HOUSE COMMITTEE ON

AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES

 

 

April 10, 2003 Hearing Room D

1:00 PM Tapes  63 - 64

 

 

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 2436 – Work Session

                                                HB 2915 – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                HB 2205 – Public Hearing

                                                HB 3549 – Public Hearing

                                                HB 2521 – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                HB 2188 – Work Session

                                                HB 2574 – 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 63, A

003

Chair Kropf

Calls the meeting to order at 1:24 PM and opens a work session on    HB 2436.

HB 2436 –WORK SESSION

020

Rep. Hunt

Asks if the base bill along with the -2 amendments (EXHIBIT A) would open up unregulated hound hunting.

031

Ron Anglin

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW).  Replies that ODFW would be able to regulate takings and methods at their own discretion.

046

Rep. Hunt

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT HB 2436-2 amendments dated 4/4/03.

055

 

VOTE:  7-0

AYE:            In a roll call vote, all members present vote Aye.

057

Chair Garrard

The motion CARRIES.

062

Rep. Gilman

MOTION:  Moves HB  2436 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

065

Rep. Wirth

Cites research which states that sporthunting does not reduce the risk of cougar attacks.

072

Rep. Beyer

Asserts that HB 2436 will empower ODFW to properly manage wildlife.

080

Rep. Nelson

Asserts that safety should be the number one priority for the state and thus will vote for the passage of HB 2436

080

Rep. Hunt

States that he is convinced that there is a problem with cougars in Oregon and asserts support to allow ODFW to control the cougar population.

106

Rep. Smith

Affirms support for HB 2436.

110

Rep. Wirth

Thanks the crowd.  6-1

136

 

VOTE:  6-1

AYE:               6 - Beyer, Gilman, Hunt, Nelson, Smith P., Kropf

NAY:               1 - Wirth

137

Chair Kropf

The motion CARRIES.

REP. KROPF will lead discussion on the floor.

138

Chair Kropf

Closes the work session on HB 2436 and opens a public hearing on    HB 2915.

The following prepared testimony is submitted for the record without public testimony HB 2436.

 

Cornelia Cerf

Submits (EXHIBIT M)

 

William Wilson

Submits (EXHIBIT N)

 

Maya Trysil

Submits (EXHIBIT O)

 

Rea Wilson

Submits (EXHIBIT P)

 

Diane L. Bleythin

Submits (EXHIBIT Q)

 

Allison Hamilton

Submits (EXHIBIT R)

 

Jim Conley

Submits (EXHIBIT S)

 

James Kiesey

Submits (EXHIBIT T)

HB 2915 – PUBLIC HEARING

140

Ray Kelly

Summarizes HB 2915.

147

Ray Wilkeson

Gives background to HB 2915, representing the taxpayers.

160

Leslie Lehmann

Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI). Submits (EXHIBIT B) and testifies in favor of HB 2915.  Notes OFRI’s role in education and economic recovery and how it would be served by the passage of      HB 2915.

254

Bob Kintigh

Board of Director, OFRI.  Submits (EXHIBIT C) and speaks in favor of HB 2915.  Asserts that HB 2915 will protect OFRI’s legal position and will preserve their ability to continue their work.

330

Rep. Gilman

Asks Lehmann about approval of OFRI’s budget.

332

Lehmann

Details the process of review.

348

Chair Kropf

Asks about the chances that someone would actually file a claim.

353

Lehmann

States that it would be an unusual case.

362

Kintigh

States that he doesn’t expect many claims if any.

366

Wilkeson

States that he’d be surprised if this bill had an impact on the budget.

380

Ted Lorenson

Submits (EXHIBIT D) and affirms the previous testimony in supporting HB 2915.

TAPE 64, A

012

John Poppino

Oregon Small Woodland Association.  Submits (EXHIBIT E) and states that they have yet to take an official position on HB 2915.  Says that the Association hopes to have an official position soon.

036

Chair Kropf

Close the public hearing on HB 2915 and opens a work session on     HB 2915.

