HOUSE COMMITTEE ON

BUSINESS, LABOR AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS

 

 

March 21, 2003   Hearing Room E

9:00 A.M. Tapes  64 – 67

 

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

HB 3010 – Public Hearing

HB 2230 – Work Session

HB 2639 – 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 64, A

003

Chair Close

Calls meeting to order at 9:15 a.m. Opens public hearing on HB 2624.

HB 2624 – PUBLIC HEARING

010

Megan Palau

Committee Administrator. Summarizes HB 2624.

021

Brent DeHart

President, Oregon Gasoline Dealers Association. Testifies in support of HB 2624.

049

Rep. Rosenbaum

Asks if price of gasoline is related to minimum wage increase.

056

DeHart

Explains reasons for increase in price of gasoline.

063

Rep. Rosenbaum

Asks for clarification of reasons for gasoline price increases.

067

DeHart

Further explains reasons for increase in price of gasoline.

082

Rev. Steven Witte

Executive Director, Oregon Farm Workers Ministry. Submits and summarizes prepared testimony in opposition to HB 2624 (EXHIBIT A).

133

Rep. Kitts

Asks if Rev. Witte owns or works for a business.

138

Witte

Explains that he works for an advocacy group.

142

Rep. Garrard

Asks how many employees work for Oregon Farm Workers Ministry.

145

Witte

Answers that he is the only employee.

146

Rep. Garrard

Asks about Rev. Witte’s hourly wage.

147

Witte

Answers that he is on salary.

148

Rep. Merkley

Asks about adverse wage rates.

153

Witte

Clarifies averse wage rates and impact on workers.

163

Don Schellenberg

Oregon Farm Bureau. Introduces Barry Bushue and Doug Krahmer.

171

Barry Bushue

President, Oregon Farm Bureau Federation. Submits and summarizes prepared testimony in support of HB 2624 (EXHIBIT B).

239

Doug Krahmer

Owner and Operator, Blue Horizon Farms. Testifies in support of HB 2624.

316

Rep. Gallegos

Asks what witnesses have done to rise above minimum wage.

337

Bushue

Offers personal history.

349

Krahmer

Offers personal history and explains wages paid and earned on his farm.

358

Rep. Gallegos

Asks if Mr. Krahmer takes all of the financial risk with his business.

359

Krahmer

Answers yes.

360

Rep. Merkley

Asks about principle concern regarding minimum wage indexing.

379

Bushue

Explains minimum wage indexing.

TAPE 65, A

001

Rep. Garrard

Asks about the closure of the Smuckers processing plant in Woodburn.

007

Krahmer

Explains closure of and his business relationship to Smuckers plant.

022

Marcia Kelley

Women’s Rights Coalition. Submits and summarizes prepared testimony in opposition to HB 2624 and written testimony from American Association of University Women of Oregon in opposition to HB 2624 (EXHIBIT C).

072

Kappy Eaton

Government Chair, League of Women Voters of Oregon. Submits and summarizes prepared testimony in opposition to HB 2624 (EXHIBIT D).

098

Tricia Smith

Oregon School Employees Association (OSEA). Testifies in opposition to HB 2624.

155

Rep. Kitts

Asks if witnesses own businesses or work for businesses.

159

Rep. Rosenbaum

Expresses objection to Rep. Kitts’s line of questioning.

168

Rep. Kitts

Asks if witnesses are employees or employers.

169

Smith

Explains her role in OSEA.

172

Eaton

Explains that she is citizen volunteer.

174

Kelley

Explains her employment status.

190

Mike Townshend

Co-owner, Townshend Farms. Testifies in support of HB 2624. Explains his farm operations.

294

Reyes Pena Martinez

Worker, Townshend Farms. Testifies in support of HB 2624. Explains his employment history.

328

Townshend

Explains impact of minimum wage on competition.

358

Geoff Sugarman

Campaign Worker, Measure 25. Testifies in opposition to HB 2624. Explains Measure 25 campaign. Offers his personal history in reference to minimum wage.

TAPE 64, B

017

Mark Simmons

Government Relations Director, Oregon Association of Nurserymen. Testifies in support of HB 2624. Explains nursery industry and importance of agriculture in Oregon.

073

Rep. Schaufler

Asks if some jobs will be lost regardless of passage of HB 2624.

078

Simmons

Answers that it is possible.

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

 

Claire Corwin-Kordosky

National Association of Social Workers Legislative Committee Member. Submits prepared testimony in opposition to HB 2624 (EXHIBIT E).

084

Chair Close

Closes public hearing on HB 2624. Opens work session on HB 2624.

HB 2624 – WORK SESSION

087

Rep. Kitts

MOTION:  Moves HB 2624 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

092

Rep. Garrard

Speaks in support of HB 2624.

107

Rep. Rosenbaum

Speaks in opposition to HB 2624.

140

Rep. Kitts

Speaks in support of HB 2624.

171

Rep. Schaufler

Speaks in opposition to HB 2624.

206

Rep. Merkley

Speaks in opposition to HB 2624.

262

Rep. Gallegos

Speaks in support of HB 2624.

300

Chair Close

Speaks in support of HB 2624.

