SENATE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION

 

 

February 27, 2003                                                                                                   Hearing Room C

3:00 p.m.                                                                                                                          Tape 24-25

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Charles Starr, Chair

Sen. Ted Ferrioli

Sen. Bill Morrisette

 

MEMBERS EXCUSED:        Sen. Ryan Deckert, Vice-Chair

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Jan McComb, Committee Administrator

Heather Gravelle, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:           SB 240 – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                SJR 1 – 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 24, A

005

Chair Starr

Calls meeting to order at 3:05 p.m. Opens public hearing on SB 240.

SB 240 – PUBLIC HEARING

010

Jan McComb

Committee Administrator. Provides overview of SB 240.

015

Richard Jarvis

Chancellor, Oregon University System. Testifies in support of SB 240. Provides written information (EXHIBITS A, B).

020

Robert Simonton

Director of Capital Construction, Oregon University System. Testifies in support of SB 240. Identifies the problem is deferred maintenance.

040

Simonton

Explains basis for findings of backlog in building repairs. Adds it has been difficult convincing others of the magnitude of the problem.

100

Simonton

Explains how much it will cost for repairs and outlines the geographical areas.

120

Sen. Morrisette

Inquires if there is a mission statement or rules that have been adopted regarding deferred maintenance.

135

Simonton

Comments the state board has adopted rules and management principals to ensure repairs are done. States the problem is funding.

190

Elisabeth Zinser

President, Southern Oregon University. Testifies in support of SB 240. Explains SB 240 is vital to protecting the safety and the quality of education and access to students. States providing efficient ways to accomplish goals is of utmost importance.

200

Zinser

Explains top priorities and provides information on specific buildings that need repair.

245

Tim White

President, Oregon State University. Provides written testimony (EXHIBIT C). Stresses that Universities generate jobs. Explains that universities cannot continue to provide high level jobs or produce graduates with facilities that are continuing to degrade.

255

White

Continues explaining why the problem should be addressed immediately. Provides list of buildings which are the highest priorities.

325

Dan Bernstine

President, Portland State University. Provides written testimony (EXHIBIT D). Explains building repairs that need to be accomplished immediately.

360

Sen. Morrisette

Asks about future needs of PSU.

370

Bernstine

Articulates current needs and comments if they are not addressed, they will become future problems. Adds parking issues have continued to be an issue.

405

Sen. Morrisette

Inquires if PSU has a budget set aside for maintenance and repair.

410

Bernstine

Explains there have been significant budget cuts and shortfalls. Adds they have sacrificed maintaining the campus in favor of access to academic programs.

435

Zinser

Comments many universities need special funding in order to repair the buildings. Adds these issues have compounded over time.

460

White

Comments that preventative maintenance and repairs is the goal for the future. Continues by stating the bonds will help to get caught up and ensure maintaining the buildings in the future.

TAPE 25, A

005

Dan Williams

Vice-President of Administration, University of Oregon. Testifies in support of SB 240. Explains funding problems for maintenance and repairs.

035

Philip Conn

Western Oregon University. Testifies in support of SB 240. Explains repairs that need to be addressed immediately. States specific problems are with the electrical and plumbing systems, which are at the critical level.

062

Martha Anne Dow

President Oregon Institute of Technology. Mentions specific buildings and what needs to be repaired. Explains what the buildings are being utilized for currently.

160

Williams

Outlines solutions and specifies the money needed to provide efficient repairs.

210

Sen. Morrisette

Asks why issue is being addressed now.

305

Williams

Explains history and specifies what brought the issue to this point.

315

Jessica Harris

Associated General Contractors. Testifies in support of SB 240. Explains position. Provides information on the companies hardest hit, due to the economy.

358

Harris

Explains the issues, and the projects. Adds once you build, it is incumbent to maintain the building.

360

Bob Shipwreck

Oregon Building Construction and Trades Council. Testifies in support of SB 240.

370

Shipwreck

States the importance of maintaining the buildings.

TAPE 24, B

005

Grattan Kerans

Director of Government Relations. Reports that SB 240 and SJR 1 have been reviewed by the Treasurer and the Director of Debt Management, and both have given their approval.

010

Kerans

Adds they are working with the Treasury Department on technical amendments, so the bills will be in proper form and match language in the most recent General Obligation Bond Constitutional Amendments. States they will follow up with Ways and Means.

020

Chair Starr

Closes public hearing on SB 240. Opens work session on SB 240.

SB 240 – WORK SESSION

035

Sen. Morrisette

MOTION: Moves SB 240 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation and BE REFFERED to the Committee on Ways and Means by prior reference.

 

 

VOTE: 3-0

EXCUSED: 1 – Sen. Deckert

045

Chair Starr

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

050

Chair Starr

Closes work session on SB 240. Opens work session on SJR 1.

SJR 1 – WORK SESSION

 

 

 

055

Sen. Morrisettee

MOTION: Moves SJR 1 to the floor with a BE ADOPTED recommendation and BE REFFERED to the Committee on Ways and Means.

 

 

VOTE: 3-0

EXCUSED: 1 – Sen. Deckert

060

Chair Starr

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

065

Chair Starr

Closes work session on SJR 1. Adjourns meeting at 4:55 p.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – SB 240, written information, Richard Jarvis, 16 pp

B – SB 240, written information, Richard Jarvis, 104 pp

C – SB 240, written testimony, Tim White, 1 p

D – SB 240, written testimony and visual aids, Dan Bernstine, 11 pp