SENATE COMMITTEE ON GENERAL GOVERNMENT

 

 

March 10, 2003                                                                                                       Hearing Room B

3:00 p.m.                                                                                                                         Tapes 19-20

 

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 354 – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                SB 566 – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                HB 2317 – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                SB 830 – 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 19, A

005

Chair Corcoran

Calls meeting to order at 3:05 p.m. Opens public hearing on SB 354 and SB 566.

SB 354 and SB 566 – PUBLIC HEARING

010

Mark Ellsworth

Committee Administrator. Provides overview of SB 354 and SB 566.

028

Sen. Jason Atkinson

District 2. Testifies in support of both SB 354 and SB 566. Provides visual aids for SB 354 (EXHIBIT A).

045

Sen. Atkinson

Elaborates on SB 354 and expresses the need for construction of permanent toilet facilities on the Capitol Mall area.

070

Sen. Atkinson

Testifies in support of SB 566. Explains the need for skylights above the stairwells. Provides examples and history.

100

Chair Corcoran

Clarifies the intent of both SB 354 and SB 566. States the Capitol is the people’s building and it hasn’t been maintained.

120

Sen. Walker

Inquires how a toilet can be defined as a work of art to qualify under the cultural trust.

150

Sen. Atkinson

States the brass on the stairwells and the skylights are the works of art, not the toilets. States as a receptacle that all Oregonians are supposed to share, which is the intent of the cultural trust, the mall area does qualify.

165

Chair Corcoran

Closes public hearing on SB 354 and SB 566. Opens work session on SB 354.

SB 354 - WORK SESSION

175

Sen. Walker

MOTION: Moves SB 354 as amended to ways and means with a DO PASS recommendation.

 

 

VOTE: 4-0

180

Chair Corcoran

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. ATKINSON will lead discussion on the floor.

185

Chair Corcoran

Closes work session on SB 354. Opens work session on SB 566.

SB 566 – WORK SESSION

190

Sen. Walker

MOTION: Moves SB 566 as amended to ways and means with a DO PASS recommendation.

 

 

VOTE: 4-0

194

Chair Corcoran

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. ATKINSON will lead discussion on the floor.

195

Chair Corcoran

Closes work session on SB 354 and SB 566. Opens public hearing on HB 2317.

HB 2317 – PUBLIC HEARING

200

Mark Ellsworth

Committee Administrator. Provides overview of HB 2317.

225

Laurie Warner

Facilities Division Administrator, Department of Administrative Services. Testifies in opposition of HB 2317 as written, but will support HB 2317 if the amendments are adopted.

235

Chair Corcoran

Closes public hearing on HB 2317. Opens work session on HB 2317.

HB 2317 – WORK SESSION

260

Sen. Walker

MOTION: Moves adoption of the -1 amendments to HB 2317.

 

 

VOTE: 4-0

265

Chair Corcoran

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

270

Sen. Walker

MOTION: Moves HB 2317 as amended to floor with a DO PASS recommendation

 

 

VOTE: 4-0

275

Chair Corcoran

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. CORCORAN will lead discussion on the floor.

280

Chair Corcoran

Closes work session on HB 2317. Opens public hearing on SB 830.

SB 830 – PUBLIC HEARING

285

Mark Ellsworth

Committee Administrator. Provides overview of SB 830.

295

Sen. Vicki Walker

District 7. Testifies in support of SB 830. Provides written testimony (EXHIBIT B). Presents history of SB 830.

300

Sen. Walker

States the goal of SB 830 is to track the disposition of greyhound dogs. SB 830 is modeled after a similar bill in the state of Massachusetts, which passed in 2001.

325

Penny Troolin

Oregon Defenders of Greyhound. Testifies in support of SB 830 Provides written testimony (EXHIBIT C).

340

Troolin

Explains that Oregonians have a legitimate interest in monitoring the welfare of racing greyhounds. Adds there is no record of many dogs, which is a concern.

