HOUSE COMMITTEE ON

AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES

 

 

April 29, 2003 Hearing Room D

1:00 PM  Tapes 78 - 79

 

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:            Rep. Jeff Kropf, Chair

Rep. George Gilman, Vice-Chair

Rep. Kelley Wirth, Vice-Chair

Rep. Terry Beyer

Rep. Patti Smith

 

MEMBERS EXCUSED:            Rep. Dave Hunt

Rep. Donna Nelson

 

STAFF PRESENT:                  Ray Kelly, Committee Administrator

David Peffley, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURES HEARD:                     SB 256A – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                SB 281A – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                SB 311 – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                SB 478 – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                SB 832A – Public Hearing

                                                HB 3270 – 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 78, A

003

Chair Kropf

Calls the meeting to order at 1:22 P.M.  and opens a public hearing on SB 256A.

SB 256 A – PUBLIC HEARING

018

Marcia Keith

Oregon Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA).  Submits (EXHIBIT A) and testifies in favor of SB 256A in order to enforce Veterinary licensing.

078

Chair Kropf

Asks about the codification of veterinary technicians.

084

Lori Makinen

OVMA.  Speaks to licensing provisions and notes that SB 256A clarifies the veterinary board’s authority.

100

Chair Kropf

Closes the public hearing on SB 256A and opens a work session on       SB 256A.

 

SB 256 A – WORK SESSION

102

Rep. Smith

Asks if SB 281A contains a fiscal impact.

103

Chair Kropf

Affirms that there is no fiscal impact.

104

Rep. Smith

MOTION:  Moves SB 256A to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

106

 

VOTE:  5-0

EXCUSED:  2 - Nelson, Hunt

108

Chair Kropf

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

109

Rep. Smith

MOTION:  Moves SB 256A be placed on the CONSENT CALENDAR.

110

 

VOTE:  5-0

EXCUSED:  2 - Nelson, Hunt

112

Chair Kropf

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

118

Chair Kropf

Closes the work session on SB 256A and opens a public hearing on     SB 281A.

SB 281 A – PUBLIC HEARING

117

Marcia Keith

OVMA.  Details changes in the statutes which would come about as a result of the passage of SB 281 and testifies in favor of the proposed legislation.  Notes the support of the State Veterinarian.

146

Chair Kropf

Closes the public hearing on SB 281A and opens a work session on      SB 281.

SB 281 A – WORK SESSION

156

Rep. Gilman

MOTION:  Moves SB 281A to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation and be placed on the CONSENT CALENDAR.

161

 

VOTE:  5-0

EXCUSED:  2 - Nelson, Hunt

163

Chair Kropf

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

172

Chair Kropf

Closes the work session on SB 281A and opens a public hearing on    SB 311.

SB 311 – PUBLIC HEARING

177

Jeanette Holman

Division of State Lands (DSL).  Submits (EXHIBIT B) – written testimony and (EXHIBIT C) – testimony from the friends of South Slough and testifies in favor of SB 311.  Addresses the important parts of the bill contained in the last four sections, dealing with volunteers on state lands.

237

Chair Kropf

References Page 19 of the bill and asks if that provision would be legal.

244

Holman

Responds that it is and elaborates.

252

Chair Kropf

Asks for a working definition and clarification of the word volunteer as it relates to SB 311 and the purpose of the program.

256

Holman

Confirms the Chair’s understanding.

258

Chair Kropf

Asks for clarification of the purpose of the program regarding the promulgation of rules.

263

Holman

Clarifies the language and reason for the changes.

270

Chair Kropf

Asks about the funding of publications.

273

Holman

Notes that the organization pays for them.

278

Chair Kropf

Closes the public hearing on SB 311 and opens a work session on      SB 311.

SB 311 –WORK SESSION

285

Rep. Beyer

MOTION:  Moves SB 311 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

288

 

VOTE:  5-0

EXCUSED:  2 - Nelson, Hunt

291

Chair Kropf

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

294

Rep. Beyer

MOTION:  Moves SB 311 be placed on the CONSENT CALENDAR.

296

Rep. Smith

Questions placing SB 311 on the consent calendar sensing that there may be some questions which need to be addressed.

301

Rep. Beyer

Withdraws her motion to place SB 311 on the consent calendar.           REP. BEYER will lead discussion on the floor.

307

Chair Kropf

Closes the work session on SB 311 and opens a public hearing and work session on  SB 478.

SB 478 –PUBLIC HEARING AND WORK SESSION

317

Ray Kelly

Committee Administrator.  Summarizes SB 478 and mentions the subsequent referral to ways and means.

327

Michael Grainey

Director, Office of Energy.  Testifies in favor of SB 478 and gives rationale for the name change. Attests that there is no fiscal impact. 

374

Chair Kropf

Closes the public hearing on SB 478, leaves the work session open.

SB 478 WORK SESSION

381

Rep. Gilman

MOTION:  Moves SB 478 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation and the SUBSEQUENT REFERRAL to the committee on BE RESCINDED.

383

 

VOTE:  5-0

EXCUSED:  2 - Nelson, Hunt

385

Chair Kropf

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

386

Rep. Gilman

MOTION:  Moves SB 478 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

387

 

VOTE:  5-0

EXCUSED:  2 - Nelson, Hunt

388

Chair Kropf

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

388

Rep. Gilman

MOTION:  Moves SB 478 be placed on the CONSENT CALENDAR.

