HOUSE COMMITTEE ON TRADE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

 

 

March 19, 2003   Hearing Room D

1:00 PM Tapes  30 - 31

 

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:            Informational Meeting

                                                    International Trade Day Presentation

                                                 HB 2300 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 30, A

003

Chair Smith

Calls the meeting to order at 1:12 p.m. and opens the informational meeting.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING

020

Rep. Hunt

Introduces the presentation panel for International Trade Day.

035

Gary Neal

Port of Morrow, General Manager. Provides insight on the process of international trade. (EXHIBIT A)

082

Bruce Holte

International Longshore and Warehouse Union, President. Provides testimony on the need for channel deepening funding. (EXHIBIT B)

155

Rep. March

Comments on the importance of this issue.

167

Pete Williamson

Executive Director, Port of St. Helens. States that they are in the industrial recruitment business.

203

Williamson

Discusses the Oregon Business Council Plan and the Governor’s Grow Plan Executive Orders 1 and 2.

223

Williamson

Comments on the permitting and land use processes that inhibit private industry.

245

Williamson

Comments on how ports can help create jobs for the private sector but that programs are needed to assist them.

260

Jonathan Schlueter

Pacific NW Grain and Feed Association. Provides an overview of who is represented by the Association. States challenges in maintaining efficiency and improvements necessary to keep that volume of grain moving and the ability to offer products to international markets. (EXHIBIT C)

323

Schlueter

Continues to testify. Discusses dredging the Columbia River.

354

Rep. Richardson

Comments on the cost of dredging being shared by the private sector.

373

Rep. March

Inquires about the depth of the Columbia Estuary area.

381

Schlueter

Responds that it is currently 40 feet.

381

Rep. Gallegos

Asks how many jobs would be created if the dredging was done.

385

Schlueter

Responds that he has seen the numbers and offers to provide that information at a later date.

TAPE 31, A

003

Bob Applegate

Senior Manager, Government and Media Relations - Port of Portland. Testifies in support of HB 2267, Oregon Tourism Investment Proposal.

059

Rep. Richardson

Asks if the provision in this bill is saying that in the future cities will be pre-empted from adding any tourism tax or lodging tax unless it is being used solely for tourism.

072

Applegate

Responds that the bill grandfathers existing rules and allows cities to raise revenue on hotel/motel taxes and asks that those taxes be dedicated to the promotion of tourism.

085

Rep. Berger

Requests information on how imports relate to our exports and what the legislature may do to strengthen that sector.

090

Applegate

Comments that the issue is that steamship lines carry containers for profit. Elaborates. Recommends:

  • Deepening the channel
  • Investing in transportation infrastructure.

142

Walter Evans

Pacific Northwest International Trade Association. Discusses several points on what the channel project means.  (EXHIBIT D).  Comments that Oregon as a state is dependent on the trade with Asia.

229

Chair Smith

Comments on the air-shed classification in the Gorge.

237

Evans

Responds that barging is less damaging to the environment than rail or truck and has the capacity of 35 rail cars.

293

Rep. Berger

Comments on transportation and highway systems being sound.

318

Larry Paulson

Port of Vancouver, Washington – Executive Director.  Clarifies that the container facilities, the ports, on the Washington state side are connected with Oregon. States that Governor Locke is committed to the channel deepening project.

TAPE 30, B

005

Chair Smith

Closes the public hearing and opens the public hearing on HB 2300.

HB 2300 PUBLIC HEARING

010

Mike Burton

Oregon Economic and Community Development Department, (OECDD). Begins on page 17, Section 30 of HB 2300 and provides information on the cap of investment.

081

Rep. Berger

Asks if there is an amendment referring to this/

085

Burton

Responds noting the change of removing “and” and replacing it with “or”, (EXHIBIT E).

087

Rep. March

Asks about where distressed is defined.

090

Burton

Continues testimony refers to page 42, Section 23 and discusses vertical housing tax abetment programs.  Explains that three have been  approved, two are in Grants Pass.  Comments on concerns with the data available from the Employment Department.  Continues with Section 44, page 26 explaining the sunset extension on market fund transfers.

141

Burton

Summarizes policy issues:

  • Flexibility
  • Community colleges
  • Core revolving funds
  • Population and dollar limits
  • Employment records
  • Sunset

185

Ginny Lang

QWEST. Reviews HB 2300-5 amendments (EXHIBIT F).

224

Chair Smith

Closes the public hearing and adjourns the meeting at 2:40 p.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – Informational material, Columbia River Channel Coalition, 5 pp

B – Informational correspondence, Bruce Holte, 4 pp

C – Informational news article, Jonathan Schlueter, 2 pp

D – Informational PNITA, Walt Evans, 19 pp

E – HB 2300-4 amendments dated 3/17/03, staff, 13 pp

F – HB 2300-5 amendments dated 3/17/03, Ginny Lang, 1 p