SENATE COMMITTEE ON

AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES

 

 

March 07, 2003                                                                                                Hearing Room HR B

10:00 AM                                                                                                                     Tapes 31 - 32

 

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:           Informational Meeting

     Scenic Waterway Review progress report

SB 500 Public Hearing and Work Session

SB 501 Public Hearing and 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 31, A

005

Chair Shields

Calls the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m.  Opens informational meeting as a subcommittee.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING

Scenic Waterway Review progress report

010

Michael Carrier

Director, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD). Provides a progress report on the OPRD review of Oregon’s scenic waterway system resulting from SB 606 (01) (EXHIBIT A).

066

Chair Shields

Asks to be kept apprised of the progress made.

070

Carrier

Agrees.

073

Chair Shields

Requests progress reports go to both the Chair and the Vice-Chair.

080

Carrier

States that the goal is to come up with consensus-based recommendations for the committee to endorse.

085

Sen. Beyer

Asks about horsepower limits on motors used for mining.

089

Carrier

Explains the horsepower limits.

105

Chair Shields

Closes informational meeting and opens full committee Summarizes SB 500 and SB 501 and discusses sending the bills to Ways and Means.

SB 500 and SB 501 – PUBLIC HEARING

135

Judith Callens

Committee Administrator. Gives overview of SB 500, which appropriates moneys to Department of Human Services for the provision of fruits and vegetables from farmers' markets to individuals eligible for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program. Gives overview of SB 501, which appropriates moneys to Department of Human Services for the seniors farmers' market nutrition program.

145

Rep. Dave Hunt

District 40. Provides testimony in support of SB 500 and SB 501 (EXHIBIT B). Asserts that SB 500 and SB 501 will address hunger problems and the plight of farmers who need assistance.

192

Don Schellenberg

Oregon Farm Bureau. Gives testimony in support of SB 500 and 501. Believes SB 500 and SB 501 will help farmers and citizens who are in need of food assistance. Suggests amending SB 500 and SB 501 to include farm produce stands.

250

Chair Shields

Remarks that if farm produce stands could have been included, they would have been included.

254

Callens

Offers to research the issue.

270

Suzanne Briggs

Oregon Farmers’ Market Association. Provides testimony in support of SB 500 and SB 501 and believes that farmers’ markets are supported by the dollars invested in the WIC program.

330

Sen. Fisher

Asks if farm stands can be included in SB 500 and SB 501.

335

 

Committee discussion of meeting organization.

353

Chair Shields

Inquires if retail outlets have started accessing locally grown produce.

358

Briggs

Explains that some retail stores are beginning to seek out locally grown produce.

370

Jack Gray

Winter Green Farm. Provides testimony in support of SB 500 and SB 501 (EXHIBIT C). Believes that SB 500 and SB 501 will help put federal dollars into the Oregon farm economy while supplying much needed fresh produce for Oregonians in need.

TAPE 32, A

020

Patti Whitney-Wise

Hunger Relief Task Force. (EXHIBIT D). Discusses attempting to include roadside farm stands in the WIC program.

031

Chair Shields

Confirms that she is working on getting authorization at the federal level for farm stands.

043

Sen. Fisher

Agrees that farm produce stands should be included in the WIC program.

054

Sen. Beyer

Asks if SB 500 and SB 501 in their current form would include farm stands or whether it would need to be redrafted.

058

Whitney

Responds that SB 500 and SB 501 would not need to be redrafted.

072

Mike Hessel

Farmer. Provides testimony in support of SB 500 and SB 501. Talks about the educational aspects of running a farm stand to sell produce.

101

Angela Hoard

WIC receiver. Supports SB 500 and SB 501. Talks about her experience using WIC vouchers at farmers’ markets.

124

Sharon Thornberry

Oregon Food Bank. Provides testimony in support of SB 500 and SB 501 (EXHIBIT E). Discusses the benefits of accessing farmers’ markets for better nutrition and to provide hunger relief to needy citizens.

197

Donalda Dodson

Department of Human Services Office of Family Health. Provides testimony in support of SB 500 and SB 501 (EXHIBIT F). Discusses the benefits of allowing farmers’ markets in the WIC program.

241

Chuck Craig

Department of Agriculture. Gives testimony in support of SB 500 and SB 501. Believes the program is beneficial in numerous ways.

256

Chair Shields

Recommends SB 500 and SB 501 go to the Ways and Means committee. Closes public hearing and opens work sessions on SB 500.

SB 500 – WORK SESSION

260

Sen. Beyer

MOTION:  Moves SB 500 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation and BE REFERRED to the committee on Ways and Means.

265

 

VOTE:  4-0

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

268

Chair Shields

The motion CARRIES.

Closes work session on SB 500 and opens work session on SB 501.

SB 501 – WORK SESSION

270

Sen. Beyer

MOTION:  Moves SB 500 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation and BE REFERRED to the committee on Ways and Means.

275

 

VOTE:  4-0

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

282

Chair Shields

The motion CARRIES.

Closes work session on SB 501 and adjourns meeting at 10:55 a.m.

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – Scenic Waterways, SB 606 (01), written testimony, Michael Carrier, 8 pp.

B – SB 500 and SB 501, written testimony, Dave Hunt, 1 p.

C – SB 500 and SB 501, written testimony, Jack Gray, 1 p.

D – SB 501 and SB 501, written testimony, Patti Whitney-Wise, 3 pp.

E – SB 500 and SB 501, written testimony, Sharon Thornberry, 1p.

F – SB 500 and SB 501, written testimony, Donalda Dodson,  2 p.

G – SB 500 and SB 501, written testimony submitted by Phillip Kennedy-Wong, 1 p.