390

 

VOTE:  5-0

EXCUSED:  2 - Nelson, Hunt

393

Chair Kropf

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

396

Chair Kropf

Closes the work session on SB 478 and opens a public hearing on          SB 832A.

SB 832 A – PUBLIC HEARING

403

Ray Kelly

Summarizes SB 832A. Emphasizes that fiscal impact has yet to be ascertained.

430

Terry Witt

Executive Director, Oregonians for Food and Shelter (OFS).  Submits (EXHIBIT D) and testifies in support of SB 832A in order to allow the authority to safely and effectively trap nuisance animals.

TAPE 79, A

010

Terry Witt

Concludes testimony.

031

Ron Anglin

Wildlife Director, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW).  Submits (EXHIBIT E) and reaffirms OFS’s testimony in strongly encouraging the passage of SB 832A.

045

Rep. Beyer

Asks about the genesis of this bill and the differing regulations in different cities.

052

Anglin

Responds to the current process and the exceptions which have caused the need for this legislation.

061

Rep. Beyer

Asks if this bill gives the authority to go after an animal when it’s a nuisance.

070

Anglin

Affirms that is correct.

074

Witt

Adds that Swanson Pests in Eugene gets 200-300 cases per year.

079

Rep. Wirth

Asks about the current law and what kind of traps this legislation would authorize.

084

Anglin

States that the bill does not specify the type of traps, but affirms that it would be some type of live trap. Describes a live trap.

090

Rep. Wirth

Asks about permits and other traps.

094

Anglin

States that ODFW doesn’t ordinarily authorize leg-hold traps within city limits.

108

Rep. Wirth

Asks if she could set up a wire-cage trap or shoot an animal under the proposed legislation.

115

Anglin

Notes that firearms are not permitted to be discharged within city limits.

128

Rep. Wirth

Asks what this bill authorizes homeowners to do which is not allowed now.

131

Anglin

States that SB 832A adds the provision to include animals which fall into the nuisance category that of animals causing damage.

144

Rep. Wirth

States concern that citizens might get the impression that they can use traps willy-nilly.

157

Anglin

Reaffirms the need for a permit from the city in order to set a trap in order to prevent against such actions.

172

Rep. Wirth

States concern for extending authority to city people who don’t know how the traps work.

181

Witt

Affirms the bill’s intention and what it can not do with regard to the homeowner.

197

Rep. Wirth

States concern with ODFW being deluged with frivolous complaints and permit requests.

205

Witt

Affirms that this bill does not pertain to game animals.

214

Rep. Wirth

Restates her concern not necessarily about the bill itself, but rather the perceptions of the public concerning the bill. 

219

Witt

Restates that this bill adds clarification.

228

Anglin

Reaffirms Witt’s clarification.

235

Rep. Smith

Asks why it is necessary to amend ORS 498.164.

245

Anglin

Notes that the cited ORS needs clarification to avoid confusion.

256

Rep. Smith

Asks if SB 832A will have any effect on the bill just passed out of committee.

260

Anglin

States that he is not sure and that he would have to do some research to make sure there is no conflict.

268

Chair Kropf

Asks which bill would prevail in the event of conflicting statutory changes.

271

Witt

States that a conforming amendment would be necessary.

286

Rep. Beyer

Asserts that her constituents are feeling hamstrung and are frustrated by the restrictions in the present ORS.

306

Chair Kropf

Notes that the bill needs clarification on the potential conflict before moving the bill.  Closes the public hearing on SB 832A and opens a work session on HB 3270.

HB 3270 – WORK SESSION

340

Chair Kropf

Introduces changes to HB 3270 as evidenced in the -5 amendments to HB 3270 (EXHIBIT F).  Admits Gil Riddell’s testimony from the Association of Oregon Counties (AOC) (EXHIBIT G) and notes their concerns.

390

Rep. Gilman

Asks for clarification of the language.

394

Chair Kropf

Explains the intention of the legislation and how the language relates to the bill.

403

Katie Fast

Oregon Cattlemen’s Association (OCA).  Speaks with support for the    -5 amendments but states that they will work together with the counties if they must to amend the bill further. Speaks to the benefits of this legislation.

429

Greg Addington

Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB).  States approval with the changes to the bill and affirms OFB’s dedication to moving the bill.

452

Chair Kropf

States that he does not intend to move the bill today, but that he will schedule another work session.

460

Rep. Wirth

Asks if meat processing facilities qualify for a tax expenditure for farming equipment.

TAPE 78, B

007

Fast

States that she’s not sure, but adds that she believes that the credit is not intended for this purpose.

020

Chair Kropf

Asks how the Economy and Community Development Department (ECDD) would view the change in the language of the bill from priority to serious.

023

Doris Penwell

ECDD. States comfort with the word serious, and clarifies the difference between serious and priority. Affirms support for the changes.

033

Chair Kropf

Confirms the repeal of the statute.

044

Rep. Smith

Asks about the tax credit.

048

Chair Kropf

Clarifies the bill with regard to the tax credit.  Closes the work session on HB 3270 and adjourns the meeting at 2:24 p.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – SB 256 A, written testimony, Marcia Keith, 2 pp.

B – SB 311, written testimony, Jeanette Holman, 2 pp.

C – SB 311, written testimony, Jeanette Holman, 2 pp.

D – SB 832 A, written testimony, Terry Witt, 1 p.

E – SB 832 A, written testimony, Ron Anglin, 2 pp.

F – HB 3270, -5 amendments, staff, 5 pp.

G – HB 3270, written testimony, Rep. Jeff Kropf, 1 p.