HOUSE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION

 

 

April 07, 2003 Hearing Room 343

2:00 PM Tapes  73 - 74

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:            Rep. Elizabeth Beyer, Vice-Chair

Rep. John Mabrey Vice-Chair

                                                Rep. Jackie Dingfelder

Rep. George Gilman

Rep. Mitch Greenlick

Rep. Cliff Zauner

 

MEMBERS EXCUSED:             Rep. Alan Brown, Chair

 

STAFF PRESENT:                  Janet Adkins, Administrator

Ryan Sherlock, Assistant

 

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:            HB 2670 – Public Hearing

                                                HB 2685 – Public Hearing

                                                Informational Meeting – Freight Advisory Committee

                                               

 

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 73, A

003

Vice Chair Mabrey

Calls the meeting to order at 2:07 a.m., and opens a public hearing on HB 2670.

HB 2670 – PUBLIC HEARING

005

Janet Adkins

Committee Administrator. Offers a description of HB 2670.

030

Shawn Miller

Oregon Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association. Offers testimony in support of HB 2670.

085

Rep. Zauner

Asks for clarification of wording in testimony.

090

Miller

Clarifies the language, continues with testimony in support of HB 2670.

180

John Brenneman

Recreational Vehicles Industries Association (RVIA). Offers testimony regarding HB 2670.

230

Adkins

Asks about the need for a federal franchise law.

235

Miller

Explains what national legislation is required for such a situation.

255

Rep. Mabrey

Clarifies that most RV’s are manufactured on Ford, Chevy, or Dodge frames.

265

Miller

Discusses the use of domestic parts in manufacturing.

280

Brenneman

Discusses the inconsistencies regarding manufacturing regulations.

305

Rep. Beyer

Refers to a constituent concern regarding inconsistent regulations.

325

Vice Chair Mabrey

Closes the public hearing on HB 2670, and opens a public hearing on HB 2685.

HB 2685 – PUBLIC HEARING

330

Janet Adkins

Committee Administrator. Offers a description of HB 2685.

350

Ken Armstrong

Oregon Ports Group. Offers testimony in support of HB 2685, and introduces the proposed -1 amendments (EXHIBIT A).

410

Rep. Beyer

Asks what the current registration fee is.

415

Armstrong

Explains that the fee is set and annual.

420

Rep. Beyer

Asks what percent of the boats would be under the 200 gross tons limit.

425

Armstrong

Explains the number is around 85% of registered boats.

435

Rep. Greenlick

Asks for clarification of the problem.

440

Armstrong

Refers to Mr. Mann.

TAPE 74, A

025

Don Mann

Port of Newport, Manager. Offer written testimony (EXHIBIT B) in support of HB 2685.

095

Armstrong

Refers to Rep. Greenlick’s earlier question regarding the target of the bill, indicating that it would primarily be used to remove abandoned boats which create navigation hazards.

125

Rep. Greenlick

Points out his concern for the types of boats which are included into the bill, and asks how boats were included.

130

Armstrong

Discusses the reasoning behind the weight limit, and other reasons why certain boats are included.

145

Rep. Dingfelder

Asks if there is some kind of cost recovery in the measure.

155

Armstrong

Discusses the issue of cost recovery.

170

Rep. Zauner

Asks who owns the docks where these boats are moored.

175

Mann

Explains that there are both private and publicly owned docks at the Port of Newport.

195

Rep. Zauner

Asks why the Port does not charge more rental fees to fund programs such as the one being proposed.

205

Mann

Discusses the means of increasing fees.

215

Rep. Beyer

Points out that abandoned boats are most likely junk boats which cannot be refurbished or resold. But asks what kinds of problems which might arise due to the lien process.

225

Armstrong

Comments on the issue and cost of the lien process.

250

Rep. Greenlick

Asks for further clarification regarding “floating-homes.”

260

Armstrong

Discusses the issue of “floating-homes.”

270

Terry Thompson

Lincoln County, Commissioner. Offers testimony in favor of HB 2685, further outlining the problems with abandoned boats.

290

Paul Donheffner

Marine Board. Offers written testimony (EXHIBIT C) in support of HB 2685, with reference to submitted photos (EXHIBIT D).

TAPE 73, B

001

Paul Donheffner

Continues with testimony in favor of HB 2685, and the proposed -1 amendments.

055

Rep. Dingfelder

Claifies that the proposed charge would be added onto the new fee established in other legislation.

060

Donheffner

Acknowledges, explains that the charge would be added onto the new fee.

065

Rep. Dingfelder

Clarifies the new fee outlined in the other legislation.

070

Donheffner

Explains that the new fee is $30 per foot, and this would be a one dollar addition to that total.

075

Phil Donovan

Northwest Steelheaders. Offers testimony in opposition to HB 2685.

115

Rep. Zauner

Asks Mr. Donovan whether his group would support a twenty five percent match.

120

Donovan

Explains that this may help, but expresses his concerns with the match.

135

Rep. Mabrey

Comments on the issue of paying for service that, while not directly benefiting your group, may benefit you indirectly.

140

Donovan

Points out his groups interest in working on the issue.

155

Rep. Mabrey

Asks Mr. Donheffner whether the -1 amendments help address some of the concerns with the bill.

165

Donheffner

Indicates the -1 amendments go a long way to address his concerns, but do not address them all.

175

Rep. Mabrey

In reference to Rep. Greenlick’s earlier question regarding the floating homes, asks whether the Representative was asking about fees assessed on these houseboats.

180

Rep. Greenlick

Acknowledges.

185

Rep. Mabrey

Asks the Mr. Donheffner to address this.

190

Donheffner

Explains that, as drafted, the bill would not assess fees on floating homes.

195

Armstrong

Discusses the problem with including floating homes, in regards to the relating clause.

200

Rep. Zauner

Asks how a boat is determined to be abandoned.

205

Donheffner

Points out the statute which defines abandoned boats.

215

Thompson

Points out the other side of the equity issue raised by Mr. Donovan.

220

Vice Chair Mabrey

Closes the public hearing on HB 2685, and opens an informational meeting on the Freight Advisory Committee.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING

230

Ken Armstrong

Oregon Ports Group, and Chair of the Freight Advisory Committee. Offers an overview of the freight Advisory Committee and the Oregon Freight Advisory Committee Report to the Legislature (EXHIBIT E) .

290

Matt Garrett

Oregon Department of Transportation. Offers informational testimony regarding the Freight Advisory Committee.

300

Vice Chair Mabrey

Closes the informational meeting and adjourns the committee meeting at 3:23 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – HB 2685, -1 amendments, Ken Armstrong, 2 pp.

B – HB 2685, written testimony, Don Mann, 2 pp.

C – HB 2685, written testimony, Paul Donheffner, 2 pp.

D – HB 2685, photo exhibits, Paul Donheffner, 8 pp.

E – Informational, Oregon Freight Advisory Committee: Report to the Legislature, Ken Armstrong, 34 pp.