HOUSE COMMITTEE ON TRADE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

 

 

May 07, 2003 Hearing Room D

1:00 PM  Tapes 53 - 54

 

 

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:            HB 2011 Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                HB 3547 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 53, A

004

Chair Smith

Calls the meeting to order at 1:37 p.m. and opens the public hearing on HB 2011.

HB 2011 PUBLIC HEARING

006

Marty Brantley

Chairman Oregon Economic and Community Development Department, (OECDD). Supports the refocus on:

  • Identifying OECDD’s mission
  • Structuring OECDD to be reflective of the mission
  • Utilizing the right people, funding, and accountability.

020

Brantley

States that the number one function of OECDD is the creation of quality, stable jobs.

051

Rep. March

Asks if he supports the -1 or -2 amendments (EXHIBIT A).

052

Brantley

Answers the -2 amendments.

054

Bruce Anderson

House Speaker’s Office. Provides an overview of HB 2011 and the -2 amendments. States that this bill will help existing businesses expand their operations and bring new business to Oregon by fostering a business friendly environment.

085

Anderson

Reviews the changes in Section 1 and Section 3.

116

Anderson

Reviews the changes in Section 4.

136

Anderson

Reviews the changes in Section 5.

148

Anderson

Reviews the changes in Section 7.

201

Anderson

Reviews the changes in Sections 6, 8, and 9.

212

Anderson

Notes there is one minor change on page 3, line 26 before the period. Suggests adding language that the commission sets the regions in consultation with local governmental units on page 3, line 26

228

Rep. Hunt

Asks what opposition is there regarding having community colleges represented.

238

Anderson

Responds that community colleges do not have a Commission. Explains the focus was to have the chairs of the Commissions.

227

Rep. Hunt

Notes that infrastructure development is not included in the mission statement.

240

Anderson

Refers to page 1, line 24, about ports being critical to economic development.

252

Rep. March

Refers to Section 1 of the -1 amendments relating to industrial and commercial infrastructure. Asks if the -2 amendments encourage the development of infrastructure.

298

Anderson

Answers that the -1 language discusses the duties of the central and the regional offices. Refers to Section 1 regarding OCEDD assisting communities.

290

Rep. Hass

Asks what is the definition of the language “unreasonable delay” and “ensure client satisfaction” and “promote local awareness”.

320

Anderson

Explains that “promote local awareness” is current language. Explains in regard to “unreasonable delay” and “ensure client satisfaction” intends to prevent having a project held up for some reason and results in a deadlock that requires intervention.

345

Rep. Hass

Notes that there are times when projects need to be held up.

347

Anderson

Responds that the issue being addressed is to have projects proceed.

373

Rep. Hass

Comments that streamlining the permitting process is his preferred way of getting to this.

389

Anderson

Responds that the delay would need to be justifiable.

399

Chair Smith

Refers to page 3, line 9 “other persons designated by the Governor” and asks is there a limit on the number of people the governor can bring on.

431

Anderson

Responds the intent is to allow some flexibility for the Governor.

463

Rep. Richardson

Supports the bill with these amendments.

470

Jim Lindsay

The Lindsay Group. Supports the bill and provides an overview of the type of work he does. Refers to correspondence from Microchip and OSTP Group, (EXHIBIT B).

TAPE 54, A

034

Lindsay

Explains the importance of productivity in business. Discusses the role of productivity in daily life. Would like to see Oregon as the most productive state in the union and have the highest per capita income in the union.

062

Lindsay

Comments on the headquarter companies that have left Oregon and suggests asking them what it would take to get them back.

080

Lindsay

States the bill is a good beginning and suggests focusing on moving forward and building a strong sustainable business climate.

095

Mike Sohn

States that last year he moved here from California and opened a new business. Explains in order to bring more businesses to Oregon there needs to be an infrastructure, manpower, and support from local people.

141

Rep. March

Asks what type of business is he in and what drew him to Oregon.

162

Sohn

Answers it is a high tech related business. Comments on the competition and many businesses want to move over seas. All high tech business is cyclical.

172

Jon Chandler

Legislative Advocates. Testifies in support of the -2 amendments and how this bill dovetails with SB 467 and HB 3120.

222

Doris Penwell

OECDD Responds to the question Rep. Hass has about the language and offers to work together to clarify the language.

