SENATE COMMITTEE ON RULES

 

 

February 13, 2003                                                                                               Hearing Room 343

3:00 p.m.                                                                                                                         Tapes 8 - 10

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Kate Brown, Co-chair, Presiding

Sen. Bev Clarno, Co-chair

Sen. Jason Atkinson, Vice-chair

Sen. Ginny Burdick, Vice-chair

Sen. Roger Beyer

Sen. Tony Corcoran

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Jim Stembridge, Committee Administrator

Pam Cox,  Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD: Introduction of Committee Measures – Work Session

                                                Executive Appointments – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                    Department of Agriculture

                                                    State Lottery

                                                SB 102 – 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 8, A

004

Co-chair Brown

Opens committee meeting at 3:07 p.m.  Opens a work session for introduction of committee measures.

WORK SESSION

005

Jim Stembridge

Committee Administrator.  Reads committee measure drafting and introduction request from Sen. Bill Fisher.

010

Sen. Clarno

MOTION:  Moves LEGISLATIVE CONCEPT BE DRAFTED AND INTRODUCED as a committee measure.

011

 

VOTE:  5-0

EXCUSED:  1 - Sen. Corcoran

 

Co-chair Brown

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

013

Co-chair Brown

Closes work session and opens public hearing on the appointment of Katy Coba to the Department of Agriculture.

PUBLIC HEARING

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE – KATY COBA (EXHIBIT A)

016

Katy Coba

Discusses her background and qualifications for the appointment.

043

Co-chair Brown

Closes public hearing and opens work session.


 

WORK SESSION

AGRICULTURE – KATY COBA (EXHIBIT A)

045

Sen. Clarno

MOTION:  Moves the APPOINTMENT of Katy Coba to the Department of Agriculture to the floor with the recommendation that the appointment BE CONFIRMED.

046

 

VOTE:  6-0

 

Co-chair Brown

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

048

Co-chair Brown

Closes work session and opens a public hearing on the appointment of Brenda Rocklin to the Department of the State Lottery.

PUBLIC HEARING

STATE LOTTERY – BRENDA ROCKLIN (EXHIBIT B)

065

Brenda Rocklin

Discusses her background and qualifications for the appointment.

076

Co-chair Brown

Closes public hearing and opens work session on the appointment of Brenda Rocklin to the Department of State Lottery.

WORK SESSION

STATE LOTTERY – BRENDA ROCKLIN (EXHIBIT B)

077

Sen. Clarno

MOTION:  Moves the APPOINTMENT of Brenda Rocklin to the State Lottery to the floor with the recommendation that the appointment BE CONFIRMED.

078

 

VOTE:  6-0

 

Co-chair Brown

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

079

Co-chair Brown

Closes work session and opens public hearing on SB 102.

SB 102 – PUBLIC HEARING

080

Philip Schradle

Special Counsel to the Attorney General, Oregon Department of Justice.  Testifies in support of SB 102, which allows circulation of state initiative petition with summary prepared by Attorney General.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT C).

222

Sen. Clarno

Asks for clarification on the fees from the Attorney General’s office.

229

Schradle

Answers.

240

Sen. Burdick

Asks what that would include.

247

Schradle

Answers.

252

Keith Garza

Oregon Supreme Court.  Provides input in the process of ballot titles and submits proposed -2 amendments dated 2-4-03 (EXHIBIT D).

299

Sen. Burdick

Asks what other steps to this process his office handles.

300

Garza

Answers.

330

Sen. Beyer

Asks what the savings would be in the next election.

341

Garza

Notes the reductions and impact of SB 102.

419

Schradle

Describes the passage of this measure and bringing costs down.

467

Sen. Beyer

Asks for clarification on the differences if SB 102 passed.

TAPE 9, A

010

Schradle

Answers the process would be different during signature gathering.

014

Sen. Beyer

Clarifies some petitions in current election cycle would be treated differently.

015

Schradle

Discusses effect of an emergency clause.

045

Kappy Eaton

League of Women Voters of Oregon.  Testifies in support of SB 102.  Outlines the League’s research and discussion on SB 102.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT E).

110

Greg Wasson

Testifies in opposition to SB 102 and comments regarding the Constitution.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT F).

169

Sen. Burdick

Comments that it does not change the number of signatures.

170

Wasson

Responds a person would expend more effort.

187

Sen. Burdick

Asks if it would be harder to persuade people.

188

Wasson

Answers to the difficulty of writing ballot titles.

