SENATE COMMITTEE ON RULES

 

 

April 10, 2003                                                                                                      Hearing Room 343

3:00 pm                                                                                                                         Tapes 36 - 37

 

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:           SCR 5 – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                Introduction of Committee Measures – Work Session                               

                                                SJR 33 – Public Hearing

                                                SJR 22 – 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 36, A

005

Co-chair Brown

Calls committee meeting to order at 3:11 p.m.  Opens a public hearing on SCR 5.

SCR 5 – PUBLIC HEARING

011

Sen. Bev Clarno

District 27.  Offers testimony on SCR 5, which honors D.E. “Denny” Jones for contributions to state.  Explains her admiration for his experience, knowledge, integrity, and formidable work ethic.

033

Frank Brawner

Informs the committee of the personal relationship and the travels with Denny Jones and urges the passage of this resolution.

SCR 5 – WORK SESSION

092

Jim Stembridge

Committee Administrator.  Summarizes SCR 5 and the -1 amendments dated 4-3-03 (EXHIBIT N).

093

Sen. Atkinson

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SCR 5-1 amendments dated 04/03/03.

 

 

VOTE:  4-0

EXCUSED:  2 - Sen. Brown, Sen. Burdick

 

Co-chair Clarno

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

095

Sen. Atkinson

MOTION:  Moves SCR 5 be sent to the floor with a BE ADOPTED AS AMENDED recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  4-0

EXCUSED:  2 - Sen. Brown, Sen. Burdick

 

Co-chair Clarno

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. CLARNO will lead discussion on the floor.

097

Co-chair Clarno

Closes the work session on SCR 5 and opens a work session for the purpose of considering committee measures.

INTRODUCTION OF COMMITTEE MEASURES –WORK SESSION

103

Jim Stembridge

Committee Administrator.  Summarizes LC 3563, LC 1673, LC 3546 and draft.

129

Sen. Beyer

MOTION:  Moves LC 3563, LC 1673, and LC 3546 BE INTRODUCED as committee bills.

 

 

VOTE:  5-0

EXCUSED:  1 - Sen. Brown

 

Co-chair Clarno

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

153

Co-chair Clarno

Closes work session on committee measures and opens a public hearing on SJR 33.

SJR 33 – PUBLIC HEARING

175

Jim Stembridge

Committee Administrator.  Summarizes SJR 33, which proposes amendment to Oregon Constitution to authorize laws limiting or prohibiting person younger than 21 years of age from viewing nudity and sexual activity.

180

Sen. Bruce Starr

District 15.  Testifies in support of SJR 33.  Explains this bill would allow the legislature to prohibit a person younger than twenty-one from viewing nudity and sexual activity.  States the bill still needs work, that it is too broad, and he would be willing to work with others to amend it.

225

Co-chair Clarno

Asks if he would be willing to coordinate a work group.

226

Sen. Starr

Answers he would.

248

Brent Borchers

SIEGE.  Offers written testimony (EXHIBIT A).  Suggests this will not correct the problem and states the objectives:

  • It will give us three more years for young people to mature
  • Some students are nineteen and twenty going to nude viewing places and going back to school encouraging even younger students
  • Contain the costs to government

And states reasons why:

  • Constitutional amendment requires protecting young adults from deadly addictions
  • Social and personal problems engendered by the assault on the young
  • Adult entertainment and associated deviations will prove to be the greatest single destructive influence of society
  • Financial costs to Oregon taxpayers and society in general.

Also, notes we need to correct our youth.

387

Thomas Eichorst

Bend.  Testifies in support of SJR 33 offers written testimony and summarizes how the sex industry is destroying lives (EXHIBIT B).

420

Co-chair Clarno

Closes public hearing on SJR 33.  Opens public hearing on SJR 22.

SJR 22 – PUBLIC HEARING

TAPE 37, A

010

Jim Stembridge

Committee Administrator.  Summarizes SJR 22, which proposes amendment to Oregon Constitution establishing commission to create legislative and congressional redistricting plans following each decennial census.

020

Sen. Ryan Deckert

District 14.  Offers written testimony and summarizes in support or SJR 22 stating this would be a less partisan more policy-focused process (EXHIBIT C).

