HOUSE COMMITTEE ON

AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES

 

 

January 16, 2003   Hearing Room E

1:00 PM      Tapes 1 - 3

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:            Rep. Jeff Kropf, Chair

Rep. George Gilman, Vice-Chair

Rep. Kelley Wirth, Vice-Chair

Rep. Elizabeth Terry Beyer

Rep. Dave Hunt

Rep. Donna Nelson

Rep. Patti Smith

 

STAFF PRESENT:                  Ray Kelly, Committee Administrator

David Peffley, Committee Assistant

 

ISSUES HEARD:                     Organizational meeting

                                                         Adoption of Committee Rules

                                                Informational meeting

                                                         Invited testimony

                                                                 Don Schellenberg and Jean Wilkinson, Oregon Farm Bureau

Dr. John Beaulieu, Oregon Department of Geology and                             Mining Industries

                                                              Michael Carrier, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department

                                                              Al Elkins, Oregon Hunters Association

                                                              Jerod Broadfoot, Safari Club International

                                                             Phil Ward and Chuck Craig, Oregon Department of

                                                                 Agriculture

                                                              Katie Fast, Oregon Cattlemen

                                                           

                                                           

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

 

005

Chair Kropf

Chair calls the meeting to order at 1:00 PM and invites witnesses to sign up during a brief recess. Opens the organizational meeting.

 

042

Chair Kropf

Reconvenes meeting and welcomes the members of the committee.

 

ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING

 

060

Chair Kropf

Explains the proposed rules (EXHIBIT A), with the caveat that swearing witnesses in and taking on oath will perhaps be added to the committee rules.  States a willingness to consider amendments, but not conceptual amendments.  States discretion to not hear any particular legislation.

 

127

Rep. Gilman

MOTION: Moves to ADOPT the proposed Committee Rules.

 

144

 

VOTE:  6-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 - Rep. Wirth

 

151

Chair Kropf

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

 

153

Chair Kropf

Closes the organizational meeting and opens the informational meeting.

 

INFORMATIONAL MEETING

 

155

Chair Kropf

Invites committee members to introduce themselves.

 

157

Rep. Smith

HD 52 encompassing Hood River, East Clackamas County, East Multnomah County.  States her occupation as a farmer and owner of a  timber-products business.  Affirms a desire to bring balance to the natural resource industries in order to restore the economy.

 

163

Rep. Hunt

HD 40, encompassing north-central Clackamas County.  Explains job as an executive director of coalition of farmers, ports, unions, businesses, etc.  working together to export Oregon products around the world.  States willingness to work to facilitate business.

 

180

Vice-Chair Gilman

HD 55, encompassing Lake, Crook, Jackson, and Deschutes Counties.  Attests to the district’s rural, agricultural base.  Emphasizes the need to utilize natural resources to their full potential. 

 

238

Rep. Nelson

HD 24 located in the Willamette Valley.  Introduces the natural resource base of her constituency and her background in farming and international business.  Explains that we need to build the economy through farming, forestry, and fishing and reduce regulations. 

 

288

Rep. Beyer

HD 12, encompassing non-agricultural Springfield.  States that she has very little experience in agriculture, but that her office door (H-374) is open and she wants to learn and serve the committee well.

 

331

Rep. Wirth

HD 16. Represents Corvallis and the mid-Willamette Valley.  States that she served on the salmon committee last session.

 

347

Rep. Wirth

States that the sales tax is an issue important to her.

 

353

Chair Kropf

HD 17.  Represents a rural constituency.  Offers that he agrees with Rep. Hunt that the economy and agricultural and natural resources are intricately entwined.  States willingness to work across ideological lines Introduces committee staff.

 

TAPE 2, A

 

024

Don Schellenberg

Associate Director of government affairs for Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB).  Introduces his staff-Jean Wilkinson, Greg Addington.

 

044

Schellenberg

Introduces aggressive legislative agenda (EXHIBIT B).  Hopes to pass legislation which is fair to both farmers and laborers.  States opposition to the indexing of the minimum wage.

 

087

Chair Kropf

Asks whether Farm Bureau will be proposing legislation to that effect.

 

090

Schellenberg

Confirms the speaker’s premonition.  Continues with the replacement dwellings issue, land-use planning issues, and corrections necessary to protect farm land.

