SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

 

 

February 2, 2001                                                                                                     Hearing Room B

1:00 PM                                                                                                                        Tapes 19 - 20

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Bill Fisher, Chair

Sen. Margaret Carter, Vice-Chair

Sen. Gary George

Sen. Frank Shields

Sen. Ken Messerle

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Rick Berkobien, Administrator

Andrew Morris, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:           SB 331 Public Hearing

                                                SB 371 Public Hearing

 

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 19, A

004

Chair Fisher

Calls meeting to order at 1:11 p.m. and opens a public hearing on         SB 331.

SB 331 PUBLIC HEARING

044

Rick Berkobien

Administrator.  Explains SB 331 to the committee.

077

Jim Beyer

Oregon Student Assistance Commission.  Presents testimony in support of SB 331 (EXHIBIT A).  Comments on the benefits of the bill, which would allow loan forgiveness for nurses who work in critical shortage areas.  Comments on the Nurses Services Program that would be created through the passage of SB 331. 

130

Beyer

Reviews the statistics on page two of (EXHIBIT A).  Comments on nursing shortages.  Explains how the program would work.

200

Sen. Shields

Asks about the minimum service agreement.

203

Beyer

Responds that is about two years.

206

Sen. Messerle

Comments on health services and funds in rural Oregon.  Asks for clarification of critical shortage areas.

222

Brian DeLashmutt

Oregon Nursing Association.  Testifies in support of SB 331.  States that critical shortages could occur in urban areas based on practicing nurses.

240

Sen. Messerle

Explains concerns.

249

Chair Fisher

Asks about the timeline to enter the program

253

Beyer

Responds by explaining the application process.

264

DeLashmutt

Comments on the cooperative efforts to establish the proposed program.  Explains the background of the bill.  States the money for the program is included in proposed budgets

322

Sen. Shields

Asks if the adjustments would allow for a better use of funds.

324

DeLashmutt

Responds affirmatively.  Comments on the original program that was developed. 

384

Sen. Shield

Asks about shortages by practice in urban areas and the cause of the shortages.

400

DeLashmutt

Responds there is a nursing shortage nationwide.  Relates an example of a shortage. 

TAPE 20, A

000

DeLashmutt

Continues relating shortage examples.

009

Sen. Messerle

State the definition of shortage needs to be clear. 

017

DeLashmutt

Asks that definitions be made in the administrative rule process.

026

Sen. Messerle

Asks about current administrative rules.

029

Beyer

Responds by explaining current definitions in administrative rules.  States that state rules are stricter than federal rules.

058

Sen. Carter

Asks about flexibility in statute versus administrative rules.

065

DeLashmutt

Responds it is easier to make changes by administrative rules.

072

Chair Fisher

Closes the work session on SB 331 and opens a public hearing on      SB 371.

SB 371 PUBLIC HEARING

097

Berkobien

Explains SB 371 to the committee.

116

Dan Kennedy

Department of Administrative Services.  Presents testimony in support of SB 371 (EXHIBIT B).  Gives the background of SB 371.  Explains the appointment process.  States the bill would streamline the process.

146

Chair Fisher

Asks if it would clarify the process.

150

Kennedy

Responds affirmatively.

152

Sen. Messerle

Asks for information about the Health Licensing Office.

159

Kennedy

Responds the office oversees nine licensing boards and employees about 27 people. 

167

Sen. Messerle

Asks if senate confirmation is necessary.

173

Kennedy

Responds by explaining the confirmation process.  

182

Chair Fisher

Clarifies the confirmation process. 

203

Chair Fisher

Introduces a letter into record from Susan Wilson (EXHIBIT C).

215

Chair Fisher

Closes the public hearing on SB 371 and adjourns the meeting at     1:55 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

Submitted By,                                                                           Reviewed By,

 

 

 

Andrew Morris,                                                                        Rick Berkobien,

Committee Assistant                                                                 Administrator

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – SB 331, Fact Sheet, Jim Beyer, 2 pp.

B – SB 371, Fact Sheet, Dan Kennedy, 1 pp.

C – SB 371, Letter from Susan Wilson, Senator Fisher, 1 p.