SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH POLICY

 

 

April 22, 2003                                                                                                         Hearing Room B

1:00 pm                                                                                                                         Tapes 63 - 64

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Bill Morrisette, Chair

Sen. Bill Fisher, Vice-Chair

Sen. John Minnis

Sen. Frank Shields

Sen. Charles Starr

Sen. Vicki Walker

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Marjorie Taylor, Administrator

Saranelle Allen, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:           SB 886 – Public Hearing

                                                SB 684 – 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 63, A

009

Chair Morrisette

Convenes meeting at 1:16 p.m. and opens a public hearing on SB 886.

SB 886 – PUBLIC HEARING

020

Marjorie Taylor

Administrator.  Explains the bill.

 

Sen. Frank Shields

District 24.  Testifies on the -1 amendment to SB 886.  Reviews the rewrite (EXHIBIT A).

088

Michael Buckley

Acting Administrator, Department of Human Services (EXHIBIT B).

 

 

Testifies in support of SB 886 and the -1 amendment, and does not feel there is any area of concern with confidentiality and does not allow outside organizations any access to department records.

189

Chair Morrisette

Asks about current faith-based organizations.

 

Sen. Shields

Enters written testimony from Lowell Greathouse on SB 886 (EXHIBIT C).

304

Steven Green

Professor, Willamette College of Law.  Submits a suggested amendment to SB 886 (EXHIBIT D).  Testifies and makes several suggestions on refining the proposed amendment. 

403

Sen. Shields

Asks question on language changes.

 

Sen. Minnis

Suggests placement of a statement on non-discrimination.

Tape 64, A

022

Green

States a potential exists of differences between what a faith-based organization would recommend vs. the Department of Health Services.

 

Chair Morrisette

Raises questions on what programs are offered and what information is required to place an individual in a specific program.

054

Andrea Meyer

Legislative Director, ACLU.  Expresses concerns on SB 886.  Feels clients may feel coerced or pressured, and gives an example on the Muslim faith as not having ‘membership’ in a Mosque.   Feels Mr. Green’s amendment would satisfy some of these concerns.

253

Meyer

Gives response that there will probably be a faith-based reply given.

 

Sen. Minnis

Suggests a minor word change to state it is a voluntary offer for an individual and the individual would have his own choice.

299

Sen. Starr

Expresses hope for members of faith-based programs who could volunteer to do so. 

340

Sen. Shields

Asks if any one has suggestions on the amendment to let him know.

 

Chair Morrisette

Suggests reworking the amendment, and hearing the bill again. 

390

Chair Morrisette

Closes public hearing on SB 886, and opens a public hearing on SB 684.

SB 684 – PUBLIC HEARING

399

Marjorie Taylor

Administrator.  Explains bill, and submits several packets of documents (EXHIBIT E).

404

Gordon Martin

Tigard.  Testifies to the many problems facing his district for either having or not having fluoride in their water, and the multi-ramifications of costs, personal choice and other issues.

Tape 63, B

040

Martin

Gives additional explanation on his involvement with other districts, and the process of getting public vote.

 

Chair Morrisette

States the intent of having this hearing.

206

Williams S. Ten Pas

Dentist.  Testifies to the benefits of fluoride for dental care and prevention.  Advises there is a standard for placing fluoride in water, and states the benefits.  Continues with further testimony.

 

Sen. Minnis

Asks who makes the decision on what to put in our water, and why isn’t the decision left up to individuals.

293

Dr. Ten Pas

Continues with additional testimony.

Tape 64, B

023

Martin

Feels the two way conversation just held would allow him to do his due diligence on making a decision on the fluoride issue for his board.

056

Sen. Fisher

Asks if there is a state law that requires fluoride, and is there a state agency that puts fluoride in water. 

 

 

Asks if local water departments have a constituency, and a right to demand what the water quality should be.  States that he worked on this bill about 2 years ago, and the outcome should be put out for a decision by the people.

 

Sen. Fisher

Declares that it should be a community decision, and doesn’t feel the state should be involved in it.

199

Sen. Walker

Expresses concern on no approval noted from the FDA.  Feels there is little need for the legislature to take any time reviewing these issues again.

 

Chair Morrisette

Summarizes the discussions of the hearing.

255

Sen. Starr

States the positive aspects of fluoride.

270

Chair Morrisette

States the bill is very controversial, and is not sure how the bill could pass anywhere at this point.

 

Chair Morrisette

Closes public hearing on SB 684 and adjourns the meeting at 3:01 p.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – SB 886, submitted proposed -1 amendment, Senator Frank Shields, 3 pp.

B – SB 886, written testimony, Michael Buckley, 2 pp.

C – SB 886, submitted written testimony, Lowell Greathouse, 2 pp.

D – SB 886, submitted proposed amendment, Steven Green, 1 p.

E – SB 684, written testimony, Gordon Martin, Dr. William S. Ten Pas, and

                            submitted documents from miscellaneous other authors, 163 pp.