HOUSE COMMITTEE ON GENERAL GOVERNMENT

 

 

February 18, 2003   Hearing Room D

8:30 AM Tapes  18 - 19

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:            Rep. Jerry Krummel, Chair

Rep. Donna Nelson, Vice-Chair

Rep. Floyd Prozanski, Vice-Chair

Rep. Derrick Kitts

Rep. John Mabrey

 

MEMBER EXCUSED:             Rep. Brad Avakian

                                                Rep. Kelley Wirth

 

STAFF PRESENT:                  Patrick Brennan, Committee Administrator

Jeana Harrington, Committee Assistant

 

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:  -Informational Meeting,

                                                 Oregon Economic and Community Development Department

                                                -HB 2548 – 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 18, A

004

Chair Krummel

Calls meeting to order at 8:40 AM. Opens informational meeting.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING

009

Sherry Sheng

Deputy Director, Oregon Economic and Community Development Department (OECDD). Refers member to (EXHIBIT A). Overviews department functions. Highlights department organization.  

082

Chair Krummel

Observes the reduction of jobs and poses related question.

084

Sheng

Concurs with the remarks.

086

Rep. Kitts

Inquires if people will lose the jobs cut by the 2003-2005 Governor’s budget.

088

Sheng

Affirms.

091

Rep. Mabrey

Asks where Ms. Sheng’s job falls with regard to these categories.

094

Sheng

Explains she is the deputy director. Overviews budget and staff. Breaks down budget by category.

166

Chair Krummel

Asks if the public works funds are part of the specified budget

169

Sheng

Answers yes and explains the chart represented in (EXHIBIT A).

181

Chair Krummel

Comments on lottery bonds.

186

Sheng

Understand the state has around $120 million lottery bonding capacity.  Adds the department is authorized to sell bonds.

204

Chair Krummel

Poses questions about inclusion of rural and distressed areas in the statistics.

212

Sheng

Concurs and explains how the areas are included.

219

Rep. Mabrey

Requests Ms. Sheng to elaborate on the direction of the department in said areas.

223

Sheng

Explains the intentions of OECDD.

257

Sheng

Refers to the appearance of lottery funds and resources. Explains program services. Highlights the accomplishments of the department concerning industrial development. . 

376

Chair Krummel

Asks if marketable industrial land is ‘shovel-ready’.

378

Sheng

Explains that not all available land is ‘shovel-ready’.

TAPE 19, A

003

Chair Krummel

Inquires if there is an estimate of sites that could potentially be ‘shovel-ready’.

005

Sheng

Responds that the information does not exist currently.  Adds OECDD is working with agencies and regions to create it.

017

Rep. Kitts

Asks how the department works with other agencies on shared issues.

024

Sheng

Provides short and long term explanations of partnerships. Adds that the lack of industrial and commercial land has been noticed.

066

Rep. Kitts

Inquires if the department makes recommendations to other agencies.

078

Sheng

Responds that OECDD input is not required. Continues presentation on technical assistance and cycle time.   Overviews job creation and retention.

130

Rep. Mabrey

Asks is she is referring to direct job-creation or indirect and induced.

133

Sheng

Explains the representation is of directly created jobs. Adds the department compares the initial job numbers with the end results.

175

Sheng

Continues presentation on project completion. Provides the focus of OECDD.

217

Chair Krummel

Makes observation on job data. Requests that Ms. Sheng discuss job retention issues.

222

Sheng

Elucidates the issue by employing Freightliner and Oregon Regional Alliance for Information and Network Security (RAINS) as examples. Points out the methods OECDD utilizes to provide assistance.

327

Chair Krummel

Relates her statements to Rep. Kitts earlier inquiry.

330

Sheng

Gives example of global company assistance provided by OECDD.

360

Chair Krummel

Presents two issues of concern with regard to programs.

382

Sheng

Discusses the microenterprise program.

006

Chair Krummel

Asks if Ms. Sheng sees the issue as something that could be instituted in the near future.

012

Sheng

Responds that the microenterprise system is not something that the department could fund with its current resources. Begins explanation of incubator investment with regard to small business. Points out the selected areas relating to incubators currently being instituted. Explains the general consensus on issues of incubators in Oregon.

058

Rep. Mabrey

Asks if a connection between small business development centers and OECDD exists.

062

Sheng

Responds there is a direct connection with regard to funding.

081

Chair Krummel

Encourages members to overview the report (EXHIBIT B). Inquires if OECDD has been audited recently.

087

Sheng

Responds there was an audit of OECDD performance.

095

Chair Krummel

Encourages members to view the audit.

101

Sheng

States she would like to help members with this.

105

Chair Krummel

Closes informational hearing. Opens public hearing on HB 2548.

HB 2548  PUBLIC HEARING

110

Rep. Betsy Close

House District 15. Testifies in favor of HB 2548 B (EXHIBIT C). Explains the bill. Comments on a similar issue in California.

163

Doug Tindall

State Maintenance Engineer, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). Testifies on HB 2548 (EXHIBIT D).

190

Chair Krummel

Asks about the wording of the bill being a safeguard from the standpoint of the federal courts.

198

Tindall

Responds that he is unsure of the constitutional impact of the bill.

220

Matt McDonald

Veteran of Foreign Wars (VFW), Disabled American Veterans (DAV). States the veteran organizations he represents do not oppose the bill. Voices concern about the condition of the flags displayed on the road. Adds the organizations would like to see something in the bill regarding desecration and preservation.

237

Andrea Meyer

Legislative Director, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Voices concern with the bill limiting speech.

247

Rep. Kitts

Refers to the case in California with regard to federal constitutionality.

251

Meyer

Concurs Oregon law would then ‘trump’ the free-expression provision. Explains the Oregon Constitution would need to be amended.

274

Rep. Kitts

Refers to the information he has provided the committee regarding flag desecration and care.

287

Rep. Mabrey

Asks if the Capitol building is subject to the bill.

295

Meyer

Explains the situation concerning self-expression.

307

Chair Krummel

Poses question regarding flag display regarding fees. Inquires if the fee provides a sufficient barrier to those not serious about displaying flags.

336

Meyer

Responds that she is unsure about the permit process and the fee. Adds it is irrelevant due to its innate limitations. Comments on community forum aspects.

376

Rep. Kitts

Inquires of the existence of a memorial in the statutes.

391

Chair Krummel

Responds he is unsure.

TAPE 18, B

002

Rep. Prozanski

References parameters within the statutes regarding the issue.

007

Tindall

Explains the only program would be of existing memorials in rest areas.

011

Rep. Mabrey

Questions the right-of-way categories of the issue.

027

Tindall

Explains regarding federal standards and allowances for signing.

042

Chair Krummel

Concludes that certain issues of the bill will be researched further. Closes public hearing of HB 2548. Adjourns meeting at 10:06 AM. 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – Informational, presentation, Sherry Sheng, 23 pp

B – Informational, Annual Report, Sherry Sheng, 38 pp

C – HB 2548, prepared testimony, Rep. Betsy Close, 1 p

D – HB 2548, prepared testimony, Doug Tindall, 1 p