SENATE COMMITTEE ON GENERAL GOVERNMENT

 

 

February 05, 2003                                                                                                   Hearing Room B

3:00 PM                                                                                                                            Tapes 9-10

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Tony Corcoran, Chair

Sen. John Minnis, Vice-Chair

Sen. Bruce Starr

Sen. Vicki Walker

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Mark Ellsworth, Committee Administrator

Heather Gravelle, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:           Introduction of Committee Bills and Work Session

SB 269 – Public Hearing

SB 268 – Public Hearing

HB 2052 – Public Hearing and Work Session

HB 2001A – 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 9, A

005

Chair Corcoran

Chair Corcoran calls the meeting to order at 3:05 p.m. Opens introduction of committee bills and work session.

INTRODUCTION OF COMMITTEE BILLS WORK SESSION

020

Mark Ellsworth

Committee Administrator. Explains LC 1926 draft bill to members.

025

Sen. Minnis

MOTION: Moves introduction of LC 1926 as a committee bill.

 

 

VOTE: 4-0

030

Chair Corcoran

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

035

Chair Corcoran

Closes work session on introduction of committee bills. Opens public hearing on SB 269.

SB 269 – PUBLIC HEARING

035

Mark Ellsworth

Committee Administrator. Provides overview of SB 269.

040

Mary Botkin

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. Testifies in support of SB 269. Provides written testimony (EXHIBIT A).

075

Ken Murphy

Deputy Director, Oregon Emergency Management. Testifies in support of SB 269.

055

Sen. Minnis

Inquires how the categories are determined and how the employees know they are strike-prohibited.

080

Murphy

Responds.

110

Chair Corcoran

Closes public hearing on SB 269. Opens public hearing on SB 268.

SB 268 – PUBLIC HEARING

120

Mark Ellsworth

Committee Administrator. Provides overview of SB 268.

115

Mary Botkin

AFSCME. Testifies in support of SB 268.

125

Botkin

Explains SB 268 is an alternate way to settling a dispute, by providing a third neutral party.

140

Peter Shepherd

Deputy Attorney General, Oregon Department of Justice. Testifies against SB 268. Provides written formal opinion from the Oregon State Bar (EXHIBIT B).

185

Shepherd

Explains why he is opposed to SB 268.

230

Sen. Walker

Asks for clarification as to why this issue has been before legislature several times, with no action taken.

240

Botkin

Responds.

300

Sen. Walker

References the formal opinion, and suggests if Department of Justice attorneys do go out on strike they may be found guilty of abandoning their clients.

305

Shepherd

Responds.

335

Botkin

States it is an ethical dilemma.

345

Sen. Minnis

Inquires if attorneys have ever had a strike.

350

Shepherd

Responds it has not happened in Oregon.

385

Shepherd

Explains current process.

425

Botkin

Responds attempting to find a different resolution that doesn’t require them to put their ethics on the line.

460

Chair Corcoran

Closes public hearing on SB 268. Opens public hearing on HB 2052.

TAPE 10, A

HB 2052 – PUBLIC HEARING

045

Mark Ellsworth

Committee Administrator. Provides overview of HB 2052.

060

Pete Shepherd

Deputy Attorney General. Testifies in support of HB 2052.

065

Shepherd

States the federal government has allowed and funded entering into agreements with state or local governments, to provide security support services.

100

Sen. Starr

Inquires about the Attorney General’s role.

105

Shepherd

Explains.

110

Chair Corcoran

Asks if there is any opposition.

115

Shepherd

States there is no opposition.

110

Chair Corcoran

Closes public hearing on HB 2052. Opens work session on HB 2052.

HB 2052 – WORK SESSION

120

Sen. Minnis

MOTION: Moves HB 2052 to floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

 

 

VOTE: 4-0

125

Chair Corcoran

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

130

Chair Corcoran

Closes the work session on HB 2052. Opens work session on HB 2001 A.

HB 2001A – WORK SESSION

135

Sen. Starr

MOTION: Moves HB 2001 to floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

 

 

VOTE: 4-0

140

Chair Corcoran

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

150

Chair Corcoran

Closes work session on HB 2001 A. Adjourns meeting at 4:00 p.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – SB 269, written testimony, Mary Botkin, 1 p

B – SB 268, written testimony, Peter Shepherd, 6 pp