221

Eric Winters

Attorney.  Testifies in opposition and explains.

294

Sen. Burdick

Asks about his experience on writing initiatives.

295

Winters

Describes these initiatives.

300

Co-chair Brown

Asks how many initiatives have become ballots.

302

Winters

Indicates he is not sure.

316

Dave Hunnicutt

Oregonians In Action.  Testifies in opposition to SB 102.  Submits written testimony and proposed amendments (EXHIBITS G, H).

TAPE 8, B

004

Co-chair Brown

Continues and gives an explanation of an alternate process.

079

Sen. Clarno

Asks whether he would support the bill if the Attorney General’s office was taken out of the process.

082

Hunnicutt

Answers he would like to see ballot titles handled like the explanatory statement.

104

Co-chair Brown

Asks if he is opposing those writing numerous ballot titles. 

108

Hunnicutt

Comments on ballot title shopping.

131

Sen. Burdick

Asks whether his concerns would be addressed if his recommended process was used.

132

Hunnicutt

Responds no and recommends proponents preparing explanatory statements at beginning of process.

149

Sen. Burdick

Asks if having no summary statement would remove his concerns.

151

Hunnicutt

Answers signers would have nothing to educate them.

172

Sen. Atkinson

Comments the idea is on drafting ballot titles and the need to save time.

202

Hunnicutt

Notes he has written testimony that states he would like to help change the process.

215

Gayle Attebery

Oregon Right to Life.  Testifies in opposition and comments on ballot title shopping.


 

266

Don McIntire

Taxpayer Association of Oregon.  Testifies in opposition.  Discusses constitutional limits on the power of government.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT I).

366

Sen. Burdick

Asks if the Secretary of State becomes involved at the end of the process.

367

McIntire

Answers negatively and comments on taking the Attorney General’s office out of the process.

TAPE 9, B

001

McIntire

Continues.

037

Co-chair Brown

Asks whether taking the Attorney General’s office out of the process would be a positive direction.

042

McIntire

Answers this is in the right direction.

060

Co-chair Brown

Asks if he would be comfortable if the Supreme Court wrote ballot titles.

069

McIntire

Responds it would not be necessary if statements were understandable.

073

Jason Williams

Taxpayer Association of Oregon.  Testifies in opposition and comments on unfair ballot titles.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT J).

109

Bill Perry

Oregon Restaurant Association.  Testifies in support of SB 102 and explains.

180

Kristen Leonard

Oregon Education Association.  Testifies in support of SB 102 and on the need for the chief petitioner to put forth effort.

190

Tim Nesbitt

Oregon AFL-CIO.  Testifies in support of SB 102.  Discusses experiences in moving measures to the ballot and in ballot title challenges.  Explains current system encourages ballot title shopping, editing and marketing.  Suggests there is no grass-roots issue.  Argues there would be no additional delay.  Asserts an explanatory statement committee is not needed

277

Julie Brandis

Associated Oregon Industries (AOI).    Testifies in support of SB 102.  Comments on signature increases.

308

Sen. Burdick

Asks about their view on having a no-summary process.

309

Leonard

Answers it will make process harder.

343

Perry

Comments on citizens becoming active.

366

Ted Piccilo

Testifies in opposition to SB 102.  Explains the people’s rights would be restricted.

TAPE 10, A

022

Sen. Burdick

Clarifies others besides public servants would benefit.

024

Piccilo

Explains we have a system that is designed to protect people’s rights and this process should be a part of the Attorney General’s office.

The following prepared testimony is submitted for the record without public testimony for SB 102:

 

Keith Putman

Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT K)

068

Co-chair Brown

Closes public hearing.  Adjourns committee meeting at 5:06 p.m.

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – Department of Agriculture, Governor’s office and staff, 5 pp

B – Department of the State Lottery, Governor’s office and staff, 6 pp

C – SB 102, written testimony, Philip Schradle, 2 pp

D – SB 102, -2 amendments (2-4-03), Keith Garza, 6 pp

E – SB 102, written testimony, Kappy Eaton, 1 p

F – SB 102, written testimony, Greg Wasson, 2 pp

G – SB 102, written testimony, Dave Hunnicutt, 5 pp

H – SB 102, suggested amendments, Dave Hunnicutt, 2 pp

I – SB 102, written testimony, Don McIntire, 1 p

J – SB 102, written testimony, Jason Williams, 1 p

K – SB 102, written testimony, Keith Putman, 2 pp