SENATE COMMITTEE ON GENERAL GOVERNMENT

 

 

April 14, 2003                                                                                                         Hearing Room B

3:00 p.m.                                                                                                                         Tapes 41-42

 

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:           HB 2343 - Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                HB 2676 – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                HB 3026 – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                HB 2624 – Work Session

                                                SB 783 – Work Session

                                                HB 2227 A – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                HB 2818 – 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 41, A

005

Chair Corcoran

Calls the meeting to order at 3:10 p.m. Opens a public hearing on HB 2343.

HB 2343 – PUBLIC HEARING

010

Mark Ellsworth

Committee Administrator. Provides an overview of HB 2343.

020

Rep. Bob Jenson

District 58. Testifies in support of HB 2343. Explains the background and provides information on where the bill originated.

055

Steve Delaney

PERS, Legislative Liaison. Explains HB 2343 is the Judges Retirement Fund. Provides written testimony (EXHIBIT A).

065

Delaney

Explains in 2001 HB 3366 was passed to ease restrictions on account withdrawal for PERS judge members. Adds that bill did not address the limitations of inactive judge members with dormant accounts. States HB 2343 will remedy that situation.

075

Delaney

Expresses the committee needs to go on record as to the intent of the specific section 1 (7), line 19. Refers members to distributed written testimony.

090

Chair Corcoran

Closes the public hearing on HB 2343. Opens a work session on HB 2343.

The following prepared testimony is submitted for the record without public testimony for SB 783.

                      Dan Gardner                  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT B).

 

 

 

HB 2343 – WORK SESSION

095

Sen. Starr

MOTION: Moves HB 2343 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

 

 

VOTE: 4-0

100

Chair Corcoran

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. STARR will lead discussion on the floor.

105

Chair Corcoran

Closes the work session on HB 2343. Opens a public hearing on HB 2676 and HB 3026.

HB 2676 & HB 3026 PUBLIC HEARING

125

Rep. Lane Shetterly

District 23. Testifies in support of HB 2676. Provides background and history. Explains the intent is to correct a boundary error in Polk and Yamhill counties. Adds both counties have agreed on the corrected boundary.

130

Rep. Lane Shetterly

District 23. Testifies in support of HB 3026. Provides background and history. Explains the concern comes from the Polk County Fair Board. States the fair is having funding issues.

135

Chair Corcoran

Closes the public hearings on HB 2676 & HB 3026. Opens a work session on HB 2676.

HB 2676 – WORK SESSION

140

Sen. Walker

MOTION: Moves HB 2676 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

 

 

VOTE: 4-0

145

Chair Corcoran

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. STARR will lead discussion on the floor.

150

Chair Corcoran

Closes the work session on HB 2676. Opens a work session on HB 3026.

HB 3026 – WORK SESSION

155

Sen. Starr

MOTION: Moves HB 3026 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

 

 

VOTE: 4-0

160

Chair Corcoran

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. WALKER will lead discussion on the floor.

165

Chair Corcoran

Closes the work session on HB 3026. Opens a work session on HB 2624.

HB 2624 – WORK SESSION

170

Sen. Minnis

MOTION: Moves HB 2624 BE RE-REFERRED to the Senate President WITHOUT RECOMMENDATION as to passage and BE REFERRED to the committee on Business and Labor.

 

 

VOTE: 4-0

175

Chair Corcoran

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

177

Chair Corcoran

Closes the work session on HB 2624. Opens a work session on SB 783.

SB 783 – WORK SESSION

180

Mark Ellsworth

Committee Administrator. Provides an overview of SB 783, and the -1 and -2 amendments.

185

Sen. Ginny Burdick

District 18. Testifies in support of SB 783, with the -1 amendments. Provides memo from Greg Chaimov, Legislative Counsel. (EXHIBIT C).

205

Sen. Burdick

Adds the intent of the bill is to send a message to businesses that they need to be supportive to nursing mothers.

230

Julie Brandis

AOI. Testifies against SB 783. Explains what portions of the bill she feels are problematic. Expresses the potential legal problems.

285

Chair Corcoran

Seeks clarification for the record, regarding Greg Chaimov’s memo.

290

Sen. Burdick

Responds and states she requested Legislative Counsel draft a legal opinion in response to concern over providing a special room for the nursing mother.

295

Sen. Burdick

Explains it was determined that companies won’t have to do new construction to comply with SB 783.

300

Sen. Walker

MOTION: Moves adoption of the -1 amendments to SB 783.

 

 

VOTE: 4-0

305

Chair Corcoran

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

 

Sen. Walker

MOTION: Moves SB 783 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

 

 

VOTE: 4-0

325

Chair Corcoran

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. BURDICK will lead discussion on the floor.

340

Chair Corcoran

Closes the work session on SB 783. Opens a public hearing on HB 2227 A.

HB 2227 A – PUBLIC HEARING

355

Mark Ellsworth

Committee Administrator. Provides an overview on HB 2227 A.

360

Roy Hemmingway

Chair, Public Utility Commission. Testifies in support of HB 2227 A.

365

Rick Willis

Executive Director, Public Utility Commission. Testifies in support of HB 2227 A. Explains the bill, how it originated, and what the intent is.

400

Chair Corcoran

Closes the public hearing on HB 2227 A. Opens a work session on HB 2227 A.

HB 2227 A – WORK SESSION

405

Sen. Minnis

MOTION: Moves HB 2227 A to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

 

 

VOTE: 4-0

410

Chair Corcoran

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. CORCORAN will lead discussion on the floor.

415

Chair Corcoran

Closes the work session on HB 2227 A. Opens a public hearing on HB 2818.

HB 2818 – PUBLIC HEARING

TAPE 42, A

005

Burton Weast

Special Districts Association of Oregon. Testifies in support of HB 2818. Provides written testimony (EXHIBIT D).

010

Weast

Explains the background and history of HB 2818. States it is a trend as local governments attempt to become more cost effective. Adds current statute treats special district annexing of cities different than cities annexing special districts.

045

Sen. Minnis

Asks if an intergovernmental agreement would work in this circumstance.

060

Alec Jensen

Executive Director, Oregon Tualatin Fire and Rescue. Testifies in support of HB 2818. States the intergovernmental agreements are short term only. Explains they don’t address the long term issues.

065

Sen. Minnis

Inquires if you do annex, will the population of the city pay for the police or fire service.

070

Jensen

Answers, not necessarily. Explains how the process works. Stresses the emphasis is for long term planning.

110

Sen. Minnis

Asks if the city is requesting the annexation.

115

Jensen

Responds yes, the only way HB 2818 will go into effect is with the permission of the city.

120

Genoa Ingram

Oregon Fire Directors Association. Testifies in support of HB 2818. Provides written testimony (EXHIBIT E). States she feels it needs an amendment. Expresses changing the threshold from 10% to 20%.

145

Chair Corcoran

States he doesn’t foresee a problem with the amendment. Requests Ms. Ingram work with Mark Ellsworth to draft appropriate amendment.

155

Chair Corcoran

Closes the public hearing on HB 2818. Adjourns the meeting at 5:00 p.m.

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – HB 2343, written testimony, Steve Delaney, 2 pp

B – SB 783, additional written testimony for the record, Dan Gardner, 2 pp

C – SB 783, written testimony, Greg Chaimov, 1 p

D – HB 2818, written testimony, Burton Weast, 2 pp

E – HB 2818, written testimony, Genoa Ingram, 1 p