SENATE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY

 

 

February 20, 2003                                                                                               Hearing Room 343

8:00 A.M.                                                                                                                     Tapes 35 - 36

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. John Minnis, Chair

Sen. Ted Ferrioli

Sen. Charles Starr

 

MEMBER EXCUSED:          Sen. Charlie Ringo

                                                Sen. Vicki Walker

                                                Sen. Ginny Burdick, Vice-Chair

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Bill Joseph, Counsel

Ann Martin, Committee Assistant

 

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:           SB 255 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  35, A

003

Chair Minnis

Calls the meeting to order at 8:12 a.m. and, lacking a quorum, convenes as a subcommittee for the purpose of hearing public testimony on SB 255.

SB 255 PUBLIC HEARING

011

Sen. Kurt Schrader

Senate District 20. Testifies in support of SB 255 which requires veterinarians to report suspected aggravated animal abuse.

030

Chair Minnis

Asks if, in his practice, he always has an assistant.

032

Sen. Schrader

Replies, yes.

038

Sen. Starr

Asks about Page 2, Section 7, subsection 2 of the bill.

048

Sen. Schrader

Clarifies this portion of the bill.

066

Dave Barrows

Oregon Veterinary Medical Association.  Introduces Dr. Steve Brown, Newport, OR.

073

Dr. Steven Brown

Private Veterinary Practice. Submits testimony and testifies in support of SB 255 (EXHIBIT A).

111

Barrows

States that reporting is not mandatory, and explains that this legislation would apply only to aggravated abuse.

160

Sen. Ferrioli

Wonders about the Humane Society being in a category of law enforcement.


 

169

Barrows

Says that some employees of the Humane Society are quasi-deputized by the state to investigate.

176

Sen. Ferrioli

Expresses concern about this practice.

221

Chair Minnis

Asks for clarification of Page 2, line 10.

266

Lt. Randy Covey

Law Enforcement Division, Oregon Humane Society. Testifies in support of SB 255. Explains his position as a law enforcement officer.

362

Chair Minnis

Discusses the need for supporting evidence that there is a link between animal abuse and human abuse.

378

Lt. Covey

Says that studies have shown a direct link between animal abuse and human abuse, and will provide that information.

421

Sen. Starr

Identifies the testimony from Kelly Peterson, Humane Society (EXHIBIT B).

439

Jarod Broadfoot

Safari International. Testifies in opposition to SB 255.

460

Al Elkins

Oregon Hunters Association. Testifies in opposition to SB 255, specifically Section 7, subsection 2, lines 27-29, relating to trapping.

TAPE 36, A

003

Greg Addington

Oregon Farm Bureau. Testifies in opposition to SB 255.

021

Rod Harder

Oregon United Sporting Dogs. Testifies in opposition to SB 255.

032

Chair Minnis

Asks if a definition of persons sworn for law enforcement would be acceptable.

034

Harder

Says, yes.

036

Chair Minnis

Asks if Lt. Covey has a special title.

037

Lt. Covey

Answers that his title is “special agent.”

044

Sen. Ferrioli

Suggests how the definition might be written.

058

Kelly Peterson

Oregon Coordinator, The Humane Society of United States. Testifies in support of SB 255.  Responds to the trapping issue.

091

Chair Minnis

Asks about reporting to the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

093

Broadfoot

Explains why he objects to the change.

102

Elkins

Says a veterinarian's report gives credibility to the report.

113

Addington

Stresses the need to see reports of trapping.

124

Bill Joseph

Committee Counsel. Asks what kind of traps are being used.

127

Broadfoot

Describes the variety of traps used.

138

Harder

Informs the committee that the Dean of the Veterinarian College appointed the chair of the commission to review trapping.

172

Chair Minnis

Closes the public hearing on SB 255 and adjourns the meeting at 8:55 a.m.

 

 


 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – SB 255, written testimony submitted by Dr. Steve Brown, 2 pp

B – SB 255, written testimony submitted by Kelly Peterson, 3 pp