HOUSE COMMITTEE ON RULES AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS

 

August 12, 2003   Hearing Room E

3:00 PM Tapes 116 - 117

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:            Rep. Dan Doyle, Chair

Rep. Linda Flores, Vice-Chair

Rep. Laurie Monnes Anderson, Vice Chair

Rep. Vic Backlund

Rep. Phil Barnhart

Rep. Betsy L. Close

Rep. Joanne Verger

 

STAFF PRESENT:                  Cara Filsinger, Administrator

                                                Janet Adkins, Administrator

Ryan Sherlock, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:  LC 3803 – Work Session

SB 899 – Work Session

SB 260B – Work Session

SB 5A – Work Session

HB 3627 – Work Session

 

 

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 116, A

004

Chair Doyle

Calls meeting to order at 3:34 p.m., announces order agenda items will be considered, and opens a work session for consideration of possible committee measures (EXHIBIT A).

LC 3803 – WORK SESSION

010

Rep. Flores

MOTION:  Moves LC 3803 BE INTRODUCED as a committee bill.

012

 

VOTE:  7-0

 

Chair Doyle

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

015

Chair Doyle

Closes the work session for consideration of possible committee measures, and opens a work session on SB 899.

SB 899 – WORK SESSION

020

Rep. Flores

MOTION:  Moves SB 899 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

025

Rep. Monnes Anderson

Expresses her concerns with the bill, but indicates her intent to vote Aye on the motion.

040

Rep. Close

Clarifies that the Oregon company in question would not necessarily receive the contract, but would be given the option to re-bid on the contract.

045

Chair Doyle

Explains that if the Oregon company were within ten percent of the out-of-state companies bid, they would be awarded the contract.

055

Rep. Barnhart

Expresses his concerns with the bill and the process, commenting on the possibility of lost jobs due increasing the cost of license plates. Points out the possible decrease in construction funding to cities and counties. Indicates his intent to vote Aye on the bill in committee, but points out he may vote No on the bill on the House floor.

065

Rep. Backlund

Expresses his concerns with the bill, but indicates his intent to vote Aye on the motion.

075

Rep. Verger

Comments on the need for the state to employ Oregonians when at all possible, and indicates her intent to vote Aye on the motion.

085

Chair Doyle

Points out that he will be a courtesy vote on the motion before the committee, but expresses his intention to vote No when the bill is on the House floor. Exhibits letters from the Oregon Department of Transportation (EXHIBIT B), and from Irwin Hodson (EXHIBIT C). Comments on the existence of “reciprocity” statutes in Oregon and other states, which would cause those states to negatively consider Oregon bids in direct proportion to SB 899.

125

 

VOTE:  7-0

AYE:            In a roll call vote, all members present vote Aye.

 

Chair Doyle

The motion CARRIES.

REP. T. SMITH will lead discussion on the floor.

130

Chair Doyle

Closes the work session on SB 899, and opens a work session on SB 260B.

SB 260B – WORK SESSION

135

Rep. Flores

MOTION:  Moves to SUSPEND the rules for the purpose of reconsidering the vote on SB 260B.

140

Chair Doyle

Explains the need for reconsidering the bill, pointing out the need for clarifying language which would alleviate possible unintended consequences. Introduces the -B7 amendments (EXHIBIT D) to SB 260B.

145

 

VOTE:  7-0

 

Chair Doyle

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

150

Rep. Flores

MOTION:  Moves to RECONSIDER the vote by which the committee passed SB 260 to the House floor.

 

 

VOTE:  7-0

 

Chair Doyle

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

152

Rep. Flores

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 260B-B7 amendments dated 08/12/03.

155

Chair Doyle

Asks that Mr. Ario, with the Department of Consumer and Business Services, address the issue.

160

Joel Ario

Department of Consumer and Business Services. Offers an explanation of the issue being addressed in the -B7 amendments.

175

 

VOTE:  7-0

 

Chair Doyle

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

180

Rep. Flores

MOTION:  Moves SB 260B to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

185

 

VOTE:  7-0

AYE:            In a roll call vote, all members present vote Aye.

 

Chair Doyle

The motion CARRIES.

REP. CLOSE will lead discussion on the floor.

190

Chair Doyle

Closes the work session on SB 260B, and observes the need to revise the agenda before the committee. Recesses the meeting at 3:48 p.m.

RECESS

195

Chair Doyle

Calls the meeting back to order at 3:53 p.m. and opens a work session on SB 5A.

SB 5A – WORK SESSION

200

Chair Doyle

Explains the reason for bring SB 5A back before the committee, and introduces the proposed -A6 amendments (EXHIBIT E). Offers an explanation of the bill and the issue in question. Refers to a written section-by-section analysis (EXHIBIT F) which indicts the changes between the original bill, dealing with the baseball stadium funding issue, and SB 5A. References the revenue impact statement (EXHIBIT G) and fiscal impact statement (EXHIBIT H) issued for HB 3606 (the original baseball stadium funding bill).

245

Rep. Flores

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 5A-A6 amendments dated 08/01/03.

250

Rep. Barnhart

Asks that the committee be given the opportunity to review the proposed -A6 amendments.

