HOUSE COMMITTEE ON RULES AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS

 

March 04, 2003   Hearing Room E

1:00 PM Tape 20

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:            Rep. Dan Doyle, Chair

Rep. Linda Flores, Vice-Chair

Rep. Vic Backlund

Rep. Phil Barnhart

Rep. Betsy L. Close

Rep. Joanne Verger

 

MEMBER EXCUSED:            Rep. Laurie Monnes Anderson, Vice-Chair

 

STAFF PRESENT:                  Cara Filsinger, Administrator

Annetta Mullins, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:  Introduction of Committee Bills – Work Session

                                                HB 2557 – Public Hearing

HJR 12 – 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 20, A

004

Chair Doyle

Calls meeting to order at 1:36 p.m. and opens a work session on introduction of committee bills.

INTRODUCTION OF COMMITTEE BILLS – WORK SESSION

005

Rep. Flores

MOTION:  Moves LCs:  3476, 3088, AND 3089 BE INTRODUCED as committee bills.

006

 

VOTE:  5-0-2

EXCUSED:  2- Reps. Close and Monnes Anderson

 

Chair Doyle

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

 

 

Chair Doyle

Opens public hearings simultaneously on HB 2557 and HJR 12.

HB 2557 AND HJR 12 – PUBLIC HEARINGS

022

Rep. Jeff Kruse

District 7.  Explains history of introducing the same legislation.  Comments on constitutional provision that allows the governor to appoint the superintendent of public instructions.  States that the election of the superintendent is a popularity contest, not an election on the business of running education.   

064

Rep. Kruse

Explains the provisions of HB 2557.  States amendments are needed.  States that a suggestion was made last session that school boards within the congressional districts elect the five positions on the board.

 

 

Suggest that the committee take this one step further and consider having one board for K-college. 

107

Chair Doyle

Asks if the state board currently covers community colleges.

 

Rep. Backlund

Defers to Rep. Barnhart.

 

Rep. Barnhart

Comments on community college board.

132

Rep. Backlund

Asks if all issues suggested by Rep. Kruse should be included in this one bill.

 

Rep. Kruse

Responds that the relating clause would allow the inclusions, but would assume that it would depend on the perspective of the community colleges.

 

Rep. Backlund

Asks how willing electors would be to give up their vote.

 

Rep. Kruse

Responds they would not willingly do that.  Suggests there would be more accountability under the proposal to have the local school boards elect the five members.

172

Chair Doyle

Asks Rep. Kruse if he sees this improving how government works and how the department would be more accountable to the citizens.

 

Rep. Kruse

Responds, commenting on greater accountability and credentials and management skills to run a business the size of the Department Education.  Adds that true efficiency could include community colleges and higher education because then the Board of Higher Education and the chancellor’s office could be eliminated.   

209

Rep. Verger

Comments on public criticism of elected people not having experience and skills.  Asks how the appointments would be made within congressional districts when there are multiple boards.

 

Rep. Kruse

Responds there would be elections by each of the boards.  Comments that agency heads with the exception of Bureau of Labor and Industries, Treasurer, and Secretary of State are hired based on their ability o do the job. 

248

Andrea Henderson

Executive Director, Oregon Community College Association.  Comments on governance structure of community colleges.  States that community colleges are under the State Board of Education.  The board meets on a separate docket for community colleges.  The State Board of Education hires and oversees the commissioner for community colleges.  The commissioner oversees community colleges and workforce development.

272

Chair Doyle

Closes the public hearings on HB 2557 and HJR 12.

 

Chair Doyle

Announces that the he does not expect the committee to meet on Thursday and the committee will resume hearings next week on election issues.

291

Chair Doyle

Adjourns meeting at 1:57 p.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

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