HOUSE COMMITTEE ON

BUSINESS, LABOR AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS

 

 

March 19, 2003   Hearing Room E

8:30 A.M. Tapes  61 – 63

 

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:            HB 2624 – 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 61, A

003

Chair Close

Calls meeting to order at 8:33 a.m. Opens public hearing on HB 2624.

HB 2624 – PUBLIC HEARING

017

Megan Palau

Committee Administrator. Summarizes HB 2624.

025

Rep. Bill Garrard

House District 56. Testifies in support of HB 2624. Explains differences between eastern and western Oregon regarding employment and growth.

046

Bill Perry

Oregon Restaurant Association (ORA). Submits and summarizes prepared testimony in support of HB 2624 (EXHIBIT A).

123

Rob Quackenbush

Restaurant owner, Klamath Falls. Testifies in support of HB 2624. Explains restaurant operations regarding minimum wage. Explains food bank operations.

209

J.L. Wilson

National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB). Testifies in support of HB 2624. Explains the effect of minimum wage increase on Oregon’s economy.

329

Amil Reddy

Jack-in the Box restaurant. Member, Board of Directors, ORA. Testifies in support of HB 2624. Explains costs associated with restaurant operation and impact of labor costs.

TAPE 62, A

014

Tony Rufalo

Professor, Portland State University. Provides economic analysis of HB 2624.

081

Rep. Diane Rosenbaum

House District 42, Chief Petitioner Ballot Measure 25. Submits and summarizes prepared testimony in opposition to HB 2624 (EXHIBIT B).

172

Dan Gardner

Commissioner, Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI). Submits and summarizes prepared testimony regarding HB 2624 (EXHIBIT C). Notes that BOLI is neutral on HB 2624, but he is in favor.

223

Tim Nesbitt

Oregon AFL-CIO. Submits and summarizes prepared testimony in opposition to HB 2624 (EXHIBIT D).

346

Cassandra Garrison

Policy Advocate, Oregon Food Bank. Submits and summarizes prepared testimony in opposition to HB 2624 (EXHIBIT E).

TAPE 61, B

015

Tyra Lynn

Childcare Provider. Testifies in opposition to HB 2624. Explains difficulties in finding childcare on minimum wage.

048

Ramon Ramirez

President, Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (Northwest Treeplanters and Farmworkers United) (PCUN). Testifies and submits and summarizes letters from farmworkers in opposition to HB 2624 (EXHIBIT F).

The following testimony is translated from Spanish by Hector Villalobos:

077

Jose de Jesus Barajas

Farmworker. Submits and reads prepared testimony in opposition to HB 2624 (EXHIBIT G).

The translation of testimony from Spanish concludes.

147

Bob Schaffer

Manager, Noble Mountain Christmas Tree Farm. Testifies in support of HB 2624.

240

Paul Iverson

Farmer, Woodburn. Submits and reads prepared testimony in support of HB 2624 (EXHIBIT H).

322

Kathy LeCompte

Owner, Brooks Tree Farm. Submits and summarizes prepared testimony in support of HB 2624 (EXHIBIT I).

TAPE 62, B

008

Phil Olson

Co-owner, Calyx Fruit. Submits and summarizes prepared testimony in support of HB 2624 (EXHIBIT J).

095

Bill Townshend

Townshend Farms. Submits and summarizes prepared testimony in support of HB 2624 (EXHIBIT K).

146

Dan Floyd

Oregon Grocery Association. Submits and summarizes prepared testimony in support of HB 2624 (EXHIBIT L).

211

Jeff Thompson

Policy Analyst and Labor Economist, Oregon Center for Public Policy. Submits and summarizes prepared testimony in opposition to HB 2624 (EXHIBIT M).

419

Sen. Tony Corcoran

Senate District 4. States opposition to HB 2624. Expresses support for SB 2. Submits and summarizes prepared testimony in support of SB 2 (EXHIBIT N).

TAPE 63, A

013

Rev. Daniel Bryant

Public Policy Advocacy Committee, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon. Submits and summarizes prepared testimony in opposition to HB 2624 (EXHIBIT O).

073

Ellen Lowe

Legislative Advocate, Oregon Law Center. Testifies in opposition to HB 2624. Explains legislative history of minimum wage increases in Oregon.

162

Joseph McKinney

President, Oregon Roads. Submits and summarizes prepared testimony in opposition to HB 2624 (EXHIBIT P).

191

Andy Saultz

Chief of Staff, Associated Students of Oregon State University; Vice Chair, Oregon Student Association. Submits and summarizes prepared testimony in opposition to HB 2624 (EXHIBIT Q).

226

Thomas Riser

Student Senator, Western Oregon University; Red Lobster employee. Testifies in opposition to HB 2624.

The following prepared testimony is submitted for the record without public testimony for HB 2624:

 

Brent Searle

Special Assistant to the Director, Oregon Department of Agriculture. Submits prepared testimony in support of HB 2624 (EXHIBIT R).

 

Robyn Steely

SEIU Local 49. Submits prepared testimony in opposition to HB 2624 (EXHIBIT S).

 

Rev. D. Steven Witte

Executive Director, Oregon Farm Worker Ministry. Submits prepared testimony in opposition to HB 2624 (EXHIBIT T).

242

Chair Close

Closes public hearing on HB 2624.

245

Rep. Rosenbaum

Asks if there will another hearing scheduled on HB 2624.

248

Chair Close

States that it has yet to be determined. Adjourns meeting at 10:41 a.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – HB 2624, written testimony, Bill Perry, 27 pp

B – HB 2624, written testimony, Rep. Diane Rosenbaum, 2 pp

C – HB 2624, written testimony, Dan Gardner, 9 pp

D – HB 2624, written testimony, Tim Nesbitt, 5 pp

E – HB 2624, written testimony, Cassandra Garrison, 8 pp

F – HB 2624, written testimony, Ramon Ramirez, 3 pp

G – HB 2624, written testimony, Jose de Jesus Barajas, 1 p

H – HB 2624, written testimony, Paul Iverson, 2 pp

I – HB 2624, written testimony, Kathy LeCompte, 2 pp

J – HB 2624, written testimony, Phil Olson, 1 p

K – HB 2624, written testimony, Bill Townshend, 1 p

L – HB 2624, written testimony, Dan Floyd, 5 pp

M – HB 2624, written testimony, Jeff Thompson, 6 pp

N – HB 2624, written testimony, Sen. Tony Corcoran, 2 pp

O – HB 2624, written testimony, Rev. Daniel Bryant, 2 pp

P – HB 2624, written testimony, Joseph McKinney, 2 pp

Q – HB 2624, written testimony, Andy Saultz, 1 p

R – HB 2624, written testimony, Brent Searle, 4 pp

S – HB 2624, written testimony, Robyn Steely, 1 p

T – HB 2624, written testimony, Rev. D. Steven Witte, 1 p