SENATE COMMITTEE ON

TRANSPORTATION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

 

 

April 21, 2003                                                                                                         Hearing Room C

8:00 AM                                                                                                                       Tapes 94 - 97

 

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 588 – Work Session

                                                HB 2691A - Work Session

                                                SB 448 – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                HB 3001 A – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                SB 869 – 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 94, A

002

Chair Metsger

Calls the committee to order at 8:04 a.m. and opens a work session on SB 588.

SB 588 – WORK SESSION

011

Kelly Taylor

Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). Introduces the dash one amendments to SB 588 (EXHIBIT A).

030

Vice Chair B. Starr

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 588-1 amendments dated 04/15/03.

 

 

VOTE:  3-0

EXCUSED:  1 – Deckert

035

Chair Metsger

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

040

Vice Chair B. Starr

MOTION:  Moves SB 588 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  3-0

EXCUSED:  1 – Deckert

045

Chair Metsger

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. B. STARR will lead discussion on the floor.

052

Chair Metsger

Closes the work session on SB 588 and opens a work session on HB 2691A.

HB 2691 A – WORK SESSION

054

Chris Krane

Legislative Counsel. Provides a summary of the dash eleven and dash twelve amendments to HB 2691 A (EXHIBITS B, C).

095

Sen. Nelson

Asks if the amendments allow for local entities to have more authority.

102

Krane

States no and clarifies the limitations defined in HB 2691 A.

130

Sen. Nelson

States that the amount of protection of the agriculture is damaging the economy.

138

Chair Metsger

Refers to another bill that will assist specifically industrial sites.

140

Chair Metsger

States a preference for the dash eleven amendments.

142

Vice Chair B. Starr

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT HB 2691A-11 amendments dated 04/18/03.

 

 

VOTE:  3-0

EXCUSED:  1 – Deckert

145

Chair Metsger

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

150

Vice Chair B. Starr

MOTION:  Moves HB 2691A to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  3-0

EXCUSED:  1 – Deckert

152

Chair Metsger

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. METSGER will lead discussion on the floor.

155

Chair Metsger

Closes the work session on HB 2691 A and opens a public hearing on HB 3001 A.

HB 3001 A – PUBLIC HEARING

158

Troy Costales

Safety Manager, ODOT. Provides written testimony in support of HB 3001 A (EXHIBIT D).

165

Larry Christenson

Provides testimony on HB 3001 A.

185

Chair Metsger

Closes the public hearing on HB 3001 A and opens a work session on HB 3001 A.

HB 3001 A – WORK SESSION

188

Vice Chair  B. Starr

MOTION:  Moves HB 3001 A to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  4-0

195

Chair Metsger

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. METSGER will lead discussion on the floor.

200

Chair Metsger

Closes the work session on HB 3001 A and opens a public hearing on SB 448.

SB 448 -  PUBLIC HEARING

206

Sen. Ted Ferrioli

District 30.  Provides summary of the intent of SB 448.

309

Judge Laura Pryor

Gilliam County. Provides a summary of the dash two amendments, which are not yet available from Legislative Counsel.

375

Judge Jean Burch

Wheeler County. Provides testimony in support of the dash two amendments to SB 448.

415

Jonathan Hill

Superintendent Lane County Education Service District. Provides testimony in support of the dash two amendments.

TAPE 95, A

020

Dennis Mills

Superintendent of Harney ESD.  Provides testimony in support of the dash two amendments.

058

Commissioner Colleen MacLeod

Union County. Provides written testimony in support of the dash two amendments to SB 448 (EXHIBIT E). Identifies several sections of the amendments that Union County would not support.

120

Chair Metsger

Asks for clarification on the sections of the bill that are a concern.

125

MacLeod

Elaborates.

130

Anthony Lanni

Superintendent, North Central ESD. Provides testimony in support of SB 488.

135

Chair Metsger

Asks how the passage of SB 448 will affect each district.

140

Lanni

Responds and provides examples of current issues.

145

Mills

States the bill would allow for small communities to challenge specific issues.

150

Sen. Nelson

Comments on the need for local control at the community level.

180

Mark Stauffer

Counselor, City of Elgin. Provides testimony in support of the dash two amendments to SB 448.

240

Judy Laudermilk

Union County Chamber of Commerce.  Provides testimony in support of SB 448.

300

Ray Naff

Governor’s Office. Provides testimony in support of SB 448.

325

Chair Metsger

Closes the public hearing on SB 448 and opens a public hearing on SB 869.

SB 869 – PUBLIC HEARING

340

Chair Metsger

Summarizes the intent of the dash one amendment to SB 869 (EXHIBIT F).

410

Rep. Tom Butler

District 60.  Provides testimony in support of the dash one amendments to SB 869.

