HOUSE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION

 

 

March 19, 2003   Hearing Room 357

8:30 AM Tapes  53 - 54

 

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 3014 – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                HB 2768 – Public Hearing

                                                HB 3001 – Public Hearing

                                                HB 3002 – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                HB 2997 – Work Session

                                                HB 2853 – Work Session

 

 

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

003

Chair Brown

Calls the meeting to order at 8:34 a.m., and opens a public hearing on HB 3014.

HB 3014 – PUBLIC HEARING

005

Janet Adkins

Committee Administrator. Offers a description of HB 3014.

0015

Rep. Greenlick

Explains that he is the sponsor of the bill and thanks the witnesses for being before the committee.

020

Keith Leavitt

Port of Portland. Thanks Rep. Greenlick for sponsoring the bill and introduces Ms. Jacobson.

025

Barbara Jacobson

Port of Portland. Offers written testimony (EXHIBIT A) in support of HB 3014.

060

Rep. Zauner

Asks if any party would attempt to outbid the Scouts.

065

Jacobson

Explains that there is little other interest in the site.

070

Adkins

Explains that there is a possibility that this same issue could cause problems for other airports, but they cannot be addressed in this bill.

080

Jacobson

Explains that it is unique that an airport has excess property to sell.

085

Chair Brown

Closes the public hearing on HB 3014, and opens a work session on HB 3014.

HB 3014 – WORK SESSION

090

Rep. Beyer

MOTION:  Moves HB 3014 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

095

 

VOTE:  7-0

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

 

Chair Brown

The motion CARRIES.

100

Rep. Zauner

MOTION:  Moves HB 3014 be placed on the CONSENT CALENDAR.

 

 

VOTE:  7-0

 

Chair Brown

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

105

Chair Brown

Closes the work session on HB 3014, and opens a public hearing on HB 3014.

HB 2768 – PUBLIC HEARING

110

Janet Adkins

Committee Administrator. Offers a description of HB 2768.

125

Rep. Prozanski

House District 8. Offers testimony in support of HB 2768.

175

Karen Frost

Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA), Program Director. Describes the purpose of the BTA, and offers testimony in support of HB 2768 with reference to submitted written testimony (EXHIBIT B).

275

Chair Brown

Places the public hearing on HB 2768 at ease, and opens a public hearing on HB 3001.

HB 3001 – PUBLIC HEARING

285

Janet Adkins

Committee Administrator. Offers a description of HB 3001.

315

Sen. Metzger

Senate District 26. Offers testimony in support of HB 3001.

350

Chair Brown

Thanks Sen. Metzger for his testimony, places the public hearing on HB 3001 at ease, and reopens the public hearing on HB 2768.

HB 2768 – PUBLIC HEARING

355

Rep. Prozanski

Continues with testimony in support of HB 2768.

400

Rep. Mabrey

Expresses his concerns regarding the safety issues related to HB 2768.

TAPE 54, A

015

Rep. Prozanski

Addresses Rep. Mabrey’s concerns explaining that there are safety concerns for when a bicycle comes to a stop.

050

Frost

Addresses Rep. Mabrey’s concern of children not being able to use the proposed law change safely, explains that the BTA currently has bicycle safety education programs for children, and further discusses the issues of children bicycle safety.

085

Rep. Greenlick

Expresses his concerns regarding the safety of the bill, relating his personal experience regarding bicycle safely. Questions the relationship between bicycles and motorists and how this bill could complicate this relationship further.

115

Rep. Prozanski

Points out that there will always be motorists and bicyclists who abuse the laws and the relationship between the two groups. Further discusses the relationship between the two groups and the laws which relate to this relationship.

150

Rep. Greenlick

Asks whether Rep. Prozanski would support, as the state replaces stop signs, that there be added below the sign which indicated the sign did not apply to bicycles.

155

Rep. Prozanski

Addresses the issue of signage.

175

Rep. Zauner

Clarifies that as the bill is currently written a bicycle would be required to stop at traffic signals.

180

Rep. Prozanski

Acknowledges that the bicycle would be required to stop in this situation.

