HOUSE COMMITTEE ON GENERAL GOVERNMENT

 

 

February 27, 2003   Hearing Room D

8:30 AM Tapes  24 - 25

 

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

 

MEMBER EXCUSED:             Rep. Kelley Wirth

 

STAFF PRESENT:                  Patrick Brennan, Committee Administrator

Jeana Harrington, Committee Assistant

 

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:            HB 2167 – Public Hearing

Informational Meeting – TRI-MET

 

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 24, A

004

Chair Krummel

Calls meeting to order at 8:42 AM. Opens public hearing on HB 2167.

HB 2167 PUBLIC HEARING

014

Patrick Brennan

Committee Administrator. Reads Staff Measure Summary (SMS).

020

Chair Krummel

Comments.

029

Jack Kenny

Oregon Housing and Community Services Department (OHCS). Testifies on HB 2167 (EXHIBIT A).

060

Oscar Sweeten-Lopez

Oregon Commission of Voluntary Action and Service (OCVAS). Testifies on HB 2167 (EXHIBIT B).

090

Rep. Nelson

Asks how each of the commissions is funded.

095

Kenny

Responds the commissions are funded primarily by federal dollars.

100

Lopez

Adds that the funds come the mainly from Corporation for National and Community Service.

107

Rep. Nelson

Requests the amount the commissions receive from the general fund.

111

Kenny

Answers that $177,000 is received from the general fund.

115

Rep. Nelson

Asks if the allocation will be divided between the commissions.

118

Kenny

Explains they are exploring options.

131

Chair Krummel

Poses questions regarding current statute.

138

Lopez

Responds.

140

Chair Krummel

Asks the commissions to inform the committee when they are ready to move forward with an amended bill.  

147

Kenny

Affirms.

150

Chair Krummel

Explains the committee would like to move the amendments quickly.

152

Kenny

Concurs.

153

Rep. Nelson

Asks if the Portland State University (PSU) option will be finalized with the amendments.

157

Kenny

 Responds that is the intent of the both commissions.

159

Chair Krummel

Agrees with the importance of a solution.

170

Chair Krummel

Closes public hearing on HB 2167. Opens informational meeting on TRI-MET.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING

184

Olivia Clark

TRI-MET. Introduces the video. Distributes informational materials (EXHIBIT C).

203

Rep. Mabrey

Comments on the video.

208

Clark

Continues. Outlines the history of TRI-MET.

227

Rep. Nelson

Asks about the past payroll tax and its origin

229

Clark

Explains the payroll tax.

268

Video presentation on TRI-MET.

TAPE 25, A

003

Video presentation continues.

048

Clark

Comments on the Productivity Improvement Program (PIP). 

067

Carolyn Young

TRI-MET. Explains the goals of PIP with regard to employee involvement. Explains the PIP implementation process.   

120

Rep. Mabrey

Comments on the ability of PIP to foster ideas. Adds it could be a blueprint for many departments. 

137

Rep. Nelson

Remarks on the relevance of the video. Asks if TRI-MET is a union.

142

Young

Affirms and explains union involvement of members.

149

Rep. Nelson

Assumes PIP is an open entity. Clarifies TRI-MET produces an income. Asks about the budget. Comments on the efficiency of TRI-MET overhead.

159

Clark

Responds concerning income.

165

Rep. Kitts

Notes the reduction of landscaping costs. Asks if TRI-MET acquired an exemption from landscaping requirements.

173

Young

Explains TRI-MET works with local government to follow guidelines.

192

Rep. Kitts

Clarifies TRI-MET is not circumventing any requirements.

198

Young

Affirms. Comments that TRI-MET may have overextended initially.

208

Chair Krummel

Notes that landscaping is evolving towards a more native species.

217

Rep. Nelson

Asks if TRI-MET is part of METRO.

220

Chair Krummel

Responds it is not.

222

Rep. Nelson

Clarifies as to the management of districts.

225

Clark

Explains the mass transit and transportation districts in Oregon.

247

Rep. Nelson

Wonders how TRI-MET can impose a payroll tax.

249

Clark

Responds that the legislature gave TRI-MET the authority. Explains the statute.

265

Chair Krummel

Comments on the importance on employee input on saving funds. Closes the informational meeting. Adjourns the meeting at 9:30 AM. 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – HB 2167, prepared testimony, Jack Kenny, 2 pp

B – HB 2167, prepared testimony, Oscar Sweeten-Lopez, 1 p

C – Informational, TRI-MET, Olivia Clark, 2 pp