 

112

Chair Kropf

Asks about replacement dwelling legislation, whether it is to allow granted rights.

 

117

Schellenberg

Confirms that the right would be transferable only to spouse or child.

 

121

Jean Wilkinson

A career farmer in her fourth year at OFB. States OFB’s main concerns for this session.

 

225

Greg Addington

Associate Director of Government Affairs Oregon Farm Bureau.  States concern with forestry, fish and wildlife, and livestock issues as a resident of rural Jackson County.

 

241

Chair Kropf

Asks where OFB stands regarding farm truck safety inspection and regulations.

 

244

Wilkinson

Affirms that they’re working on that issue. Explains the federal grant waiver and its importance.

 

293

Rep. Hunt

Asks OFB what dialogs with the governor’s team are being done on the front end to make sure vetoes don’t happen on the back end.

 

300

Schellenberg

Responds that they’ve been talking with everyone they can and asserts desire to have dialog with the Governor, himself.

 

321

Rep. Wirth

Asks the status of those eligible for pollution control tax credit legislation.

 

326

Wilkinson

Acknowledges that these issues are presently being negotiated.

 

334

Rep. Wirth

Asks how many other states are not in compliance with the aforementioned farm-truck exemptions.

 

344

Wilkinson

Comments that she doesn’t know the whole list. 

 

346

Chair Kropf

Adds that Florida is one of those states with an exemption. 

 

357

Dr. John Beaulieu

Director of State Department of Geology (DOGAMI).  Introduces Dr. Vicki McConnell, Deputy Director.   States reasons for the Department of Geology and that the benefit to cost ratio is 235/1.   

 

TAPE 1, B

 

005

Dr. Beaulieu

Introduces his department through:

  • (EXHIBIT C)  Mission Statement
  • (EXHIBIT D)  Water and Geology informational piece
  • (EXHIBIT E) benefits explanation
  • (EXHIBIT F) Legislative interests for the 72nd legislative session. 

 

074

Chair Kropf

Asks witness to explain the 4(d) problem.

 

080

Dr. Beaulieu

Explains the 4D regulations.  Continues with the legislative agenda and unfinished business he still has to tend to.

 

131

Dr. Vicki McConnell

Comments that people are drawn to Oregon because of its unique geology.

 

141

Rep. Wirth

Observes that improved infrastructure is necessary in order to enjoy Oregon’s natural sights.

 

150

Dr. Beaulieu

Concurs with Vice-Chair Wirth.  Points out specific infrastructure, partnerships, and education which have improved access to Oregon’s scenery, but that it is a 20-year plan and there is much work still to do.

 

190

Rep. Wirth

Asks whether our infrastructure is adequate.

 

198

Dr. Beaulieu

Replies that it certainly is not. 

 

219

Michael Carrier

Director of Oregon Parks and Recreation.  Introduces the commission, aims, finances, and work force of the department.

 

272

Carrier

Introduces (EXHIBIT G) Oregon Parks and Recreation biennial report and (EXHIBIT H) legislative aims.

 

296

Rep. Wirth

Addresses concerns with reduced fees for disabled access to Oregon parks.

 

301

Carrier

Explains the fee discount system. 

 

329

Chair Kropf

Asks how the park system works with corrections.

 

334

Carrier

Responds that inmates produce very much labor for Oregon Parks and Recreation.

 

348

Chair Kropf

Asks about planned acquisitions and FTE requirements for the upcoming biennium.

 

361

Carrier

Responds that about six FTE are used for property acquisition.  Points out that a key objective of Parks and Recreation is to minimize labor costs.  

 

TAPE 2, B

 

005

Chair Kropf

Asks when the backlog of maintenance bills will be caught up.

 

014

Carrier

Responds that they are working on the backlog.  States the belief that they can retire most of it by the end of the Measure 66 expiration in 2014.

 

033

Chair Kropf

Asks whether the SCORP funding comes from general fund dollars.

 

041

Carrier

Responds that SCORP receives federal land and water conservation funding along with Measure 66 funds.  Restates that they have no general funds in their agencies.

 

044

Chair Kropf

Praises the program. 

 

057

Al Elkins

Oregon Hunters’ Association.  Introduces their organization.  Summarizes issues of concern. 

