SENATE COMMITTEE ON GENERAL GOVERNMENT

 

 

February 26, 2003                                                                                                   Hearing Room B

3:00 p.m.                                                                                                                         Tapes 15-16

 

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:           SB 8 – Public Hearing and work session

                                                SB 266 – Public Hearing

                                                SB 267 – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                SB 269 – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                SB 271 – 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 15, A

005

Chair Corcoran

Calls the meeting to order at 3:05 p.m. Opens public hearing on SB 8.

SB 8 – PUBLIC HEARING

010

Mark Ellsworth

Committee Administrator. Provides overview of SB 8.

015

Sen. Bruce Starr

District 15. Testifies in support of SB 8. Explains position. Provides written testimony (EXHIBIT A).

020

Starr

Explains history of SB 8. States the importance of implementing the Amber Alert as soon as possible.

050

Sen. Peter Courtney

District 11. Testifies in support of SB 8. Provides written testimony (EXHIBIT B).

065

Courtney

Explains where bill originated. Explains how it will work once it is implemented. Emphasizes the first few hours of abduction is the most critical if a child is to be brought home safely.

120

Sen. Minnis

Asks about flexibility in the statute, and if it would be too rigid if changes need to be made.

130

Courtney

States there will be some flexibility.

140

Chair Corcoran

Comments on adjustments that may need to be made.

155

Gregory Willeford

Commander, Oregon State Police Bureau of Investigation. Testifies in support of SB 8. Provides written testimony (EXHIBIT C). Explains background, and gives overview of how SB 8 originated.

190

Willeford

Provides information on how the state Amber Alert Planning Group was formed. Explains the vital necessity of SB 8.

230

Willeford

Explains what the outcome will be upon passing SB 8. Highlights key features, which can be utilized by any law enforcement in the state of Oregon.

345

Sen. Minnis

Comments SB 8 seems flexible and establishing criteria could be general. Adds he doesn’t foresee a problem.

420

Larry Hatch

Assistant Director of 911. Testifies in support of SB 8.

TAPE 16, A

015

Pete Shepherd

Deputy Attorney General, State of Oregon. Testifies in support of SB 8. Provides copy of Amber Alert internet page (EXHIBIT D). Explains the need for Amber Alert to be implemented in Oregon.

035

Sen. Minnis

Inquires if there has ever been a false alert and what the process is.

045

Shepherd

Explains process.

075

Doug Tindall

Oregon Department of Transportation. Testifies in support of SB 8. Provides written testimony (EXHIBIT E).

080

Chair Corcoran

Closes public hearing on SB 8. Opens work session on SB 8.

SB 8 – WORK SESSION

090

Sen. Starr

MOTION: Moves SB 8 to floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

 

 

VOTE: 4-0

095

Chair Corcoran

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. STARR will lead discussion on the floor.

125

Chair Corcoran

Closes work session on SB 8. Opens public hearing on SB 266.

SB 266 – PUBLIC HEARING

135

Mark Ellsworth

Committee Administrator. Provides overview of SB 266.

140

Bob Wolfe

Sheriff, Polk County. Testifies against SB 266. Provides written testimony (EXHIBIT F).

165

Wolfe

Explains position. States there is no need to have senate confirmation.

195

Mary Botkin

AFSCME. Testifies in support of SB 266. Provides list of Corrections Policy Committee members, and a list of the Board of Public Safety Standards and Training members (EXHIBITS G & H).

210

Botkin

Explains position. Provides reasons why there should be a senate confirmation when electing new members.

220

Brian Delashmutt

OCPA. Testifies in support of SB 266. Explains position and why senate confirmation is necessary.

240

Chair Corcoran

Closes public hearing on SB 266. Opens public hearing on SB 267.

SB 267 – PUBLIC HEARING

250

Mark Ellsworth

Committee Administrator. Provides overview of SB 267.

255

Mary Botkin

AFSCME. Testifies in support of SB 267.

280

Botkin

Explains position. States there are very few females currently on the board.

