HOUSE COMMITTEE ON

 BUSINESS, LABOR AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS

 

 

January 24, 2003   Hearing Room E

9:00 A.M.      Tapes 7 - 8

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:            Rep. Betsy Close, Chair

Rep. Derrick Kitts, Vice-Chair

Rep. Diane Rosenbaum, Vice-Chair

Rep. Mary Gallegos

Rep. Bill Garrard

Rep. Jeff Merkley

Rep. Mike Schaufler

 

STAFF PRESENT:                  Megan Palau, Committee Administrator

Mike Reiley, Committee Assistant

 

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD: Informational Meeting – Plumbing and Mechanical Contractors Association and Sheet Metal Contractors Association

                                                HB 2055 – 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 7, A

003

Chair Close

Calls meeting to order at 9:01 am. Notes that HB 2130 will not be heard. Opens informational meeting.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING

022

Paul Phillips

Plumbing and Mechanical Contractors Association and Sheet Metal Contractors Association. Outlines goals and objectives for organizations. Expresses desire for enforcement of current laws.

139

Chair Close

Asks for bill number regarding public contracting legislation.

140

Phillips

Responds it is HB 2241. Explains apprenticeship programs.

245

Rep. Kitts

Expresses support for legislation regarding big shopping. Asks what can be done specifically to promote Oregon Hire.

266

Phillips

Responds that enterprise zone statutes should be re-written.

288

Chair Close

Asks for comment about perception that most of developable land is in Portland Metro area and other areas of Oregon are left out.

295

Phillips

Explains developable land regarding urban growth boundary.

324

Chair Close

Asks about decision making process for industrial developable land.

326

Phillips

Responds that it has to do with infrastructure.

371

Chair Close

States that rural areas should be included in the economic development.

381

Phillips

Responds that entire state needs to be included, notes importance of infrastructure.

416

Rep. Gallegos

Emphasizes that major corporations often begin small and develop.

433

Phillips

Concurs. Explains how companies are attracted to Oregon due to tax policy and other incentives.

447

Rep. Rosenbaum

Asks how people come to be aware of apprenticeship programs and if there should be more promotion of programs in schools.

TAPE 8, A

018

Phillips

Responds that there are students that are more apt to be successful in trade and apprenticeship programs than college programs.

081

Rep. Kitts

Asks for explanation of apprenticeship program and asks why union and non-union apprenticeship programs have different graduation rates.

093

Phillips

Explains differences between apprenticeship programs.

125

Chair Close

Asks for further clarification.

126

Phillips

Responds that the best explanation would be from apprenticeship director.

132

Chair Close

Closes informational hearing. Opens public hearing on HB 2055.

HB 2055 – PUBLIC HEARING

138

Matt Markee

Oregon Collectors Association (OCA). Submits and summarizes prepared testimony in support of HB 2055 (EXHIBIT A). States that OCA is working on amendment.

179

Rep. Garrard

Asks about differences in collection agencies’ rates.

185

Markee

Responds that the competitive bid process should resolve it.

200

Rep. Garrard

States that Klamath Falls works with collection agency who charges 40%.

204

Markee

Responds that the additional fee would be discretionary.

218

Chair Close

Asks about public bidding process.

220

Markee

Answers that other cities engage in public bidding process.

228

Rep. Gallegos

Asks if fiscal impact has been requested on HB 2055.

233

Markee

Explains fiscal impact process.

257

Chair Close

Asks for clarification of exemptions to collection.

259

Markee

Explains exemptions.

269

Chair Close

Asks if child support is exempt in other states.

272

Markee

Explains policy differences in other states.

286

Rep. Rosenbaum

Asks for priority order for collection agencies.

291

Markee

Explains priority order.

298

Rep. Rosenbaum

Asks for clarification regarding commercial debt.

304

Markee

Clarifies commercial debt.

315

Rep. Merkley

Asks about ability to impose fees.

324

Markee

Explains fee collection.

330

Rep. Garrard

Asks about unfunded mandate.

333

Markee

Explains potential costs.

350

Rep. Kitts

Asks if fees for collection agencies are instead of or in addition to current fees.

360

Markee

Explains collection process.

377

Rep. Schaufler

Asks about percentage of collections made.

384

Markee

Explains Oregon’s role in using collection agencies.

404

Chair Close

Adjourns meeting at 9:55 am.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – HB 2055, prepared testimony, Matt Markee, 1 p