SENATE COMMITTEE ON GENERAL GOVERNMENT

 

 

March 17, 2003                                                                                                Hearing Room HR B

3:00 P.M.                                                                                                                        Tapes 23-24

 

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 650 – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                SB 495 – Public Hearing

                                                SB 676 – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                HB 2004A – 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 23, A

005

Chair Corcoran

Calls the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m. Opens a public hearing on SB 650.

SB 650 – PUBLIC HEARING

010

Sen. Bill Morrisette

District 6. Testifies in support of SB 650. Provides written testimony (EXHIBIT A). Expresses concern over not having a warning system for tsunamis. Adds there is no uniform signal.

035

Sen. Morrisette

States they held a work session to determine a solution. SB 650 would establish the uniform tsunami warning signal. Points out packet of information for members to review.

045

Chair Corcoran

Closes public hearing on SB 650. Opens public hearing on SB 495.

SB 495 – PUBLIC HEARING

075

Larry Lehman

City Manager, City of Pendleton. Testifies in support of SB 495. Provides written testimony (EXHIBIT B). Explains position and history. Expresses the importance of passing SB 495.

110

Lehman

Expresses in spite of steps taken over the next few years, Pendleton may need to reduce fire and police forces. Explains what the goal is.

135

Sen. Minnis

Asks why the City of Pendleton would need to reduce fire and police forces.

145

Sen. Minnis

Asks if the City of Pendleton has reserve police and voluntary fire fighters.

150

Lehman

Responds and clarifies specific questions.

145

Maria Keltner

League of Oregon Cities. Testifies in support of B 495. Provides written testimony (EXHIBIT C).

155

Keltner

Expresses the importance of SB 495. Presents specific examples.

170

Chair Corcoran

Asks about the process of arbitration.

175

Keltner

Responds and provides clarity to the process.

190

Rep. Bob Jenson

District 58. Testifies in support of SB 495. States the importance of passing SB 495.

200

Jim Batwing

President, Oregon State Police Officers Association. Testifies against SB 495. Explains position and why he is against the bill. Comments the policy is already established. Adds SB 495 kills binding arbitration.

215

Brian DeLashmutt

Oregon Council of Police Association. Testifies against SB 495. States the language needs to be revised. Specifies which portions. Adds the interest and welfare of the public needs to come first.

275

Chair Corcoran

Closes public hearing on SB 495. Re-opens a public hearing on SB 650.

The following prepared testimony is submitted for the record without public testimony for SB 495:

 

Dan Bartlett

Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT G)

 

 

 

SB 650 – PUBLIC HEARING

280

Rep. Joanne Verger

District 9. Testifies in support of SB 650. Explains position and why it is necessary. Presents example of an actual incident. Explains how the community rushed out and went to the highway to see the waves. Adds as mayor of the city, discovered that many had no idea there was a tsunami, states they now use a World War 11 siren, which is tested once a month.

325

George Priest

Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries. Testifies in support of SB 650. Provides written testimony (EXHIBIT D). Explains history. States why SB 650 is so important to implement.

370

Priest

Clarifies which areas will be most affected. Adds Educating the public before it happens is the goal. States that tens of thousands of lives may be lost if the magnitude nine earthquake hits.

400

Mark Darienzo

Testifies in support of SB 650. Provides written testimony (EXHIBIT E). Explains what tsunamis are and how frequent they occur. Mentions statewide earthquake warning practice drills.

TAPE 24, A

005

Chair Corcoran

Inquires if people who are in remote areas will have access to radios.

015

Darienzo

Responds encouraging people to buy special radios to improve all areas of coverage.

030

Chair Corcoran

Asks if the agency anticipate any fiscal impact for the development of this warning system.

045

Priest

Explains how funds are gathered. Informs a fiscal impact is not foreseen. Clarifies funds will be gathered through the tsunami program.

055

Chair Corcoran

Closes the public hearing on SB 650. Opens a work session on SB 650.

SB 650 – WORK SESSION

060

Sen. Minnis

MOTION: Moves SB 650 to floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

 

 

VOTE: 4-0

090

Chair Corcoran

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. MORRISETTE will lead discussion on the floor.

100

Chair Corcoran

Closes the work session on SB 650. Opens a public hearing on SB 676.

SB 676 – PUBLIC HEARING

110

Rod Lohof

Fleet Manager, Department of Administrative Services. Testifies in support of SB 676. Provides written testimony (EXHIBIT F). States the current rules are confusing and hard to implement. SB 676 allows for a more realistic approach. Explains why he feels it should be implemented.

145

Minnis

Asks who is exempt from the standard.

147

Lohof

States which agencies are exempt.

150

Chair Corcoran

Closes the public hearing on SB 676. Opens a work session on SB 676.

SB 676 – WORK SESSION

160

Sen. Minnis

MOTION: Moves SB 676 to floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

 

 

VOTE: 4-0

165

Chair Corcoran

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. STARR will lead discussion on the floor.

170

Chair Corcoran

Closes the  work session on SB 676. Opens a work session on HB 2004A.

HB 2004A – WORK SESSION

175

Mark Ellsworth

Committee Administrator. Provides an over view of HB 2004A amendments.

208

Sen. Minnis

MOTION: Moves adoption of the-16 amendments to HB 2004A.

 

 

VOTE: 4-0

215

Chair Corcoran

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

220

Brian DeLashmutt

Explains the -17 amendments to HB 2004A.

235

Chair Corcoran

Asks if the study would be financed through means other than general funds.

240

Delashmutt

Answers Yes, through PERS. Adds they tried to construct the amendments so it captured the primary police and fire traditional roles correctly.

275

Chair Corcoran

Advises consultation with Rep. Knopp before action is taken.

305

Chair Corcoran

Closes the work session on HB 2004 A. Adjourns the meeting at 4:45 p.m.

 

 

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – SB 650, written testimony, Sen. Bill Morrisette, 15 p

B – SB 450, written testimony, Larry Lehman, 2 pp

C – SB 495, written testimony, Maria Keltner, 2 pp

D – SB 650, written testimony, George Priest, 2 pp

E – SB 650, written testimony, Mark Darienzo, 1 p

F – SB 676, written testimony, Rod Lohof, 2 pp

 

The following exhibit is listed out of order in the body of the tape log:

G – SB 495, additional testimony for the record, Dan Bartlett, 1 p