HB 2915 – WORK SESSION

046

Rep. Gilman

MOTION:  Moves HB 2915 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

056

 

VOTE:  5-0

EXCUSED:  1 – Smith*, Nelson

058

Chair Kropf

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

REP. GILMAN will lead discussion on the floor.

062

Chair Kropf

Closes the work session on HB 2915 and opens a public hearing on    HB 2205.

HB 2205 – PUBLIC HEARING

063

Ray Kelly

Summarizes HB 2205.

073

Gary Lynch

Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI).  States that HB 2205 should not be addressed in this committee, but that it should be worked during the interim.

083

Rich Angstrom

Affirms Lynch’s testimony and urges study during the interim.

091

Chair Kropf

Closes the public hearing on HB 2205 and reopens a work session on HB 2915.

HB 2915 – WORK SESSION

111

Rep. Hunt

MOTION:  Requests unanimous consent that the rules be SUSPENDED to allow REP. SMITH to BE RECORDED as voting AYE on the motion to move HB 2915 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

138

Chair Kropf

Closes the work session on HB 2915 and opens a public hearing on   HB 3549.

HB 3549 –PUBLIC HEARING

150

Chair Kropf

Addresses the -1 amendments (EXHIBIT F) to HB 3549.

178

Rep. Smith

Asks about creating a task force to study this issue.

180

Chair Kropf

Replies that the -1 amendments will address the task force.  Recesses the public hearing on HB 3549 and opens a public hearing on HB 2521.

HB 2521 – PUBLIC HEARING

188

Rep. Kruse

Introduces HB 2521 and announces the -2 amendments (EXHIBIT G) and testifies in favor of their inclusion.

225

Ron Anglin

Submits (EXHIBIT H) and testifies in favor of HB 2521 which would give ODFW the flexibility to more effectively enforce the Landowner Preference (LOP) tag program.

279

Steve Denny

Southwest Regional Manager, ODFW.  Notes that the LOP program has been a very effective tool.  Testifies to the success of the pilot program to streamline the process and thus urges passage of HB 2521.

366

Chair Kropf

Confirms that there is broad agreement on this bill.

370

Denny

Agrees, but notes that some sportsmen have concerns.

389

Greg Addington

Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB).  Speaks to the landowner preference tag and the need to renew the program

414

Katie Fast

Oregon Cattlemen Association (OCA).  States that the Cattlemen are concerned with the limited scope of the amendments, but are looking forward to moving forward with the pilot program. 

430

Rep. Smith

Asks if this pilot program replaces or adds to the original program.

TAPE 63, B

002

Fast

Replies that is in addition to.

011

Chair Kropf

Closes the public hearing on HB 2521 and opens a work session on   HB 2521.

HB 2521 – WORK SESSION

014

Rep. Hunt

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT HB  2521-2 amendments dated 4/10/03.

016

 

VOTE:  6-0

EXCUSED:  1 - Nelson

018

Chair Kropf

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

021

Rep. Hunt

MOTION:  Moves HB 2521 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

027

 

VOTE:  6-0

EXCUSED:  1 - Nelson

030

Chair

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

REP. KRUSE will lead discussion on the floor.

035

Chair Kropf

Closes the work session on HB 2521 and opens a work session on     HB 2188.

HB 2188 – WORK SESSION

041

Ray Kelly

Notes that HB 2188 contains a subsequent referral to the committee on revenue.

043

Rep. Smith

MOTION:  Moves HB 2188 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation and BE REFERRED to the committee on Revenue by prior reference.

044

Chair Kropf

Notes that this bill should reconcile the small woodlands bill which is being stalled in the Senate.

047

 

VOTE:  6-0

EXCUSED:  1 - Nelson

058

Chair Kropf

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

059

Chair Kropf

Closes the work session on HB 2188 and reopens a public hearing on    HB 3549.

HB 3549 – PUBLIC HEARING

060

Chuck Craig

Oregon Department of Agriculture.  Submits (EXHIBIT I) and testifies in favor of HB 3549 in order to strengthen financial protection for agricultural commodity producers

085

John McCulley

Agricultural Cooperative Council and Farm Council Servicing.  Testifies with support for HB 3549, reaffirming the need to offer protection. 

