SENATE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION

 

 

April 2, 2003                                                                                                           Hearing Room C

3:00 PM                                                                                                                          Tapes 48-49

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Charles Starr, Chair

Sen. Ryan Deckert, Vice-Chair

Sen. Bill Morrisette

 

MEMBER EXCUSED:          Sen. Ferriolli

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Jan McComb, Committee Administrator

Romy Dye, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:           SB 870 – Public Hearing and Work Session

SB 651 – 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 48, A

005

Chair Starr

Calls the committee to order at 3:05 PM. Opens a public hearing on SB 870.

SB 870 – PUBLIC HEARING

008

Jan McComb

Committee Administrator. Provides overview of SB 870.

011

Sen. Nelson

District 29.  Provides introduction in favor of SB 870 and informs the committee it will provide better services to students.

034

Phillip Creighton

President, Eastern Oregon University. Testifies in favor of SB 870 submits written material and describes this pilot system (EXHIBIT A).

061

Jim Sorenson

President, Treasure Valley Community College. Testifies in favor of SB 870 submits written material and explains the reasons for the bill (EXHIBIT B).

098

Travis Kirkland

President, Blue Mountain Community College. Testifies in favor of SB 870 offers prepared materials and comments this is a good bill for students in terms of cost and flexibility and urges support (EXHIBIT C).

129

Chair Starr

Expresses this is a good opportunity for students.

137

Scott Pugrid

Student, Eastern Oregon University. Testifies in favor of SB 870 and informs the committee on the advantages of this system.

154

Sen. Morrisette

Asks if there is any opposition from the Department of Higher Education.

157

Creighton

Responds the chancellor’s office is neutral they support the pilot program and they want to see how it reflects back to the system.

163

Chair Starr

Closes public hearing and opens work session on SB 870.

SB 870 – WORK SESSION

185

Sen. Deckert

MOTION:  Moves SB 870 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation and the SUBSEQUENT REFERRAL to the committee on Ways and Means BE RECINDED.

186

 

VOTE:  3-0

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

EXCUSED:  1 - Sen. Ferriolli

 

Chair Starr

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. NELSON will lead discussion on the floor.

187

Chair Starr

Closes the work session on SB 870 and opens a public hearing on SB 651.

SB 651 – PUBLIC HEARING

194

Sen. Morrisette

Provides introduction of SB 651. Discusses the concerns with obesity and informs the committee Oregon has the highest rate of hunger and is also one of the highest for obesity.

247

Chair Starr

Asks if the -2 amendments should be discussed.

250

Sen. Morrisette

Agrees and asks for a review of -2 amendments.

257

Jan McComb

Provides overview of the -2 amendments.

307

Gary Boyes, Sr.

Father. Testifies in favor of SB 651 Explains concerns.

TAPE 49, A

005

Boyes

Continues.

011

John Borowski

Teacher, North Salem High School. Testifies in favor of SB 651 and informs the committee on being a teacher teaching and promoting health at school and indicates the vending machines have no business being in public schools.

117

Craig Mosbaek

Upstream Public Health. Testifies in favor of SB 651. Submits written testimony offering statistics on obesity (EXHIBIT D).

147

Raquel Mosbaek

Upstream Public Health. Testifies in favor of SB 651. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT E).

182

Noelle Dobson

Upstream Public Health. Testifies in favor of SB 651. Comments on the federal and statewide momentum inspiring SB 651. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT F).

227

Sen. Deckert

Asks for response that we do have a choice.

234

Mosback

Responds these are children not adults and the schools want to teach that the right choice s a healthy choice.

256

Kate Tarter

Parent, Salem School District. Testifies in favor of SB 651 and indicates schools have an impact on children by exposing them to different food choices and this bill would give parents a tool to protect children’s health.

307

Sen. Morrisette

Asks for clarification on a school having increased sales.

311

Tarter

Responds bottled water was put in vending machines in a middle school in San Francisco and they had an increase in sales.

322

Joyce Dougherty

Director, Child Nutrition Programs. Testifies in favor of SB 651 and submits written testimony explaining drafts produced and issues raised with legislature offering the following standards:

  • Food should be expressed in terms of limiting the grams of fat and grams of carbohydrates
  • Law should be effective as of July 1, 2005 to give schools a transition period
  • Reporting requirement should be simple and should not go beyond requiring districts to verify compliance
  • Advertisements placed on vending machines be limited to the food that is in the machine

Comments foods sold out of the school lunch programs make a positive contribution to the children’s diet.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT G).

423

Sen. Morrisette

Comments on the number of machines allowed in schools and asks for information on the number of elementary schools in the state.

441

Dougherty

Responds national data exists but there are no specifics for Oregon.

