HOUSE COMMITTEE ON TRADE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

 

 

February 03, 2003   Hearing Room D

1:00 PM     Tapes  5 - 6

 

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:            Rep. Patti Smith, Chair

Rep. Vicki Berger, Vice-Chair

Rep. Mary Gallegos, Vice-Chair

Rep. Mark Hass

Rep. Dave Hunt

Rep. Steve March

Rep. Dennis Richardson

 

STAFF PRESENT:                  Kimberly A.  Medford, Committee Administrator

Linda K. Gatto, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:            HCR 2 – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                HB 2295 – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                Informational Presentation - Oregon Ports

 

 

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 5, A

003

Chair Smith

Calls the meeting to order at 1:04 p.m. and opens the public hearing on   HCR 2.

HCR 2 – PUBLIC HEARING

007

Kimberly A. Medford

Committee Administrator. States that HCR 2 recognizes February 6 of each year as Ronald Regan day and adds that the -1 amendments are a technical fix, (EXHIBIT A).

012

Rep. Tim Knopp

HD 54. Explains HCR 2 is being brought forward to recognize the accomplishments of Ronald Regan in his presidency and his impact on America.

047

Chair Smith

Closes the public hearing on HCR 2 and opens the work session on HCR 2.

HCR 2 – WORK SESSION

054

Rep. Gallegos

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT HCR 2-1 amendments dated 01/31/03.

 

 

VOTE: 7-0

EXCUSED:  1 – Hass

 

Chair Smith

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

060

Rep. Gallegos

MOTION:  Moves HCR 2 be sent to the floor with a BE ADOPTED AS AMENDED recommendation.

062

 

VOTE:  6-0

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

EXCUSED:  1 – Hass *(see Tape 5, B click #070)

 

Chair Smith

The motion CARRIES.

REP. KNOPP will lead discussion on the floor.

076

Chair Smith

Closes the work session on HCR 2 and opens the public hearing on   HB 2295.

HB 2295 PUBLIC HEARING

078

Kimberly A. Medford

Reviews HB 2295. Explains the changes proposed in HB 2295-1 and  HB 2295-2 amendments, (EXHIBIT B).

106

Roger Mansfield

Traditional Co. LLC. Submits prepared testimony in support of         HB 2295, (EXHIBIT C). Explains shipping restrictions and competitive disadvantages.

190

Allan Foster

White Oak Cider. Describes the product he produces and the caliber of his customer base.

279

Chair Smith

Closes the public hearing on HB 2295 and opens the work session on HB 2295.

HB 2295 WORK SESSION

277

Rep. March

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT HB 2295-1 amendments dated 1/29/03.

280

 

VOTE:  7-0

 

Chair Smith

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

 

 

MOTION:  Moves  HB 2295 to the floor with a BE ADOPTED AS AMENDED recommendation and the SUBSEQUENT REFERRAL to the committee on Ways and Means BE RESCINDED.

290

 

VOTE:  7-0

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

 

Chair Smith

The motion CARRIES.

REP. MARCH will lead discussion on the floor.

303

Chair Smith

Closes the work session on HB 2295 and opens the informational meeting for the purpose of providing an overview on Oregon Ports.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING

366

Keith Leavitt

State Government Relations Manager, Port of Portland. Provides an overview on the mission and functions of the Port of Portland. Describes the marine and air operations. Submits (EXHIBIT D)

412

Leavitt

Discusses revenue challenges. States the struggle is in capital infrastructure.

 460

Leavitt

Discusses the channel deepening project. States that the National Marine Fisheries Service and US Fish and Wildlife Service have approved the project with the “no jeopardy” opinion regarding the impact on endangered species. Adds that the states are finishing up the review relative to the Clean Water Act.

TAPE 6, A

039

Leavitt

Discusses international air service issues.

070

Leavitt

States support for the tourism bill HB 2267. Discusses the Asian market.

088

Leavitt

Discusses the need for a transportation/trade related infrastructure.

104

Leavitt

Discusses HB 2252, the International Trade Commission bill, the  Channel deepening bill, and the Oregon Business Plan – especially industrial land.

129

Rep. March

Asks how much industrial land does the Port have vacant and ready for lease.

132

Leavitt

Responds that there is one major parcel left. The larger “shovel ready” parcels are what is lacking.

140

Rep. Berger

Inquires if barges are a viable tool of transport.

150

Leavitt

Responds that barges are used primarily for grain. Notes that container cargo on the river has increased.

180

Rep. Hunt

Asks for information on how disperse Port related employment is statewide.

186

Leavitt

Responds that the jobs on the docks are very high-paying. Comments on “influence jobs.”

200

Ken Armstrong

Oregon Ports Group, Director. States there are 23 ports in the state of Oregon with a spectrum of activities. Provides an overview on site development projects and the relationship with the Economic and Community Development Department and Department of Transportation.

300

Armstrong

Comments on the Ports Group’s session priorities:

·         Economic and Community Development Department’s budget

·         Marine navigation improvement funds

·         Oregon Port revolving fund

·         Transportation funding package

·         Streamlined permitting and regulatory oversight

359

Armstrong

Summarizes that ports play a key role in local and statewide economic development efforts.

370

Rep. March

Asks for clarification on why marina development is not profitable.

372

Armstrong

Responds that generally the upkeep on the facility can be expensive and is a fluid industry; high investment/small profit margins. Adds that the investment does provide for tourism activities.

401

Rep. Hass

Asks if Portland is a port-of-call for any major shippers.

414

Armstrong

Responds that they are a port-of-call for shippers that need to reach international markets. Comments on the imbalance of exports and imports and the relationship to population.

420

Rep. Hunt

Asks if there are specific regulatory reforms or streamline permitting recommendations that may be presented in the future.

TAPE 5, B

061

Armstrong

Provides an example of a streamlining effort that was achieved with Department of Environmental Quality. States there is currently a bill with the Division of State Lands regarding dredge materials.

Concludes testimony.

070

Rep. Gallegos

MOTION:  Requests unanimous consent that the rules be SUSPENDED to allow REP. HASS to BE RECORDED as voting AYE on the HJR 2 AS AMENDED.

078

 

VOTE:  7-0

 

Chair Smith

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

080

Chair Smith

Closes the informational meeting and adjourns the meeting at 2:15 p.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – HCR 2-1 amendments dated 1/31/03, staff, 1 p

B – HB 2295-1 amendments dated 1/29/03, 2 pp

C – HB 2295, prepared testimony, Roger Mansfield, 2 pp

D – Informational materials and booklet– Port of Portland, Keith Leavitt, 3 pp