100

Mike Dewey

Oregon Potato Commission.   Reaffirms prior testimony in support of HB 3549. 

115

Chair Kropf

Announces -2 amendments to be forthcoming. Closes the public hearing and opens a public hearing on HB 2574.

142

Chair Kropf

Recesses the meeting.

143

Chair Kropf

Reconvenes the meeting.

145

Rep. Smith

MOTION:  Moves to SUSPEND the rules for the purpose of moving HB 2915 back to committee.

152

Rep. Beyer

Stresses that she was more comfortable with the previous motion to send the bill to the floor.

155

Ray Kelly

Explains that the bill must go to ways and means and that the committee has been instructed to hold the bill in committee until it has been ascertained that the subsequent referral can be rescinded.

177

Chair Kropf

Recesses the meeting.

178

Chair Kropf

Reconvenes the meeting.

183

Rep. Smith

Withdraws the motion to suspend the rules.

191

Chair Kropf

Chair serves notice of a possible reconsideration during the next committee meeting. Resumes the public hearing on HB 2574.

HB 2574 –PUBLIC HEARING

197

Rod Harder

Submits the hand engrossed -2 amendment (EXHIBIT J) and testifies with support for HB 2574.  States that this bill would help address the bear problem.

276

Vice-Chair Gilman

Asks if Harder has gotten input from Rep. Krieger on the figures.

280

Harder

States that they don’t have if the figures are yet accurate.

290

Addington

Notes that the amendments attempted to address the fiscal impact.

303

Stonebrink

OCA.  Cites the state as well as federal Constitution and the second amendment.  Gives historical analysis to the issue of predators threatening livestock.

343

Al Elkins

Oregon Hunter’s Association (OHA). Questions the figures but understands the need to compromise.  Supports HB 2574.

370

Phil Donovan

Oregon Guides.  States that HB 2574 is a good piece of legislation and urges passage.

390

Rod Klawitter

Oregon Sporting Dogs.  Submits (EXHIBIT K) and testifies that the Sporting Dogs originally had concerns, but that those concerns have been addressed.  Supports HB 2574.

TAPE 64, B

018

Chair Kropf

Closes the public hearing and opens a work session on HB 2574.

The following prepared testimony is submitted for the record without public testimony for HB 2574.

 

James Ince

Submits (EXHIBIT U)

028

Ray Kelly

Addresses the fiscal impact and recommends consideration of the                       -2 amendments (EXHIBIT L) and moving the bill at another meeting. 

035

Rep. Smith

Moves that the committee consider the -2 amendments.

042

Chair Kropf

Closes the work session on HB 2574 and adjourns the meeting at    3:00 P.M.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – HB 2436, -2 amendments, staff, 1 p.

B – HB 2915, written information, Leslie Lehmann, 20 pp.

C – HB 2915, written testimony, Bob Kintigh, 2 pp.

D – HB 2915, written testimony, Ted Lorensen, 2 pp.

E – HB 2915, written testimony, John Poppino, 1 p.

F – HB 3549, -1 amendments, staff, 3 pp.

G – HB 2521, -2 amendments, staff, 2 pp.

H – HB 2521, written testimony, Ron Anglin, 2 pp.

I – HB 3549, written testimony, Chuck Craig, 5 pp.

J – HB 2574, proposed amendments, Rod Harder, 2 pp.

K – HB 2574, written testimony, Rod Klawitter, 2 pp.

L – HB 2574, -2 amendments, staff, 1 p.

 

The following exhibits are listed out of order in the body of the tape log.

M – HB 2436, written testimony, Cornelia Cerf, 1 p.

N – HB 2436, written testimony, William Wilson, 1 p.

O – HB 2436, written testimony, Maya Trysil, 1 p.

P – HB 2436, written testimony, Rea Wilson, 1 p.

Q – HB 2436, written testimony, Diane Bleythin, 1 p.

R – HB 2436, written testimony, Allison Hamilton, 1 p.

S – HB 2436, written testimony, Jim Conley, 1 p.

T – HB 2436, written testimony, James Kiesey, 1 p.

U – HB 2574, written testimony, James, Ince, 3 pp.