 

 

VOTE:  4-3

AYE:               4 - Gallegos, Garrard, Kitts, Close

NAY:               3 - Merkley, Rosenbaum, Schaufler

330

Chair Close

The motion CARRIES.

REP. GARRARD will lead discussion on the floor.

333

Chair Close

Closes public hearing on HB 2624. Opens public hearing on HB 3010.

HB 3010 – PUBLIC HEARING

348

Megan Palau

Committee Administrator. Summarizes HB 3010.

378

Jeff Carlson

International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental, and Reinforcing Ironworkers Local 29. Submits and summarizes prepared testimony in support of HB 3010 (EXHIBIT F).

TAPE 65, B

001

Carlson

Continues testimony.

208

James Watts

Administrator, Northwest Ironworker Employers Association. Testifies in support of HB 3010. Explains differences in safety procedures for ironworkers.

267

Bob Shiprack

Oregon State Building and Construction Trades Council. Testifies in support of HB 3010.

360

Ed Glad

Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters. Testifies in opposition to HB 3010.

393

Bill Walden

Field Representative, Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters. Submits and summarizes prepared testimony in opposition to HB 3010 (EXHBIIT G).

TAPE 66, A

019

Al Arguedas

Safety Director, Skanska USA Building. Submits and summarizes prepared testimony in opposition to HB 3010 (EXHIBIT H).

080

Peter DeLuca

Administrator, Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (OSHA). Submits and summarizes prepared testimony in opposition to HB 3010 (EXHIBIT I).

148

Joe Miller

Safety and Loss Control Manager, Associated General Contractors. Testifies in opposition to HB 3010.

175

Jessica Harris

Associated General Contractors. Testifies in opposition to HB 3010.

203

Julie Brandis

Associated Oregon Industries. Introduces Dan Harmon.

211

Dan Harmon

Vice-President and General Counsel, Hoffman Construction. Testifies in opposition to HB 3010. Refers to pictures of ironworkers’ safety protection submitted as testimony (EXHIBIT J).

313

David Parsons

Safety Consultant, President-Elect, American Society of Safety Engineers. Submits and summarizes prepared testimony in opposition to HB 3010 (EXHIBIT K).

372

Neil Crocker

Ironworker, Local 29. Testifies in support of HB 3010.

TAPE 67, A

003

John Carlson

Ironworker, Local 29. Testifies in support of HB 3010.

016

Andrew Winters

Ironworker, Local 29. Testifies in support of HB 3010.

037

Chair Close

Closes public hearing on HB 3010. Opens work session on HB 2230.

HB 2230 – WORK SESSION

052

Schelly Jensen

Verizon Wireless. Explains -4 amendment (EXHIBIT L).

065

Richard Kosesan

Verizon Wireless. Explains -4 amendment.

074

Rep. Rosenbaum

Asks for clarification of effect of amendment.

076

Jensen

Offers clarification of effect of amendment.

085

Rep. Gallegos

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT HB 2230-4 amendments dated 3/18/03.

 

 

VOTE:  6-0

EXCUSED:  1 – Kitts

 

Chair Close

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

090

Rep. Gallegos

MOTION:  Moves HB 2230 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  6-0

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

EXCUSED:  1 – Kitts

 

Chair Close

The motion CARRIES.

REP. MERKLEY will lead discussion on the floor.

097

Chair Close

Closes work session on HB 2230. Opens work session on HB 2639.

HB 2639 – WORK SESSION

101

Harlan Levy

Staff Attorney, Oregon Association of Realtors. Explains -1 amendment (EXHIBIT M).

115

Rep. Merkley

Asks for clarification of language in HB 2639.

120

Levy

Offers clarification.

125

Rep. Gallegos

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT HB 2639-1 amendments dated 3/19/03.

 

 

VOTE:  6-0

EXCUSED:  1 – Kitts

 

Chair Close

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

130

Rep. Gallegos

MOTION:  Moves HB 2639 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

131

Rep. Merkley

States support for HB 2639.

 

 

VOTE:  6-0

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

EXCUSED:  1 – Kitts

 

Chair Close

The motion CARRIES.

REP. KRUMMEL will lead discussion on the floor.

143

Chair Close

Closes work session on HB 2639. Adjourns meeting at 12:02 p.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – HB 2624, written testimony, Rev. Steven Witte, 5 pp

B – HB 2624, written testimony, Barry Bushue, 2 pp

C – HB 2624, written testimony, Marcia Kelley, 2 pp

D – HB 2624, written testimony, Kappy Eaton, 1 p

E – HB 2624, written testimony, Claire Corwin-Kordosky, 2 pp

F – HB 3010, written testimony, Jeff Carlson, 9 pp

G – HB 3010, written testimony, Bill Walden, 1 p

H – HB 3010, written testimony, Al Arguedas, 3 pp
I – HB 3010, written testimony, Peter DeLuca, 2 pp

J – HB 3010, written testimony, Dan Harmon, 4 pp

K – HB 3010, written testimony, David Parsons, 1 p

L – HB 2230, -4 amendment, staff, 1 p

M – HB 2639, -1 amendment, staff, 1 p