HOUSE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION

 

 

March 12, 2003   Hearing Room 357

8:30 AM Tapes  47 - 48

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:            Rep. Alan Brown, Chair

Rep. Elizabeth Beyer, Vice-Chair

Rep. John Mabrey Vice-Chair

Rep. Jackie Dingfelder

Rep. George Gilman

Rep. Mitch Greenlick

Rep. Cliff Zauner

 

STAFF PRESENT:                  Janet Adkins, Administrator

Ryan Sherlock, Assistant

 

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:            HB 2571 – Public Hearing

HB 2398 – Work Session

HB 2573 – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                HB 2774 – Public Hearing

                                                HB 2993 – Public Hearing

                                                HB 3138 – 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 47, A

003

Chair Brown

Calls the meeting to order at 8:30 a.m., and opens a public hearing on HB 2571.

HB 2571 – PUBLIC HEARING

005

Janet Adkins

Committee Administrator. Offers a description of HB 2571.

020

Rep. Mary Gallegos

House District 29. Offers written testimony (EXHIBIT A) in support of HB 2571.

055

Rep. Dingfelder

Thanks Rep. Gallegos for her testimony, and ask if she received any research from the Driver and Motor Vehicle Services regarding the revenues received from vanity license plates.

065

Rep. Gallegos

Explains that this bill is not a fix-all, but just another tool to use.

075

Chair Brown

Recesses the public hearing on HB 2571, and opens a work session on HB 2398.

HB 2398 – WORK SESSION

080

Janet Adkins

Committee Administrator. Offers a description of HB 2398 and the proposed -3 amendments (EXHIBIT B).

095

Chair Brown

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT HB 2398-3 amendments dated 03/11/03.

 

 

VOTE:  6-0

EXCUSED:  1 - Mabrey

 

Chair

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

100

Rep. Beyer

MOTION:  Moves HB 2398 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

115

Rep. Greenlick

Commends Janet Adkins for her work on the bill.

120

 

VOTE:  6-0

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

EXCUSED:  1 - Mabrey

 

Chair Brown

The motion CARRIES.

GREENLICK will lead discussion on the floor.

130

Chair Brown

Closes the work session on HB 2398, and opens a public hearing on HB 2573.

HB 2573 – PUBLIC HEARING

135

Janet Adkins

Committee Administrator. Offers a description of HB 2573.

145

Rep. Greenlick

Clarifies that all trailers are not required to be registered.

147

Adkins

Explains that registration is based on weight.

150

Steve Knebel

Scappoose, Oregon. Offers written testimony (EXHIBIT C) in support of HB 2573.

200

Kelly Taylor

Oregon Department of Transportation, DMV. Offers testimony regarding HB 2573.

215

Chair Brown

Asks how much use the antique plates can be.

220

Taylor

Explains the difference between antique plates and regular use plates, including where and when they can be used.

235

Rep. Greenlick

Asks if any other vehicles would fall into the category if the “motor” were eliminated from motor vehicle, as the bill would do.

240

Taylor

Explains that it would basically be only trailers.

245

Rep. Zauner

Asks if there would be any need to create new plates.

250

Taylor

Explains that there would be no need to make new plates.

260

Chair Brown

Closes the public hearing on HB 2573, and opens a work session on HB 2573.

HB 2573 – WORK SESSION

265

Rep. Zauner

MOTION:  Moves HB 2573 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

270

Adkins

Points out the definition of an antique.

275

 

VOTE:  7-0

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

 

Chair Brown

The motion CARRIES.

280

Rep. Greenlick

MOTION:  Moves HB 2573 be placed on the CONSENT CALENDAR.

 

 

VOTE:  7-0

 

Chair Brown

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

285

Chair Brown

Closes the work session on HB 2573, and opens a work session on HB 2571.

 

290

Rep. Mabrey

MOTION:  Requests unanimous consent that the rules be SUSPENDED to allow REP. MABREY to BE RECORDED as voting AYE on the MOTION:  Moves HB 2398 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

295

 

VOTE:  7-0

 

Chair Brown

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

300

Chair Brown

Closes the work session on HB 2573, and opens a public hearing on HB 2571.

HB 2571 – PUBLIC HEARING

315

Andrea Morgan

Oregon Department of Education. Offers testimony regarding HB 2571.

320

Mordale Dunsworth

Oregon Department of Education. Offers testimony regarding HB 2571.

325

Chair Brown

Opens a public hearing on HB 2774, 2993, 3138.

HB  2571,  2774,  2993,  3138 – PUBLIC HEARING

335

Kelly Taylor

Oregon Department of Transportation. Offers testimony regarding HB 2571, 2774, 2993, 3138 with reference to (EXHIBIT D).

TAPE 48, A

045

Taylor

Continues with testimony regarding HB 2571, including the administrative and budgetary problems associated with contests.

230

Rep. Dingfelder

Asks how the public and dealers are notified about new plates.

235

Taylor

Explains how dealers and customers are notified about and may obtain the plates, explaining that direct advertising would be a misuse of highway money.

275

Rep. Steve March

House District 46. Offers testimony in support of HB 2993, and asks Ms. Taylor if it is more economical to issue new plates all at once.

