HOUSE COMMITTEE ON GENERAL GOVERNMENT

 

 

February 06, 2003   Hearing Room D

8:30 AM Tapes  14 - 15

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:            Rep. Jerry Krummel, Chair

Rep. Donna Nelson, Vice-Chair

Rep. Floyd Prozanski, Vice-Chair

Rep. Brad Avakian

Rep. Derrick Kitts

Rep. John Mabrey

Rep. Kelley Wirth

 

STAFF PRESENT:                  Patrick Brennan, Committee Administrator

Jeana Harrington, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURES HEARD:                     Work Session - Introduction of Committee Measures

                                                HB 2454 - Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                SB 133 - Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                SB 148 - Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                SB 150 - Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                SB 153 - Public Hearing and 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 14, A

005

Chair Krummel

Calls meeting to order at 8:40 AM. Opens work session on LC 1930 (EXHIBIT A).     

LC 1930 WORK SESSION

011

Chair Krummel

Explains the draft. Notes moving it as a committee bill does not necessarily oblige member support.

015

Chair Krummel

MOTION:  Moves LC 1930 BE INTRODUCED as a committee bill.

018

 

VOTE:  4-0-3

EXCUSED:  3 - Kitts, Nelson, Wirth

 

Chair Krummel

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

023

Chair Krummel

Closes work session on LC 1930. Opens public hearing on HB 2454. 

HB 2454 PUBLIC HEARING

025

Patrick Brennan

Reads Staff Measure Summary (SMS) on HB 2454. Adds the bill has no fiscal impact.

048

Rep. Joanne Verger

House District 9. Explains HB 2454. Introduces guests.

054

Gary LeTellier

Executive Director, Coos County Airport District. Testifies in favor of HB 2454 (EXHIBIT B).  Explains the bill and its context according to statute and airport property tax.

094

Ann Crook

Director, Oregon Department of Aviation. Testifies that the bill would ensure all publicly owned airports are treated equally with respect to property taxes (EXHIBIT C).

114

Rep. Verger

Informs the committee of the -1 amendment for the bill (EXHIBIT D).

128

Chair Krummel

Clarifies the language of the amendment.

144

Sen. Ken Messerle

Senate District 5. Urges support of the bill.

150

Chair Krummel

Asks if he is aware of the -1 amendments and is in agreement with them.

155

Sen. Messerle

Affirms.

173

Gil Riddell

Association of Oregon Counties (AOC). Gives testimony. Reminds the committee of information regarding taxes.

185

Chair Krummel

Asks if the policy described exists in the statutes.

188

Riddell

Affirms.

196

Chair Krummel

Asks if Mr. Riddell is suggesting that an unfunded mandate exists currently.

202

Riddell

Negates. Responds he was merely reminding the committee of a policy that has not yet been funded.

207

Rep. Mabrey

Explains the current policy as he understands it.

221

Riddell

Provides that with the amendments, AOC has no problem with the bill.

238

Rep. Nelson

Offers that she is a co-sponsor of the bill. Asks which commercial airline serves North Bend.

243

Rep. Verger

Answers that Alaska and Horizon do. Adds the airport is used frequently and that it brings economic development into the area. States that in her mind HB 2454 is a housekeeping bill.

262

Chair Krummel

Points out the number of corporate and private airplanes that utilize the airport. Closes public hearing and opens work session on HB 2454.

HB 2454 WORK SESSION

289

Rep. Prozanski

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT HB 2494-1 amendments dated 2/5/03.

292

 

VOTE:  6-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 - Wirth

 

Chair Krummel

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

 

295

Rep. Prozanski

MOTION:  Moves HB 2494 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation and BE REFERRED to the committee on Revenue by prior reference.

298

 

VOTE:  6-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 - Wirth

 

Chair Krummel

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

299

Chair Krummel

Closes work session on HB 2454. Opens public hearing on SB 133.

SB 133 PUBLIC HEARING

301

Brennan

Reads SMS on SB 133.

305

Peter Threlkel

Director, Corporate Division, Secretary of State. Testifies in favor of SB 133 (EXHIBIT E).

365

Rep. Nelson

Asks if ‘commerce’ is an adequate name for the division, as it is more of an administration office.

380

Threlkel

Replies the name was proposed by the division.  Adds the office is not entirely sold on it.  

391

Chair Krummel

Clarifies the purpose of the bill relating to the name.

TAPE 15, A

004

Threlkel

Responds that the bill would not require them to return in the event of a change.

007

Chair Krummel

Requests if this action has occurred in other divisions.

009

Threlkel

Affirms.

012

Chair Krummel

Closes public hearing and opens work session on SB 133. Informs the committee that the bill came out of the Senate General Government committee with a unanimous vote and passed the Senate unopposed.

SB 133 WORK SESSION

025

Rep. Nelson

Requests that SB 133 be placed on the consent calendar.

040

Rep. Prozanski

MOTION:  Moves SB 133 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation and be placed on the CONSENT CALENDAR.

043

 

VOTE:  5-0-2

EXCUSED:  2 – Kitts, Wirth

 

Chair Krummel

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

044

Chair Krummel

Closes work session on SB 133. Opens public hearing on SB 148.

SB 148 PUBLIC HEARING

045

Brennan

Reads SMS on SB 148.

048

Carol Rives

Administrator, Oregon Board of Accountancy (OBA). Testifies in favor of SB 148 (EXHIBIT F).  