TAPE 48, B

005

Sen. Morrisette

Asks if there group is working on amendments.

006

Dougherty

Answers they are making additional changes.

007

Sen. Morrisette

Asks if there is an agreement with the proponents of the bill

008

Dougherty

Answers affirmatively.

009

Sen. Morrisette

Asks if there is a fiscal impact on the bill and states that money is the bottom line.

012

Dougherty

Responds they do not yet know what the fiscal impact would be.

017

Tarter

Asks why not have toys instead of food in machines that there are other solutions.

030

Patty O’Sullivan

Portland Public Schools. Testifies in opposition of SB 651 and comments on the assumption that school districts do not care about kid’s nutrition and offers information on their policies for lunch programs and explains the requirements and options in vending machines.

130

Sen. Morrisette

Asks if the contract is incremental to meet expectations.

133

O’Sullivan

Responds the contract stipulations are for the vendors and further explains the money funds programs for kids that they do not get funding for and due to budget cuts they do not have much of a choice. 

143

Chuck Bennett

Chairman, Confederation of Oregon School Administrators. Testifies in opposition of SB 651. Offers research that has been done and indicates  no machines in elementary schools and middle schools and high schools they are mainly in teachers lounges or gyms turned on after hours. States the amendments need to go to local school boards and be discussed there.

204

Sen. Morrisette

Responds to a bill about nutrition that wasn’t liked and asks if there is a problem with teaching nutrition also.

209

Bennett

Responds we can teach nutrition but the issue is to get to where the child resides.

220

O’Sullivan

Comments on the nutrition bill.

224

Sen. Morrisette

States the need to do something where money isn’t the issue.

235

John Marshall

Legislative Director, Oregon School Board Association. Testifies in opposition of SB 651 and indicates the arguments should be directed to local school boards where decisions are made and to focus student’s attention on their choices.

284

Sen. Morrisette

Asks who is paying for the cardiovascular disease related to obesity.

311

Marshall

Responds the school districts already have policies in place that mirror the requirements proposed in statute.

328

Sen. Morrisette

Ask if the local jurisdiction gave up there interest when ballot measure five passed and said the state is now our school board.

339

Marshall

Responds when the votes passed ballot measure five they weren’t suggesting that the legislature become their board.

358

Kathy Kaiser

Director of Sales, Coca Cola Bottling Company. Testifies in opposition on SB 651. Submits written testimony explaining the contents of vending machines and describes the amount consumed of each variety (EXHIBIT H).

TAPE 49, B

005

Kaiser

Continues discussion.

020

Jim MacMillan

Oregon resident. Testifies in opposition to SB 651 and offers this is a complex issue but there are things we can do by giving students a variety of choices and support youth development.

031

John Powell

Northwest Automatic Vending Association. Testifies in opposition of SB 651 and notes the problem of obesity is not contributed to vending machines and explains.

092

Mary Hartzheim

Grocery Manufacturers of America. Testifies in opposition of SB 651. Notes there are federal standards in sales of vending machine foods. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT I).

110

Mel Kohn

State Epidemiologist. Testifies in favor of SB 651. Submits and summarizes written testimony regarding making healthy choices easy because it is critical to promote healthy eating in the schools environment (EXHIBIT J).  

165

Chair Starr

Comments on the increases of caloric intake.

177

Kohn

Responds the need to encourage physical activity and the lack of it in our schools is a big problem.

199

Chair Starr

Comments on a personal caloric intake experience in college. Closes the public hearing on SB 651 and adjourns the meeting at 4:50 PM.

The following prepared testimony is submitted for the record without public testimony for SB 651:

                      Tom Sincic                   Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT K)

                     Gary Hirshberg            Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT L)

                      Unknown                      Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT M)

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – SB 870, Eastern Oregon University information packet, Phillip Creighton, 8 pp

B – SB 870, Treasure Valley Community College semester data sheet, Jim Sorenson, 1 pp

C – SB 870, Blue Mountain Community College semester pilot project, Travis Kirkland, 1 pp

D – SB 651, written testimony, Craig Mosbaek, 1 pp

E – SB 651, overview on child obesity , Raquel Mosbaek, 2 pp

F – SB 651, written testimony, Noelle Dobson, 5 pp

G – SB 651, written testimony, Joyce Dougherty, 2 pp

H – SB 651, written testimony, Kathy Kaiser, 2 pp

I – SB 651, written testimony, Mary Hartzheim, 2 pp

J – SB 651, written testimony, Dr. Kohn, 3 pp

K – SB 651, additional written testimony for the record, Tom Sincic, 1 pp

L – SB 651, additional written testimony for the record, Gary Hirshberg, 3 pp

M – SB 651, additional testimony for the record, 1 pp