255

Rep. Monnes Anderson

Allows that the existence of a Major League Baseball (MLB) team in Oregon could be good for the state, but points to the current economic crisis before the state, and expresses concern for the state funding the stadium while unable to fund other programs. Indicates her intention to vote No on the motion and the bill.

290

Rep. Close

Indicates her interest in bringing MLB to Oregon, but expresses concern for the funding mechanisms in the bill.

305

Rep. Verger

Points out her interest in bringing MLB to Oregon, and commends those who have worked on the issue. However, expresses her concerns regarding the funding issue, and indicates her intent to vote No on the bill.

325

Rep. Backlund

Indicates his support for bringing a MLB team to Oregon, and indicates his intent to vote Aye on the motion and the bill.

340

Rep. Barnhart

Recalls the previous hearings held on the issue, and remembers his previous concerns. Indicates his concerns were lessened due to the funding mechanism in the bill. Speaks to the lack of negative comments from his district on the issue, and points out the improvements made in this bill over the previously passed bill. Indicates his intent to vote Aye on the motion and support the bill.

415

Rep. Flores

Points out that this bill is a framework to fund the project, but does not create debt or obligation for the state. Indicates her intent to vote Aye on the motion and support the bill.

TAPE 117, A

005

Rep. Closes

Questions the local government obligations, and whether the state could be found liable if the involved local governments were unable to fulfill that obligation.

015

Steve Kanter

President, Portland Baseball Group; Oregon Stadium Campaign. Offers testimony in support of SB 5A and the proposed –A6 amendments. Points out the state does not have an obligation under the bill.

020

Rep. Close

Clarifies that if a local government went bankrupt the debt would fall on the state.

025

Kanter

Explains that under this bill there would be no such obligation to the state, but allows that a future legislature could choose to fund if the local governments where unable to meet their obligation. Points out that the State Treasurers concerns have been alleviated with the bill before the committee.

040

Chair Doyle

Comments on the misperception that this issue is frivolous. Comments on the revenue forecasts which have been issued since the original hearings on the bill. Points out that this bill is an economic bill, and it is the legislatures mandate to create jobs for Oregonians.

075

 

VOTE:  4-2

AYE:               4 - Backlund, Barnhart, Flores, Doyle

NAY:               2 - Close, Monnes Anderson

EXCUSED:     1 - Verger

 

Chair Doyle

The motion CARRIES.

080

Rep. Flores

MOTION:  Moves SB 5A to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

085

 

VOTE:  4-2

AYE:               4 - Backlund, Barnhart, Flores, Doyle

NAY:               2 - Close, Monnes Anderson

EXCUSED:     1 - Verger

 

Chair Doyle

The motion CARRIES.

REP. DOYLE will lead discussion on the floor.

090

Chair Doyle

Closes the work session on SB 5A, and opens a work session on HB 3627.

HB 3627 – WORK SESSION

100

Rep. Flores

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT HB 3627-2 amendments dated 08/07/03.

105

Chair Doyle

Explains the reason for the bill, the difficulty of the issue, and the need to adopt the -2 amendments (EXHIBIT I). Further offers testimony in support of HB 3627.

145

Rep. Barnhart

Comments on the extensive changes created by the -2 amendments and questions whether the chair intends to hold public hearings to address the changes.

147

Chair Doyle

Indicates that he does not intent to hold public hearings, and further clarifies the changes created by the -2 amendments.

150

Rep. Barnhart

Asks whether the committee knows the Governor’s stance on the changes created by the -2 amendments.

152

Chair Doyle

Indicates that he is unaware of the Governor’s stance on the bill.

154

Rep. Barnhart

Asks whether the committee has heard the views of those who might be affected by the bill.

157

Chair Doyle

Points to the original public hearings vetted these issues, and that the state employee unions did not agree with the bill.

160

Rep. Monnes Anderson

Expresses her concerns with the bill, in light of her history working on the issue through various unions. Indicates her intention to vote No on the motion.

180

 

VOTE:  4-2

AYE:               4 - Backlund, Close, Flores, Doyle

NAY:               2 - Barnhart, Monnes Anderson

EXCUSED:     1 - Verger

 

Chair Doyle

The motion CARRIES.

185

Rep. Flores

MOTION:  Moves HB 3627 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

190

 

VOTE:  4-2

AYE:               4 - Backlund, Close, Flores, Doyle

NAY:               2 - Barnhart, Monnes Anderson

EXCUSED:     1 - Verger

 

Chair Doyle

The motion CARRIES.

REP. DOYLE will lead discussion on the floor.

195

Chair Doyle

Closes the work session on HB 3627, and adjourns the meeting at   4:21 p.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – LC 3803, Chair letter and LC draft, staff, 10 pp.

B – SB 899, submitted letter from Kelly Taylor, Chair Doyle, 2 p.

C – SB 899, submitted letter from Irwin Hodson, Chair Doyle, 1 p.

D – SB 260B, -B7 amendments, staff, 1 p.

E – SB 5A, -A6 amendments, staff, 10 pp.

F – SB 5A, section by section analysis, staff, 3 pp.

G – SB 5A, HB 3606 revenue impact statement, staff, 2 pp.

H – SB 5A, HB 3606 fiscal impact statement, staff, 1 p.

I – HB 3627, -2 amendments, staff, 1 p.