SENATE COMMITTEE ON RULES

 

 

June 25, 2003                                                                                                   Hearing Room HR B

1:30 P.M.                                                                                                                     Tapes  71 - 72

 

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

 

VISITING MEMBER:                       Sen. Peter Courtney

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Jim Stembridge, Committee Administrator

Patricia Nielsen, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:           SB 903 – Public Hearing

Executive Appointments

      Sustainability Board

            Darcy Hitchcock

            John Ledger

            Greg Wolf

      State Commission on Children and Families

            Samuel Henry

      Employment Relations Board

            Luella Nelson

      Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators

            Dolores Hubert

            Rob Hays

Work Session

      Approval of legislative concepts for drafting and introduction

 

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 71, A

005

Co-chair Brown

Calls the meeting to order at 1:35 p.m.  Opens a public hearing on      SB 903.

SB 903 – PUBLIC HEARING

010

Senate President - Peter Courtney

Senate District 11.  Testifies in support of SB 903, which extends emergency unemployment benefits for up to 15 weeks for the period ending September 27, 2003.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT A).  Discusses the need for additional unemployment benefits provided by the measure.

055

Tim Nesbitt

AFL-CIO.  Testifies in support of SB 903.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT B).  Discusses statistics of unemployed workers in Oregon.

130

Sandra Michaels

Former Intel employee.  Testifies in support of SB 903.  Explains dilemma of workers unemployed for long periods of time. 

180

Felipe Sandoval

Former Pictsweet employee.  Testifies in support of SB 903.  Discusses advantages of receiving unemployment benefits, assisting students with gaining new skills, training and education.

231

Laura Henkes

Former Intel employee.  Testifies in support of SB 903.

245

Bob Castagna

Oregon Catholic Conference.  Testifies in support of SB 903.  Requests review of proposed amendments.

260

Lisa Trussel

Associated Oregon Industries (AOI).  Testifies in opposition to SB 903.  Expresses concern over sections 3 through 6, due to cost impact.  Supports the remainder of the bill.

295

Co-chair Brown

Asks about proposed -1 amendments dated 6-20-03 (EXHIBIT C), and -2 amendments dated 6-24-03 (EXHIBIT D).

300

Trussel

Clarifies cost differences between original measure and amendments.

305

Tom Byerly

Assistant Director for Unemployment Insurance, Employment Department.  Discusses implications of -1 and -2 amendments:

·       -1 increases percentage of benefits paid from 57% to 75%, from 15 to 19.5 weeks.  Also shortens period of benefits to end May 29, 2004.

·       -2 is a technical fix with regard to temporary additional benefits, responding to federal action.

350

Co-chair Brown

Closes public hearing on SB 903.  Opens work session for executive appointments.

WORK SESSION – EXECUTIVE APPOINTMENTS

360

Jim Stembridge

Committee Administrator.  Reviews qualifications of appointees.

390

Co-chair Brown

Asks whether appointee Luella Nelson lives in Oregon.

395

Stembridge

Confirms and continues discussing qualifications.

400

Sen. Beyer

Asks whether appointee Darcy Hitchcock lives in Washington State.

410

Stembridge

Continues discussing qualifications.

TAPE 72, A

015

Co-chair Brown

Asks whether Hitchcock is a Washington or Oregon resident.

020

Nancy Goss-Duran

Executive Appointments, Governor Kulongoski.  Explains appointee Hitchcock works in Oregon on sustainability issues.  Points out there are a number of Washington residents appointed to Oregon boards and commissions, who live in Washington but work and pay tax in Oregon.

025

Sen. Beyer

Expresses concern that Washington citizens would be appointed to Oregon Boards.

040

Co-chair Brown

Points out that Hitchcock’s employment history is entirely within Oregon and that she is paying taxes here.

045

Sen. Clarno

MOTION:  Moves the REAPPOINTMENT of John Ledger to the Sustainability Board to the floor with the recommendation that the appointment BE CONFIRMED (EXHIBIT E).


 

 

 

VOTE:  5-0

EXCUSED:  1 – Atkinson

049

Co-chair Brown

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. BURDICK will lead discussion on the floor.

050

Sen. Clarno

MOTION:  Moves the APPOINTMENT of Greg Wolf to the Sustainability Board to the floor with the recommendation that the appointment BE CONFIRMED (EXHIBIT E).

 

 

VOTE:  5-0

EXCUSED:  1 – Atkinson

054

Co-chair Brown

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. BURDICK will lead discussion on the floor.

055

Sen. Clarno

MOTION:  Moves the APPOINTMENT of Darcy Hitchcock to the Sustainability Board to the floor with the recommendation that the appointment BE CONFIRMED (EXHIBIT E).

 

 

VOTE:  3-2

AYE:               3 - Burdick, Brown, Clarno

NAY:               2 - Beyer, Corcoran

EXCUSED:     1 – Atkinson

064

Co-chair Brown

The motion FAILS.

065

Sen. Clarno

MOTION:  Moves the APPOINTMENT of Samuel Henry to the State Commission on Children and Families to the floor with the recommendation that the appointment BE CONFIRMED (EXHIBIT F).

 

 

VOTE:  5-0

EXCUSED:  1 – Atkinson

074

Co-chair Brown

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. BROWN will lead discussion on the floor.

075

Sen. Clarno

MOTION:  Moves the APPOINTMENT of Luella Nelson to the Employment Relations Board to the floor with the recommendation that the appointment BE CONFIRMED (EXHIBIT G).

 

 

VOTE:  5-0

EXCUSED:  1 – Atkinson

084

Co-chair Brown

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. ATKINSON will lead discussion on the floor.

085

Sen. Clarno

MOTION:  Moves the REAPPOINTMENT of Dolores Hubert and the APPOINTMENT of Rob Hays to the Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators to the floor with the recommendation that the appointment BE CONFIRMED EN BLOC (EXHIBIT H).


 

 

 

VOTE:  5-0

EXCUSED:  1 – Atkinson

089

Co-chair Brown

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. CORCORAN will lead discussion on the floor.

090

Sen. Beyer

Suggests appointee Hitchcock appear before the committee.

095

Co-chair Brown

Closes work session on executive appointments.  Opens work session on approval of legislative concepts for drafting and introduction.

WORK SESSION – LEGISLATIVE CONCEPTS

105

Co-chair Brown

Describes proposed legislative concepts (EXHIBIT I):

1.       Sen. Courtney

2.       Sen. Morse

3.       Rep. Dalto

110

Sen. Clarno

MOTION:  Moves three LEGISLATIVE CONCEPTS BE DRAFTED AND INTRODUCED as committee bills.

 

 

VOTE:  5-0

EXCUSED:  1 - Atkinson

115

Co-chair Brown

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

116

Co-chair Brown

Closes work session on measure drafting and introduction.  Adjourns the committee at 2:12 p.m.

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – SB 903, written testimony, Sen. Peter Courtney, 1 p.

B – SB 903, written testimony, Tim Nesbitt, 2 pp.

C – SB 903, -1 amendments (6-20-03), staff, 1 p.

D – SB 903, -2 amendments (6-24-03), staff, 1 p.

E – Sustainability Board, staff and Governor’s office, 13 pp.

F – State Commission on Children and Families, staff and Governor’s office, 18 pp.

G – Employment Relations Board, staff and Governor’s office, 5 pp.

H – Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators, staff and Governor’s office, 10 pp.

I – Legislative concepts, memo, staff, 1 p