HOUSE SPECIAL SESSION COMMITTEE ON BUDGET RECONCILIATION

 

3rd Special Session

 

 

June 27, 2002 Hearing Room F

9:00 AM Tape 11

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:            Rep. Rep. Westlund, Chair

Rep. Tom Butler

Rep. Gary Hansen

Rep. Betsy Johnson

Rep. Susan Morgan

Rep. Kurt Schrader

Rep. Lane Shetterly

 

STAFF PRESENT:                  Paul Warner, Legislative Revenue Officer

                                                Larry Nisswender, Legislative Fiscal Office

Andrew Morris, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURES HEARD:                     Bill Introduction

LC 55-1

 

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 Westlund

Calls meeting to order at 9:48 and opens a work session for bill introduction.

LC 55-1 INTRODUCTION

009

Paul Warner

Legislative Revenue Officer.  Explains LC 55-1, which sets up a task force and council to explore education funding.  States that a final report would be due to the 72nd Assembly. 

047

Chair Westlund

Asks if the bill should contain language to set a date during the next session for a special election.

071

Rep. Butler

States that consumption raising taxes do not have to occur in a special election.

084

Rep. Morgan

Opines that putting a specific timeline for an election could create problems. 

102

Rep. Butler

Refers to page 2 sub 4 and offers a conceptual change requiring that two meetings be held in eastern Oregon at different locations because  of the size of the congressional district.

114

Rep. Morgan

Adds that southern Oregon should have more than one meeting location also.  States that there may be some overlap with other committees with this discussion. 

120

Rep. Shetterly

States that this measure would usurp the Revenue Committee’s work.

126

Chair Westlund

Asks if this LC has more of a function and purpose than the current work being done.

134

Rep. Shetterly

Responds that this LC is a more defined approach than the current revenue subcommittee.  States that this LC should be a next step of what is currently in place and not usurp it.

155

Chair Westlund

Asks if there is anything that precludes the merging of the existing and proposed groups.

160

Rep. Shetterly

Responds he is unsure. 

168

Rep. Schrader

Explains that the intention of the LC is to augment and give credence to existing work.  Comments on previous task forces.  States a need to look for a new tax system for K-12 education.  Explains the potential make up of the task force.

220

Chair Westlund

Asks what the appropriation should be for the bill.

228

Rep. Schrader

Responds that he is unsure. 

239

Warner

States that an estimate of expenses is about $40,000. 

255

Chair Westlund

Relates that it is difficult to spend any extra money with the current budget constrictions.  States that $40,000 may not be enough money to complete the task.

265

Rep. Johnson

Adds that there needs to be enough money that the bill’s goal can be accomplished.

275

Chair Westlund

States that $50,000 may be a more appropriate amount of money.

282

Rep. Hansen

Asks if a mechanism could be added that would allow the task force to approach e-board when a more exact cost figure is figured out. 

288

Chair Westlund

Responds that special permission is not needed to approach e-board. 

293

Rep. Morgan

States that an appropriate amount of money needs to be established. 

308

Rep. Schrader

States that the $40,000 would be an appropriate starting point.

312

Chair Westlund

States that the hearing is for bill introduction only.  Comments on funding.

330

Larry Nisswender

Legislative Fiscal Office.  States that when the bill is back before the committee a fiscal statement will be issued.  Notes that the bill would have a minimal impact if it was introduced during a regular session.  States that existing staff and resources can be used to help offset costs, although staff availability issues have been raised. 

352

Rep. Butler

Asks how a large fire season would impact the e-board funds.

367

Nisswender

Responds that the amount set aside for fire fighting funds is minimal.  States that the task force is a small amount of money. 

380

Rep. Butler

Relates concerns with the possible costs of the fire season. 

398

Warner

Comments on discussions that took place in 1989 about the tax structure. 

411

Chair Westlund

Relates an anecdote.  Discusses the need for tax reform and a Rainy
Day fund.

432

Rep. Schrader

Comments on the advisory council set-up.  Adds a conceptual amendment to page three that the Speaker would appoint people to the council in consultation with the majority and minority leaders. 

467

Rep. Schrader

MOTION:  Moves LC 55-1 BE INTRODUCED as a committee bill as amended by the committee. (HB 4063)

 

 

VOTE:  7-0-0

475

Chair Westlund

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

480

Chair Westlund

Calls a recess at 10:18 a.m.

 

 

The committee never reconvened and was closed for the duration of the Third Special Session.

 

Submitted By,                        Reviewed By,

 

 

 

Andrew Morris,                        Adrienne Sexton,

Committee Assistant                        Administrator

 

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