SENATE COMMITTEE ON RULES

 

 

July 30, 2003                                                                                                           Hearing Room B

1:30 PM                                                                                                                     Tape 106 – 107

 

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

                                                Sen. Roger Beyer, Co-chair

                                                Sen. Jason Atkinson, Vice-chair

Sen. Ginny Burdick, Vice-chair

Sen. Bev Clarno

Sen. Tony Corcoran

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Jim Stembridge, Committee Administrator

Jeana Harrington, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURES HEARD:                       SB 934 – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                HB 2537 – Public Hearing and Work Session

SB 932 – Public Hearing and Work Session

SB 933 – Public Hearing and Work Session

 

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 106, A

003

Co-chair Brown

Calls meeting to order at 1:38 PM. Opens public hearing on SB 934.

SB 934 – PUBLIC HEARING

010

Jan McComb

Committee Administrator. Summarizes SB 934, which allows qualifying architects licensed outside Oregon to provide architectural services in affiliation with Oregon architect having responsible control of work.

018

Cindy Roberts

American Institute of Architects. Testifies in support of SB 934. Provides background of the bill which contains SB 209 (2003), SB 210 (2003) and amendments to SB 210. Notes no opposition.

030

Bill Cider

Architect, Eugene; Board of Architect Examiners. Testifies in support of SB 934. Overviews the bill and explains how the bill changes statute.

054

Co-chair Brown

Closes public hearing and opens work session on SB 934.

SB 934 – WORK SESSION

057

Sen. Atkinson

MOTION:  Moves SB 934 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

060

 

VOTE:  4-0-2

EXCUSED:  2 - Burdick, Clarno

 

Co-chair Brown

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. ATKINSON will lead discussion on the floor.

063

Co-chair Brown

Closes work session on SB 934. Opens public hearing on HB 2537.

 

 

 

HB 2537 – PUBLIC HEARING

065

Marjorie Taylor

Committee Administrator. Summarizes HB 2537, which modifies requirements for benefit levels of basic health benefit plans for small employers. Notes -23 amendments (EXHIBIT A).

069

Holly Robinson

Legislative Counsel (LC). Overviews the -23 amendments including summation of the proposals and the inclusion of the Insurance Pool Governing Board. Notes the amendments contain a four-year sunset provision. Explains allowances for employers by the bill.  

119

Howard “Rocky” King

Insurance Pool Governing Board. Testifies in support of HB 2537 (EXHIBIT B).

146

Co-chair Brown

Asks if all license providers would be covered.

151

King

Answers it in no way alters the current process.

165

J.L. Wilson

National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB). Testifies in support of HB 2537. Explains the intentions behind the amendments to the bill. Speaks on current health care. Accepts the -23 amendments in order to advance discussion.

221

Lisa Trussell

Associated Oregon Industries (AOI). Testifies in support of HB 2537 (EXHIBIT C). Provides testimony and handouts from AOI insurance agents. Points out the private sector health care shares the troubles of the Oregon Health Plan. Informs the committee of the coverage employers are providing. Points out the cost impacts by providing statistics. States a one percent premium increase is equivalent to $44 Million. Supports the -23 amendments in order to continue discussion. 

297

Nan Heim

Oregon State Ambulance Association (OSAA). Testifies on HB 2537 (EXHIBIT D). Voices concerns with the bill because it does not provide ambulance service as part of basic coverage. Explains how uncompensated costs have increased greatly. Mentions the -5 amendments also do not cover emergency services. States the OSAA accepts the -23 amendments.

359

Martin Taylor

Oregon Nurses Association (ONA). Testifies in opposition to HB 2537 (EXHIBIT E). Speaks on the increasing amount of uninsured individuals and mandates. Consents to the bill with the -23 amendments.

410

Lynn-Marie Crider

American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO). Notes Mr. Taylor addressed similar concerns of AFL-CIO. Voices additional concerns with the measure. States opposition to the original bill. Recognizes the -23 amendments are an improvement.

TAPE 107, A

028

Maura Roche

Planned Parenthood. Testifies on HB 2537. Echoes concerns of Mr. Taylor and Ms. Crider. Supports the mandate’s existence in statute. States pregnancy coverage cannot be eliminated. Questions savings by incurred by reducing the number of mandates. Informs that in 1999, a pregnancy mandate was passed at the state level. Believes protections should remain in statute. Questions the framework of the bill. Prefers the -23 amendments to the original bill.

