CONFERENCE COMMITTEE ON HB 2137

 

 

June 22, 2001                                                                                                         Hearing Room B

11:00 AM                                                                                                                        Tapes 1 – 2

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Rep. Bruce Starr, Chair

                                                Rep. Joanne Verger

                                                Rep. Cliff Zauner

                                                Sen. Verne Duncan

                                                Sen. Ken Messerle

                                                Sen. Rick Metsger

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 John Leon, Committee Administrator

Jennifer Simmons, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:           HB 2137B 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 1, A

002

Chair Starr

Calls the committee to order at 11:15 a.m. and opens a work session on HB 2137B.

HB 2137B WORK SESSION

004

John Leon

Administrator.  Explains the bill and the proposed amendments (EXHIBIT A).

060

Sen. Duncan

Asks if the proposed suspension is permanent.

064

Chair Starr

Answers yes.

065

Sen. Duncan

Expresses concern that a permanent suspension is too harsh.

073

Sen. Metsger

Says that he believes a permanent suspension is justifiable in the case of bus drivers who transport children.

090

Sen. Messerle

Expresses concern with the -10 amendment.  Compares this amendment with SB 85.

112

Chair Starr

Says that this bill is narrower than SB 85.

130

Chuck Bennett

Confederation of Oregon School Administrators.  States their support of the amendments. 

158

Jim Green

Oregon School Board Association.  Speaks to Section 14 of the amendments; regarding the fee.  Explains why the fee is necessary.  Speaks about the permanent suspension.

203

Chair Starr

Says that this shows zero tolerance for substance abuse among school bus drivers.

211

Rep. Verger

Asks for a definition of “motorcoach”.

212

Green

Answers that there is not a definition in statute.  Says that they typically carry more than 20 passengers that is not designed like a schoolbus.  Compares them to “Greyhound” buses.

223

Rep. Verger

Asks if this would lead to the elimination of vans.

226

Bennett

Answers no.

228

Sen. Messerle

Asks definition of schoolbus

230

Green

Answers that it is a vehicle designed to carry more than twenty people and has certain safety specifications.

237

Sen. Messerle

Asks if that definition includes motorcoaches and vans.

240

Green

Answers no.

241

Sen. Messerle

Says that he feels blindsided by these amendments. 

256

Rep. Verger

Says that this is a sensitive in some districts.

265

BethAnne Darby

Oregon Education Association.  Explains their concerns with the amendments.

333

Tricia Smith

Oregon School Employees Association.  Says that Administrative Rules already outline the discipline of a school bus driver 

405

Alan Tresidder

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program Directors Association.  Says that he is primarily concerned with lines 24-25 on page two of the amendments.  Says that it is more effective to get someone into treatment rather than train new employees.  Speaks about what is currently done in these situations.

TAPE 2, A

018

Sen. Duncan

Says that he believes that drivers deserve to have a chance to have their license back at some time.  Points out that there are already limits set within Administrative Rules.

055

Chair Starr

Suggests changing “shall” to “may” in line 24.

078

Sen. Metsger

Suggests other conceptual amendments.

113

Rep. Verger

Asks if something could be added providing full disclosure to potential employers of the driver.

126

Darby

Speaks about the current Administrative Rules regarding disclosure.

163

Sen. Metsger

Says that current rule only provides for disclosure in the event of a “conviction”.

178

Darby

Responds that a revocation is counted as a conviction.

220

Green

Says that they would support eliminating the permanent suspension.

240

Rep. Verger

Asks how many incidents where a driver was found to be under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol have occurred in the last five years

243

Green

Answers none to his knowledge.  Points out that there have been 17 incidents of failing a urinalysis in the last year.

280

Chair Starr

Withdraws the –10 amendments.

299

Rep. Starr

MOTION:  Moves HB 2137B to the floor with the recommendation that the House CONCUR in Senate amendments dated 05/15/01 and that the bill be FURTHER AMENDED with the –B8, -B12, and –B13 amendments and the measure be REPASSED.

305

Sen. Duncan

Says that he appreciates the goal of the –10 amendments, but hopes to find another way to accomplish it.

327

 

VOTE:  6-0

 

Chair Starr

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.  Adjourns the meeting at 12:10 p.m.

 

Submitted By,                                                                           Reviewed By,

 

 

 

Jennifer Simmons,                                                                     John Leon,

Committee Assistant                                                                 Committee Administrator

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – LC Amendments, HB 2137 -B8, -B12, -B13, staff