HOUSE COMMITTEE ON TRADE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

 

 

February 07, 2003   Hearing Room D

1:00 PM      Tapes 7 - 8

 

 

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 HEARD:                     HB 2252 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 7, A

004

Chair Smith

Calls the meeting to order at 1:06 p.m. and announces that HB 2298 will be heard on Monday. Opens the public hearing on HB 2252.

HB 2252 PUBLIC HEARING

012

Kimberly A. Medford

Committee Administrator. Provides an overview of HB 2252.

028

Rep. March

Discusses HB 2252-1 amendments, (EXHIBIT A).

039

Allan Abravanel

International Trade Commission, Chairman. Introduces Michael Doyle, Director of the International Division of the Oregon Economic and Community Development Department, (OECDD) (EXHIBIT B)

058

Abravanel

Provides background on the International Trade Commission’s, (ITC) membership. Explains the proposal is increasing the voting members from 9 to 15 and have 3 ex-officio members who may vote and are designated from the Pacific NW International Trade Association, the Port of Portland, and the State Board of Agriculture.

126

Abravanel

Clarifies the definition of international trade includes the export of services; notes that Oregon is a leader in environmental services.

Notes another clarification is to include trade advocacy.

136

Rep. Berger

Asks if the definition of international trade relative to export/import implying international.

155

Abravanel

Responds that the focus is on markets overseas.

167

Doyle

Comments that there are trading companies that have conduits that exist domestically.

186

Rep. March

Notes that the Oregon Student Assistance Commission, and the Bureau of Labor and Industries would welcome input on what is needed in education to increase international trade.

191

Rep. Hunt

Asks if there is a specific reason for amending out the Department of Agriculture in line 30, page 2.

225

Doyle

Explains that the international division of OECDD is the staffing agency.

254

John Metschan

Pacific NW International Trade Assoc., (PNITA) President. Introduces Karen Metschan, Executive Director. Submits (EXHIBIT C). Summarizes PNITA’s background and objectives. 

304

Rep. Berger

Asks what is the percentage of international traders in Oregon.

309

Metschan

Responds that currently there is a membership of 70 – 75 and notes that the initial membership was born from those who would be immediately affected by the removal of the customs district.

353

Margaret Gribskov

First Unitarian Church, Economic Justice Action Group. Submits prepared testimony (EXHIBIT D).

416

Ray Lewis

Connections Associates, Owner. Submits and reads prepared testimony, (EXHIBIT E).

TAPE 8, A

017

Lewis

Testifies that service areas should be represented by both public and private sectors that influence international trade.

034

Lewis

Testifies on the negative affects of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT).

047

Rep. Berger

Asks if the ITC has the authority to make trade agreements that are binding on the state.

051

Lewis

Responds that the Commission is advisory, all agreements are made on the national level representing national and international entities.

058

Rep. Richardson

Asks for examples.

068

Lewis

Responds that the commission should include members from the public sector, and state, county, and city governments because of the direct affect of trade agreements on communities.

077

Gribskov

Comments that there should be members on the Commission that can communicate the affect of the agreements on state and local sovereigns

092

Rep. Richardson

Comments that the frustration being expressed is directed toward NAFTA and GATT. Asks for examples where the Commission has violated the rights or interests of Oregon communities and if not what will expanding the Commission correct.

101

Gribskov

Responds that it will promote public discussion on trade and imports.

114

Rep. March

Explains that for this reason a senator and a representative as a member of the commission can communicate concerns by resolution to the federal government. Comments positively on including a member of the Port. 

128

Lynn Marie Crider

Oregon AFL-CIO. States there is concern about HB 2252, as drafted because the ITC performs as an advisor.  Notes that HB 2252-1 addresses this concern.

166

Dalton Hobbs

Administrator of Oregon of Agriculture (ODA) Agricultural Marketing and Development Division. Testifies in support. Explains that some crops produced in Oregon rely entirely on export markets.

189

Keith Leavitt

Port of Portland. Testifies in support. States that trade is complex and Oregon depends on a global economy. Notes that currently there is  no venue to discuss these issues.

233

Chair Smith

Closes the public hearing on HB 2252 and the committee stands at ease momentarily.

236

Chair Smith

Reconvenes the public hearing on HB 2252.

240

Rep. Gallegos

Inquires about the expense of increasing work load on support staff to accommodate the increase from 9 to 15 members.

250

Abravanel

Responds that from a staffing perspective there would be no significant change. Explains the Commissioners receive no compensation except perhaps mileage reimbursement on occasion; less than $1000 per biennium.

272

Rep. Hunt

Asks what is the critical nature or non-critical nature of the two  changes in Section 3.

283

Abravanel

Responds that he was under the impression that the discussion was about the job training and technical education programs.

305

Rep. March

Notes that was the intention; the amendment was drafted incorrectly. Suggests waiting until next week to move the bill with the corrected amendments.

285

Rep. Hunt

Confirms that Section 3 point #1 is the critical piece.

318

Abravanel

Responds affirmatively.

292

Rep. Gallegos

Asks does ITC have the power to implement a strategy.

325

Abravanel

Responds no, the Commission does not have the authority to adopt rules or plans; it has advisory capacity.

304

Chair Smith

Closes the public hearing on HB 2252 and adjourns the meeting at 1:55 p.m.

(EXHIBIT F) Submitted by Dan Gardner - Bureau of Labor and Industries for the record.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

A – HB 2252-1 amendments dated 2/6/03, Representative Steve March, 1 p

B – HB 2252, prepared testimony, Allan Abravanel and Mike Doyle, OECDD, 5 pp

C – HB 2252, prepared testimony, John Metschan, 4 pp

D – HB 2252, prepared testimony, Margaret Gribskov, 2 pp

E – HB 2252, prepared testimony, Ray Lewis, 2 pp

F – HB 2252, correspondence, Dan Gardner, 2 pp