HOUSE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY

 

 

March 07, 2003   Hearing Room 357

1:00 p.m. Tapes 70 – 71

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:            Rep. Max Williams, Chair

Rep. Gordon Anderson, Vice-Chair

Rep. Robert Ackerman, Vice-Chair

Rep. Jeff Barker

Rep. Bob Jenson

Rep. Jerry Krummel

Rep. Floyd Prozanski

 

MEMBER EXCUSED:            Rep. Greg Macpherson

Rep. Lane Shetterly

 

STAFF PRESENT:                  Bill Taylor, Counsel

Danelle Romain, Counsel

Patricia Nielsen, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:            HB 2235 – Public Hearing

HB 2236 – Public Hearing

HB 2237 – Public Hearing

HB 2238 – 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 70, A

005

Chair Williams

Calls the meeting to order at 1:10 p.m. 

010

Alan Scharn

Deputy Director, Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).  Presents agency overview.

020

Chair Williams

Opens public hearing on HB 2235.

HB 2235 – PUBLIC HEARING

035

Danelle Romain

Committee Counsel.  Provides overview of HB 2235, which modifies provisions relating to private security providers.

040

Scott Tighe

Director, Standards and Certification Division, Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).  Testifies in support of HB 2235.  Provides written testimony (EXHIBIT A).  Presents details.

080

Harold Burke-Sivers

Chair, Private Security Advisory Committee.  Testifies in support of HB 2235 and proposes changes.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT B).

090

Chair Williams

Asks about -1 amendments dated 2-20-03 (EXHIBIT C).

095

Tighe

Offers to review amendments and return to committee with input. 

105

Andrea Meyer

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).  Testifies in opposition to section 7 of HB 2235, a citizenship requirement.  Provides written testimony (EXHIBIT D). 

165

Rep. Barker

Asks about having that requirement removed.

170

Meyer

Agrees.

175

Chair Williams

Points out the amendments withdraw the requirement.

180

Rep. Prozanski

Advises the General Government Committee also raised that issue, and the requirement was removed to avoid discrimination.

195

Chair Williams

Closes public hearing on HB 2235.  Opens public hearing on HB 2236.

HB 2236 – PUBLIC HEARING

205

Bob Wolfe

Polk County Sheriff, Vice-Chair of Board of Public Safety Standards and Training, Chair of Corrections Policy Committee, Chair of Public Safety Memorial Fund.  Testifies in support of HB 2236, which provides that members of Board on Public Safety Standards and Training who serve by virtue of their offices are not counted in determining whether there is a quorum for Board business.  Discusses need to have enough members on the Board to make a quorum.  Explains the six members who serve because of their employment often cannot attend to establish a quorum.

230

Alan Scharn

Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).  Clarifies there is a proposed amendment regarding attendance and quorum count.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBITS E, F).

245

Rep. Prozanski

Suggests making Board members who serve by virtue of their offices ex-officio members.

255

Scharn

Advises the Board was created by the Legislature and the members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate.

265

Chair Williams

Asks how often absence is a problem.

270

Wolfe

Explains it is difficult for members to attend all meetings.

280

Chair Williams

Comments the background of members allows a broad consideration of issues.

300

Rep. Barker

Suggests allowing proxies for attendance at Board meetings. 

310

Rep. Krummel

Agrees and comments on helpfulness of advisors.  Agrees with suggestion to make some members ex-officio.

340

Chair Williams

Suggests Portland participants still want to have a voice on the Board.

350

Wolfe

Points out it is important to let them have a vote, but difficult to get them to meetings.

360

Rep. Jenson

Asks about quorum requirement.

365

Chair Williams

Explains.

375

Rep. Jenson

Suggests the Board adopt a rule to put the same requirement in place.

390

Scharn

Advises the requirement is under the public meetings rules.

400

Rep. Jenson

Asks whether, if making this change, the public meeting rules also need to be changed.

405

Dianne Middle

Director, DPSST.  Advises that because their statutes do not clarify a quorum, it is determined under the public meeting law.

TAPE 71, A

020

Brian DeLashmutt

Representing Oregon Council of Police Associations (OCPA), Association of Oregon Corrections Employees (AOCE), Federation of Oregon Parole and Probation Officers (FOPPO).  Testifies as neutral to HB 2236 and raises concerns.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT G).  Discusses make-up of Board membership.

050

Rep. Jenson

Comments on representation from rural Oregon.

060

DeLashmutt

Answers and describes need for balance in type of job and geographical area.  Raises issue of ability for employee representative to be released to participate in Board membership.

080

Rep. Krummel

Asks why a jurisdiction would hesitate to allow employee time off to participate.

090

DeLashmutt

Describes actions taken to achieve time off for membership.

100

Rep. Krummel

Asks whether Board members are provided benefits or per diem.

110

Rep. Barker

Advises there is travel pay.

115

Mary Botkin

American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).  Testifies and discusses potential changes to the Board membership.  Suggests recruiting more women members.

