SENATE COMMITTEE ON

TRANSPORTATION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

 

 

March 11, 2003                                                                                                       Hearing Room C

8:00 AM                                                                                                                         Tapes 50-51

 

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 627 – Public Hearing

                                                SB 289 – Public Hearing

                                                HB 2035 A – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                SB 771 – 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 50, A

002

Chair Metsger

Calls the committee to order at 8:02 a.m. and opens a public hearing on SB 627.

SB 627 – PUBLIC HEARING

005

Sen. Joan Dukes

District 16. Provides testimony in support of SB 627.

050

Chair Metsger

Closes the public hearing on SB 627 and opens a public hearing on SB 289.

SB 289 – PUBLIC HEARING

060

Sen. Jason Atkinson

District 2. Begins discussion in support of SB 289.

100

Sen. President Courtney

District 11. Provides written testimony in support of SB 289 (EXHIBITS A, B, C).

200

Aaron Mathews

Proponent of the bill. Provides testimony in support of SB 289.

280

Chair Metsger

Asks for clarification of Mr. Mathews vision when driving without the bioptic.

290

Mathews

Answers.

300

Chair Metsger

Inquires about Mr. Mathews distance vision.

305

Mathews

Responds.

315

Chair Metsger

Inquires about Mr. Mathews road sign visibility.

320

Mathews

Responds.

325

Sen. Nelson

Asks about the albinism disease.

330

Mathews

Responds.

335

Vice-Chair B. Starr

Thanks Mr. Mathew’s for his testimony.

340

Wayne Schumacher

Executive Director of Oregon Optometric Physicians. Provides written testimony in support of SB 289 (EXHIBIT D).

 

Chair Metsger

Asks for an estimate of Oregonians that fit the definition.

TAPE 51, A

010

Schumacher

States is unaware of the total.

015

Sen. Nelson

Asks for the difference between albinism and juvenile macular.

040

Schumacher

Answers and defines both diseases.

050

Sen. Nelson

Asks about the diseases and if they are progressive diseases.

055

Schumacher

Responds.

060

Chair Metsger

Asks what areas of the dash two amendments need work.

065

Schumacher

States that additional terminology should be included in the bill to define acuity.

080

Nan Heim

Oregon Academy of Ophthalmology. Provides testimony in support of SB 289.

095

Kelly Taylor

Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). Provides written testimony in opposition to SB 289 (EXHIBIT E).

145

Chair Metsger

Inquires who participated in the survey mentioned in the testimony.

150

Taylor

Responds.

170

Chair Metsger

Asks if the language of the dash two amendments could be altered to meet ODOT standards.

180

Taylor

Responds.

190

Chair Metsger

States a curiosity about other states that use the bioptic for the drive test, and the success of those states.

200

Taylor

Agrees to provide further information.

202

Sen. Nelson

Asks for the definition of ‘carry on glasses’.

205

Taylor

Defines.

210

Chair Metsger

Asks for the parties interested in the bill to get resolution on the amendments.  Closes the public hearing on SB 289 and reopens the public hearing on SB 627.

SB 627 – PUBLIC HEARING

225

Mike Marsh

ODOT. Provides written testimony in support of SB 627 (EXHIBIT F).

300

Chair Metsger

Asks about the minimal fiscal impact, and inquires how this could have an impact if there will be less work involved with the passage of the bill.

310

Marsh

Responds.

320

Chair Metsger

Closes the public hearing on SB 627 and opens a public hearing on HB 2035 A.

HB 2035 A – PUBLIC HEARING

345

Terry Thompson

Lincoln County Commissioner. Provides testimony in support of HB 2035 A.

360

Rob Bovett

Assistant County Counsel of Lincoln County. Provides written testimony in support of HB 2035 A (EXHIBIT G).

380

Cynda Bruce

Manager, Lincoln County Transit. Provides written testimony in support of HB 2035 A (EXHIBITS H, I).

TAPE 50, B

010

Martin Loring

Administrator ODOT Public Transit Division. Provides written testimony in support of HB 2035 A (EXHIBIT J).

HB 2035 A – WORK SESSION

020

Vice Chair B. Starr

MOTION:  Moves HB 2035A to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  4-0

025

Chair Metsger

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. DECKERT will lead discussion on the floor.

050

Chair Metsger

Closes the work session on HB 2035 A and opens a public hearing on SB 771.

SB 771 – PUBLIC HEARING

055

Vice Chair B. Starr

Summarizes SB 771.

080

Sen. Deckert

Asks about the current regulatory snags.

090

Vice Chair B. Starr

Responds.

115

John Rosenberger

Deputy Director of the Highway Division, ODOT. Provides written testimony on SB 771 (EXHIBIT K).

140

Chair Metsger

Asks what the objection ODOT has for SB 771.

145

Rosenberger

Responds.

150

Lauri Aunan

Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Provides testimony on SB 771.

170

Chair Metsger

Asks which language in section 2 of the bill is cause for concern.

175

Aunan

Answers.

180

Sen. Deckert

Asks for the difference between standards and process.

185

Aunan

Answers.

187

Vice-Chair B. Starr

Comments on the goal of SB 771.

190

Bob Rindy

Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD). Provides written testimony on SB 771 (EXHIBIT L).

230

Chair Metsger

Asks  how the Governor’s executive order would be less restrictive that the statute.

235

Rindy

Answers.

250

Sen. Deckert

Asks for clarification of current language.

270

Rindy

Responds.

305

Sen. Nelson

Inquires about the written testimony language.

310

Rosenberger

Responds.

325

Sen. Nelson

Comments on SB 627.

330

Vice-Chair B. Starr

Inquires about the difference between SB 627 and the governor’s current directive.

340

Rindy

Responds.

415

Sen. Nelson

Inquires about the written testimony language.

TAPE 51, B

010

Bob Cortright

DLCD. Responds and highlights the current partnership between ODOT and DLCD.

040

Sen. Nelson

Inquires about the similarities between SB 771 and SB 772.

045

Cortright

Responds.

055

Patrick Allen

Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS). Provides written testimony on SB 771 (EXHIBIT M).

120

Jacob Brostoff

1000 Friends of Oregon. Provides written testimony in opposition to SB 771 (EXHIBIT N).

200

Chair Metsger

Closes the public hearing on SB 771 and adjourns the committee at 9:30 a.m.

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – SB 289, written testimony, Sen. Peter Courtney, 2 pp

B – SB 289, written testimony, Sen. Peter Courtney, 2 pp

C – SB 289, written testimony, Sen. Peter Courtney, 4 pp

D – SB 289, written testimony, Wayne Schumacher, 5 pp

E – SB 627, written testimony, Kelly Taylor, 2 pp

F – SB 627, written testimony, Mike Marsh, 2 pp

G – HB 2035 A, written testimony, Rob Bovett, 4 pp

H – HB 2035 A, written testimony, Cynda Bruce, 1  pp

I – HB 2035 A, written testimony, Cynda Bruce, 4 pp

J – HB 2035 A, written testimony, Martin Loring, 2 pp

K – SB 771, written testimony, John Rosenberger, 1 p

L – SB 771, written testimony, Bob Rindy, 4 pp

M – SB 771, written testimony, Patrick Allen, 4 pp

N – SB 771, written testimony, Jacob Brostoff, 2 pp