By,

 

 

 

Stephen Kosiewicz

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – HB 2788, written testimony, Kristina McNitt, 2 pp.

B – HB 2788, written testimony of Keith Cyrus, Brad Harper, 1 p

C – HB 2872, written material, Hal Salwasser, 26 pp.

D – HB 2872, written material, Alan Kanaskie, 24 pp. (and oversized exhibits)

E – HB 2872, written material, Kent Madison, 2 pp.

F – HB 2872, written testimony, Jim Rutledge, 2 pp.

G – HB 2872, written testimony of John McCulley, Staff, 2 pp.