CONFERENCE COMMITTEE ON HB 3020B

 

July 15, 2003 Hearing Room C

3:30 PM          Tapes  1

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:            Rep. Tim Knopp, Chair

Rep. Jeff  Barker

Rep. Alan Brown

Sen. Tony Corcoran

Sen.  John Minnis

 

STAFF PRESENT:                  Mark Ellsworth, Committee Administrator

                                                Linda K. Gatto, Committee Assistant

                                                Ryan Sherlock, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE HEARD:                     HB 3020B 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 1, A

003

Chair Knopp

Calls the conference committee meeting to order at 3:35 p.m. and opens a work session on HB 3020B.

HB 3020B WORK SESSION

010

Dave Heynderickx

Senior Deputy, Legislative Counsel. Offers a description of the -B18 amendments (EXHIBIT A).

035

Heynderickx

Offers a description of the -B19 amendments (EXHIBIT B).

060

Chair Knopp

Clarifies that the -B19 amendments would help stem lawsuits by Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) members.

062

Heynderickx

Comments on the possible lawsuits and how the amendments relate to this issue. Offers a description of the -B21 amendments (EXHIBIT C).

090

Sen. Corcoran

Questions who is covered by the -B21 amendments.

095

Heynderickx

Comments on the clarification. Continues with testimony regarding the -B21 amendments.

105

Rep. Barker

Asks why the amendments limit the size of the county which is affected.

110

Heynderickx

Comments on the reasoning for limiting the size of the county in context to the bill. Continues with testimony and description of the       -B22 amendments (EXHIBIT D).

165

Jim Voytko

Executive Director, Oregon Public employees Retirement System. Offers written testimony (EXHIBIT E) regarding HB 3020B and the proposed amendments. Explains why 87 employers under the new PERS system had rate increases upon passage of the previous PERS laws.

260

Sen. Corcoran

Clarifies that every one of the 87 employers who saw their rates rise, could have entered into the newly created PERS pool.

270

Voytko

Acknowledges.

275

Sen. Corcoran

Clarifies that allowing the amendments will not affect any pooled or non-pooled employer’s rates.

277

Voytko

Acknowledges, and further comments on the effects of the amendments.

280

Sen. Corcoran

Indicates his intention to support the amendment, but points out the previous opportunity for those 87 employers to join the pool, which they refused.

280

Chair Knopp

Asks whether there is evidence that, had those 87 employers been in the pool, their rates would have gone down.

285

Voytko

Acknowledges, and further discusses the possibility of those employers’ rates going down. Continues with testimony regarding the proposed amendments.

335

Chair Knopp

Recesses the meeting at 3:58 p.m.

RECESS

337

Chair Knopp

Calls the conference committee meeting back to order at 4:00 p.m.

340

Sen. Corcoran

Indicates his intent to vote Aye on the amendments, but expresses his concerns with the amendments.

355

Rep. Knopp

Comments on Sen. Corcoran’s concerns.

405

Rep. Brown

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT HB 3020B-B18 amendments dated 07/14/03.

 

 

VOTE:  5-0

 

Chair Knopp

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

410

Rep. Brown

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT HB 3020B-B19 amendments dated 07/14/03.

 

 

VOTE:  5-0

 

Chair Knopp

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

415

Rep. Brown

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT HB 3020B-B21 amendments dated 07/15/03.

420

Rep. Barker

Further questions the reason for limiting the scope of the amendments by size of the county.

425

Chair Knopp

Comments on the concerns expressed by Rep. Barker.

430

Rep. Barker

Further comments his concerns, but indicates his intention to support the amendment.

435

 

VOTE:  5-0

 

Chair Knopp

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

440

Rep. Brown

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT HB 3020B-B22 amendments dated 07/15/03.

 

 

VOTE:  5-0

 

Chair Knopp

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

450

Rep. Brown

MOTION:  Moves HB 3020B to the floor with the recommendation that the House CONCUR in Senate amendments dated 07/02/03 and that the bill be FURTHER AMENDED and the measure be REPASSED.

455

 

VOTE:  5-0

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

 

Chair Knopp

The motion CARRIES.

REP. KNOPP AND SEN. CORCORAN will lead discussion on the floors.

460

Committee

Discusses who will carry the bill in either chamber.

470

Chair Knopp

Closes the conference committee on HB 3020B, and adjourns the meeting at 4:10 p.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – HB 3020B, -B18 amendments, staff, 2 pp.

B – HB 3020B, -B19 amendments, staff, 2 pp.

C – HB 3020B, -B21 amendments, staff, 1 p.

D – HB 3020B, -B22 amendments, staff, 3 pp.

E – HB 3020B, written testimony, Jim Voytko, 3 pp.