HOUSE COMMITTEE ON TRADE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

 

 

April 9, 2003 Hearing Room D

1:00 PMTapes 40 - 42

 

 

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 3031 Public Hearing

††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† ††††††††††† HB 2299 Work Session

††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† ††††††††††† HB 3391 Public Hearing

††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† ††††††††††† HB 3613 Public Hearing

††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† ††††††††††† HB 3545, HB 3546, HB 3547 and HB 3548 Public Hearing

 

 

These minutes are in compliance with Senate and House Rules.Only text enclosed in quotation marks reports a speakerís exact words.For complete contents, please refer to the tapes.

 

TAPE/#

Speaker

Comments

TAPE 40, A

004

Chair Smith

Calls the meeting to order at 1:05 p.m. and opens a public hearing on HB 3031.

HB 3031 PUBLIC HEARING

009

Rep. Steve March

HD 46. Submits written testimony, (EXHIBIT A) and explains††††††† HB 3031-1 amendments, (EXHIBIT B).

047

Rep. March

Discusses non-smoking venues for players. States for the record that this bill does not hamper the Lottery Commissionís nor the Liquor Commissionís ability to establish their own rules and regulations.

075

Rep. Hunt

Asks if it is correct to characterize this as turning a stick approach into a caret approach.

080

Rep. March

Responds affirmatively.

087

Jeff Marotta, Ph.D.

Problem Gambling Services Manager, Department of Human Services.Submits (EXHIBIT C) and explains that HB 3031 may have unintended negative consequences.

125

John Feuerstein

Submits (EXHIBIT D) in favor of HB 3031.

154

Rep. Richardson

Asks if Mr. Feuerstein sees a negative impact on society with this bill and why.

159

Feuerstein

Responds that 75% of his customers are repeat customers and he does not believe the small addition of added games will impact them.

168

Brenda Rocklin

Director, Oregon Lottery. States the Oregon Lottery is not prepared to take a position on HB 3031-1 amendments today. States there are policy issues and they would like to discuss this with the governorís office, the liquor control commission, and members of the Oregon Lottery Commission before moving forward.

224

Rep. March

Asks do current rules allow for the number of machines to be restricted.

229

Rocklin

Responds that machines can be restricted by space locations and profit.

248

Rep. Berger

Asks are there rules regarding vendors in the same proximity.

255

Rocklin

Responds that other retailers may be interested in voicing an opinion.

265

Rep. Hunt

Asks what process the commission usually follows.

277

Rocklin

Responds the Lottery Commission would make the determination based on independent studies and retailer information.

302

Rep. Hunt

Asks does the commission look to the legislature to establish the benchmark.

315

Rocklin

Responds the commission takes direction from the legislature to generate revenue.

377

Steve Novick

Legislative Coordinator, ODE, representing Superintendent Castillo. Suggests that the legislature review the compensation rate and states there is evidence that a significant amount of money could be raised for schools and public services by limiting the commission the lottery retailers make. Submits (EXHIBIT E).

TAPE 41, A

019

Chair Smith

Closes the public hearing and opens the work session on HB 2299.

HB 2299 WORK SESSION

027

Rep. Gallegos

MOTION:Moves to ADOPT HB 2299-4 amendments dated 04/08/03, (EXHIBIT F).

030

Rep. March

Asks if Tri-Met is considered a Special District and does the language address Tri-Met or Metro.

034

Mike Burton

Assistant Director, Oregon Economic and Community Development Department, (OECDD). Responds that the Special Districts are referred to under the Strategic Investment Program. States that he was told there are no Special Districts in Multnomah County but there are in Washington County.

055

Kimberly A. Medford

Committee Administrator. Clarifies the HB 2299-4 amendments include only the -3 amendments and restore the language that had left the blank for E-commerce Zones; does not include the -2 amendments.

062

Rep. Hunt

Refers to rural lands that are included in an expanded Urban Growth Boundary and asks would it be a problem to define a property located in a rural area as of 2002.

077

Burton

Responds that he will research the question.

080

 

VOTE:6-0

 

Chair Smith

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

080

Rep. March

MOTION:Moves HB 2299 with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation and BE REFERRED to the committee on Revenue by prior reference.

090

Rep. March

Notes the possibility of technical amendments in the next committee.

