SENATE COMMITTEE ON

AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES

 

 

February 17, 2003                                                                                                   Hearing Room B

9:00 a.m.                                                                                                                                Tape 19

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Frank Shields, Chair

Sen. Roger Beyer, Vice-Chair

Sen. Tony Corcoran

Sen. Bill Fisher

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Judith Callens, Committee Administrator

Megan Jensen, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:           HB 2200 Public Hearing  

Introduction of LC 2648 and LC 2649 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 19, A

005

Chair Shields

Calls meeting to order at 9:05 a.m. and opens a public hearing on HB 2200.

HB 2200 - PUBLIC HEARING

010

Judith Callens

Committee Administrator. Gives overview of HB 2200.

025

Charlie Stone

Department of Forestry (ODF) Assistant State Forester. Testifies for HB 2200 and discusses two key objectives (EXHIBIT A):

  • Relieve wildland firefighters from liability for injury to persons or property when acting within the scope of their duties as long as the injury or damage does not result from willful misconduct or negligence.
  • Provide the same limits to liability for employees of private, non-profit, forest protective associations as a ODF employee when fighting fire under the direction and control of the State Forester.

Requests that an amendment be added to HB 2200.

079

Sen. Fisher

Asks about liability protection for Forest Services contractors flying air tankers while fighting fires.

085

Stone

Responds that this bill will not provide liability protection.

093

Sen. Fisher

Expresses concern that liability protection exists for government employees but not for the general public.

117

Stone

Clarifies that people fighting a fire are under the direction of the State Forester and should have liability protection.

130

Chair Shields

Requests clarification of the term “every reasonable effort” as it relates to liability for firefighters.

137

Stone

Discusses the term “every reasonable effort.”

164

Sen. Fisher

Asks if there are no longer unpaid fire fighters.

168

Stone

Responds that all fire fighters are paid.

173

Sen. Fisher

Asks if they have liability protection while on the government payroll.

175

Stone

Affirms.

180

Chair Shields

Requests more information from ODF and an industry representative at a later date. Closes the public hearing on HB 2200 and opens a work session on the introduction of committee bills.

INTRODUCTION OF LC 2648 AND LC 2649 - WORK SESSION

194

Chair Shields

Introduces draft bills LC 2648 (EXHIBIT B) and LC 2649 (EXHIBIT C).

210

Sen. Beyer

MOTION:  Moves LC 2648 AND LC 2649 BE INTRODUCED as committee bills.

 

 

VOTE:  4-0

220

Chair Shields

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

Closes work session and adjourns meeting at 9:25 a.m.

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – Forestry, ODF, written testimony, Charlie Stone, 2 pp.

B – LC draft 2648, staff, 3 pp.

C – LC draft 2649, staff, 3 pp.