 

083

Chair Kropf

Asks Oregon Hunters’ Association’s feelings on geese predation.

 

086

Elkins

Replies that he does not know much about the issue, but does know that the problem is real and in need of addressing.

 

097

Chair Kropf

Underscores that he understands problem from personal experience. 

 

105

Jerod Broadfoot

Safari Club International.  Represents hunters.  States that taxes and license dollars need to be put forth to enforce game laws. Is willing to work with wildlife management to accomplish this aim.

 

121

Chair Kropf

Asks about current state of affairs regarding the bear and cougar issue.

 

131

Broadfoot

Affirms belief that bears and cougars pose a safety problem and need to be managed.

 

159

Elkins

Adds that safety and depravation have been a long-time concern.

 

171

Phil Ward

Director of Department of Agriculture.  Introduces structure of the agency through (EXHIBIT I) the Oregon Agricultural Resources Directory, the Farmer’s handbook, and biennial report. 

 

305

Chuck Craig

Deputy Director for Department of Agriculture. Introduces (EXHIBIT J), the four bills to bring to committee.

 

372

Rep. Hunt

Asks whether they have adequate funds to enforce statutory authority.

 

389

Elkins

Responds that SB 242 addresses that issue, resources are always an issue and the agency is working to come up with creative funding.

 

TAPE 3, A

 

005

Rep. Wirth

Asks how this impacts the OSUC lab.

 

008

Elkins

Responds as to how this fits in with the equation.

 

012

Chair Kropf

Adds personal expertise to issue.  Adds that it’s pretty expensive.

 

020

Chair Kropf

Asks about the budget and staffing levels and where the budget will be in 2004-2005.

 

028

Elkins

Responds as to the loss of funding and positions.

 

032

Chair Kropf

Asks whether they plan to fill the empty position or it them blank.

 

035

Craig

Responds that the position was vacant, but now it’s being filled by Lisa Hansen.

 

038

Chair Kropf

Asks if there are any anticipated fee increases.

 

044

Elkins

Replies that they do not.

 

045

Chair Kropf

Asks where we’re at with CAFO/AFO.

 

048

Craig

Responds that they’re in the second phase of the permit process.

 

059

Chair Kropf

Asks whether they will have their comment period done.

 

061

Craig

Responds affirmatively.

 

062

Chair Kropf

Asks how industry is reacting.

 

063

Craig

Responds that he believes they are reacting favorably to the outreach program.  Adds that there is concern over some aspects of the regulations, however.

 

069

Chair Kropf

Provides that he recently traveled to Japan with John Shipanski and was educated to importance of the Identity Preservation (IP) Program regarding agriculture and trade to Japan.  Believes that it’s a great opportunity for the improvement of local products. 

 

102

Rep. Wirth

Asks whether meat in Japan is  labeled “Made in Oregon”

 

109

Elkins

States that there is no labeling law in Japan that states as such, but that we could do so and it would be of great benefit to our industries.

 

115

Rep. Wirth

Asks why we can’t find “labeled in Oregon” in our own stores?

 

118

Elkins

Replies that we have very few processing facilities.

 

135

Chair Kropf

Submits that he will be introducing a bill addressing Vice-Chair Wirth’s concerns.  Once again speaks to the importance of IP program.

 

171

Katie Fast

Oregon Cattlemen.  Introduction to the Cattlemen’s concerns.    States that jobs are difficult to come by and that the Cattlemen will probably only introduce a couple of bills this session. 

 

198

Chair Kropf

Adjourns meeting at 3:07.

 

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – Committee Rules, staff, 1 p

B – Oregon Farm Bureau legislative agenda, Don Schellenberg, 28 pp

C – Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) Strategic Plan, Dr. John               

       Beaulieu, 12 pp

D – DOGAMI Water and Geology, Dr. John Beaulieu, 6 pp

E – DOGAMI written testimony, Dr. John Beaulieu, 1 p

F – DOGAMI Agency Issues, Dr. John Beaulieu, 1 p

G – Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Biennial Report, Michael Carrier, 13 pp

H – Oregon Parks and Recreation legislative concepts, Michael Carrier, 1 p

I – Oversized exhibit, Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) packet, Phil Wood, 332 pp

J – ODA 2003 legislative concepts, Chuck Craig, 1 p