HOUSE COMMITTEE ON

AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES

 

 

March 13, 2003   Hearing Room HR D

1:00 PM Tape  40

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:            Rep. Jeff Kropf, Chair

Rep. George Gilman, Vice-Chair

Rep. Kelley Wirth, Vice-Chair

Rep. Terry Beyer

Rep. Dave Hunt

Rep. Donna Nelson

Rep. Patti Smith

 

 

STAFF PRESENT:                  Ray Kelly, Committee Administrator

David Peffley, Committee Assistant

 

 

MEASURES HEARD:                     HB 2799 – Public Hearing and 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 40, A

004

Chair Kropf

Calls the meeting to order and opens a public hearing on HB 2799

HB 2799 – PUBLIC HEARING

025

Rep. Alan Brown

Testifies in support of HB 2799.

044

Lindsay Ball

Offers a brief history of the evolution of HB 2799.  Submits (EXHIBIT A) and testifies in favor of the legislation.

088

Chair Kropf

Asks Ball what the money from fines is dedicated to.

092

Ball

Refers to (EXHIBIT A) in directing the flow of fine money. 

108

Al Elkins

Oregon Hunters Association.  Submits (EXHIBIT B) and testifies in support of HB 2799 in order to increase the amount of damage which courts may request for unlawful taking of wildlife. 

132

Chair Kropf

Asks if the hunting of game animals is a criminal offense.

134

Elkins

Affirms that it is.

135

Sergeant Swede Pearson

Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife. Conducted research on this bill and testifies in favor of HB 2799, in that the increased value provides an effective deterrent. 

155

Chair Kropf

Asks how many individuals were fined for related offenses.

159

Pearson

Replies that he doesn’t have the figures.

160

Chair Kropf

Asks Sergeant Pearson could provide those figures to the committee.

163

Elkins

States that there is some concern with the amount of the bobcat fine, but notes that everything else is supported fully. 

178

Phil Donavan

Oregon Guides and Packers.  Reaffirms prior support for HB 2799. 

202

Rod Harder

Oregon United Houndsmen. States that his principals support this legislation as written.

211

Jerod Broadfoot

Safari Club International.  Attests that this bill is important for eliminating poachers and affirms support for HB 2799.

220

Chair Kropf

Closes the public hearing on HB 2799 and opens a work session on   HB 2799.

The following prepared testimony is submitted for the record without public testimony for HB 2799.

 

Jack Buckhorn

Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT C) and (EXHIBIT D).

HB 2799 – WORK SESSION

229

Ray Kelly

Affirms that there is no revenue impact to HB 2799.

237

Rep. Hunt

MOTION:  Moves HB  2799 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

239

 

VOTE:  5-0

EXCUSED:  2 - Nelson, Wirth

240

Chair Kropf

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

REP. BROWN will lead discussion on the floor.

241

Chair Kropf

Closes the work session on HB 2799 and adjourns the meeting at     1:39 PM.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – HB 2799, written testimony, Lindsay Ball, 4 pp.

B – HB 2799, written testimony, Al Elkins, 1 p.

C – HB 2416, written testimony, Jack Buckhorn, 4 pp.

D – HB 2416, written testimony, Jack Buckhorn, 3 pp.