SENATE COMMITTEE ON

AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES

 

 

April 07, 2003                                                                                                         Hearing Room B

8:30 a.m.                                                                                                                      Tapes  62 - 63

 

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:           HB 2226A – Public Hearing and Work Session

SM 3 – Public Hearing and Work Session

HB 2799 – 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 62, A

005

Chair Shields

Calls meeting to order at 8:33 a.m.  Opens public hearing on HB 2226A.

HB 2226A - PUBLIC HEARING

010

Judith Callens

Committee Administrator.  Presents overview of HB 2226A, which eliminates exemption from utility regulation for water utilities that serve fewer than 300 customers.

020

Lee Beyer

Commissioner, Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC).  Testifies in support of HB 2226A.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT A).  Discusses need for streamlining regulation of small water utilities.

065

Sen. Fisher

Asks how many utilities are affected.

070

Rebecca Hathhorn

Manager, PUC Water Program.  Responds annually there are fewer than a dozen.

080

Sen. Fisher

Asks about problems with those systems under PUC jurisdiction.

085

Hathhorn

Advises there are few problems.

090

Sen. Beyer

Asks about regulations covering the water utilities.

095

Hathhorn

Advises there are also Health Division rules.

100

Sen. Beyer

Inquires whether small utilities are subject to Health Division rules but not PUC rules, and whether this bill will change that.

105

Hathhorn

Responds all water companies are subject to Health Division rules.

110

Lee Beyer

Explains Health Division rules cover the safety of the water, and PUC rules also cover the water service, lines, and pressure.  Adds that PUC is the enforcement arm of the Health Division for those regulated.

115

Sen. Beyer

Asks how this would affect small water districts which cannot afford full-time staff to follow Health Division rules.

120

Lee Beyer

Describes new standards in Clean Water Act affecting all water utilities.  Discusses PUC efforts to assist in pricing.

145

Sen. Beyer

Comments on difficulty in meeting training requirements under Health Division rules.  Asks if this will assist.

155

Lee Beyer

Answers this will neither help nor hurt those companies.  Discusses federal water standards and regulation.

170

Sen. Fisher

Asks whether federal standards govern water companies with over 300 customers.

175

Lee Beyer

Responds they apply to any company which sells water.

180

Hathhorn

Explains the Health Division applies federal rules to water companies with over 15 connections.  Clarifies HB 2226 would not apply to those outside PUC jurisdiction, but Health Division rules still apply.

195

Sen. Fisher

Relates anecdote on local water situation.

200

Lee Beyer

Responds HB 2226 should not affect those issues.

230

Lee Beyer

Explains the bill came from customers and small owners, to help streamline water supply in rural areas.

245

Chair Shields

Closes public hearing on HB 2226A.  Opens work session on HB 2226A

HB 2226A – WORK SESSION

250

Sen. Beyer

MOTION:  Moves HB 2226A to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

260

Sen. Beyer

Comments he will check with small water utilities in his area to make sure there are no objections.

275

 

VOTE:  4-0

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

277

Chair Shields

The motion CARRIES.

SEN. BEYER will lead discussion on the floor.

 

Chair Shields

Closes work session on HB 2226A.  Opens public hearing on SM 3.

SM 3 – PUBLIC HEARING

280

Judith Callens

Committee Administrator.  Presents overview of SM 3, which urges the President and Congress to support the continued success of the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) as a federal power marketing agency.

300

Tom O’Connor

Oregon Municipal Electric Utilities (OMEU).  Testifies in support of SM 3.  Provides written testimony of Cindy Finlayson (EXHIBIT B).  Explains that principal and interest for financing of the BPA and the Bonneville power system are being repaid by the ratepayers.

345

Robert VanNatta

Director, West Oregon Electric Cooperative (ORECA).  Testifies in support of SM 3.  Describes inappropriateness of proposal to charge market-based rates, because BPA owns all the power in the entire northwest.  Describes congressional support from northwest delegation.

400

Chair Shields

Closes public hearing on SM 3.  Opens work session on SM 3.

TAPE 63, A

SM 3 – WORK SESSION

014

Sen. Beyer

MOTION:  Moves SM 3 be sent to the floor with a BE ADOPTED recommendation.

020

 

VOTE:  4-0

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

023

Chair Shields

The motion CARRIES.

SEN. CORCORAN will lead discussion on the floor.

025

Chair Shields

Closes work session on SM 3.  Opens public hearing on HB 2799.

HB 2799 – PUBLIC HEARING

030

Judith Callens

Committee Administrator.  Presents overview HB 2799, which increases the amount of damages the State Fish and Wildlife Commission may obtain for the unlawful taking or killing of wildlife.

040

Al Elkins

Oregon Hunters Association.  Testifies in support of HB 2799.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT E).  Describes activity of work group to update schedule of damages available. 

060

Lindsay Ball

Director, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.  Testifies in support of HB 2799.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT F).  Discusses how fees and penalties have been assessed.  Describes how current proposed values were reached, using inflationary factors.

090

Sen. Beyer

Asks about valuation of fish.

095

Ball

Describes.

100

Sen. Beyer

Asks where the money collected for fees goes.

105

Ball

Explains that values assigned to wildlife go into the ODFW operating budget.

125

Sen. Beyer

Suggests the assessment should go back to the species.

135

Ball

Responds the money is split evenly because it takes too much administrative time and cost to track.

140

Sen. Beyer

Asks about shellfish.

145

Ball

Explains they are not game fish.

150

Sen. Beyer

Asks whether shellfish become game fish if a license is required.

155

Ball

Answers no.

160

Phil Donovan

Oregon Guides and Packers Association; NW Steelheaders Association.  Testifies in support and advises both association Boards support the measure.

180

Chair Shields

Closes public hearing on HB 2799.  Opens work session on HB 2799.

HB 2799 – WORK SESSION

185

Sen. Beyer

MOTION:  Moves HB 2799 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

190

 

VOTE:  4-0

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

195

Chair Shields

The motion CARRIES.

SEN. FISHER will lead discussion on the floor.

200

Chair Shields

Closes work session on HB 2799.  Adjourns the committee at 9:18 a.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – HB 2226A – written testimony, Lee Beyer, 2 pp

B – SM 3, written testimony, Cindy Finlayson, 1 p

C – SM 3, letter to President Bush, Tom O’Connor, 3 pp

D – SM 3, written testimony, Robin Freeman, 3 pp

E – HB 2799, written testimony, Al Elkins, 1 p

F – HB 2799, written testimony, Lindsay Ball, 4 pp