SENATE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION

 

 

March 18, 2003                                                                                                       Hearing Room C

3:00 p.m.                                                                                                                          Tape 36-37

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen.  Charles Starr, Chair

Sen. Ryan Deckert, Vice-Chair

Sen. Ted Ferrioli

Sen. Bill Morrisette

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Jan McComb, Committee Administrator

Heather Gravelle, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:           SB 437 – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                SJR 7 – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                SB 509 – Public Hearing and Possible 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 36, A

005

Chair Starr

Calls the meeting to order at 3:15 p.m. Opens a public hearing on SB 437.

SB 437 – PUBLIC HEARING

010

Jan McComb

Committee Administrator. Provides overview of SB 437.

035

Sen. Deckert

Provides additional information on the-10 amendments.

055

Deckert

Continues explaining the -10 amendments. Adds further amendments may be needed.

060

McComb

Provides information on the -11 amendments.

065

Grattan Kerans

Oregon University System. Supports the -7 amendments to SB 437.

075

Hardy Meyers

Attorney General. Support the-7 amendments. Agrees the better course would be for the system specific contracts not to be part of the process. Mentions the information agreement. Avoids unnecessary delay, creates better communication and a faster process.

100

Chair Starr

Closes the public hearing on SB 437. Opens a work session on SB 437.

SB 437 – WORK SESSION

105

Sen. Ferrioli

MOTION: Moves adoption of the -7 amendments to SB 437.

 

 

VOTE: 4-0

110

Chair Starr

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

120

Mellissa Unger

Oregon Student Association, Legislative Director. Supports the -9 amendments. Explains they replace the previously submitted -6 amendments. Feels the amendments would clarify the funds issue.

125

Kerans

States support of the -9 amendments.

135

Sen. Morrisette

MOTION: Moves adoption of the -9 amendments to SB 437.

 

 

VOTE: 4-0

 

Chair Starr

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

 

Rich Peppers

Services Employees Union. Supports the -11 amendments. Explains position. States significant concern regarding the faculty. Asserts the -11 amendments simply states that classified employees continue to be covered through PEBB.

160

Mark Nelson

Association of Oregon Faculties. Supports the -11 amendments. Explains the faculty is a unique group within the state university system.

170

Kerans

States support of the -11 amendments.

190

Sen. Deckert

MOTION Moves adoption of the-11 amendments to SB 437.

 

 

VOTE: 4-0

200

Chair Starr

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

205

Harvey Mathews

Associated Oregon Industries. States his opposition to the -7 amendments to SB 437.

250

Mathews

Explains why they should not incorporate the -7 amendments into SB 437. Highlights key points. States concern if the -7 amendments are allowed to stay in, there will be no concrete resolution.

TAPE 37, A

015

Kerans

Comments on subject. Explains contract, and administrative rule agreement between the Attorney General and the agency to come up with an interagency agreement. Adds at that point, the process moves forward.

045

Sen. Ferrioli

Comments on issues of licensing and development of properties. Asks what the objective of the whole process is.

075

Sen. Ferrioli

Also inquires how the business community will work with the education community.

080

Kerans

Answers and provides examples of history and assumptions of future.

115

Matthews

Expresses concerns again if -7 amendments are adopted.

150

Sen. Deckert

Inquires about the work group; states he would like to see results or product in the next couple of months to resolve the issues.

180

Meyers

States an initial product could be prepared, adds they will make every effort to accomplish that request.

215

Rem Nivens

Oregon Community College Association. States support of the -3 amendments. Explains the intent of the amendments.

230

Kerans

States supports to the -3 amendments.

295

Gary dean

Executive Director Oregon Independent College Association. States support of the -8 amendments. Declares few concerns have been expressed.

TAPE 36, B

085

Sen. Morrisette

Asks if they would accept the -10 amendments.

090

Kerans

Responds and gives clarification as to which amendments they are supporting.

115

Dean

States they would like to find a compromise.

130

Sen. Deckert

States appreciation of all comments and views; adds it will help develop a resolution to the issues.

222

Chair Starr

Appreciates the thoughtful presentation. Expresses holding off moving forward until further discussion.

245

Chair Starr

Closes work session on SB 437. Opens a public hearing on SJR 7.

SJR 7 – PUBLIC HEARING

265

Jan McComb

Committee administrator. Provides over view of SJR 7. States it is a companion bill to SB 437. Adds it still needs a revenue statement.

285

Chair Starr

Closes public hearing on SJR 7. Opens public hearing on SB 509.

SB 509 – PUBLIC HEARING

290

Jan McComb

Committee administrator. Provides overview of SB 509.

300

Grattan Kerans

Oregon University System Testifies in support of SB 509, with amendments. Provides written testimony from David McDonald, Director of Enrollment, Oregon University Systems. (EXHIBITS A & B).

330

Kerans

States there is a fiscal impact statement. States Oregon and Washington had a tuition reciprocity agreement that allowed residents from each state to attend public two and four year colleges and Universities to pay the tuition rate for in state residents.

380

Sen. Morrisette

Asks when the agreement lapsed.

395

Grattan Kerans

Answers in 2001, provides background on issue. Adds they would be interested in reconstituting the agreement if it guaranteed a uniform and fair way to balance.

TAPE 37, B

005

Chair Starr

Asks how the reciprocity agreement was formed.

010

Kerans

Expresses detailed information on how the agreement was initially formed.

045

Sen. Morrisette

Asks if Kerans is aware of balance issues in Washington.

050

Kerans

States yes and that is why the program is being eliminated.

060

Chair Starr

Requests Kerans to research and see if there is a reciprocity connection agreement that mitigates losses. Adds the bill will not move forward at this point.

105

Chair Starr

Closes the public hearing on SB 509. Adjourns meeting at 4:50 p.m.

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – SB 509, written testimony, David McDonald, 2 pp

B – SB 509, Statistical Information, David McDonald 5 pp