PUBLIC HEARING: SB 758, SJR 30

 

PUBLIC HEARING AND WORK SESSION: SJR 7

 

TAPES 82-83, A-B

 

SENATE REVENUE COMMITTEE

April 7, 2003   1:00 PM   STATE CAPITOL BUILDING

 

Members Present:                        Senator Ryan Deckert, Chair

                                                Senator Ted Ferrioli, Vice Chair

                                                Senator Tony Corcoran

                                                Senator Lenn Hannon

                                                Senator Charlie Ringo

                                                Senator Bruce Starr       

 

Witnesses Present:                        Richard Jarvis, Chancellor of Oregon University System

                                                Dave Frohnmayer, President, University of Oregon

                                                Tim White, President, Oregon State University         

                                                Dolores Raymond, Washington County Alzheimer’s Association

                                                Nicola Cribb, Aloha Resident

                                                Robert Harvey, Alzheimer’s Association of Oregon and Greater Idaho

                                                Jim Davis, Alzheimer’s Association of Oregon and Greater Idaho

                                                Senator Vicki Walker, District 7

                                                Hasina Squires, Association of Public Safety Communications Officials

                                                Larry Hatch, Washington County Consolidated Communications Agency

                                                Kristina Wilde, Central Lane Communications Center

                                                Paul Snider, Oregon Association of Counties          

 

Staff Present:                            Paul Warner, Legislative Revenue Office

                                                Lizbeth Martin-Mahar, Legislative Revenue Office

                                                Richard Yates, Legislative Revenue Office

                                                Tara Lantz, Committee Assistant

 

TAPE 82, SIDE A

 

004

Chair Deckert

Calls meeting to order at 1:05pm.

 

OPENS PUBLIC HEARING ON SJR 7

 

012

Richard Yates

Explains SJR 7 which proposed an amendment to the Oregon Constitution to reduce the general fund match required to issue general obligation bonds under article 11-G. Exhibit 1.

 

 

 

030

Richard Jarvis

Testifies in support of SJR 7 because since the passage of Measure 5 Oregon universities have only received enough money from the general fund to complete six projects. Discusses proposed amendment. Exhibit 3.

 

 

 

064

Sen. Deckert

Asks why they want to move the date to general election of 2004 rather then the next primary.

 

 

 

066

Jarvis

Responds that they would be proceeding as anticipated in the next biennium and this would be moving with the current process.

 

 

 

066

Dave Frohnmayer

Testifies in support of SJR 7 because with record enrollment the university is exceeding capacity. Refer to written testimony. Exhibit 4. Explains that one reason to move the election to the general election is that they already have a major bonding issue to deal with deferred maintenance is already on the ballot.

 

 

 

103

Tim White

Testifies in support of SJR 7 because it would leverage more private investments in capital facilities. Refer to written testimony. Exhibit 5.

 

 

 

142

Sen. Deckert

Asks if the passage of SJR 7 would cause a decrease in private donations.

 

 

 

146

White

Responds that the needs are so great that the foundation would not become less aggressive in finding private donations.

 

 

 

161

Frohnmayer

Responds that it would be an incentive for donors because they would see the state stepping up to do its part.

 

 

 

176

Sen. Deckert

Asks if the Kelley investment would have been less had this law been in effect.

 

 

 

185

White

Responds that if there had been a different kind of match the investment from the Kelley group there might have been a broader investment.

 

 

 

189

Sen. Hannon

Expresses strong support for SJR 7 and a great appreciation for the work of university leaders.

 

 

 

236

Sen. Ringo

States that supporting higher education is the best economic development investment that the legislature can make.

 

 

 

255

Frohnmayer

Discusses study done that found a high return in the Oregon economy for every dollar spent.

 

Discussion follows.

 

CLOSES PUBLIC HEARING ON SJR 7

 

OPENS WORK SESSION ON SJR 7

               

335

Sen. Ferrioli

MOTION: MOVES SJR 7-1 AMENDMENTS DATED 4/3/03 BE ADOPTED.

 

 

 

342

Sen. Deckert

ORDER: HEARING NO OBJECTION, MOTION PASSES: 5-0-1. SENATORS EXCUSED: STARR.

 

 

 

343

Sen. Ferrioli

MOTION: MOVES SJR 7 TO THE SENATE FLOOR WITH A DO PASS AS AMENDED RECOMMENDATION.

 

 

 

346

Sen. Deckert

ORDER: HEARING NO OBJECTION, MOTION PASSES: 5-0-1. SENATORS EXCUSED: STARR.

Sen. Hannon and Sen. Clarno will carry the bill on the Senate Floor.

 

CLOSES WORK SESSION ON SJR 7

 

OPENS PUBLIC HEARING ON SB 758

 

386

Lizbeth Martin-Mahar

Explains SB 758 which authorizes a personal income tax credit for an individual that provides unreiumbursed care to a relative that consists of providing assistance to a relative with daily living activities for more than six months. Exhibit 6.