190

Rep. Beyer

Points out that the consequences are not different if an accident occurs at a stop or light intersection.

200

Rep. Prozanski

Discusses the consequences and indicates his willingness to consider amendments which would equalize the punishment.

210

Chair Brown

Closes the work session on HB 2768, and reopens the public hearing on HB 3001.

HB 3001 – PUBLIC HEARING

215

Chair Brown

Points out that one of the corridors at issue is in his district.

230

Troy Costales

Oregon Department of Transportation, Transportation Safety Division. Offers written testimony regarding HB 3001 (EXHIBIT C).

260

Chair Brown

Asks whether the bill would allow ODOT to open more than two safety corridors.

265

Costales

Explains that the bill only allows for two safety corridors.

270

Rep. Dingfelder

Asks about the criteria used to choose the safety corridors.

275

Costales

Discusses the criteria used.

280

Rep. Dingfelder

Asks for a list of the most dangerous corridors in Oregon.

285

Costales

Discusses the ways in which ODOT chooses those roadways which it would classify as a safety corridor.

310

Chair Brown

Points out that with an amendment to the current bill ODOT could create more than two safety corridors.

312

Costales

Acknowledges, and discusses the option.

315

Adkins

Mentions her discussion with Legislative Counsel regarding this option.

320

Chair Brown

Asks how the other safety corridors are chosen.

325

Costales

Describes the process for choosing safety corridors.

345

Chair Brown

Clarifies that Mr. Costales does not currently have the relevant accident statistics.

350

Costales

Indicates that he does not currently have that information, but will obtain, and provide it to the committee in the future.

355

Rep. Zauner

Asks if there are statistics regarding, time of day, or use of alcohol.

360

Costales

Indicates that he will get that information to the committee.

365

Rep. Gilman

Asks that Mr. Costales consider a section of road in his district.

365

Rep. Beyer

Clarifies the bill would allow ODOT to change the corridors any time during the sunset.

380

Costales

Discusses the ability to change the safety corridors, and the problem of signage.

385

Rep. Beyer

Clarifies that they would not have to come back to the legislature to change the corridors.

387

Costales

Acknowledges.

390

Rep. Greenlick

Asks if ODOT would like to have the authority to designate safety corridors.

395

Costales

Explains that, as he reads the bill, ODOT would be allowed to designate two of the thirteen corridors.

400

Rep. Greenlick

Asks, if there were an amendment allowing ODOT to have designation privileges over all thirteen corridors, would ODOT support it.

405

Costales

Discusses the safety concerns that such an amendment would address.

410

Chair Brown

Asks if it is the committee’s wish to see such amendments.

415

Rep. Greenlick

Indicates that he would like to see such amendments.

TAPE 53, B

015

Chair Brown

Closes the public hearing on HB 3001, and opens a public hearing on HB 3002.

HB 3002 – PUBLIC HEARING

020

Janet Adkins

Committee Administrator. Offers a description of HB 3002.

055

Roger Martin

Oregon Transit Association. Offers testimony in support of HB 3002.

085

Steve Rogers

City of Corvallis, Public Works Director. Offers written testimony (EXHIBIT D) in support of HB 3002.

160

Rep. Mabrey

Asks about Mr. Rogers testimony regarding parking exemptions.

165

Rogers

Addresses the parking exemptions

175

Martin

Discusses the parking issue by illustrating the situation of parking around the capitol building.

195

Adkins

Points out that the parking issue is on page three of the bill.

200

Rep. Greenlick

Questions some of the language of the bill, and clarifies that the language is not substantive.

210

Adkins

Explains that there is no substantive change.

225

Rep. Zauner

Explains that during the entire last session the issue of “may” and “shall” was discussed extensively.

235

Justin Roach

City of Corvallis, City Councilor, Ward 4. Offers written testimony (EXHIBIT E) in support of HB 3002.

305

Rep. Zauner

Asks where the money would come from to fund the cities.

310

Martin

Explains that the money would come from the affected state agencies.

