SENATE COMMITTEE ON

AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES

 

 

April 02, 2003                                                                                                         Hearing Room B

8:00 a.m.                                                                                                                      Tapes  58 - 59

 

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 832 Public Hearing and Work Session

SB 817 Public Hearing

SB 196 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 58, A

005

Chair Shields

Calls meeting to order at 8:10 a.m.  Opens public hearing on SB 832.

SB 832 – PUBLIC HEARING

010

Sen. Vicki Walker

District 7.  Presents overview of 832, which allows a person to take wildlife that is a public nuisance or public health risk on land that person owns or occupies.  Presents -3 amendments dated 3-25-03 (EXHIBIT A).  Refers to submitted memorandum (EXHIBIT B).  Discusses trapping of nuisance animals within city limits.

085

Judith Callens

Committee Administrator.  Discusses additional background to SB 832 and -3 amendments.

110

Terry Witt

Oregonians for Food and Shelter (OFS).  Testifies in support of SB 832.  Testifies in support of -3 amendments.  Discusses consensus of interested parties during work group activities.

175

Terry Brant

Swanson Pest Control, Eugene.  Testifies in favor of SB 832.  Asks for careful review of situation.  Discusses animal control problems.

230

Chair Shields

Asks how animals are dealt with under current statute.

235

Brant

Describes minimal measures available.

240

Chair Shields

Asks whether the measure can be enacted without substantial change.

245

Witt

Explains it has been designed to address a limited issue.

255

Chair Shields

Points out broad relating clause and danger of change. 

265

Witt

Discusses current debate over bear and cougar statutes.

310

Larry Cooper

Deputy Wildlife Division Administrator, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW).  Testifies in support of SB 832 with -3 amendments.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT C).

350

Martin Taylor

Sierra Club of Oregon.  Testifies in support of SB 832.  Raises issue of licensing, to be addressed during the time period following enactment.  Discusses concerns over bear and cougar statutes.

TAPE 59, A

005

Mike Marshall

Lincoln City, Animal Management.  Represents Oregon wildlife control operators.  Testifies in support of SB 832.

030

Chair Shields

Closes public hearing on SB 832.  Opens work session on SB 832.

SB 832 – WORK SESSION

040

Sen. Beyer

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 832-3 amendments dated 3/25/03.

043

 

VOTE:  4-0

045

Chair Shields

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

047

Sen. Beyer

MOTION:  Moves SB 832 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

049

 

VOTE:  4-0

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

 

Chair Shields

The motion CARRIES.

SEN. BEYER will lead discussion on the floor.

055

Chair Shields

Closes work session on SB 832.  Opens public hearing on SB 817.

SB 817 – PUBLIC HEARING

063

Judith Callens

Committee Administrator.  Presents overview of SB 817, which requires the Environmental Quality Commission to direct issuance of $10 million in general obligation bonds for pollution control.  Discusses -1 amendments dated 3-31-03 (EXHIBIT D).

080

Bob Danko

Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).  Testifies in support of SB 817 with -1 amendments.  Discusses details of -1 amendments.  Acknowledges there is limited funding available.

130

Chair Shields

Asks about contamination levels in streams near mines.  Asks for specific data before cleanup, to determine toxicity levels.  Suggests pilot project to test the idea.

150

Danko

Agrees a phase-in process is desirable.  Suggests cleanup of five identified mines first, and measuring the difference.

165

Sen. Fisher

Asks how mines were identified.

170

Danko

Describes sampling of soil and water in areas near mines.

175

Sen. Fisher

Suggests some pollution blamed on farmers actually occurs naturally.

180

Chair Shields

Comments the agency should only clean up problem mines.

195

Matt Blevins

Oregon Environmental Council (OEC).  Testifies in support of SB 817 with -1 amendments.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT E).  Points out the earlier the cleanup is done, the less it will cost.

205

Chair Shields

Asks whether OEC has done any testing in mine areas.

210

Blevins

Explains limited research in auto shops recovering mercury switches.

220

Sen. Beyer

Advises he will not support the measure.

225

Sen. Fisher

Advises he will not support the measure.

230

Chair Shields

Closes public hearing on SB 817.  Opens public hearing on SB 196.

SB 196 – PUBLIC HEARING

240

John Ledger

Association of Oregon Industries (AOI).  Testifies in support of SB 196, which establishes a Hazardous Waste Technical Assistance Fund.  Testifies in support of -3 amendments dated 4-2-03 (EXHIBIT F).

295

Bob Danko

Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).  Testifies in support of SB 196 and -3 amendments.

310

Matt Blevins

Oregon Environmental Council (OEC).  Testifies in support of SB 196 with -3 amendments. 

330

Judith Callens

Committee Administrator.  Describes -1 amendments dated 2-19-03 (EXHIBIT G).

335

Chair Shields

Closes public hearing on SB 196. Opens work session on SB 196.

SB 196 – WORK SESSION

340

Sen. Beyer

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 196-1 amendments dated 2/19/03.

343

Sen. Beyer

VOTE:  3-1

AYE:               3 – Beyer, Fisher, Shields

NAY:               1 – Corcoran

346

Chair Shields

The motion CARRIES.

350

Sen. Beyer

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 196-3 amendments dated 4/2/03.

353

Sen. Beyer

VOTE:  3-1

AYE:               3 – Beyer, Fisher, Shields

NAY:               1 – Corcoran

356

Chair Shields

The motion CARRIES.

370

Sen. Corcoran

Expresses concern over changes after agreement was reached.

375

Ledger

Explains how and why the amendment was created.

400

Sen. Beyer

MOTION:  Moves SB 196 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation and BE REFERRED to the committee on Ways and Means by prior reference.

405

Sen. Beyer

VOTE:  3-1

AYE:               3 – Beyer, Fisher, Shields

NAY:               1 – Corcoran

 

Chair Shields

The motion CARRIES.

430

Chair Shields

Closes work session on SB 196.  Adjourns the meeting at 9:06 a.m.

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – SB 832, -3 amendments (3-25-03), staff, 3 pp

B – SB 832, written testimony from ODFW, Sen. Vicki Walker, 5 pp

C – SB 832, written testimony, Larry Cooper, 2 pp

D – SB 817, -1 amendments (3-31-03), staff, 5 pp

E – SB 817, written testimony, Matt Blevins, 1 p

F – SB 196, -3 amendments (4-2-03), staff, 1 p

G – SB 196, -1 amendments (2-19-03), staff, 1 p

H – SB 196, written testimony, Gary Calaba, 1 p