SENATE COMMITTEE ON

TRANSPORTATION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

 

 

March 27, 2003                                                                                                       Hearing Room C

8:00 AM                                                                                                                       Tapes 72 - 74

 

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 795 – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                SB 289 - Public Hearing

                                                SB 661 – Public Hearing

                                                SB 652 - 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 72, A

002

Chair Metsger

Calls the committee to order at 8:07 a.m. and opens a public hearing on SB 795.

SB 795 - PUBLIC HEARING

010

Sen. Bill Morrisette

District 6. Provides summary of the dash one amendments to SB 795 (EXHIBIT A).

040

Diane Amundson

Provides written testimony in support of SB 795 (EXHIBIT B).

107

Sen. Bev Clarno

District 27. Introduces her grandson, an Oregon seventh grader to testify in support of SB 795.

127

Tyler Henley

Oregon Seventh Grader. Reads written testimony in support of SB 796 (EXHIBIT C).

150

Chair Metsger

Asks for an opinion, that if a helmet law is enacted, will children actually obey the law.

155

Henley

States that each child will need to make the choice to obey the law or face the consequences.

165

Dr. Marcie Drury-Brown

Oregon Pediatric Society. Reads written testimony in support of SB 795 (EXHIBT D).

215

Chair Metsger

Asks if the risks to scooter and in line skating users are comparable to the risks of bicycle riders.

220

Drury-Brown

States that both the momentum and the injuries are comparable.

225

Dr. James Lace

Oregon Medical Association, Oregon Red Cross Society and the Safe Kids program. Provides visual demonstration and written testimony in support of SB 795 (EXHIBIT E).

280

Jean Lum

Springfield Fire Department. Provides written testimony in support of SB 795 (EXHIBITS F, G, H).

330

Joanne Fairchild

Trauma Nurse Coordinator, Legacy Emmanuel Hospital. Begins discussion and provides written testimony in support of SB 795 (EXHIBIT I).

402

Bill Olsen

Brain Injury Association of Oregon. Provides testimony in support of SB 795.

TAPE 73, A

035

Chair Metsger

Asks if there has been a notable increase at Emmanuel Hospital of scooter or in-line skating related injuries within the last ten years.

055

Fairchild

States there has been an increase. Adds that ten years ago there were no scooters nor in line skates, and that five years ago there were no injuries reported for scooters.

065

Vice Chair B. Starr

Asks if other states have similar helmet laws.

070

Fairchild

States there are at least three or four.  Offers to provide information to the members.

080

Chair Metsger

Closes public hearing on SB 795 and opens a work session on SB 795.

The following prepared testimony is submitted for the record without public testimony for SB 795:

 

Tom Miller

Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT Q).

 

Lisa Millet

Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT R).

SB 795 – WORK SESSION

082

Vice Chair B. Starr

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 795-1 amendments dated 03/20/03.

 

 

VOTE:  3-0

EXCUSED:  1 – Deckert

085

Chair

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

090

Vice Chair B. Starr

MOTION:  Moves SB 795 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  3-0

EXCUSED:  1 – Deckert

092

Chair Metsger

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. CLARNO AND SEN. MORRISSETTE will lead discussion on the floor.

095

Vice Chair B. Starr

Comments on his personal experience with Ms. Fairchild’s trauma program.

098

Chair Metsger

Closes the work session on SB 795 and opens a public hearing on SB 289.

SB 289 – PUBLIC HEARING

105

Sen. Jason Atkinson

District 2. Provides summary of the dash four and dash five amendments to SB 289.  Provides testimony in support of the dash four amendments to SB 289.

150

Kelly Taylor

Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). Provides clarification on the differences between the dash four and the dash five amendments to SB 289.

192

Wayne Schumacher

Provides written testimony in support of the dash four amendments to SB 289 (EXHIBIT J).

210

Chair Metsger

Asks for confirmation that the organization feels the dash four amendments will not jeopardize the safety of the individuals operating vehicles on highways.

215

Schumacher

Confirms.

220

Taylor

States ODOT supports the dash five amendments, not the dash four amendments due to the visual requirement levels.

