SENATE COMMITTEE ON

TRANSPORTATION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

 

 

February 04, 2003                                                                                                   Hearing Room C

8:00 AM                                                                                                                        Tapes  17-18

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Rick Metsger, Chair

Sen. Bruce Starr, Vice-Chair

Sen. Ryan Deckert

Sen. David Nelson

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Amy Joyce, Committee Administrator

Annastasia Suess, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:  Informational Meeting - Invited Testimony:

                                                      Matthew Garrett, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT)

                                                       SB 80 – Work Session

                                                       SB 181 – Public Hearing

                                                       SB 179 – Public Hearing

                                                       SB 187 – 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 17, A

005

Chair Metsger

Calls the committee to order at 8:02 a.m. and opens an informational meeting.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING

010

Matthew Garrett

Chief of Staff, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). Begins presentation on the Oregon Transportation Investment Act (OTIA).  Presents written material (EXHIBIT A).

050

Garrett

Continues discussion of the OTIA:

·         Overview

·         Statewide distribution of funds

·         Expenditure of bond proceeds

·         Projects completed

·         Remaining projects delivery timeline

·         Success of OTIA

·         Summary of OTIA project status

·         Projects under construction

160

Garrett

Concludes.

165

Chair Metsger

Asks about the dollar figure of OTIA.

170

Garrett

Answers and provides further information.

180

Chair Metsger

Asks about particular types of projects best suited for design processes.

185

Garrett

Answers and elaborates on bridge projects.

215

Sen. B. Starr

Asks about what the department has learned from the pilot projects.

225

Garrett

Answers and elaborates on previous projects and relationships with local governments.

250

Sen. Nelson

Asks for clarification of project implementation pending moneys.

260

Garrett

Answers and provides further information on expenditures and turn around times.

275

Henry Hewitt

Co-Chair of the I-5 Partnership Task Force. Begins discussion on the I-5 corridor strategic plan. Provides written testimony (EXHIBIT B).

300

Hewitt

Continues discussion of the I-5 corridor:

·         Project overview/Purpose

·         Public Outreach Activities

·         Task Force Members (Oregon and Washington)

·         Technical Support from Oregon and Washington DOTs.

TAPE 18, A

010

Hewitt

Continues discussion of the I-5 corridor:

·         Outcomes

·         Recommendations

165

Hewitt

Concludes.

170

Chair Metsger

Comments on the partnership between Oregon and Washington.

185

Sen. B. Starr

Asks about the decision making process that incorporated the Fremont bridge versus connecting I-5 to I-84.

200

Hewitt

Answers and elaborates on the decision to move the project’s original intent.

240

Sen. Nelson

Asks about assessments performed to streamline the process, to make transportation issues comparable to other states.

260

Hewitt

Answers.

275

Chair Metsger

Closes the informational hearing and opens a work session on SB 80.

SB 80 - WORK SESSION

310

Sen. B. Starr

MOTION:  Moves to SUSPEND the rules for the purpose of reconsideration of the vote on SB 80.

 

 

VOTE:  4-0

312

Chair Metsger

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

315

Sen. B. Starr

MOTION:  Moves to RECONSIDER the vote by which the Committee moved SB 80 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation and be placed on the CONSENT CALENDAR.

318

Amy Joyce

Committee Administrator. Explains the need to reconsider the bill.

 

 

VOTE:  4-0

320

Chair Metsger

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

325

Sen. B. Starr

MOTION:  Moves SB 80 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation and the SUBSEQUENT REFERRAL to the committee on Joint Ways and Means BE RESCINDED and be placed on the CONSENT CALENDAR.

 

 

VOTE:  4-0

330

Chair Metsger

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. METSGER will lead discussion on the floor.

332

Chair Metsger

Closes the work session and opens a public hearing on SB 181.

SB 181 - PUBLIC HEARING

335

Stan Porter

Vehicle Safety Standards ODOT.  Provides written testimony in support of SB 181 (EXHIBIT C).

425

Chair Metsger

Asks about white headlights how the imported blue neon lights meet the federal standards.

TAPE 17, B

020

Porter

Answers and elaborates.

050

Chair Metsger

Comments on the wording of the bill in regards to white lights.

060

Sen. B. Starr

Asks about motorcycle usage without turn signals after dark.

065

Porter

Provides answers.

070

Sen. Nelson

Asks about the generalized changes and how it would affect farm vehicles.

075

Porter

Answers.

080

Al Elkins

Car Truck Rentals of Oregon. Provides testimony in opposition to SB 181.

085

Chair Metsger

Comments on the member’s future work on the bill to alter the language.

090

Chair Metsger

Closes the public hearing on SB 181 and opens a public hearing on       SB 179.

SB 179 - PUBLIC HEARING

110

Sen. Roger Beyer

District  9. Provides testimony in opposition to SB 179. Offers to draft an amendment to this bill.

170

Chair Metsger

Comments on his interest to work with Sen. Beyer on the wording.

180

Troy Costales

Safety Division Manager, ODOT. Provides written testimony in favor on SB 179 (EXHIBIT D).

235

Chair Metsger

Comments on rural areas and expenses of lights and posting. Asks if it is possible to use warrants to establish a system.

280

Costales

Answers and expresses the need to clarify with Sen. Beyer the fiscal and practical needs of the bill amendments.

300

Chair Metsger

Asks about standards for posting signs warning of approaching school signs.

320

Sen. B. Starr

Provides an opinion on posting an approaching school sign versus a flashing light, to keep traffic at a 24-hour lowered speed limit.

350

Costales

Responds to the comments.

375

Sen. B. Starr

Discusses the need to avoid the previous loopholes of numerous exceptions.

380

Randy Tucker

1000 Friends of Oregon. Provides testimony in favor of SB 179. Provides written testimony for Schott Bricker, Youth Programs and Education Director (EXHIBIT E).

050

Sen. B. Starr

Asks about support for posting 24 hour notice of school zone limits.

055

Tucker

Answers.

060

Sen. Deckert

Comments on the need to have 24 hour posting.

065

Costales

Responds.

075

Chair Metsger

Closes public hearing on SB 179 and opens a public hearing on SB 187.

SB 187 - PUBLIC HEARING

100

Kelly Taylor

ODOT. Provides written testimony in favor of SB 187 (EXHIBIT F).

125

Chair Metsger

Asks when the federal requirements went into effect.

135

Taylor

Answers.

140

Chair Metsger

Closes the public hearing on SB 187 and adjourns the meeting at 9:30 a.m.

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – Informational, Slide show, Mathew Garrett, 43 pp

B – Informational, written testimony, Henry Hewitt, 13 pp

C – SB 181, written testimony, Stan Porter, 4 pp

D – SB 179, written testimony, Troy Costales, 2 pp

E – SB 179, written testimony, Randy Tucker, 2 pp

F – SB 187, written testimony, Kelly Taylor, 1 p