HOUSE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION

 

 

April 14, 2003 Hearing Room 357

8:30 Tapes  80 - 81

 

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 3240 – Work Session

                                                HB 3135 – Public Hearing

                                                HB 2578 – Work Session

                                                HB 2670 – Work Session

                                                HB 2954 – 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 80, A

003

Chair Brown

Calls meeting to order at 8:33 a.m., and opens a work session on HB 3240.

HB 3240 – WORK SESSION

005

Janet Adkins

Committee Administrator. Offers a description of HB 3240, and the proposed -3 amendments (EXHIBIT A).

030

Susan Schneider

City of Portland. Offers testimony in support of HB 3240 with the proposed -3 amendment.

045

Bradd Swank

Oregon State Court Administrators Office. Offers testimony in opposition to HB 3240 and the proposed -3 amendments.

130

Rep. Greenlick

Asks how much the assessment is currently.

135

Swank

Discusses where the current assessment is spent.

140

Rep. Greenlick

Clarifies his earlier question.

145

Swank

Discusses what assessments are collected.

160

Rep. Greenlick

Asks how much the current unitary assessment is, and how is it being spent.

170

Swank

Explains that the current assessment is $35, and discusses the variations of that fee. Discusses how those assessments are used.

190

Rep. Mabrey

Asks Mr. Swank how he would fix the collection process.

195

Swank

Discusses how the assessment could be better collected, including increasing the assessment, or increasing the violation fee.

220

Rep. Mabrey

Clarifies the suggestion of increasing the unitary assessment.

225

Swank

Discusses the possibility of increasing the unitary assessment.

250

Rep. Mabrey

Clarifies that the legislature allocates a percentage.

252

Swank

Acknowledges.

255

Rep. Brown

Discusses how the unitary assessment funds are allocated.

260

Rep. Zauner

Asks whether more fines could be assessed for moving violations.

265

Swank

Explains that it would be more problematic to increase only certain assessments. Further discusses the issue of assessment increases.

295

Schneider

Discusses the problems with the collection tools being discussed, explaining that these means have been discussed but deemed inadequate.

335

Scott Bricker

Oregon Transportation Safety Coalition. Offers testimony regarding the assessment process, and concerns with the unitary assessment.

365

Rep. Beyer

Asks whether, if the bill went to Ways and Means and they chose to add the fee would Ms. Schneider’s group, and Ms. Bricker’s group be happy.

370

Schneider

Defers to Mr. Bricker.

375

Bricker

Discusses his wish to see a dedicated fund.

390

Schneider

Indicates that the proposed bill is patterned off of a similar assessment process in Colorado.

400

Swank

Comments on the collection process, and the failures in that process.

TAPE 81, A

030

Mark Lear

City of Portland. Discusses the model for the assessment in the state of Colorado.

040

Rep. Mabrey

Offers a hypothetical situation, and asks for clarification of the assessment process.

055

Swank

Comments on the hypothetical situation, outlining the process from when the ticket is written by the officer to when it is assessed by the judge. Further outlines the legislative history of the issue.

095

Rep. Beyer

Asks whether Colorado has a unitary assessment program.

100

Lear

Indicates that he does not know.

105

Swank

Explains that Oregon is the first state to implement such a program.

115

Lear

Explains that it is difficult to allocate the funds collected by the assessment.

125

Chair Brown

Discusses the need for a referral to Ways and Means.

130

Rep. Greenlick

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT HB 3240-3 amendments dated 04/11/03.

 

 

VOTE:  7-0

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

 

Chair Brown

The motion CARRIES.

140

Rep. Gilman

Expresses his support for traffic education, but his reluctant support for the bill.

145

Rep. Greenlick

MOTION:  Moves HB 3240 to floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation and BE REFERRED to the committee on Ways and Means by prior reference.

155

Rep. Beyer

Points out that she supports the issue.

160

Rep. Greenlick

Discusses his constituents interest in the bill.

170

 

VOTE:  7-0

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

 

Chair Brown

The motion CARRIES.

175

Chair Brown

Closes the work session on HB 3240, and opens a public hearing on HB 3135.