091

Sen. Beyer

Expresses agreement with Sen. Deckert.

105

Sen. Deckert

Notes looking at this objectively and submits the better process.

121

Co-chair Clarno

States the need to see the process improved.

127

Sen. Corcoran

States he sees nothing wrong with redistricting.

132

Sen. Deckert

Shares the process information received from other states (EXHIBIT D).

151

Justice Gillette

Associate Justice, Oregon Supreme Court.  Testifies as a neutral party but brings to the committee some concerns regarding the reading of the SJR 22.

258

Sen. Corcoran

Asks if there is a problem of separation of power by having the judicial branch having an influence.

269

Justice Gillette

Answers because this is an amendment to the Constitution there could be an argument but it probably would not be successful.

288

Sen. Deckert

Notes the -1 amendments addresses and corrects many of Justice Gillette’s concerns.

295

Co-chair Clarno

Closes public hearing on SJR 22.  Re-opens public hearing on SJR 33.

SJR 33 – PUBLIC HEARING

300

Michael Howden

Testifies in support of SJR 33 offers written testimony and summarizes age restrictions on activities is a consistent issue in our cultural (EXHIBIT E).

TAPE 36, B

002

Howden

Continues.

013

Tracy Johnson

Former dancer.  Offers written testimony in support of SJR 33 and explains her experiences and the negative results of pornography (EXHIBIT F).

074

Jordi Jones

Counselor, Beaverton.  Offers written testimony and summarizes in support of SJR 33 and explains how young girls are being exposed to pornography and the negative outcome (EXHIBIT G).

116

Kristina Shurts

Hillsboro.  Testifies in support of SJR 33 offers written testimony and informs the committee on research of the outcome on young children having viewed pornography (EXHIBIT H).

181

Patricia Cobb

Aloha.  Presents written testimony in support of SJR 33 and informs the committee on surveys done on the progression of addictions of pornography related to violent crime (EXHIBIT I).

255

Francine Rudd

Testifies in support of SJR 33 offers written testimony and explains to the committee the research on exposure of pornography and strip clubs and gives statistics of the young ages of women being sexually active (EXHIBIT J).

384

Kristina Shurts

Notes observing minors entering strip clubs.

403

David Fidanque

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Oregon.  Testifies in opposition of SJR 33 offers prepared materials regarding censorship amendments (EXHIBIT K).  States the bill will allow government officials to decide what we can read, see and hear.

TAPE 37, B

020

Co-chair Brown

Asks if we could regulate the age in which children may attend juice bars.

030

Fidanque

Answers to other regulations for those under twenty-one that were defeated and states this is a very complicated area to regulate.

039

Ted Hughes

Motion Picture Association of American.  Offers testimony in opposition of SJR 33, provides written testimony, and expresses the waste of time and money if this bill is presented to the people for a vote (EXHIBIT L).

066

Rep. Deborah Kafoury

District 43; American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR).  Testifies in opposition of SJR 33 offers prepared material and describes the wholesomeness of nude activities (EXHIBIT M).

109

Co-chair Brown

Closes public hearing on SJR 33 and adjourns committee meeting at 4:50 p.m.

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – SJR 33, written testimony, Brent Borchers, 33 pp

B – SJR 33, written testimony, Thomas Eichorst, 2 pp

C – SJR 22, written testimony, Sen. Deckert, 1 p

D – SJR 22, written testimony, Sen. Deckert, 2 pp

E – SJR 33, written testimony, Michael Howden, 3 pp

F – SJR 33, written testimony, Tracy Johnson, 2 pp

G – SJR 33, written testimony, Jordi Jones, 2 pp

H – SJR 33, written testimony, Kristina Shurts, 2 pp

I – SJR 33, written testimony, Patricia Cobb, 2 pp

J – SJR 33, written testimony, Francine Rudd, 6 pp

K – SJR 33, prepared testimony, David Fidanque, 1 p

L – SJR 33, written testimony, Ted Hughes, 4 pp

M – SJR 33, over sized exhibit, Rep. Kafoury

 

The following exhibits are listed out of order in the body of the tape log:

N – SCR 5, -1 amendments (4-3-03), staff, 1 p