TAPE 94, B

100

Rep. Butler

Continues testimony.

095

Rep. Jon Mayberry

District 59. Provides testimony in opposition to the dash one amendments to SB 869.

220

Chair Metsger

Comments on the testimony provided.

239

Sen. Nelson

Comments on the testimony provided.

242

Rep. Butler

Mentions the lack of reserves available.

280

Derek Sadowski

Insurance Agent. Provides testimony in opposition to SB 869.

380

Lee Johnson

Oregon Small Business Owner. Provides testimony in opposition to SB 869.

TAPE 97, A

020

Johnson

Continues testimony from the prospective of a SAIF client.

055

Chair Metsger

Asks if there is an opinion that SAIF has excellent management.

065

Johnson

States that he feels that SAIF is run very well.

070

Chair Metsger

Asks why there is a belief that if SAIF were not a state agency it would run differently.  Asks what the concerns are for the change in program.

085

Johnson

States that private sectors have different costs and dividends. States that there would be a drastic change in organization.

095

Sadowski

States that SAIF’s mission statement is vastly different than private sector insurers.

100

Vice Chair B. Starr

Comments on the testimony regarding mutualizing SAIF.

110

Sadowski

Responds and elaborates.

115

Sen. Nelson

Comments on Standard Insurance Company.

120

Johnson

Elaborates on the intent of SAIF.

138

Sen. Deckert

Asks why the state would have an interest in insurance.

155

Johnson

Comments on the advantages to SAIF.

165

Sadowski

Comments on SAIF’s program of insuring all companies.

175

Johnson

Comments on SAIF’s premium prices.

195

Vice Chair B. Starr

Asks about the deregulated trucking industry and the price of insurance.

205

Johnson

Comments on the benefits of regulations.

239

Lee Wood

Human Resource Director, Papi Group, Lane County. Provides written testimony in opposition to SB 869 (EXHIBIT G).

308

Chair Metsger

Asks why the state’s role is the deciding factor in providing good rates, and benefits for workers.

338

Wood

Responds and elaborates on both California and Washington state insurances.

375

Sadowski

Asks what the argument is in favor of SB 869. Asks where the benefit of changing SAIF is.  Comments on the Chair’s report submitted into the record in a previous hearing.

385

Chair Metsger

Responds to the testimony.

430

James Brown

Local Business. Provides testimony in opposition to SB 869.

TAPE 96, A

020

John Ganzer

Monrovia Growers. Provides written testimony in opposition to SB 869 (EXHIBIT H).

077

Chair Metsger

Asks if there is a belief that if SAIF were a private company, the service would deteriorate.

085

Ganzer

States he can not say for sure.  Comments on two other private insurance carriers in Oregon.

090

Vice Chair B. Starr

Comments on the nursery business’ success due to competition.

100

Johnson

Responds.

109

Chair Metsger

Closes the public hearing on SB 869 and opens a work session on SB 448.

SB 448 – WORK SESSION

115

Sen. Ferrioli

Submits the dash two amendments to SB 448 (EXHIBIT I).

120

Vice Chair B. Starr

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 448-2 amendments dated 04/21/03.

 

 

VOTE:  4-0

122

Chair Metsger

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

125

Vice Chair B. Starr

MOTION:  Moves SB 448 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation and the SUBSEQUENT REFERRAL to the committee on Ways and Means BE RESCINDED.

 

 

VOTE:  4-0

130

Chair Metsger

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. FERRIOLI AND SEN. NELSON will lead discussion on the floor.

140

Chair Metsger

Closes the work session on SB 448 and adjourns the committee at 10:10 a.m.

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – SB 588, dash one amendments, Kelly Taylor, 1 p

B – HB 2691 A, dash eleven amendments, Staff, 3 pp

C – HB 2691 A, dash twelve amendments, Staff, 6 pp

D – HB 3001 A, written testimony, Troy Costales, 1 p

E – SB 448, written testimony, Colleen MacLeod, 4 pp

F – SB 869, dash one amendments, Staff, 2 pp

G – SB 869, written testimony, Lee Wood, 2 pp

H – SB 869, written testimony, John Ganzer, 1 p

I – SB 448, dash two amendments, Sen. Ferrioli,

J – SB 869, written testimony, Kelly Atwood, 2 pp

K – SB 869, written testimony, Emil Graziani, 1 p

L – SB 869, written testimony, John Murphy, 1 p

M – SB 869, written testimony, Chris Foster, 20 pp

N – SB 869, written testimony, James Geisinger, 3 pp

O – SB 869, written testimony, Diana Burnette, 2 pp

P – SB 869, written testimony, James Carlson, 2 pp

Q – SB 869, written testimony, Jeri Ray, 4 pp

R – SB 869, written testimony, Diana Burnette, 2 pp