SENATE COMMITTEE ON

TRANSPORTATION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

 

 

March 4, 2003                                                                                                         Hearing Room C

8:00 AM                                                                                                                       Tapes 40 - 42

 

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: SB 2 – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                SB 448 – 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 40, A

002

Chair Metsger

Calls the committee to order at 8:05 a.m. and opens a public hearing on SB 2.

SB 2 – PUBLIC HEARING

005

Sen. President Peter Courtney

District 11. Provides written testimony in support of SB 2 (EXHIBIT A).

050

Sen. Courtney

Continues testimony.

060

Sen. President Pro Tempore Len Hannon

District 3. Provides testimony in support of SB 2.

085

Sen. Nelson

Asks what happens to the jobless after the 13 week extension is exhausted.

090

Sen. Hannon

Responds and talks about the need for a safety net.

100

Sen. Courtney

Comments on the amount of the trust fund for unemployment.

125

Tim Nesbitt

President, Oregon AFL-CIO. Begins discussion on the state of Oregon’s unemployed population.

155

Nesbitt

Continues discussion on unemployment:

·         Long term unemployment statistics

·         Funding options

·         Forecasts of funding

·         May 31st, Federal deadline

200

Chair Metsger

Asks for a capsule summary of allocation amounts that were determined.

240

Nesbitt

Defers the question to the Employment Department who will testify later today.

250

Sen. Deckert

Asks about the emergency clause.

260

Nesbitt

Responds and elaborates.

280

Sen. Deckert

Asks for clarification of time length of unemployment.

290

Nesbitt

Answers.

300

Tom Byerly

Assistant Director, Employment Department. Begins discussion on employment projections rules.

320

Chair Metsger

Asks about the average weekly benefit amount.

330

Byerly

States the average weekly amount is $230 per week, and $405 is the maximum.

350

Michael Thomas

Former AgriFrozen employee. Provides testimony is support of SB 2.

380

Chair Metsger

Asks how long employment was at AgriFrozen.

390

M. Thomas

Responds, 30 years.

398

Patricia Thomas

Former AgriFrozen employee. Provides testimony in support of SB 2.

TAPE 41, A

010

Bob Castagna

Oregon Catholic Conference. Provides testimony in support of SB 2.

040

Phillip Kennedy-Wong

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon. Provides written testimony in support of SB 2 (EXHIBIT B).

060

Sen. Nelson

Asks about the Ecumenical Ministries areas of support, and how they are promoting the creation of jobs.

070

Kennedy-Wong

States the Ministries are supporting a Buy Oregon First marketing campaign.

080

Sandra Michaels

Former Intel employee. Provides testimony in support of SB 2.

130

Sylvia Day

Former Intel employee. Provides testimony in support of SB 2.

146

Bill Woodward

Former Barcoview employee. Provides testimony in support of SB 2.

180

Chair Metsger

Comments on the need to promote the creation of jobs.

200

Sen. Deckert

Comments on the persistent inability to find solid leads for jobs in Oregon.

215

Bill Kluting

Western Council of Industrial Workers. Provides testimony in support of SB 2.

270

Vraulio Garcia

Former PicSweet employee. Provides testimony in support of SB 2.

325

Vicente Zavala (Interpreted by Garcia)

Former PicSweet employee. Provides testimony in support of SB 2.

370

Chair Metsger

Closes the public hearing on SB 2 and opens a work session on SB 2.

SB 2 – WORK SESSION

380

Vice Chair B. Starr

MOTION:  Moves SB 2 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  4-0

400

Chair Metsger

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. COURTNEY will lead discussion on the floor.

410

Chair Metsger

Closes work session on SB 2 and opens a public hearing on SB 448.

SB 448 – PUBLIC HEARING

420

Judge Laura Pryor

Gilliam County Court. Provides written testimony in support of SB 448 (EXHIBIT C).

TAPE 40, B

020

Judge Pryor

Continues discussion on rural policy:

·         Ten states with similar Rules

·         Columbia Plateau agriculture economy crisis

·         Rural Policy/Principles

·         Challenges for Rural Oregon: Distance and Population

·         Concludes presentation

120

Sen. Ted Ferrioli

District 30. Provides testimony in support of SB 448.

220

Sen. Ferrioli

Continues testimony:

·         Federal funding available for offices of Rural Policy

·         On-going targets of opportunity

·         Concludes presentation

290

Vice Chair B. Starr

Asks about the definition of Rural Oregon in SB 448, and suggestions changing the definition.

320

Sen. Ferrioli

Agrees.

340

Sen. Nelson

Asks about tribes being included in the Policy Office and comments on distance for location.

360

Sen. Ferrioli

Comments on misconceptions of policy issues and geographic issues related to distances of Oregon counties and cities.

380

Judge Jean Burch

Wheeler County. Provides testimony in support of SB 448.

TAPE 41, B

020

Dan Stark

Director of the Oregon Center for Research Services, La Grand Oregon. Provides testimony in support of SB 448.

080

Stark

Continues testimony.

 

Sen. Nelson

Comments on the tribes interest to be involved.

120

Sen. Deckert

Asks about the coordination of the committee.

130

Stark

Talks about the implementation of the Policy in Oregon.

140

Anthony Lanni

Superintendent, North Central Education Service District. Provides testimony in support of SB 448.

200

Jeff Schott

Consulting Engineer, Keizer. Provides testimony in support of SB 448.

260

Sandy Flicker

Executive Director of the Rural Cooperative Association. Provides written testimony in support of SB 448 (EXHIBITS D, E).

330

Flicker

Continues testimony.

340

Chair Metsger

Asks about policy funding, and whether there will be funding support from the Association..

380

Roger Martin

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation (CTURI). Provides testimony in support of SB 448.

TAPE 42, A

020

Chris Warner

Governor’s Office. Comments on the governor’s intent to continue dialogue with rural counties.

040

Chair Metsger

Comments on the need to continue dialogue.

085

Chair Metsger

Closes the public hearing on SB 448 and adjourns the committee at 10:10 a.m.

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – SB 2, written testimony, Sen. Peter Courtney, 2 pp

B – SB 2, written testimony, Phillip Kennady-Wong, 1 pp

C – SB 448, written testimony, Judge Laura Pryor, 17 pp

D – SB 448, written testimony, Sandy Flicker, 4 pp

E – SB 448, Brochure: Sandy Flicker, 2 pp