233

Chair Smith

Closes the public hearing on HB 2011 and opens the work session on HB 2011.

HB 2011 WORK SESSION

257

Rep. Gallegos

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT HB 2011-2 amendments dated 05/07/03.

258

Rep. Hass

Comments on economic development opportunities. Explains that he supports the intent of the bill but sees no action and will be a no vote.

283

Chair Smith

Comments that part of reason funding higher education is a problem is because the process needs to be streamlined so businesses will come here.

 

 

VOTE:  7-0

 

Chair Smith

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

292

Rep. Gallegos

MOTION:  Moves HB 2011 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

307

Rep. Hunt

Comments that he does not see how this bill would not have a fiscal impact. States he would support the bill if it was referred to Ways and Means.

318

Chair Smith

Explains that by the time the bill arrives on the floor the fiscal statement will be prepared.

323

 

VOTE:  5-2

AYE:               5 - Berger, Gallegos, March, Richardson, Smith P.

NAY:               2 - Hass, Hunt

 

Chair Smith

The motion CARRIES.

REP. GALLEGOS will lead discussion on the floor.

337

Chair Smith

Closes the work session on HB 2011 and opens the public hearing on HB 3547.

HB 3547 PUBLIC HEARING

350

Rep. Richardson

Introduces HB 3547A and the -2 amendments, (EXHIBIT C), which establishes a cluster of industries in Oregon the area of Homeland Security. Introduces James Adams who will explain how the war on terrorism affects Oregon.

390

James Adams

Ashland Institute for Strategic Studies. States that he has specialized in warfare for about 25 years, particularly terrorism. He is an advisor in Washington DC and is a professor at Oregon State University.

416

Adams

Explains that 9/11 was a culmination of a series of events. Explains how the attacks were organized and states that America was unprepared and this has begun an intense intelligence effort.

457

Adams

Explains what has been learned and what has been done. Reports the current status of the War on Terror, al Qaida, and the reason for attacking Iraq.

TAPE 53, B

005

Adams

Discusses biological weapons and the small pox model. Discusses the certainty of another attack on US soil.

035

Adams

Comments on the strengths of the US. States the potential of future attacks/wars being on terms other than the United States terms. Discusses recent knowledge of planned nuclear and radiological attacks. Discusses the relatively easy access to biological weapons.

088

Adams

Discusses the money behind Homeland Security, Notes that no one in the government was held accountable for 9/11.

109

Adams

Discusses the lack of a coordinated effort to utilize resources to execute a plan. Proposes a public/private partnership to develop a homeland security excellence network.

148

Rep. Gallegos

States her understanding is that there are federal matching funds. Asks what federal grants are available.

151

Adams

Responds that not all funds available are matching funds. Notes there is grant money in the intelligence community, commerce, and customs.

198

Rep. March

Asks what organizations in the private sector could work on this.

207

Adams

Responds that companies who have demonstrated leadership need to create and develop a plan. Provides some examples.

240

Rep. Richardson

Adds reasons why Oregon should move ahead with plans to develop this industry.

261

Rep. Gallegos

Asks if there is research already in progress.

262

Rep. Richardson

Suggests pursuing available funds without the match requirement and promote research and products.

279

Sherry Sheng

Deputy Director, Economic and Community Development Department (OECDD). States that OECDD has recognized that homeland security may be an area of significant growth. Discusses Oregon Rains and cyber security.

362

Rep. Berger

Asks is Oregon in a position to see the funds that Mr. Adams discussed.

378

Sheng

Responds it requires collaboration of Oregon companies. Notes that the funds have not been appropriated yet.

394

Rep. Berger

Asks if the research component has been explored.

398

Sheng

Answers affirmatively but the research dollars are not yet available.

TAPE 54, B

422

Chair Smith

Closes the public hearing on HB 3547.

 

Rep. Hass

Serves notice of a possible minority report on HB 2011.

021

Chair Smith

Acknowledges and compliments the Committee’s work this session.      Adjourns the meeting at 2:50 p.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A. HB 2011-1 amendments dated 4/29/03 and HB 2011-2 amendments dated 5/7/03, staff, 27 pp

B. HB 2011, correspondence, Jim Lindsay, 3 pp

C. HB 3547-2 amendments dated 5/7/03, Rep. Dennis Richardson, 3 pp