HOUSE COMMITTEE ON BUSINESS, LABOR

AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS

 

 

August  26, 2003   Hearing Room B

12:00 PM         Tape 123

 

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:                  Jan McComb, Committee Administrator

Romy Dye, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:            SB 355 A – 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.

 

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Speaker

Comments

TAPE 123, A

005

Chair Close

Calls the meeting to order at 12:00 PM. Opens a work session on SB 355 A.

008

Jan McComb

Committee Administrator. Provides an overview of SB 355 A, which requires that certain stores require identification of individuals from whom stores purchase used goods. Presents –A3 amendments dated 6/5/03 (EXHIBIT A).

013

Joe Gilliam

Oregon Grocery Association. Explains the -3 amendments.  Expresses concerns with local labeling laws:

  • Food safety
  • When divide local labeling laws it makes distribution almost impossible where the products would be taken from the shelf

030

Chair Close

Asks how Mr. Gillian’s industry would handle local government in terms of the labeling problem. Asks if certain products would not go to that locality.

035

Gilliam

Responds there would be a problem with product delivery in those areas especially the smaller the location. Discusses effects it has on labeling.

040

Rep. Merkley

Comments on original HB 2957 with standards laid out. Discusses cost issue. Asks if addressing health safety and cost issues while preserving the local option is going to occur.   

050

Gilliam

Explains the problem was that Legislative Counsel said  you cannot compel local jurisdictions to get Federal Drug Administration approval. States the language had to be removed. 

062

Rep. Rosenbaum

Compares HB 2957 with SB 355 B. Claims difference is relating to retail transactions as opposed to food labeling. Asks where packaged food is bought. Define retail transaction. 

073

Gilliam

Responds those are considered retail transactions.

075

Rep. Rosenbaum

Asks for the definition of a retail transaction.

077

Gilliam

Responds a retail purchase at any place where the food is purchased as a retail customer.

078

Rep. Rosenbaum

Asks if it applies anywhere where money is exchanged for food.  

082

Gilliam

Responds yes, to the customer.

085

Rep. Merkley

Asks what the driving force is that cannot be handled by the local jurisdiction responding to the fact something does not work when they try it.   

093

Gilliam

Claims there have been attempts to put them on initiative ballots. Provides an example in Portland. Points out it is important in safety and accuracy to have as broad a system as possible apply to as many people as possible.  

105

Rep. Kitts

Comments the bigger picture is small places can be driven out of business because of not being able to carry certain things as result of local regulations driving customers away. Expresses thanks for coming forward on the bill and supportive of the bill.

115

Rep. Kitts

MOTION: Moves to ADOPT SB 355 A-A3 amendments dated 6/5/03.

120

 

VOTE:  7-0

 

Chair Close

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

125

Rep. Kitts

MOTION:  Moves SB 355 A to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

133

Rep. Merkley

Comments arguments are substantial regarding cost and health information. Discusses locally grown products.  Feels should not adopt something hurting local county or city. Adds there has been no reality of measures due to wisdom of leaders. Opposes the bill.  

150

Rep. Kitts

Echoes some of Rep. Merkley’s comments. Supports the bill feeling it is good foresight.

155

Chair Close

Feels local people can still label their produce as local.

160

 

VOTE:  5-2

AYE:            5 - Rep. Gallegos, Rep. Garrard, Rep. Schaufler, Rep. Kitts, Chair Close

NAY:            2 - Rep. Merkley, Rep. Rosenbaum

 

Chair Close

The motion Carries.

REP. KITTS will lead discussion on the floor.

165

Chair Close

Closes the work session on SB 355 B. Adjourns the committee at 12:16 PM.

 

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – SB 355 A, -A3 amendments dated 6/5/03, staff, 1 p