HB 3135 – PUBLIC HEARING

180

Rep. Zauner

Discusses his intentions for sponsoring HB 3135, with reference to the proposed -1 amendments (EXHIBIT B).

200

Scott Bricker

Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Offers testimony regarding HB 3135.

250

Chair Brown

Asks how many bicycles are in the state of Oregon.

255

Bricker

Explains that around 250,000 bikes are sold a year in Oregon, with 175,00 being sold in large chain stores, and around 50,000 being sold in specialty stores. Further discusses bike sales in Oregon.

280

Rep. Dingfelder

Asks how much money this bill would generate.

285

Bricker

Discusses the difficulty of collecting these fees, and the concerns of the biking community regarding the cost of assessing such a fee.

300

Rep. Zauner

Refers to Rep. Dingfelder’s question, and discusses his vision of how bikes would be registered.

320

Rep. Beyer

Asks whether there would be any type of enforcement.

325

Rep. Zauner

Discusses the enforcement issue with reference to the example of Hawaii.

340

Chair Brown

Closes the public hearing on HB 3135, and opens a work session on HB 2578.

HB 2578 – WORK SESSION

355

Chair Brown

Discusses his intent to send the bill to the House Judiciary Committee.

365

Rep. Zauner

MOTION:  Moves HB 2578 to the floor WITHOUT RECOMMENDATION as to passage and BE REFERRED to the committee on Judiciary.

 

 

VOTE:  7-0

 

Chair Brown

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

380

Chair Brown

Recesses the meeting at 9:28 a.m.

RECESS

382

Chair Brown

Calls meeting to order and recesses the committee until 9:45 a.m.

RECESS UNTIL  9:45 a.m.

385

Chair Brown

Calls meeting to order and opens a work session on HB 2670.

HB 2670 – WORK SESSION

390

Janet Adkins

Committee Administrator. Offers a description of HB 2670, and the proposed -4 amendments (EXHIBIT C).

TAPE 80, B

020

Rep. Greenlick

Asks how similar the proposed agreement is to that between car manufacturers and dealers.

025

Adkins

Explains that there are issues which differentiate recreational vehicles and automobiles.

030

Shawn Miller

Oregon Recreational Dealers Association. Offers testimony in support of the -4 amendments to HB 2670.

045

Rep. Greenlick

Asks if the problem is conceptual.

050

Miller

Indicates the problem in question is conceptual.

060

John Brenneman

Recreational Vehicle Industry Association. Offers testimony in support of the -4 amendments to HB 2670.

080

Rep. Beyer

Asks about specific language in the amendment and its intent.

085

Miller

Explains the language in question.

095

Adkins

Points out that Marathon Coach is grandfathered by the bill to operate as a dealer.

100

Rep. Beyer

Asks whether the grandfathered exemption is lost if the company changes hands.

105

Miller

Indicates that the grandfathered exemption would then be lost.

110

Brenneman

Discusses the case of Marathon Coach.

120

Rep. Zauner

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT HB 2670-4 amendments dated 04/14/03.

 

 

VOTE:  7-0

 

Chair Brown

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

125

Rep. Zauner

MOTION:  Moves HB 2670 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

130

 

VOTE:  7-0

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

 

Chair Brown

The motion CARRIES.

GREENLICK will lead discussion on the floor.

135

Rep. Zauner

MOTION:  Moves HB 2670 be placed on the CONSENT CALENDAR.

140

Rep. Greenlick

Indicates his wish to discuss the bill on the floor.

145

Rep. Zauner

Rescinds motion to place HB 2670 on the consent calendar.

150

Chair Brown

Closes the work session on HB 2670 and opens a public hearing on HB 2954.

HB 2954 – PUBLIC HEARING

155

Chair Brown

Asks if anyone has any testimony to offer regarding HB 2954. Seeing none, closes the public hearing on HB 2954.

160

Janet Adkins

Committee Administrator. Discusses the upcoming schedule for the committee.

165

Chair

Adjourns the meeting at 10:19 a.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – HB 3240, -3 amendments, Staff, 4 pp.

B – HB 3135, -1 amendments, Staff, 5 pp.

C – HB 2670, -4 amendments, Staff, 16 pp.