SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

 

 

February 21, 2001†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Hearing Room B

1:00 PM††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Tapes 33 - 34

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:†††††††† Sen. Bill Fisher, Chair

Sen. Margaret Carter, Vice-Chair

Sen. Frank Shields

Sen. Ken Messerle

 

MEMBER EXCUSED:††††††††† Sen. Gary George

 

STAFF PRESENT:†††††††††††††††† Rick Berkobien, Administrator

Andrew Morris, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:†††††††††† SB 553 Public Hearing

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Oregon Progress Board, Social Supports Benchmarks

 

These minutes are in compliance with Senate and House Rules.Only text enclosed in quotation marks reports a speakerís exact words.For complete contents, please refer to the tapes.

 

TAPE/#

Speaker

Comments

TAPE 33, A

004

Chair Fisher

Calls meeting to order at 1:25 p.m. and opens a public hearing on†††††† SB 553.

SB 553 PUBLIC HEARING

008

Rick Berkobien

Administrator.Explains SB 553 to the committee.Reviews the fiscal impact statement.

037

Richard Burke

Legislative Aide, Sen. Gary George.Testifies in support of SB 553.Comments on money being spent to advertise against legal products, but there is a lack of money being spent on advertising against illegal drugs.Comments on the reliance of tax money generated from tobacco sales.

120

Ann Blaker

Oregon Health Division, Manager, Tobacco Prevention and Education Program.Testifies in opposition to SB 553 (EXHIBIT A).Comments on the negative impacts of SB 553.States the fiscal impact would be very large.Comments on the tobacco prevention program.Explains that SB 553 would decrease the effectiveness of the anti-tobacco campaign.

188

John Valley

American Cancer Society.Testifies in opposition to SB 553 (EXHIBIT B).States the bill would endanger the existing successful anti-tobacco program.Gives reasons the bill would put the existing structure in danger.Explains the intentions of ballot measure 44 (1996).

225

Sen. Messerle

Asks if there would be any legal ramification is the bill was passed.

230

Blaker

States the ballot clearly directs where the money is to be spent.

240

Sen. Carter

Comments on the fiscal impact of SB 553.Asks about the effectiveness of the anti-smoking campaign.

286

Blaker

Responds that there has been a 42 percent drop in tobacco use among eighth graders.States that there has been a 20 to 24 percent drop in usage among eleventh graders.

300

Valley

States that incorporating the anti-drug and anti-smoking could inhibit the effectiveness of the campaign.

333

Chair Fisher

Asks about dual smoking and drug usage.

337

Blaker

Responds she is unsure.

346

Chair Fisher

Comments on the language of the bill.

357

Sen. Carter

Comments on the relationship with community based organizations.Asks if community based organizations could incorporate the anti-smoking anti-drug campaigns.

382

Blaker

Comments on work done with different population groups.States a willingness to pursue working cooperatively with other groups.

405

Valley

Presents ideas for different approaches.Comments on the costs.

430

Burke

Comments on the anti-smoking campaign.

TAPE 34, A

000

Burke

Rebuts Blakerís and Valleyís testimony.

025

Chair Fisher

Asks if tobacco is considered an entry-level drug.

029

Burke

Responds that it is easier for teens to get marijuana than cigarettes.

036

Chair Fisher

Comments on reaching target audiences.

050

Blaker

States that Oregonís consumption rate is dropping at twice the rate of other states.Comments on media outlets.Explains that people get confused with mixed messages.

068

Valley

States that Oregonís success is based on a comprehensive approach.

094

Sen. Messerle

Comments on marketing practices.

125

Burke

State support of the anti-smoking campaign.

134

Chair Fisher

Comments on the success of the anti-smoking campaign.

151

Sen. Carter

Introduces interns.

171

Chair Fisher

Closes the public hearing on SB 553 and opens an informational meeting on Oregon Social Benchmarks.

OREGON SOCIAL BENCHMARKS

190

Jeffery Tryens

Executive Director, Oregon Progress Board.Presents a power point presentation on social benchmarks (EXHIBIT C).Gives an overview of the presentation.