 

 

VOTE:7-0

 

Chair Smith

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

098

Chair Smith

Closes the work session on HB 2299 and opens the public hearing on HB 3391.

HB 3391 Ė PUBLIC HEARING

106

Rep. Patti Smith

HD 52. Introduces the reasons for sponsoring the Buy Oregon concept.

149

Rep. Macpherson

HD 38. Testifies in support of the Buy Oregon concept. States that Oregon agriculture and dairy industries have been negatively impacted by the forces of global competition.

186

Chair Smith

Asks for his opinion on why Oregon farmers are having difficulty making a profit.

190

Rep. Macpherson

Responds that there are cheap imports from outside the state as well as outside the country.

218

Peter Bloome

Member, Oregon Environmental Council Board and OEC Agriculture Advisory Committee. Submits testimony, (EXHIBIT G). States that Buy Oregon could be considered an economic recovery strategy by rural communities. Expresses concern that the bill lacks public accountability, measurable goals, evaluation, and has no sunset provision. Adds that the bill offers no assistance to DAS.

Compares†† HB 3391 with HB 3554 and expresses support for†††††††††† HB 3554.

309

Chair Smith

Asks why there needs to be a sunset provision.

311

Bloome

Answers that a sunset provides public accountability and clearly stated timelines.

319

Chair Smith

Asks what are the legal issues regarding purchase preference.

320

Bloome

Answers that it is his understanding that legal issues could exist for a mandated program.

332

Carol A. Whipple

Manager the Rock and Sea Ranch, Oakland. Submits (EXHIBIT H). States there is a need for a significant increase in Oregon grown agricultural products being purchased. Discusses broad based support from producers, processing, distributors, and agency purchasers. Suggests a work group.

357

Whipple

Testifies in support of a work group.

394

Rep. Hass

Asks about accountability issues.

403

Bloome

Answers that accountability should be based on benchmark increases.

420

Karen Lewotsky

Ph.D., JD Program Director, Oregon Environmental Council. Submits (EXHIBIT I). Suggests that an advisory group be developed to identify how a Buy Oregon program would be implemented.

TAPE 40, B

013

Rep. Gallegos

Asks how much time a task force should be afforded to resolve these issues.

018

Lewotsky

Answers up to one and one-half years; with a policy in place by two years.

027

Rep. Hunt

Asks are there any specific recommendations that would enhance the bill.

030

Lewotsky

Answers rather than establish a mandate recommends leaving the purchase preference open for development.

069

Deanna Dyksterhuis

Farmer. Submits testimony opposing HB 3391, (EXHIBIT J). Discusses Buy Oregon promotions already in place.

115

Barry Bushue

President, Oregon Farm Bureau. Testifies in support. Expresses that the issue needs discussion about the pros and cons of a Buy Oregon proposal. Requests an interim forum to address concerns.

154

Steve Stuart

Former State Policy Director for 1000 Friends of Washington. Explains that HB 3031 is similar to legislation in Washington last session. Provides a brief history on how the legislation came about. Explains reciprocity.

203

Stuart

Continues, discusses the support behind the Washington bill. Suggests adding a sub-section similar to what was included in the Washington legislation. Recommends an accountability measure.

263

Chair Smith

Notes the Washington report, (EXHBIT K).

266

Rep. March

Asks how long it took to implement the program.

268

Stuart

Responds that the legislation was passed into law in early summer and the first report was due in December. Recommends against a sunset.

300

Dugan Petty

Deputy Administrator for Procurement, Fleet and Surplus Services, Department of Administrative Services, (DAS).Submits testimony noting that DAS is neutral on the bill, (EXHIBIT L).

425

Rep. Richardson

Comments that the goal is to be practical and provide way for Oregon produce to be purchased.

459

Petty

Describes customary practices.

489

Mitch Morrow

Assistant Director for Institutions, Department of Corrections. Submits testimony in support of the goals of HB 3391, (EXHIBIT M). Recommends an interim work group.

TAPE 41, B

044

Dalton Hobbs

Oregon Department of Agriculture, (ODA). Testifies in support of the goals of HB 3391 and the formation of a work group to discuss the details. Describes how ODA already promotes Oregon produce.

116

Sen. Ted Ferrioli

SD 30. Supports the concept of the bill. Explains the concept of the original Buy Oregon program. States there needs to be a mechanism to connect local producers with institutional buyers for just-in-time deliveries.

