SENATE COMMITTEE ON

AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES

 

 

February 03, 2003                                                                                                   Hearing Room B

8:30 a.m.                                                                                                                      Tapes  11 - 12

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Frank Shields, Chair

Sen. Roger Beyer, Vice-Chair

Sen. Tony Corcoran

Sen. Bill Fisher

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Judith Callens, Committee Administrator

Patricia Nielsen, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:           SB 95 – Public Hearing

SB 242 – 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 11, A

005

Chair Shields

Calls the meeting to order at 8:32 a.m.  Opens public hearing on SB 95.

SB 95 – PUBLIC HEARING

010

Judith Callens

Committee Administrator.  Presents overview of SB 95.

025

Nora Schliske

Ewenique Suffolks.  Testifies in favor of SB 95.  Demonstrates uses and disposal of various syringes.

075

Sen. Fisher

Asks about re-use of syringes.

080

Schliske

Describes.

090

Sen. Fisher

Comments on historical use of syringes.

095

Schliske

Responds.

100

Sen. Fisher

Asks about disposal of syringe parts.

105

Schliske

Explains.

125

Vice-chair Beyer

Points out statutory wording being addressed.

135

Katie Fast

Oregon Cattlemen’s Association.  Testifies in support of SB 95.

150

Chair Shields

Asks about possible contamination of syringes.

155

Fast

Responds.

165

Greg Addington

Oregon Farm Bureau.  Testifies in support of SB 95.

185

Kristan Mitchell

Oregon Refuse & Recycling Association.  Testifies in opposition to SB 95.  Describes regulation of medical waste.  Raises concern that once syringe parts are detached, they are indistinguishable from each other.  Suggests enforcement agencies may levy fines.

250

Sen. Corcoran

Asks about disposal of contaminated material.

255

Mitchell

Discusses.

285

Chair Shields

Comments on specific situations.

300

Vice-chair Beyer

Clarifies intent of proposed language.

315

Sen. Fisher

Suggests there will be violations with or without the change.

330

Marcia Keith

Oregon Veterinary Medical Association.  Testifies in support of SB 95.  Submits written testimony of Glenn M. Kolb (EXHIBIT A).

355

Chair Shields

Asks about complaints received by veterinarians.

360

Keith

Responds.

375

Bob Danko

Department of Environment Quality (DEQ).  Testifies and discusses concerns of waste management agencies:

·         Possible contamination of syringe from needle during use

·         Difficulty of distinguishing human syringes from animal husbandry syringes

TAPE 12, A

005

Chair Shields

Asks about different levels enforcement of disposal law in different areas.

010

Danko

Explains difference was in handling and collection of sharps but not disposal.

020

Vice-chair Beyer

Clarifies DEQ issue is statutory requirement.

025

Danko

Responds.

045

Schliske

Returns to show syringes.

050

Chair Shields

Asks about marking the syringes themselves.

055

Schliske

Answers.

060

Vice-chair Beyer

Comments on possible change to syringe structure.

075

Sen. Fisher

Discusses uses of syringes outside medical field.

090

Chair Shields

Asks for parties to bring amendment.  Closes public hearing on SB 95.  Opens public hearing on SB 242.

SB 242 – PUBLIC HEARING

100

Callens

Presents overview of SB 242.

115

Chuck Craig

Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA).  Testifies in favor of SB 242.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT B).  Discusses possible amendment for emergency clause.

155

Rep. Jeff Kropf

District 17.  Testifies in favor of SB 242.  Discusses food safety requirements of countries which import Oregon products.  Describes advantages provided by the certification of food production processes.

240

Sen. Fisher

Asks about food safety restrictions of Japanese importers.

260

Chair Shields

Comments further.

265

Rep. Kropf

Discusses process certification programs already in place.  Acknowledges trade issues.

315

Craig

Responds further.

·         Voluntary program

·         Already available from private services

·         Government certification is more sought than private certification

345

Jim Cramer

ODA.  Discusses voluntary nature of process certification program.  Offers to propose amendment to clarify the program is voluntary.

395

Craig

Responds further. 

TAPE 11, B

005

John Szczepanski

ODA.  Testifies and describes marketplace demands for Oregon exports.  Discusses advantages of process certification program.  Describes consumer concerns over food safety.

060

Chair Shields

Asks for description of proposed program.

065

Cramer

Discusses ODA assets and personnel already in place.

070

Chair Shields

Asks about difference in agency staff workload.

075

Cramer

Explains auditing process.

110

Chair Shields

Asks about possible amendment.

115

Craig

Discusses emergency clause.

120

Sen. Fisher

Asks about funding for services to be provided.

125

Craig

Responds.

145

Chair Shields

Suggests amendment.

155

Greg Bennett

Grower, packer and shipper of onions.  Testifies in support of SB 242.  Describes foreign markets and response of Oregon growers.

180

Sen. Corcoran

Asks about documentation to be provided with exports.

185

Bennett

Discusses.

195

Chair Shields

Advises the bill will be back with amendment, to be passed out.  Closes public hearing on SB 242.  Adjourns the meeting at 9:43 a.m.

 

 

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – SB 95, written testimony of Glenn M. Kolb, 1 p

B – SB 242, written testimony, Chuck Craig, 2 pp

C – SB 242, written testimony, J Szczepanski, 1 p