SENATE COMMITTEE ON

TRANSPORTATION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

 

 

February 17, 2003                                                                                                   Hearing Room C

8:00 AM                                                                                                                       Tapes 28 –29

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Rick Metsger, Chair

Sen. Bruce Starr, Vice-Chair

Sen. David Nelson

Rep. Brown, Chair

Rep. Beyer, Vice-Chair

Rep. Mabrey, Vice-Chair

Rep. Zauner

Rep. Dingfelder

Rep. Greenlick

 

 

MEMBERS EXCUSED:        Sen. Ryan Deckert

                                               

STAFF PRESENT:                 Amy Joyce, Committee Administrator

                                                Janet Adkins, Committee Administrator

                                                Annastasia Suess, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:  Informational Meeting –Invited Testimony

                                                       LC 1596, 2415, 2651, 2652, 3130 – Introduction of Measures

 

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 28, A

002

Chair Metsger

Calls the committee to order at 8:05 a.m. and opens an informational meeting.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING

005

Congressman Earl Blumenauer

District 3. Begins discussion on Federal Transportation Funding (EXHIBITS A,B,C).

050

Blumenauer

Continues discussion:

·         Summarizes the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21)

·         A National Success Story

·         An Oregon Success Story

·         Reauthorization Principles

·         Principles for TEA-3

·         Concludes

220

Chair Metsger

Asks about the mechanics of reauthorization on the House side.

230

Blumenauer

Answers and elaborates.

250

Vice Chair B. Starr

Asks about increasing the federal pie, specifically increasing gas tax and indexing.

260

Blumenauer

Responds and elaborates.

300

Vice Chair B. Starr

Asks about an additional funding packet and the effort involved.

305

Blumenauer

Responds and elaborates.

360

Sen. Nelson

Asks about streamlining rules and regulations proposed by Governor Kulongoski’s, and how it conflicts with the paperwork process required by the federal government.

390

Blumenauer

Responds and elaborates.

TAPE 29, A

030

Sen. Nelson

Comments.

035

Blumenauer

Replies.

045

Rep. Dingfelder

Asks about the probability of getting funding for a high-speed rail, and asks about the status of the I-5 corridor.

055

Blumenauer

Answers and elaborates on the issue of flexibility.

110

Chair Brown

Asks about transportation problems in Oregon, especially heavier transportation vehicles.

130

Blumenauer

Responds.

150

Chair Metsger

Asks about reauthorization for additional bridges not currently authorized for Oregon.

170

Blumenauer

Responds.

200

Rep. Greenlick

Asks about potential solutions for Highway 26/217 problem. Asks about the Washington county commuter rail and if it could be extended to Salem.

220

Blumenauer

Comments.

330

Chair Metsger

Thanks the Congressman for the briefing. Closes informational meeting and opens a work session

WORK SESSION ON LC MEASURES

350

Vice Chair B. Starr

MOTION:  Moves LC's:  1596, 2415, 2651, 2652, 3130 BE INTRODUCED as committee bills.

355

 

VOTE:  3-0

EXCUSED:  1 – Deckert

369

Chair Metsger

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

370

Chair Metsger

Closes the work session on committee bills and opens an informational meeting.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING

420

Katy Coba

Interim Director of the Department of Agriculture. Begins presentation on current agricultural needs (issues) in Oregon.

TAPE 28, B

030

John Szczepanski

Assistant Director of the Department of Agriculture. Begins presentation on the overview of the department.

090

Dalton Hobbs

Administrator of the Agriculture Marketing Division. Begins presentation on Development Challenges and Opportunities.

100

Szczepanski

Continues presentation on Certification and Marketplace Identity.

175

Hobbs

Begins discussion on Agriculture constraints:

·         Adding value and processing capacity

·         Efficient Access to Markets

300

Coba

Begins presentation on the Development Road Ahead for Agriculture:

·         How the Legislature can help

TAPE 29, B

010

Coba

Concludes presentation.

020

Dingfelder

Comments on the urban rural connection.

050

Hobbs

Responds.

080

Coba

Elaborates.

100

Sen. Nelson

Asks about the department’s role as far as policing for total daily allowances of water.

140

Chair Metsger

Comments on the total marketing budget and how to augment it.

160

Coba

Comments.

212

Chair Metsger

Closes the informational meeting and adjourns the committee at 9:42 a.m.

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – Transportation, written testimony, Earl Blumenauer, 14 pp

B – Transportation, written testimony, Earl Blumenauer, 1 p

C – Transportation, written testimony, Earl Blumenauer, 1 p