173

Sen. Ferrioli

Advises the committee against unnecessary market constraints on producer or purchaser.

212

Terry Witt

Executive Director, Oregonians for Food and Shelter. Submits testimony in favor of HB 3391, (EXHIBIT N).

Written testimony was submitted for the record by Tim Annala, (EXHIBIT O)

220

Chair Smith

Closes the public hearing on HB 3391* and opens the public hearing on HB 3613.

*See Tape 42, A #210

HB 3613 PUBLIC HEARING

272

Chair Smith

Closes the public hearing on HB 3613 and opens the public hearing on HB 3545, HB 3546, HB 3547 and HB 3548.

HB 3545, HB 3546, HB 3547 and HB 3548 PUBLIC HEARING

279

Rep. Richardson

HD 4. Explains that all four bills focus on developing economic relations with China.

321

David Welsh

NW Environmental Business Council. Provides an overview of the council. States that the opportunities oversea are immense. Explains that Oregon companies tend to be small companies and to pursue endeavors oversea would be expensive and time consuming.

385

Rep. March

Asks if CH2M HILLis a member of the council

390

Welsh

Responds they are a current member and a founding member. Explains that CH2M HILL is not representative of the majority of the members.

423

Rep. Richardson

Explains the goal of HB 3545 and the -1 amendment, (EXHIBIT O).Notes a possible duplication between OECDD and HB 3546 and suggests leaving it alone for the moment. Explains the goal of HB 3547 and the -1 amendments, (EXHIBIT P).

465

Rep. Richardson

States that the Chinese market would like to be consumers as well as producers.

495

Rep. March

Asks if the Oregon gets involved, wouldnít the state be competing with private business brokerages.

TAPE 42, A

030

Rep. Richardson

Explains the intention is for government to be the catalyst.

057

Rep. Richardson

Explains the goal of HB 3548.

091

Rep. Richardson

Introduces Jin Lan and asks Mr. Lan to share his opinion of the status and potential of Oregon economic development with China.

120

Jin Linn

(via conference call) - Responds that China is a potential investment source and an educational opportunity.

190

Chair Smith

Closes the public hearing on HB 3545, HB 3546, HB 3547†††††††††† ††††††††and HB 3548.

202

Chair Smith

Reopens the public hearing on HB 3391.

HB 3391 PUBLIC HEARING

210

John McDonald

Farmer, Hillsboro. Testifies in support of HB 3391. Notes that he is grower of hazelnuts and relates his experience with international trade and Oregon products. Explains that 99% of the hazelnuts in the United States are grown in Oregon but Oregon has 3% of the world supply. Explains that Oregon has little input on price and supply and notes that Turkey, France, Italy and Spain are all subsidized.

240

McDonald

Notes that Turkey can ship hazelnuts into New York city for 15-cents more than it takes for him to grow them.

255

Chair Smith

Closes the public hearing on HB 3391 and adjourns the meeting at†† 3:10 p.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A.HB 3031, written testimony, Representative Steve March, 1 p

B.HB 3031-1 amendments dated 3/24/03, staff, 1 p

C.HB 3031, written testimony, Jeff Marotta, 2 pp

D.HB 3031, written testimony, John Feuerstein, 1 p

E.HB 3031, prepared testimony, Steve Novick, 36 pp

F.HB 2299-4 amendments dated 4/8/03, staff, 13 pp

G.HB 3391, written testimony, Peter Bloome, 2 pp

H.HB 3391, written testimony, Carol Whipple, 8 pp

I.†† HB 3391, written testimony, Karen Lewotsky, 3 pp

J.HB 3391, written testimony, Jerry and Deanna Dyksterhuis, 1 p

K. HB 3391, 2002 Report to the Legislature (Washington), Rep. Patti Smith, 14 pp

L.HB 3391, written testimony, Dugan Petty, 2 pp

M. HB 3391, written testimony, Mitch Morrow, 2 pp

N. HB 3391, written testimony, Terry Witt, 1 p

O. HB 3391, written testimony, Tim Annala, 1 p

P.HB 3545-1 amendment dated 4/8/03, Rep. Richardson, 1 p

Q. HB 3547-1 amendment dated 4/7/03, Rep. Richardson, 1 p