SENATE COMMITTEE ON GENERAL GOVERNMENT

 

 

January 20, 2003   Hearing Room B

3:00 PM       Tapes  1-2

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:            Sen. Tony Corcoran, Chair

Sen. John Minnis, Vice-Chair

Sen. Bruce Starr

Sen. Vicki Walker

 

STAFF PRESENT:                  Celia Núñez-Flores, Committee Administrator

Heather Gravelle, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:            Organizational Meeting

SB 12 – Public hearing and work session

SB 133 – Public hearing and work session

SB 134 – Public hearing

SB 135 – 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 1, A

005

Chair Corcoran

Calls the meeting to order at 3:05 p.m. Opens organizational meeting.

ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING

010

Chair Corcoran

Introduces members and staff.

015

Chair Corcoran

Refers committee members to the proposed committee rules (EXHIBIT A).

020

Sen. Minnis

MOTION: Moves to ADOPT the proposed Committee Rules dated 01/20/03.

 

 

VOTE:  4-0

025

Chair Corcoran

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

035

Chair Corcoran

Closes organizational meeting. Opens public hearing on SB 12.

SB 12 – PUBLIC HEARING

055

Celia Núñez-Flores

Committee Administrator. Gives members and public an overview  of SB 12.

065

Nan Heim

Oregon Library Association.  Provides written testimony in support of SB 12 (EXHIBIT B).

105

Sen. Ginny Burdick

District 18. As a member of the Senate Interim Task Force testifies in support of SB 12.

110

Jim Scheppke

Oregon State Library. Testifies in support of SB 12. Provides written testimony (EXHIBIT C).

140

Scheppke

Explains there will be a fiscal impact, but will not increase general funds dollars in the Governor’s recommended budget.

180

Chair Corcoran

Closes public hearing on SB 12. Opens work session on SB 12.  

SB -12 WORK SESSION

185

Sen. Minnis

MOTION: Moves SB 12 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation and BE REFFERED to the Committee on Ways and Means.

 

 

VOTE: 4-0

190

Chair Corcoran

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

195

Chair Corcoran

Closes work session on SB 12. Opens public hearing on SB 133.

SB – 133 PUBLIC HEARING

205

Núñez-Flores

Provides an overview of SB 133.

210

Tom Wrosch

Secretary of State Legislative Coordinator. Testifies in support of SB 133. Provides written testimony (EXHIBIT D).

255

Sen. Minnis

Asks about authority to change the name of the Corporation Division.

260

Wrosch

Explains.

290

Sen. Minnis

Inquires about agency mission.

300

Wrosch

Responds their mission is to facilitate the smooth operation of commerce in Oregon.

330

Chair Corcoran

Closes public hearing on SB 133. Opens work session on SB 133.

SB – 133 WORK SESSION

340

Sen. Minnis

MOTION: Moves SB 133 to floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

 

 

VOTE: 4-0

355

Chair Corcoran

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

360

Sen. Minnis

MOTION: Moves SB 133 to be placed on the CONSENT CALENDAR.

 

 

VOTE: 4-0

365

Chair Corcoran

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

370

Chair Corcoran

Closes work session on SB 133. Opens public hearing on SB 134.

SB – 134 PUBLIC HEARING

375

Núñez-Flores

Provides overview of SB 134.

380

Tom Wrosch

Secretary of State Legislative Coordinator. Testifies in support of SB 134.

TAPE 2, A

025

Chair Corcoran

Inquires how the bill will improve the quality of notary publics in the State of Oregon.

030

Wrosch

Explains.

035

Peter Threlkel

Director of Corporation Division. Testifies in support of SB 134. Provides written testimony (EXHIBIT E).

045

Chair Corcoran

Inquires about fiscal impact on cities and counties.

050

Threlkel

Explains.

055

Sen. Minnis

Expresses concern with section 2, due to the deletion of dedicated language.

060

Threlkel

States the agency would be willing to make amendments.

080

Chair Corcoran

Directs the Secretary of State office to amend Section 2, and add language to defray cost associated with the three hour public education course.

085

Threlkel

Advises staff will draft amendments and bring back to the committee for review.

090

Charles Stern

Oregon Association of County Clerks. Testifies in support of SB 134.

100

Sen. Starr

Asks whether SB 134 cover all costs.

130

Threlkel

Responds.

150

Chair Corcoran

Closes public hearing on SB 134. Opens public hearing on SB 135.

SB 135 - PUBLIC HEARING

155

Núñez-Flores

Provides overview of SB 135 to members and public.

165

Tom Wrosch

Secretary of State Legislative Coordinator. Testifies in support of SB 135.

275

Charles Stern

Oregon Association of County Clerks Testifies in support of SB 135. Explains SB 135 directs the Secretary of the State to adopt administrative rules for the electronic equivalent of a notary public’s seal.

320

Stern

Defines digital electronic system. Explains programs in other states.

340

Sen. Minnis

Expresses concern regarding the possibilities of fraud utilizing the electronic equivalent of a notary public’s seal.

350

Peter Threlkel

Director, Corporation Division. Testifies in support of SB 135. Provides written testimony (EXHIBIT F).

365

Sen. Starr

Expresses support of SB 135. Explains it will save the state resources and provide services to Oregonians in a cost effective manner.

TAPE 1,B

010

Chair Corcoran

Inquires whether there has been evidence of fraud in other states who are utilizing the electronic equivalent system.

015

Stern

Responds no. Explains intent of bill again. Predicts it will elevate the level of security.

020

Chair Corcoran

Asks about cost of the electronic equivalent system.

025

Wrosch

Describes impact of SB 135.

030

Chair Corcoran

Closes public hearing on SB 135. Opens work session on SB 135.

SB 135 - WORK SESSION

045

Sen. Starr

MOTION: Moves SB 135 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

 

 

VOTE: 4-0

055

Chair Corcoran

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

060

Chair Corcoran

Closed work session on SB 135 and adjourns the meeting at 4:00 pm.

 

 

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – Senate Proposed Committee Rules, Staff, 2 pp.

B – SB 12, written testimony, Nan Heim, 1 p.

C – SB 12, written testimony, Jim Scheppke, 1 p.

D – SB 133, written testimony, Peter Threlkel, 1 p.

E – SB 134, written testimony, Peter Threlkel, 3 pp.

F – SB 135, written testimony, Peter Threlkel, 1 p.