225

Sen. Shields

Asks for the raw numbers of teen pregnancy.

228

Tryens

Responds by estimating about 6,000 teens.Explains the rate includes live births and abortions.Comments on the slow progress of women receiving early prenatal care.Explains the immunization rate.

287

Tryens

Points out the reduction in the infant mortality rate.Comments on early diagnosis of HIV.States that the case numbers have fallen.

311

Chair Fisher

Asks if the targets relating to HIV are realistic.

326

Tryens

Responds by explaining how the progress board developed the targets.

350

Chair Fisher

Comments on statistics.Relates personal opinion on setting targets.Asks if there are less cases of HIV.

385

Tryens

Responds the actual number of cases is falling.Explains the statistics of adults who do not smoke.

TAPE 33, B

000

Tryens

States that the data for 2000 shows that the rate of non-smokers is above 80 percent.Comments on premature mortality.States that life in Oregon is lengthening.Comments on Oregonians who perceive their health is very good or excellent.States the rate of childcare affordability has gone down since 1992.States that childcare slots are on target.

060

Tryens

Reviews tobacco, alcohol, and drug use among teens.Reviews child abuse statistics.

097

Chair Fisher

Comments on the target.

100

Tryens

States the new targets will be split based actual abuse and at-risk factors.States there is an increase in elderly abuse.

115

Chair Fisher

Asks about the targets for elderly abuse.

120

Tryens

Responds he is unsure of the differences.States the board sets the targets.States the state is on target for pregnant women who use alcohol and drugs.

139

Sen. Carter

Comments on data collection.

147

Tryens

Responds the numbers for pregnant women who use drugs and alcohol come from hospitals.Comments on the poverty rates in Oregon.States that Oregon falls in the middle in comparison to the other 49 states.

168

Sen. Messerle

Asks about rural and urban comparisons.

170

Tryens

Responds rural counties are usually more poor.

185

Sen. Shields

Asks why the poverty rates is coming down, but at the same time Oregon has the highest rate of hunger in the nation.

195

Tryens

Responds that researchers have been hired to study the issue.Comments on biasís in surveys.Comments on housing costs in Oregon.

240

Sen. Shields

Comments on housing costs in other states.

264

Tryens

States that work is being done with the hunger task force to look into hunger issues.

292

Sen. Shields

Comments on the increased need for food from food banks.

312

Sen. Carter

Comments on poverty in rural and urban areas.

340

Tryens

Explains calculations for poverty in past studies.

355

Sen. Carter

Comments on statistical data collection.

372

Tryens

Comments on Oregonís poverty rate compared to other states.

396

Sen. Carter

Offers viewpoint of economical changes.

407

Tryens

Explains the improval of health insurance rates.

TAPE 34, B

000

Sen. Messerle

Comments on health care costs in rural areas.

011

Tryens

Explains homeless statistics that have risen dramatically.

023

Sen. Shields

Discusses the collection of homeless data.

050

Tryens

Comments on data collection.

053

Sen. Messerle

Discusses resolutions.Comments on the specific needs of different parts of Oregon.

070

Tryens

Comments on housing policy.

073

Chair Fisher

Asks if the statistics include all forms of homelessness.States that some homeless people choose to be homeless.

092

Tryens

Explains how the survey was conducted.

096

Sen. Shields

Reviews homeless populations and demographics.Relates a personal experience.

144

Tryens

Comments on child support enforcement.Explains seniors living independently.Covers employment data for disabled people.

172

Chair Fisher

Closes the informational meeting and adjourns the meeting at 3:04 p.m.

 

Submitted By,†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Reviewed By,

 

 

 

Andrew Morris,††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Rick Berkobien,

Committee Assistant†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Administrator

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A Ė SB 553, Written testimony, Ann Blaker, 2 pp.

B Ė SB 553, Written testimony, John Valley, 1p.

C Ė Oregon Progress Board, Jeffery Tryens, 16 pp.