SENATE COMMITTEE ON

AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES

 

 

March 10, 2003                                                                                                       Hearing Room B

8:30 a.m.                                                                                                                       Tapes 33 - 34

 

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 748 Public Hearing and Work Session

SB 673 Public Hearing

SB 770 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 33, A

005

Chair Shields

Calls meeting to order at 8:35 a.m.  Opens a public hearing on SB 748.

SB 748 – PUBLIC HEARING

010

Judith Callens

Committee Administrator.  Presents overview of SB 748.

015

Sen. Jason Atkinson

District 2.  Testifies in favor of SB 748.  Submits article (EXHIBIT A).  Discusses lead poisoning in the environment due to lead fishing tackle and the need for cleanup.  Requests rescinding the subsequent referral to Ways and Means because there should be no fiscal impact.

110

Chair Shields

Asks about pollution from fluorocarbons.

115

Sen. Atkinson

Explains it is a new technology for fishing line, which does not break down and continues in the environment longer than the monofilament line currently in use.

125

Kay Brown

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW).  Testifies in support of SB 648 but raises concern over recycling bins which attract trash and then must be sorted.  Recommends limiting to fishing line but not lead.

150

Chair Shields

Asks about trash in recycling containers.

155

Brown

Discusses options for smaller bins and other containers used in Alaska.  Expresses support for a pilot program, to be started in areas of high angler use.  Discusses staff requirements for the program.

180

Sen. Beyer

Asks about other rivers to be included.

185

Brown

Lists possible rivers:  Deschutes, Alsea, Salmon, North Fork Nehalem, Grand Ronde.

195

Chair Shields

Asks about working with Sen. Atkinson to develop the bill.

200

Brown

Offers to work with Sen. Atkinson.

205

Phil Donovan

Northwest Steelheaders.  Testifies in support of SB 748.  Submits written article (EXHIBIT B).  Discusses possible rivers to be included in the pilot program.

255

Chair Shields

Asks whether lead should be included.

260

Donovan

Suggests some would be returned anyway.

265

Chair Shields

Asks whether anglers would participate.

270

Donovan

Answers positively.

280

Roy Elicker

ODFW.  Testifies in support generally.  Recaps issue of focusing on fishing line.

290

Sen. Beyer

Asks about staff time to prepare the required report.

300

Elicker

Explains and discusses assistance by angler organizations.

305

Sen. Atkinson

Responds to concerns raised:

·         Tackle manufacturers support the bill

·         Did not include required dimensions for boxes so conservation groups would decide

·         Interested parties were given an opportunity to respond

·         Asks for strong support from ODFW to promote the program

370

Chair Shields

Asks about Alaska experience with recycling efforts.

375

Sen. Atkinson

Describes types of tackle being recycled.

385

Callens

Discusses possible fiscal impact.

400

Sen. Beyer

Points out the bill would not use general fund dollars.

TAPE 34, A

005

Elicker

Confirms the program would be supported by license dollars or federal funds, not general fund dollars.

010

Chair Shields

Closes public hearing on SB 748.  Opens work session on SB 748.

SB 748 – WORK SESSION

010

Sen. Beyer

MOTION:  Moves SB 748 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation and the SUBSEQUENT REFERRAL to the committee on Ways and Means BE RESCINDED.

015

 

VOTE:  4-0

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

020

Chair Shields

The motion CARRIES.

SEN. ATKINSON will lead discussion on the floor.

025

Chair Shields

Closes work session on SB 748.  Opens public hearing on SB 673.

SB 673 – PUBLIC HEARING

030

Callens

Provides overview of SB 673.

040

Chuck Craig

Deputy Director, Department of Agriculture (ODA).  Testifies in favor of SB 673.  Provides written testimony (EXHIBIT C).  Explains that bargaining price-setting is only allowed with state supervision.  Discusses experiences of ryegrass growers.

070

Sen. Corcoran

Asks for comparison with crab fishery bargaining.

075

Brent Searle

ODA.  Testifies in support of SB 673.  Discusses how the negotiation process works.  Explains need for bargaining process which includes more than one dealer at a time.

095

Sen. Corcoran

Asks about prior season bargaining difficulties.

100

Searle

Explains how the negotiation is meant to shorten the bargaining process.

110

Sen. Beyer

Asks about Perennial Ryegrass Buyers Association (PRBA) and lawsuit against bargaining by growers.

115

Searle

Discusses how the negotiations are conducted in ryegrass industry, which the seafood industry would like to emulate.

130

Sen. Beyer

Asks if the price of the commodity would be affected.

135

Searle

Points out the same parties are negotiating as would if there were no change or improvement in the process.

140

Sen. Beyer

Points out it is a voluntary association and asks about possible future problems if individuals pull out of the association when the market declines.

150

Searle

Agrees it is always a challenge.

165

Sen. Beyer

Comments on bail-outs if the market declines and expresses concern if that happens to the crab industry.

175

Searle

Discusses how the challenge might be met.

195

Craig

Points out the organization provides a better avenue for producers to see whether production is at an appropriate level.

225

Roger Martin

Pacific Seafood (seafood wholesaler).  Testifies as neutral on SB 673.  Provides background of crab market issue.  Asks for input from the Oregon Crab Commission before the bill is passed.  Expresses concern over government involvement in the process.

370

Martin

Continues and discusses upcoming shrimp harvest.

380

Callens

Provides additional information about background of SB 673.  Advises the fiscal impact will be minimal.

400

Chair Shields

Closes public hearing on SB 673.  Opens public hearing on SB 770.

TAPE 33, B

SB 770 – PUBLIC HEARING

020

Callens

Presents overview of SB 770.

030

Chuck Craig

ODA.  Testifies in opposition to SB 770.  Provides written testimony (EXHIBIT D).  Discusses enforcement difficulties if exemption is created.  Describes brand inspection requirements in Oregon and other states.

090

Rodger Huffman

Administrator, Animal Health and Identification Division, ODA.  Testifies in opposition to SB 770.  Expands on concerns, especially the fact that all states rely on the inspections and this measure would create an exemption to the process.  Discusses minimal cost of current inspections.

180

Sen. Beyer

Asks about process of transporting cattle and inspecting brands.

185

Huffman

Explains the process.

220

Sen. Beyer

Asks about branding of dairy cattle.

225

Huffman

Discusses various methods, especially if the animals will move out of state.

245

Cynthia Kok

Director, Fish and Wildlife Division, Oregon State Police.  Testifies in opposition to SB 770.  Discusses difficulties in enforcement if there is an exemption to inspection requirements.

285

Glen Stonebrink

Oregon Cattlemen’s Association.  Testifies in opposition to SB 770.

300

Greg Addington

Oregon Farm Bureau.  Testifies in opposition to SB 770.  Advises the bill creates more problems than it solves.

310

Chair Shields

Discusses background of bill.  Closes public hearing on SB 770. 

335

Chair Shields

Adjourns the meeting at 9:53 a.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – SB 748, article, Sen. Jason Atkinson, 3 pp

B – SB 748, article, Phil Donovan, 1 p

C – SB 673, written testimony, Chuck Craig, 3 pp

D – SB 770, written testimony, Chuck Craig, 2 pp