072

Rep. Nelson

Comments on fiscal responsibility.

076

Rives

Agrees.

078

Chair Krummel

Closes public hearing and opens work session on SB 148.

SB 148 WORK SESSION

085

Chair Krummel

Discusses consent calendar placement.

092

Rep. Prozanski

MOTION:  Moves SB 148 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation and be placed on the CONSENT CALENDAR.

095

 

VOTE:  6-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 - Kitts

 

Chair Krummel

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

096

Chair Krummel

Closes work session on SB 148. Opens public hearing on SB 150.

SB 150 PUBLIC HEARING

098

Brennan

Read SMS on SB 150.

099

Rives

Administrator, OBA. Testifies in favor of SB 150 (EXHIBIT G).  Explains the bill regarding late fees for registration. Relates to statute. Supposes the necessary authorization had been removed inadvertently from the ORS. 

137

Rep. Nelson

Asks what revenue is anticipated by the bill.

141

Rives

Estimates $3,500 to $3,700 for the biennium.

151

Rep. Nelson

Inquires if they have the right to turn delinquent fees over to a collection agency.

154

Rives

Remarks that they have the right, and additionally, the obligation to the collection of delinquent fees.

156

Rep. Nelson

Asks what occurs if fees remain unpaid.

158

Rives

Explains there is disciplinary action for a fine. Adds that it is possible to revoke or suspend a license in this case, although the situation has never occurred.

168

Chair Krummel

Points out the board is funded solely by the fees from the licensees. Closes public hearing and opens work session on SB 150.

SB 150 WORK SESSION

174

Rep. Prozanski

MOTION:  Moves SB 150 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation and be placed on the CONSENT CALENDAR.

177

 

VOTE:  7-0

 

Chair Krummel

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

181

Chair Krummel

Closes work session on SB 150. Opens public hearing on SB 153.

SB 153 PUBLIC HEARING

185

Brennan

Reads SMS on SB 153. Refers members to the fiscal analysis for the bill.

194

Chair Krummel

Shares this information with the committee.

198

Rives

Administrator, OBA. Testifies in support of SB 153 (EXHIBIT H).  Explains the bill concerning  examinations for accountants. Explains learning centers who now conduct the exam and details the future cost of the exam if the bill is not passed. Indicates the imposition this exam places on people.

294

Rep. Kitts

Clarifies the amount deemed necessary for the exam.

301

Rives

Explains the board currently has the authority to determine the fee.

323

Rep. Nelson

Asks what endorsers they have.

327

Rives

States that Oregon Association of Certified Public Accountants (OACPA) will support the bill.

329

Rep. Nelson

Questions whether they have officially expressed support.

330

Rives

Explains the association will as the OACPA legislative liaison was present at the meeting on this. Knows of no one who is in opposition of the bill.

347

Rep. Nelson

Asks if all Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) are required to be part of the association.

349

Rives

Responds no.

351

Rep. Nelson

Requests the number of members.

 

Rives

Replies that about 80 percent of Oregon CPAs are members.

359

Rep. Mabrey

Clarifies that test takers cannot see the exam nor the answers after the exam. Asks if that process will continue.

368

Rives

Affirms. Explains the exam will continue to be undisclosed as the questions are used nationwide.

376

Chair Krummel

Asks if the server will have an online connection once the test is computerized.

381

Rives

Responds that the server’s security is sophisticated and that several national tests are given through the Baltimore-based group they plan to employ.

TAPE 14, B

005

Rives

Conveys that OBA should not be the collection agent for the funds for each of the candidates.  Adds the requirement would test its resources and workload. Defines it as the important aspect of the bill.

026

Chair Krummel

Notes that.  Closes public hearing and opens work session on SB 153.

SB 153 WORK SESSION

031

Rep. Prozanski

Asks if the bill should be placed on the consent calendar.

034

Chair Krummel

Answers there may be discussion as there are accountants present in the House.

037

Rep. Prozanski

MOTION:  Moves SB 153 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

040

 

VOTE:  7-0

 

Chair Krummel

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

REP. WIRTH will lead discussion on the floor.

044

Chair Krummel

Closes work session on SB 153.

045

Rep. Kitts

MOTION:  Requests unanimous consent that the rules be SUSPENDED to allow REP. KITTS to BE RECORDED as voting AYE on the MOTION:  Moves SB 133 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation and be placed on the CONSENT CALENDAR.

048

Rep. Kitts

MOTION:  Requests unanimous consent that the rules be SUSPENDED to allow REP. KITTS to BE RECORDED as voting AYE on the MOTION:  Moves SB 148 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation and be placed on the CONSENT CALENDAR.

052

Rep. Wirth

MOTION:  Requests unanimous consent that the rules be SUSPENDED to allow REP. WIRTH to BE RECORDED as voting AYE on the MOTION:  Moves SB 133 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation and be placed on the CONSENT CALENDAR.

065

Chair Krummel

Informs the committee that the meeting on Tuesday, February 11 is cancelled. Adjourns meeting at 9:38 AM.

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – LC Draft 1930, Staff, 4 p

B – HB 2454, Gary LeTellier, 2 p

C – HB 2454, Ann Crook, 1 p

D – HB 2454 Proposed Amendments, Rep. Verger, 1 p

E – SB 133, Peter Threlkel, 1 p

F – SB 148, Carol Reeves, 1 p

G – SB 150, Carol Reeves, 1 p

H – SB 153, Carol Reeves, 1p