155

Chair Williams

Closes public hearing on HB 2236.  Opens public hearing on HB 2237.

HB 2237 – PUBLIC HEARING

160

Bill Taylor

Committee Counsel.  Provides overview of HB 2237, which limits authority of Board on, and Department of, Public Safety Standards and Training to disclose photograph of public safety officer.

165

Scott Tighe

Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).  Testifies in support of HB 2237.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT H).

210

Rep. Barker

Expresses concern about impact of political aspects of investigations with regard to lapsed certification.

230

Tighe

Advises the intent is not to go back to closed cases, but to move forward with cases from the present time.  Offers to work on solution.

250

Brian DeLashmutt

Representing Oregon Council of Police Associations (OCPA), Association of Oregon Corrections Employees (AOCE), Federation of Oregon Parole and Probation Officers (FOPPO).  Submits testimony and testifies in opposition to bill in its present form.  Raises issues with possibility of expanded powers granted by vague parameters of inquiry-based investigations (EXHIBIT I).

275

Mark Landauer

Government Relations, City of Portland.  Testifies as neutral on HB 2237.  Raises concern about limiting the information the Department may seek.  Suggests the information must be related to the investigation being conducted.  Asks for clarification of an employer’s liability when answering Department requests for medical fitness information.

320

Rep. Prozanski

Asks about concern over investigations into medical conditions.


 

325

Landauer

Discusses specific examples.

340

Chair Williams

Closes public hearing on HB 2237.  Opens public hearing on HB 2238.

HB 2238 – PUBLIC HEARING

350

Bob Wolfe

Polk County Sheriff, Chair of Public Safety Memorial Fund Board.  Testifies in support of HB 2238, which changes payment of benefits awarded by Public Safety Memorial Fund Board to payment in lump sum.

TAPE 70, B

005

Wolfe

Continues discussing need for coverage for the memorial fund.  Refers to submitted written testimony (EXHIBIT J).

050

Rep. Barker

Encourages continuation of benefits to dependants.  Suggests amendment to protect long-term benefits.

060

Rep. Anderson

Asks whether employees are also covered by PERS.

065

Rep. Barker

Responds that not all public safety employees are PERS members.

070

Chair Williams

Relates discussion from last session about other benefits available to families of fallen officers.  Comments that this benefit is made timely in the short-term, to get families over a short-term difficulty.

090

Rep. Prozanski

Asks about limit of payments to a family over the long-term.

100

Wolfe

Discusses benefits for spouse, and children up to 22 years old.

110

Chair Williams

Comments on keeping the system solvent.

120

Rep. Barker

Advises the three firefighters in Coos Bay had 11 children.

135

Brian DeLashmutt

Representing Oregon Council of Police Associations (OCPA), Association of Oregon Corrections Employees (AOCE), Federation of Oregon Parole and Probation Officers (FOPPO).  Testifies in opposition to HB 2238.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT K).  Expresses concerns about lump sum payments not being preserved for dependents in the long-term.

185

Rep. Ackerman

Comments that current law provides other benefits to families, such as workers’ compensation and Social Security.  Agrees with intention.

205

Chair Williams

Asks about establishing an upper limit to the lump sum or award, but also giving the fund some stability by establishing a cap on total dollars available for beneficiaries.

225

DeLashmutt

Responds there is no problem with dollar limits on certain portions of funds.  Points out the intent was to track the children rather than to give money up front.  Offers to work on restructuring benefits.

245

Chair Williams

Asks for parties to negotiate, with Committee Counsel’s involvement. Requests that Rep. Westlund should participate.

255

Rep. Jenson

Expresses concern over managing benefits on behalf of families because it seems to be too much interference.

285

DeLashmutt

Assures that normal families can make rational decisions.  Points out that lump sum may go astray.


 

305

Bob Livingston

Oregon State Firefighters Council, DPSST Board member.  Supports working together to find cost controls while also providing benefits.  Suggests looking for others with expertise to advise investing lump sum revenues, such as State Treasurer’s office.

340

Chair Williams

Closes public hearing on HB 2238.  Adjourns committee at 2:29 p.m.

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – HB 2235, written testimony, Scott Tighe, 2 pp

B – HB 2235, written testimony, Harold Burke-Sivers, 1 p

C – HB 2235, -1 amendments (2-20-03), staff, 1 p

D – HB 2235, written testimony, Andrea Meyer, 2 pp

E – HB 2236, written testimony, Alan Scharn, 2 pp

F – HB 2236, written testimony, Rick Lewis, 1 p

G – HB 2236, written testimony, Brian DeLashmutt, 1 p

H – HB 2237, written testimony, Scott Tighe, 2 pp

I – HB 2237, written testimony, Brian DeLashmutt, 1 p

J – HB 2238, written testimony, Alan Scharn, 3 pp

K – HB 2238, written testimony, Brian DeLashmutt, 1 p