098

Marcia Kelley

Women’s Rights Coalition. Testifies on HB 2537. Voices concern with removing mandates from insurance policy due to the out-of-pocket cost for women. States that women earn 70-75 percent of what men earn.

100

Co-chair Brown

Closes public hearing and opens work session on HB 2537.

HB 2537 – WORK SESSION

105

Sen. Burdick

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT HB 2537-23 amendments dated 7/30/03.

121

Sen. Corcoran

Voices concern for cost shift instead of cost savings. Voices hope the bill will emerge out of conference committee in the form it leaves the Rules Committee in.

127

Co-chair Brown

Shares Sen. Corcoran’s concerns. Concludes that it is better for uninsured individuals to have some level of coverage.

133

Sen. Corcoran

Argues the cost shift from employers who do not cover employees. Recognizes small businesses may not be able to afford coverage. Notes there are a slew of employers who do not provide health care for their workers.

136

 

VOTE:  5-1

EXCUSED:  1 - Atkinson

 

Co-chair Brown

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

138

Sen. Beyer

MOTION:  Moves HB 2537 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

140

Sen. Burdick

States she will be a courtesy vote.

141

Sen. Corcoran

States he is uncertain of his vote on the Senate floor.

144

 

VOTE:  4-2

AYE:               4 - Atkinson, Beyer, Brown, Clarno

NAY:               2 - Burdick, Corcoran

 

Co-chair Brown

The motion CARRIES.

CO-CHAIR BROWN will lead discussion on the floor.

163

Sen. Beyer

Speaks on mandates.

175

Co-chair Brown

Closes work session on HB 2537. States the committee will reconvene at 2:45 PM. Recesses meeting at 2:19 PM.

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180

Co-chair Brown

Reopens meeting at 2:50 PM. Opens public hearing on SB 932.

SB 932 – PUBLIC HEARING

184

Jim Stembridge

Committee Administrator. Summarizes SB 932, which modifies exceptions to requirement that worker must notify employer of workers’ compensation claim within 90 days after accident.

191

John Shilts

Workers’ Compensation Division. Testifies in support of SB 932. Overviews the current law.

223

Bob Shiprack

Oregon Building Trades Council. Testifies in support of SB 932. Notes the HB 2881 (2003) passed the House. Provides personal account of workers’ compensation claim. Speaks on the Management-Labor Advisory Committee (M-LAC) process and informs of M-LAC support for the measure.

270

Lisa Trussell

AOI. Testifies in support of SB 932.

281

Sen. Beyer

Asks Mr. Shilts what the exception he spoke of in his testimony was for.

298

Shilts

Responds he is unsure.

300

Sen. Beyer

Recalls a previous conversation.

305

Shilts

Explains the number of claims is very small.

318

Co-chair Brown

Closes public hearing and opens work session on SB 932.

SB 932 – WORK SESSION

332

Sen. Beyer

MOTION:  Moves SB 932 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

335

 

VOTE:  5-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 - Burdick

 

Co-chair Brown

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. BEYER will lead discussion on the floor.

 

Co-chair Brown

Closes work session on SB 932. Opens public hearing on SB 933.

SB 933 – PUBLIC HEARING

338

Judith Callens

Committee Administrator. Summarizes SB 933, which specifies that State Department of Fish and Wildlife or agents may hunt game mammals or game birds from aircraft for wildlife management or in emergency situations. Explain the error found in the engrossed bill and how the bill requires two more words.

354

Co-chair Brown

Submits letter from Ron Anglin of Department of Fish and Wildlife (EXHIBIT F). Closes public hearing and opens work session on SB 933.

SB 933 – WORK SESSION

361

Sen. Beyer

MOTION:  Moves SB 933 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

364

 

VOTE:  5-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 - Burdick

 

Co-chair Burdick

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. ATKINSON will lead discussion on the floor.

369

Co-chair Brown

Closes work session on SB 933. Adjourns meeting at 3:01 PM.

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – HB 2537, -23 amendments (7/30/03), Staff, 8 pp.

B – HB 2537, written testimony, Howard “Rocky” King, 2 pp.

C – HB 2537, written testimony, Lisa Trussell, 5 pp.

D – HB 2537, written testimony, Nan Heim, 1 p

E – HB 2537, written testimony, Martin Taylor, 1 p

F – SB 933, written testimony, Ron Anglin, 2 pp.