SENATE COMMITTEE ON

TRANSPORTATION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

 

 

April 8, 2003                                                                                                           Hearing Room C

8:00 AM                                                                                                                       Tapes 81 - 82

 

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 661 – Public Hearing

                                                SB 387 - Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                SB 663 – Public Hearing

                                                SB 596 - Public Hearing

                                                SB 823 – 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 81, A

002

Chair Metsger

Calls the committee to order at 8:04 a.m. and opens a public hearing on SB 661.

SB 661 - PUBLIC HEARING

010

Curt Curtis

Sergeant Oregon State Police (OSP). Begins discussion on the  concerns with the dash two amendments to SB 661. States that the amendments place too much restriction on farm vehicles which were not the intent of the bill.

045

Chair Metsger

Closes the public hearing on SB 661 and opens a public hearing on SB 387.

SB 387 – PUBLIC HEARING

050

Jim Main

Sheriff, Douglas County. Provides discussion and written testimony in support of SB 387 (EXHIBIT A).

090

Sen. Nelson

Asks if there is a concern with the re-education of training the public to yield to the right.

101

Main

States that the public is more in tune with yielding to the right as it is. States this bill would simply outline who is a fault in the event of a collision.

105

Chair Metsger

Closes the public hearing on SB 387 and opens a work session on SB 387.

SB 387 – WORK SESSION

107

Sen. Nelson

MOTION:  Moves SB 387 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  3-0

EXCUSED:  1 - B. Starr

110

Chair Metsger

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. FISHER will lead discussion on the floor.

120

Chair Metsger

Closes the work session on SB 387 and opens a public hearing on SB 663.

SB 663 – PUBLIC HEARING

125

Andrea Fogue

League of Oregon Cities. Provides testimony on concerns of SB 663. States that a possible increase in fiscal, as well as safety concerns cause the League to not support the bill as currently written.

135

Curt Curtis

OSP. Begins discussion on SB 663 and states that the concerns are related to the u-turn forward motions and intersections controlled with turn signals. Provides written testimony (EXHIBIT B).

188

Sen. Deckert

States the need to re-word the bill to protect the cities.

200

Chair Metsger

Agrees, states the cities should be allowed to make the decisions.

205

Chair Metsger

Closes the public hearing on SB 663 and opens a public hearing on SB 596.

SB 596 – PUBLIC HEARING

215

John Raichl

Sheriff, Clatsop County and President, Oregon State Sheriff’s Association. Provides summary of the purpose of SB 596.

270

Chair Metsger

Asks for clarification on the authority of police to bring a wrecker out to remove a damaged vehicle.

280

Raichl

States the bill will allow Oregon Department of Transportation, (ODOT) to remove vehicles and also allow police vehicles to push a vehicle to the side of the road to prevent or reduce gridlock.

290

Chair Metsger

Asks if there is an assurance that law enforcement to not further damage a vehicle in an accident.

299

Raichl

States there can be no assurance, and the intent of the bill was to protect the safety of the highways.

303

Doug Tindall

State Engineer, ODOT. Provides written testimony in support of SB 663 (EXHIBIT C). States that ODOT currently has the authority to remove damaged vehicles from the roads.

350

Sen. Nelson

Asks if ODOT has the current authority to move vehicles would it be reasonable for the Sheriff’s Association to write it into their rules.

355

Tindall

Responds and comments on the issue of liability.

370

Bob Russell

President, Oregon Trucking Association. Begins testimony in opposition to SB 596. States the Association has a concern with Section C of the bill and the lack of liability the bill proposes.

392

Sen. Deckert

Asks if there is a middle ground on Section C of SB 596.

400

Russell

States there are a number of ways to amend the bill that would ease the concern. Offers to meet again with the proponent of the bill.

TAPE 82, A

016

Chair Metsger

Closes the public hearing on SB 596 and opens the public hearing on SB 823.

SB 823 – PUBLIC HEARING

040

Kirsten Jensen

Asthma Policy Coordinator, American Lung Association. Provides discussion and written testimony in support of SB 823 (EXHIBIT D).

105

Sarah Doll

Program Director, Oregon Environmental Council, OEC. Provides    discussion and written testimony in support of SB 823 (EXHIBIT E).

180

Russell

OTA. Begins discussion on the concerns with SB 823. Comments on the current incentive for drivers and operators to reduce idling as well as the reasons it is necessary for drivers to idle their trucks.

260

Chair Metsger

Asks about the emission testing program and how it would be problematic in Oregon.

268

Russell

Comments and elaborates.

300

Chair Metsger

Comments on the provision of SB 823 that requires public bodies to purchase special devices.

310

Russell

Answers and elaborates.

330

Sen. Nelson

Comments on the difficulty of starting a diesel engine in cold inclement weather, and could pose a safety hazard on gridlocked highways.

360

Russell

Comments.

375

Chair Metsger

Closes the public hearing on SB 823 and adjourns the meeting at 9:00 a.m.

The following prepared testimony is submitted for the record without public testimony for SB 823:

 

Dianne Lancaster

Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT F).

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – SB 387, written testimony, Jim Main, 1 p

B – SB 663, written testimony, Curt Curtis, 1 p

C – SB 596, written testimony, Doug Tindall, 1 p

D – SB 823, written testimony, Kirsten Jensen, 1 p

E – SB 823, written testimony, Sarah Doll, 3 pp

F – SB 823, written testimony, Dianne Lancaster, 1 p