305

Taylor

Explains that there is some efficiency from processing the new plate designs at the same time, but the process is still substantial.

320

Rep. Zauner

Clarifies that the startup for a new plate is $150,000.

325

Taylor

Acknowledges that new plates are $150,000.

330

Rep. Zauner

Asks whether any specialty plate has recovered the cost through sales.

335

Taylor

Explains that the new plates cost $150,000, but plates with the group name on them cost about $4000.

340

Rep. Mabrey

Clarifies figures on the funds being distributed.

345

Taylor

Acknowledges that the funds in question are what have been distributed to the group.

350

Rep. Greenlick

Clarifies that the plate proposed by HB 3138 would not be a new plate, but a symbol added to a plate.

355

Taylor

Explains that as the bill is written it would require DMV issuing an entirely new plate. Explains which groups can use symbols and which are required to use only lettering.

370

Rep. Greenlick

Recalls that the intent of HB 3138 was not to create an entirely new plate.

375

Rep. Dingfelder

Points out that the language in the bill does indicate the use of a symbol the “Star of Life.”

380

Taylor

Explains that as the bill is written with the symbol language it would require a new plate be issued.

385

Rep. Greenlick

Restates that creating a new plate was not his intent in supporting the bill.

390

Chair Brown

Points out that Rep. March’s plate would need $100 thousand dollars which would come from the general fund.

395

Rep. March

Explains where the $100,000 figure came from, and where the money would need to come from.

TAPE 47, B

015

Chair Brown

Invites Rep. Johnson to offer testimony regarding HB 2774.

020

Rep. Betsy Johnson

House District 31. Offers testimony in support of HB 2774, and outlines the function and efforts of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Organization.

065

Rep. Greenlick

Ask whether there is any danger of making the license plates difficult to do its primary duty of displaying the plate number.

075

Rep. March

Explains that he did not envision making an entirely new design.

085

Rep. Johnson

Explains that while visibility is an issue, raising cancer awareness is also an important issue.

100

Rep. Zauner

Asks whether there could be any means to better figure the interest in the proposed plates, to clarify the interest.

110

Rep. March

Points out that California currently has cancer awareness plates, and possibly those numbers could be used to figure the interest in Oregon.

115

Taylor

Expresses concern for using information regarding specialty plates sales from other states.

130

Rep. Beyer

Ask if there has been any effort to require the organizations to pay the costs upfront.

135

Taylor

Observes that some types of plates are required to be funded by the group upfront; however other plates are funded through state funds.

160

Rep. Zauner

Refers to the groups which are supposed to pay the costs of the plates, and asks if the state was ever paid back for these costs.

165

Taylor

Explains that the state paid the initial costs up front.

170

Rep. Zauner

Asks whether a mailing could be sent out with a list of possible specialty plates and whether people would purchase those plates.

175

Taylor

Explains that she is unsure whether highway fund money could be used for this purpose.

185

Chair Brown

Asks if HB 2993 would require a new plate.

190

Taylor

Clarifies that the plate proposed would require an amendment to statute 805.205; however the statute would currently allow the group to place their name on the plate without a change in statute.

200

Rep. Greenlick

Asks how much it costs to just place the name on the plate.

205

Taylor

Guesses the cost would be around $15,000.

210

Chair Brown

Clarifies that by just placing the name of the group on the plate no legislation is required.

215

Taylor

Acknowledges that placing the name could be done under current law.

217

Chair Brown

Points out the Lewis and Clark bicentennial is unique and could warrant an entirely new plate, but clarifies that this would then cost $150,000.

220

Taylor

Acknowledges that the cost would be around $150,000.

225

Rep. Johnson

Observes that the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Organization would not want to fund that amount of money upfront.

235

Chair Brown

Asks what amount of money has been budgeted by the state for the bicentennial activities.

240

Rep. Johnson

Explains that the original request was $300,000 but by the end of the special sessions the funding was $97,500.

260

Rep. Zauner

Asks whether the license plate frame could be used to promote the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial.

265

Rep. Johnson

Invites Rep. Zauner to pursue this possibility, and further discusses promotion of the event.

290

Chair Brown

Thanks the representatives for their testimony, and explains that HB 3138’s requester is unable to be at the meeting, so it will be held over to the next meeting.

295

Rep. Zauner

Comments on his disinterest in seeing his bill cost the state, so it may need an amendment.

300

Adkins

Asks whether the sponsors require a symbol or would be happy with wording.

305

Rep. Greenlick

Expresses the need to meet with the requester and rework the bill.

310

Rep. Beyer

Asks whether additional spots would need to be created in this case.

315

Taylor

Explains that this requires more money to create the additional infrastructure.

325

Chair Brown

Closes the public hearing on HB 2571, 2774, 2993, and 3138. Adjourns the meeting at 9:51 a.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – HB 2571, written testimony, Rep. Mary Gallegos, 1 p.

B – HB 2398, -3 amendment, Staff, 5 pp.

C – HB 2573, written testimony, Steve Knebel, 1 p.

D – HB 2571, 2774, 2993, 3138, Specialty and Group Plate Information, Kelly Taylor, 1 p.