CONFERENCE COMMITTEE ON HB 2483

 

 

June 18, 2001                                                                                                         Hearing Room B

11:30 AM                                                                                                                         Tapes 1 –2

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Rep. Vic Backlund, Chair

                                                Rep. Elaine Hopson

                                                Rep. Bill Witt

                                                Sen. Susan Castillo

                                                Sen. David Nelson

                                                Sen. Charles Starr

MEMBER EXCUSED:         

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Janet Adkins, Committee Administrator

Paula Merritt, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:           HB 2483B 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

004

Chair Backlund

Calls the committee to order at 11: 35 a.m. and opens a work session on HB 2483B.

HB 2483B WORK SESSION

005

Janet Adkins

Committee Administrator.  Explains HB 2483B-12 amendments (EXHIBIT A).  Submits list of Oregon School Activities on private school student participating in public school activities and policies (EXHIBIT B).

030

Chair Backlund

Comments on HB 2483B being well worked and explains the history behind the bill.

056

Rep. Witt

Asks about the work group, the A Engrossed bill and the discussions and asks Mr. Welter what his objection is now.

066

Tom Welter

Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA).  Responds that the OSAA did not see the final language that came out of the work group. 

077

Rep. Witt

Explains that this language was specifically addressed and members of OSAA were in attendance at that time. 

079

Welter

Comments on the terms of “space available” and who defines this term

082

Rep. Witt

Responds that this was discussed in the work group and everyone was in favor of at that time.  Reads from line 19, page 2.

100

Welter

Responds that there is concern with the word "may". 

105

Rep. Witt

Asks Welter if the word "may" is objectionable.

106

Welter

Responds yes.

110

Rep. Witt

Comments on the assurances if the OSAA changed their policies.

120

Welter

Responds that is if it was based upon the assumption that we would change policies. 

139

Rep. Witt

Comments that there would be no assurance if OSAA changed policies. 

140

Sen. Castillo

Asks Welter if the OSAA has ad any complaints about current policies.

150

Welter

Responds no and explains that they have surveyed schools and from partial responses found that 162 students participated in public school activities.

174

Chair Backlund

States that the OSAA policy requires principals to agree.

180

Rep. Witt

Responds that OSAA did agree to this change. 

195

Chair Backlund

Comments on the amendments in question and explains that OSAA indicated their concern over changing a practice.  States that this policy was working.

229

Rep. Witt

Refers to activities endorsed by OSAA and says that this is a broad exception and could change.  Comments that there is no protection for private school students. 

250

Sen. Starr

States that he is in agreement with Rep. Witt and this could leave it open for future administrators to question.

189

Rep. Hopson

States that she is here to represent the public schools, taking the consideration of the private schools.  Says she is supportive of the OSAA authority and supports the amendments.

213

Rep. Witt

Comments on home schooling students and asks about home school exceptions. 

326

Adkins

References ORS 330.460. 

336

Rep. Witt

Asks about exceptions that they can participate in.

 

Adkins

Responds that there is not a similar exception. 

346

Rep. Witt

Comments on setting up a special theme.

350

Welter

States that OSAA allows home school students to participate in private or public school activities. Explains that private schools are smaller in enrollment and activities. 

396

Rep. Witt

Explains he has no disagreement with OSAA practices. 

TAPE 2, A

003

Chair Backlund

Comments on private school students and believes that the -12 amendments will offer an opportunity to private school students and still allows OSAA to function as they always have.

018

Mark Seigel

Oregon Federation of Independent Schools.  Comments on exclusion of activities and all students should have the opportunity.

056

Sen. Castillo

Comments on the senate floor discussion of this bill.  Explains that the bill was altered as it sets before us now. Explains that there was not strong objection from OSAA at the time this was in other committee. Explains that parents have scrutiny in OSAA programs and they have a good record.  States that she feels comfortable with the program and the version before us. 

090

Rep. Witt

Explains the bill and how it was supported through the process. 

119

Chair Backlund

Refers to page 1, line 8 and reads from the bill. 

158

Rep. Witt

Explains that this is the same argument as on the house floor and explains that this issue has been dealt with.

160

Chair Backlund

Believes there should be an opportunity in public schools for private school students.

180

Rep. Hopson

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT HB 2483-B12 amendments dated 6/8/01.

188

Sen. Starr

Explains that he will oppose these amendments. 

 

 

VOTE:  3-3

AYE:               3 - Sen. Castillo, Rep. Hopson, Chair Rep. Backlund,

NAY:               3 - Sen. Nelson, Sen. Starr, Rep. Witt

190

Chair Backlund

The motion FAILS.

200

Rep. Witt

Expresses interest in working on additional  language

205

Chair Backlund

Adjourns committee at 12:23 p.m.

 

Submitted By,                                                                           Reviewed By,

 

 

 

Paula Merritt,                                                                           Janet Adkins,

Committee Assistant                                                                 Committee Administrator

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – HB 2483B, -12 amendments, staff, 1 page

B - HB 2483B, OSAA lists, staff 3 pp.