WORK SESSION HB 2267, HB 3633

 

TAPE 241, 242, AB

 

HOUSE REVENUE COMMITTEE

AUGUST 12, 2003   8:30 AM   STATE CAPITOL BUILDING

 

Members Present:                        Representative Lane Shetterly, Chair

                                                Representative Wayne Scott, Vice Chair

                                                Representative Joanne Verger, Vice Chair

                                                Representative Phil Barnhart

                                                Representative Vicki Berger

                                                Representative Pat Farr

                                                Representative Mark Hass

                                                Representative Elaine Hopson

                                                Representative Max Williams

 

 

Staff Present:                            Paul Warner, Legislative Revenue Officer

                                                Richard Yates, Legislative Revenue Office

                                                Kathy Tooley, Committee Assistant

 

 

TAPE 241, SIDE A

 

004

Chair Shetterly

Calls meeting to order at  11:00 a.m.

 

 

OPENED WORK SESSION HB 3633

 

008

Rep. Verger

MOTION: TO RECONSIDER THE VOTE BY WHICH HB 3633, WITH AMENDMENTS, WAS PASSED TO THE HOUSE FLOOR.

 

011

Chair Shetterly

ORDER:  THERE BEING NO OBJECTION THE MOTION CARRIES AND THE VOTE HAS BEEN RECONSIDERED.

 

012

Chair Shetterly

Closed the work session on HB 3633.

 

 

OPENED WORK SESSION ON HB 2267

 

015

RiRichard Yates

Provided description and background on HB 2267.  Described -19 amendments (Exhibit 1) as similar to -15 amendments, with changes in Sections 11 and 12 as to the effective dates a local government may have imposed a transient lodging tax are moved up six months.

 

031

Chair Shetterly

Noted additional change in language on Page 1, lines 2-7 deleted the language that expressly excluded streets, roads, sewer facilities, and other transportation facilities

 

032

Yates

Additionally tourism-related facility defined.

 

033

Chair Shetterly

Also, on page 7 of the amendment, review and recommendation language has been added including approval by the Legislative Assembly with overview of the budget.

 

 

048

Rep. Scott

MOTION:  MOVED ADOPTION OF THE –19 AMENDMENT INTO HB 2267.

 

052

Chair Shetterly

Spoke in support of HB 2267.  Discussed concerns still existing regarding “substantial purpose”. For the record, his inclination regarding specific facilities statewide such as the performing arts center, health center, Salem’s Convention Center, although it may not qualify in the specific language of the statute, is designed to facilitate statewide conferences and conventions and would fall under the definition as a “substantial purpose” test; as well as improved recreational facilities, performing arts center cultural facilities; as long as it brings a number people from out of the area and can be substantiated.

 

068

Rep. Barnhart

Spoke in support of HB 2267. Relayed personal experience in recent trip to Pennsylvania, visited historical houses, genealogy library, parks, railroad station and a variety of others that in the right context all could be considered facilities that support tourism or tourist activities. I think and hope this is considered a very broad definition.  Supported elimination of the section that would have excluded sewers. Hard to know all the things that attract tourism. Expressed his hope that interpretation of the language will be done very broadly

 

087

Rep. Farr

Spoke in support of the bill. Would like to make sure that fairgrounds are included in tourism facilities.

 

089

Chair Shetterly

Noted his feeling is that fairgrounds are not excluded.

 

094

Rep. Berger

Spoke in support of the bill, commended stakeholders. HB 2267 will help Oregon use its assets, as a wonderful, beautiful state, attractive to tourists. This will help get visitors here to improve the economy and strengthen our state.  Relayed personal experience breaking ground on a conference center conceived to strengthen downtown Salem. It is the kind of thing that will help not just Salem, but the state.

 

113

Rep. Verger

See this bill as a very serious matter.  The proponents were trying to protect tourism dollars from uses other than to promote Oregon. Described a city in her jurisdiction, which requested from the city council that all of their tourism dollars go into the general fund, said the proponents had reason for concern. This bill strikes the balance of protecting 70% of the money and cities being able to do whatever they want to with the 30%.  Issues were worrisome in the bill have been removed.  Strongly supports the bill.

 

137

Chair Shetterly

Focus of this bill is economic development and tourism promotion and benefits accrued statewide, anticipates substantial support in the House. 

 

 

140

Chair Shetterly

ORDER:  HEARING NO OBJECTION, THE CHAIR SO ORDERS. (ALL MEMBERS PRESENT.)

 

141

Rep. Scott

MOTION:  MOVED HB 2267 AS AMENDED TO THE HOUSE FLOOR WITH A DO PASS RECOMMENDATION

 

ROLL CALL:  MOTION PASSED 9-0-0

REPRESENTATIVES VOTING AYE:  Barnhart, Berger, Farr, Hass, Hopson, Scott, Verger, Williams, Chair Shetterly.

 

Rep. Scott  will carry the bill.

 

 

149

Chair Shetterly

Rep. Scott, you can declare your conflict at the end of your closing statement.

 

150

Chair Shetterly

Meeting adjourned at 11:20 a.m.

 

 

 

 

Tape Log Submitted by,

 

 

 

Kathy Tooley, Committee Assistant

 

Exhibit Summary:

1. Yates, “HB 2267-19 Amendments”, 7 pages