340

Botkin

Provides examples of continuing frustration.

358

Brian Delashmutt

OCPA. Testifies in support of SB 267. Explains position. Comments the board should be made up of peers, so it is balanced. Adds it should represent all parties that have an interest in the training standards and discipline of officers in the state of Oregon.

445

Walker

Inquires why the board is so unbalanced.

450

Botkin

Answers and provides opinion.

TAPE 15, B

020

Sen. Minnis

Comments on the background of SB 267. Explains the transition period. States the Legislature has a degree of responsibility.

090

Botkin

Responds, clarifies position.

125

Bob Livingston

Oregon State Fire Fighters Council, Member of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training. Testifies neutral on SB 267. States SB 267 is a step in the right direction. Agrees the Board does need a balance.

160

Chair Corcoran

Reiterates the importance of the Board having a balance. States the ones who are actually doing the work don’t have a voice.

200

Bob Wolfe

Sheriff, Polk County. Testifies against SB 267. Provides written testimony from Rick Lewis, Chief Silverton Police Department (EXHIBIT I). States SB 267 excludes representation of county employees, which is unfair and discriminatory. States concern with adding more people to the Board. Feels it is an attempt to try and unionize. Provides history of past issues.

270

Chair Corcoran

Inquires about policy issues.

280

Wolfe

Claims there have been no issues to date.

290

Sen. Walker

Articulates SB 267 would provide an opportunity for people who are directly involved to provide input.

325

Sen. Starr

Inquires if there is a quorum requirement.

330

Wolfe

States yes, it is sometimes difficult to obtain a quorum.

375

Chair Corcoran

Closes public hearing on SB 267. Opens work session on SB 267.

SB 267 – WORK SESSION

380

Sen. Walker

MOTION: Moves SB 267 to floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

 

 

VOTE: 4-0

385

Chair Corcoran

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. MINNIS will lead discussion on the floor.

400

Chair Corcoran

Closes work session on SB 267. Opens public hearing on SB 269.

SB 269 – PUBLIC HEARING

TAPE 16, B

005

Mark Ellsworth

Committee Administrator. Provides overview of SB 269.

010

Mary Botkin

AFSCME. Explains the amendments to SB 269.

015

Chair Corcoran

Closes the public hearing on SB 269. Opens a work session on SB 269.

SB 269 – WORK SESSION

015

Sen. Minnis

MOTION: Moves SB 269 to floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

 

 

VOTE: 4-0

020

Chair Corcoran

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

Chair Corcoran will lead discussion on the floor.

035

Chair Corcoran

Closes work session on SB 269. Opens public hearing on SB 271.

SB 271 – PUBLIC HEARING

040

Mark Ellsworth

Committee Administrator. Provides overview of SB 271.

050

Mark Landauer

City of Portland, Office of Government Relations. Provides written testimony (EXHIBIT J). Testifies in support of SB 271. Explains position.

055

Landauer

Explains why the bill is before the committee. Expresses amendments have been taken to Legislative Council for drafting.

075

Sen. Minnis

States the need to wait and see what the Governors recommendation is.

125

Minnis

Reiterates to hold onto the bill and wait for Governors decision.

130

Chair Corcoran

Comments and agrees. Closes public hearing on SB 271. Adjourns meeting at 4:45 p.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – SB 8, written testimony, Sen. Peter Courtney, 1 p

B – SB 8, written testimony, Sen. Bruce Starr, 2 pp

C – SB 8, written testimony, Gregory Willeford, 7 pp

D – SB 8, copy of internet page, Peter D. Shepherd, 2 pp

E – SB 8, written testimony, Doug Tindall, 1 p

F – SB 266, written testimony, Bob Wolfe, 1 p

G – SB 266, list of committee members, Mary Botkin, 1 p

H – SB 266, list of Board members, Mary Botkin, 2 pp

I – SB 267, written testimony, Rick Lewis, 2 pp

J – SB 271, written testimony, Mark Landauer, 2 pp