350

Troolin

Explains the need for a state law, as we cannot depend upon rules. Adds there is a clear precedent for this bill. Conveys eight other states require record keeping, Oregon is only state west of Mississippi who does not require this type of record keeping. States there is no fiscal impact.

TAPE 20, A

005

Connie Theil

Oregon Defenders of Greyhounds. Testifies in support of SB 830. Provides written testimony (EXHIBIT D).

035

Theil

Explains they want standardized record keeping of what happens to the greyhound dogs. Adds there has been a big outbreak of diseases such as distemper, and this needs to be tracked as well.

040

Sen. Starr

Seeks clarification as to what is happening to the dogs.

045

Troolin

Indicates they have no idea what is happening to the dogs after racing season is over.

065

Sen. Star

Asks if the goal is to close the loophole in the public records law.

085

Troolin

Indicates public records law allows the agency who is the custodian of the records, to make the determination as to who to exempt the disclosure of those records. Articulates the goal is to close this specific loophole in the public records law.

130

Chair Corcoran

Asks how many dogs get adopted at the end of the racing season.

135

Theil

Expresses Oregon has a good adoption program. Approximates 250-300 dogs get adopted at the end of racing season.

145

Steven Walters

Chair, Oregon Racing commission. Testifies in opposition of SB 830. States the bill is not necessary. Explains the Oregon Racing Commission has rules, which require kennel owners to submit disposition reports on every greyhound that races at Multnomah Greyhound Park.

225

Walters

Explains the process of public records requests. Adds they will make the records available to the general public. Advises there are specific exemptions.

270

Chair Corcoran

Asks what the commission utilizes the information for.

275

Walters

Discloses to keep track of the dogs; if they have been adopted, or put down. Clarifies Oregon has a no kill law, unless authorized by a veterinarian. Adds their records also accounts for how many dogs were put down by veterinarian recommendation.

335

Sen. Starr

Inquires how long records are kept.

340

Walters

Indicates records are kept as according to the public records act.

TAPE 19, B

005

Sen. Walker

Asks if there is a specific form created to fill out when tracking the dogs.

010

Walters

Indicates there is a form created for tracking purposes.

015

Sen. Walker

Inquires who is responsible to fill out the form.

020

Walters

States the kennel owner fills out the form.

025

Sen. Walker

Asks what the disciplinary action is if the form is filled out incorrectly or with false information.

030

Walters

States disciplinary action is taken against the kennel owner’s license, which would take away any racing rights in Oregon or any other state for two years.

090

Sen. Walker

Inquires if someone lost their license could they reapply after a specific period.

100

Walters

Answers yes, they would be eligible to reapply, but doesn’t necessarily mean they would be approved.

180

Larry Campbell

Magna Entertainment, Multnomah Greyhound Park. Testifies in opposition of SB 830. Provides written testimony (EXHIBIT E).

200

Campbell

Clarifies position. States the bill is redundant. Reiterates confirmation is made to verify the location of the greyhounds after the racing season. Adds the Multnomah Greyhound Park is committed to ensuring the tracking of dogs is complete.

300

Paul Romaine

Attorney, Oregon Greyhound Association. Testifies in opposition of SB 830. Emphasizes the reason commission’s exist is to provide flexibility in regulations to allow for changes as needed. Adds Oregon does not have any problems with tracking the disposition of greyhounds after racing season.

370

Chair Corcoran

States the proponents of SB 830 has a genuine concern for the greyhounds. Adds there should be some way to share the data to interested parties in a non onerous way. Requests both sides to work together to ensure this happens.

390

Walters

Offers to make available examples of the disposition reports and injury reports.

400

Chair Corcoran

Closes public hearing on SB 830. Adjourns the meeting at 5:00 p.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – SB 354, visual aids, Sen. Jason Atkinson, 6 pp

B – 830, written testimony, Sen. Vicki L. Walker, 1 p

C – SB 830, written testimony, Penny Troolin, 1 p

D – SB 830, written testimony, Connie Theil, 1 p

E – SB 830, written testimony, Larry Campbell, 3 pp