HOUSE COMMITEE ON

BUSINESS, LABOR, AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS

 

January 20, 2003†† Hearing Room E

8:30 AM Tape 3 - 4

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:††††††††††† Rep. Betsy Close

Rep. Derrick Kitts

Rep. Dianne Rosenbaum

Rep. Mary Gallegos

Rep. Bill Garrard

Rep. Mike Schaufler

 

MEMBER EXCUSED:††††††††††† Rep. Jeff Merkley

 

STAFF PRESENT:††††† ††††††††††† Jim Stembridge, Committee Administrator

Pam Cox, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD: Informational Meeting Ė Invited Testimony

††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Operation of Independent Businesses†††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Economy of Oregon Businesses

††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Developing Oregon Businesses

††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Economic Development

††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Economic Recovery

††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Regulations on Oregonís Automobile Association

††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† ††††††††††† Public Hearing

††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Remodeling Regulations†††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††

 

These minutes are in compliance with Senate and House Rules.Only text enclosed in quotation marks reports a speakerís exact words.For complete contents, please refer to the tapes.

 

TAPE/#

Speaker

Comments

TAPE 3, A

005

Chair Close

Calls meeting to order 8:35 a.m. Opens informational meeting.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING

017

Chair Close

Introduces committee members and staff.

012

Megan Palau

Committee Administrator. Introduces herself.

Operation of Independent Businesses

021

J.L. Wilson

State Director of the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB). Testifies about NFIB Oregon Chapter and how small businesses operate (EXHIBIT A).

141

Rep. Schaufler

Asks about the standards of small businesses.

160

Wilson

Responds.

169

Rep. Garrard

Comments on how Oregonís small businesses are faring.

172

Wilson

Explains.

187

Rep. Kitts

Responds regarding small businesses and workersí compensation.

202

Wilson

Explains that SAIF has a very positive impact.

234

Chair Close

Asks about workersí compensation and the increase in premiums.

222

Wilson

Gives assessment.

255

Rep. Rosenbaum

Asks about issues of health care for small businesses.

263

Wilson

Gives figures on percentages of health care for employees.

300

Rep. Gallegos

Asks about the source for investment capital for employees.

305

Wilson

Comments on investments for employees.

Economy of Oregonís Businesses

338

Joe Schweinhart

Associated Oregon Industries (AOI). Describes where Oregon is today as to economy and businesses.

471

Chair Close

Asks about the reduction of the capital gains tax.

443

Schweinhart

Responds.

499

Chair Close

Asks Schweinhart to give a figure on the pollution tax credit.

502

Schweinhart

Answers.

509

Rep. Rosenbaum

Asks about other states image of Oregon nationally as to funding and education.

TAPE 4, A

039

Schweinhart

Explains taxes are the biggest problem.

047

Rep. Rosenbaum

Asks how his agency prioritizes problems.

050

Schweinhart

Answers that we need more tax revenues.

058

Rep. Garrard

Asks about changes of land cost for small businesses.

063

Schweinhart

Testifies to the availability of land.

Developing Oregonís Businesses

076

Eric Blackledge

Chairman of Oregon Small Business Council. Testifies on the development of Oregonís small businesses and economic plan.

Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT B,C)

111

Blackledge

Continues.

196

Rep. Garrard

Asks about his relationship with the Governor.

202

Blackledge

Responds.

214

Chair Close

Asks for explanation of unemployment in Oregon.

218

Blackledge

Gives explanation.

Economic Development

246

Shawn Miller

Associated Business and Contractors. Testifies on economic development.

400

Rep. Garrard

Asks about results of Public Contracting Laws.

406

Miller

Discusses the support of changes on laws and policy.

445

Chair Close

Asks clarification on permit streamlining.

446

Miller

Explains the jurisdiction process.

458

Chair Close

Requests documentation.

460

Rep. Schaufler

Comments on cutting of permits without lowering standards.

462

Miller

Comments about the need to get the state involved with local government.

468

Rep. Schaufler

Asserts that counties are unfriendly to development.

TAPE 3, B

001

Rep. Rosenbaum

Asks if he suggests moving building codes to economic development.

002

Miller

Responds.

Economic Recovery

019

Jessica Harris

Associated General Contractors. Explains economic recovery and investing in transportation.

117

Rep. Garrard

Asks about making prices competitive.

128

Harris

Explains the liability of the contractor in Oregon.

196

Rep. Schaufler

Asks for clarification on suing sub-contractors.

204

Harris

Explains.

209

Chair Close

Asks for explanation of bridgesí life span and maintenance.

215

Harris

Explains the cost of maintenance verses the cost of replacing.

264

Rep. Kitts

Asks for clarification of flaws in design of Oregonís bridges.

278

Harris

Responds.

Regulations on Oregonís Automobile Association

285

Darrell Fuller

Oregon Small Business Coalition. Describes the Oregon Automobile Association and the State of Oregonís regulation on these businesses.

410

Rep. Garrard

Asks Fuller to explain what determines a small business.

418

Fuller

Discusses regulations for small businesses.

455

Rep. Kitts

Notes that NFIB considers it to be a business of 75 employees.

460

Chair Close

Closes informational meeting. Opens public hearing.

PUBLIC HEARING

Remodeling Regulations

465

Steven Kafoury

Oregon Remodelers Association. Outlines remodeling regulations.

TAPE 4, B

015

Kafoury

Continues testimony.

084

Rep. Garrard

Asks for explanation of the streamlining process.

088

Kafoury

Describes.

107

Chair Close

Asks about the statute of repose being lowered from ten to six years.

108

Kafoury

Comments his association would be supportive.

114

Rep. Rosenbaum

Indicates she would like to hear from other agencies on these issues.

124

Chair Close

Closes public hearing.Adjourns committee meeting at10:14 a.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A Ė Informational, written testimony, J. L. Wilson, 2 pp

B Ė Informational, written testimony, Eric Blackledge, 3 pp†††††††††††††††††††

C Ė Informational, brochure, Eric Blackledge, 34 pp