 

402

Dolores Raymond

Testifies in support of SB 758 because it would help families that have the financial and physical burden of caring for relatives with disabilities. Refer to written testimony. Exhibit 9.

 

TAPE 83, SIDE A

 

067

Nicola Cribb

Testifies in support of SB 758 because it is necessary, especially during the current economic crisis, for people taking care of family members with disabilities that are no longer able to get assistance from the state.

 

 

 

099

Robert Harvey

Gives personal account of caring for his wife who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

 

 

 

178

Sen. Ringo

Points out that the bill is targeted for moderate income people. Asks about a figure given by Raymond.

 

 

 

186

Raymond

Responds that it was a fiscal statement from the 2001 Regular Legislative Session.

 

Discussion follows.

 

 

 

205

Jim Davis

Testifies in support of SB 758 because it is important to provide more financial support to family caregivers. Refer to written testimony. Exhibit 10.

 

CLOSES PUBLIC HEARING ON SB 758

 

OPENS PUBLIC HEARING ON SJR 30

 

287

Richard Yates

Explains SJR 30 which proposes amendment to the Oregon Constitution to require that any revenue from a State tax on telephone service be used to fund emergency and public safety communications facilities, equipment, and services. Exhibit 12.

 

 

 

301

Sen. Starr

Asks if SJR 30 impacts the fees imposed to fund services for the deaf.

 

 

 

307

Yates

Responds that he believes it would not affect those services.

 

Discussion follows.

 

 

 

340

Sen. Hannon

Asks if all taxes used to fund other programs would be taken for 911 funds.

 

 

 

349

Sen. Walker

Discusses the intent of the bill and states that it needs to be amended to narrow the scope. Expresses her support for SJR 30.

 

TAPE 82, SIDE B

 

018

Hasina Squires

Explains the telephone tax and how it is distributed and used. Testifies in support of SJR 30 because it has recently been diverted to fund other services, depleting the funds used for 9-1-1 services. Refer to written testimony. Exhibit 14.

 

 

 

115

Larry Hatch

Testifies in support of SJR 30 because in the future the money coming from the 9-1-1 telephone tax should be used for what it is intended.

 

 

 

129

Sen. Deckert

Asks if there is an excess in funds since the extraordinary growth in cell phones.

 

 

 

136

Hatch

Responds that an increase in calls accompanied the growth in cell phones.

 

Discussion follows.

 

 

 

159

Kristina Wilde

Responds that the FCC mandated that wireless lines have the same technology as hard lines so that callers can be located.

 

 

 

172

Sen. Ferrioli

Asks if the bill excludes areas that do not have call centers and if it would exclude using the funds to build cell phone towers.

 

 

 

185

Squires

Responds that amendments are going to address what the funds can be used for.

 

 

 

191

Sen. Ferrioli

States that he supports SJR 30 but expresses concern that the entire state needs to be able to access the service.

 

Discussion follows.

 

 

 

224

Sen. Corcoran

States that he doesn’t like the fact that they are amending the constitution for this and expresses concern over the language.

 

 

 

234

Squires

Responds that the amendments would address that language.

 

 

 

272

Paul Snider

Testifies in support of SJR 30 because the telephone tax should be used for what it is dedicated for.

 

 

 

284

Sen. Deckert

Adjourns meeting at 2:20pm.

 

 

Tape Log Submitted by,

 

 

 

Tara Lantz, Committee Assistant

 

Exhibit Summary:

1.      SJR 7, Richard Yates, Staff Measure Summary, 1p.

2.      SJR 7, Richard Yates, Fiscal Impact Statement, 1p.

3.      SJR 7, Richard Yates, Proposed SJR 7-1 Amendments, 1p.

4.      SJR 7, Dave Frohnmayer, Written Testimony, 1p.

5.      SJR 7, Tim White, Written Testimony, 1p.

6.      SB 758, Lizbeth Martin-Mahar, Staff Measure Summary, 1p.

7.      SB 758, Judie Christensen, Written Testimony, 2pp.

8.      SB 758, Sally Madden, Written Testimony, 2pp.

9.      SB 758, Dolores Raymond, Written Testimony, 3pp.

10.  SB 758, Jim Davis, Written Testimony, 1p.

11.  SB 758, Oregon Revenue Coalition, Written Testimony, 3pp.

12.  SJR 30, Richard Yates, Staff Measure Summary, 1p.

13.  SJR 30, Richard Yates, Fiscal Impact Statement, 1p.

14.  SJR 30, Hasina Squires, Written Testimony, 13pp.

15.  SJR 30, Larry Hatch, Written Testimony, 1p.

16.  SJR 30, Kristina Wilde, Written Testimony, 1p.

17.  SJR 30, Oregon Telecommunications Association, 1p.