230

Chair Metsger

Asks if it is known whether other states allow usage of the bioptic lenses during their drive test.

240

Taylor

States that twenty states that will allow the use of the bioptic during the vision portion of the drive test.  States that only eight states allow the higher vision level.

250

Chair Metsger

Asks how many people will qualify under each of the two amendments.  Wants to know if there will be a large difference.

260

Sen. Atkinson

States that the dash four amendments will qualify a very small number of people.

270

Schumacher

States that the difference between the dash four and five amendments will eliminate approximately 10 to 20 people in Oregon.

290

Sen. Nelson

Asks if there is potential for liability for eye doctors and is that a concern for Oregon eye doctors.

300

Schumacher

States that there was initially a concern from eye doctors, however the amendments clarified that doctors are not making the determination of an individual to drive, only measuring the individual’s  visual acuity.

320

Chair Metsger

Closes the public hearing on SB 289 and opens a public hearing on SB 661.

SB 661 – PUBLIC HEARING

330

Troy Costales

Safety Manager, ODOT. Provides written testimony in support of SB 661 with the dash one amendments (EXHIBIT K).

380

Chair Metsger

Asks for clarification of the dash one amendments.

390

Costales

States that the dash one amendments address ODOT’s concerns.

400

Curt Curtis

Sergeant of the Oregon State Police. Provides written testimony in support of the dash one amendments to SB 661 (EXHIBIT L).

TAPE 72, B

015

 Ken McDermott

Legislative Assistant to Sen. Charles Starr. Provides written testimony in support of SB 661 with the dash one amendments, however expresses concerns regarding the type of vehicle outlined in the SB 661 (EXHIBIT M).

060

Chair Metsger

Asks for a work group to clarify the issues of the amber light vehicles and create dash two amendments to SB 661.

075

Chair Metsger

Closes the public hearing on SB 661 and opens a public hearing on SB 652.

SB 652 – PUBLIC HEARING

080

Sen. Morrisette

Provides written testimony in support of SB 652 (EXHIBIT N).

100

Karey Wollam

Provides written testimony in support of SB 652 (EXHIBIT O).

135

Costales

ODOT.  Provides clarification on SB 652 and notes several concerns ODOT has with the bill.  Provides written testimony (EXHIBIT P).

178

Chair Metsger

Comments on the vehicle industry currently manufacturing vehicles with features automatically engaging lights upon ignition or when windshield wipers are engaged.

190

Vice Chair B. Starr

Asks if the bill were to pass, what will be the consequence for drivers failing to turn on their lights when engaging the windshield wipers.

195

Costales

States that most of the similar violations are seventy five dollars.

208

Chair Metsger

Clarifies the violation is a Class B violation and as such is subject to up to a 300 dollar fine.

220

Chair Metsger

Closes the informational hearing and adjourns the committee at 9:17 a.m.

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – SB 795, written testimony, Sen. Bill Morrisette, 2 pp

B – SB 795, written testimony, Diane Amundson, 3 pp

C – SB 795, written testimony, Tyler Henry, 2 pp

D – SB 795, written testimony, Marcy Drury Brown, 1 p

E – SB 795, written testimony, James Lace, 2 pp

F – SB 795, written testimony, Jean Lum, 2 pp

G – SB 795, written testimony, Jean Lum, 1 p

H – SB 795, written testimony, Jean Lum, 1 p

I – SB 795, written testimony, Joanne Fairchild, 1 p

J – SB 289, written testimony, Wayne Schumacher, 2 pp

K – SB 661, written testimony, Troy Costales, 1 p

L – SB 661, written testimony, Curt Curtis, 2 pp

M – SB 661, written testimony, Ken McDermott, 1 p

N – SB 662, written testimony, Sen. Bill Morrisette, 1 p

O – SB, 662, written testimony, Karey Wollam, 1 p

P – SB 652, written testimony, Troy Costales, 2 pp

 

The following exhibits are listed out of order in the body of the tape log:

Q – SB 795, written testimony, Tom Miller, 1 p (not present in meeting)

R – SB 795, written testimony, Lisa Millet, 2 pp (submitted following meeting)