320

Rep. Zauner

Asks if Oregon State University would be in opposition to HB 3002.

325

Martin

Indicates that he does not know.

340

Martin Loring

Oregon Department of Transportation, Public Transit Division, Administrator. Offers written testimony (EXHIBIT F) in support of HB 3002.

385

David Barenberg

League of Oregon Cities. Offers testimony in support of HB 3002.

TAPE 54, B

010

Chair Brown

Asks what percent the district are eligible for.

015

Loring

Discusses the eligibility of districts.

025

Chair Brown

Closes the public hearing on HB 3002, and opens a work session on HB 3002.

HB 3002 – WORK SESSION

030

Chair Brown

Explains that the bill does have a subsequent referral to Ways and Means.

035

Rep. Dingfelder

MOTION:  Moves HB 3002 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation and BE REFERRED to the committee on Ways and Means by prior reference.

 

 

VOTE:  7-0

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

EXCUSED:  1 – Greenlick (Vote recorded: Tape 54, B; counter #160)

 

Chair Brown

The motion CARRIES.

040

Chair Brown

Closes the work session on HB 3002, and opens a work session on HB 2997.

 

 

 

HB 2997 – WORK SESSION

050

Chair Brown

Explains the need to reconsider the bill.

055

Rep. Beyer

MOTION:  Moves to SUSPEND the rules for the purpose of reconsidering the vote on HB 2997 (from 3/14).

060

Janet Adkins

Explains that the measure had a subsequent referral, but the referral can been removed, so the committee may recommend rescinding the subsequent referral.

065

 

VOTE:  7-0

 

Chair Brown

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

070

Rep. Beyer

MOTION:  Moves to RECONSIDER the vote by which we passed HB 2997.

075

 

VOTE:  7-0

 

Chair Brown

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

080

Rep. Beyer

MOTION:  Moves HB 2997 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation and the SUBSEQUENT REFERRAL to the committee on Revenue BE RESCINDED.

085

 

VOTE:  7-0

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

 

Chair Brown

The motion CARRIES.

090

Rep. Greenlick

MOTION:  Moves HB 2997 be placed on the CONSENT CALENDAR.

 

 

VOTE:  7-0

 

Chair Brown

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

095

Adkins

Clarifies an answer to a previous question by Rep. Greenlick.

105

Chair Brown

Closes the work session on HB 2997 and opens a work session on HB 2853.

HB 2853 – WORK SESSION

110

Janet Adkins

Committee Administrator. Offers a description of HB 2853, and the proposed -2 amendment (EXHIBIT G).

130

Rep. Zauner

Asks how the board will select the staggered terms.

135

Adkins

Indicates that the board has volunteers to have their terms staggered.

140

Rep. Zauner

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT HB 2853-2 amendments dated 03/18/03.

 

 

VOTE:  7-0

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

 

Chair Brown

The motion CARRIES.

150

Rep. Zauner

MOTION:  Moves HB 2853 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  7-0

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

 

Chair Brown

The motion CARRIES.

155

Rep. Beyer

MOTION:  Moves HB 2853 be placed on the CONSENT CALENDAR.

 

 

VOTE:  7-0

 

Chair Brown

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

160

Rep. Brown

MOTION:  Requests unanimous consent that the rules be SUSPENDED to allow REP. GREENLICK to BE RECORDED as voting AYE on the Motion: to move HB 3002 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation and BE REFERRED to the committee on Ways and Means by prior reference.

 

 

VOTE:  7-0

 

Chair Brown

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

170

Chair Brown

Closes the work session on HB 2853, and adjourns the meeting at 10:07 a.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – HB 3014, written testimony, Barbara Jacobson, 1 p.

B – HB 2768, written testimony, Scott Bricker, 2 pp.

C – HB 3001, written testimony, Troy Costales, 1 p.

D – HB 3002, written testimony, Steve Rogers, 3 pp.

E – HB 3002, written testimony, Justin Roach, 4 pp.

F – HB 3002, written testimony, Martin Loring, 2 pp.

G – HB 2853, -2 amendment, Staff, 1 p.