SENATE COMMITTEE ON

TRANSPORTATION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

 

 

April 28, 2003                                                                                                         Hearing Room C

8:00 AM                                                                                                                  Tapes 101 – 102

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Rick Metsger, Chair

Sen. Bruce Starr, Vice-Chair

Sen. Ryan Deckert

Sen. David Nelson

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Amy Joyce, Committee Administrator  

Megan Jensen, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD: SB 751 – Public Hearing

                                                SB 765 – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                SB 2933 – Public Hearing

                                                HB 2501A – 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 101, A

002

Chair Metsger

Calls the committee to order at 8:15 a.m. and opens a public hearing on SB 751.

SB 751 - PUBLIC HEARING

004

Chair Metsger

Introduces SB 751-1 amendments dated (EXHIBIT A) for a public hearing at a later date. Closes public hearing on SB 751 and opens public hearing on HB 2933.

HB 2933 – PUBLIC HEARING

013

Rep. Dan Doyle

District 19 State Representative. Provides testimony in support of HB 2933. Discusses two issues:

  • $1,000 threshold for reporting accidents is too low
  • Ambiguous and complex procedure for reporting accidents

Explains that HB 2933 will raise the reporting level to $2,500 and that the individual who suffers property damage is the one who files the report.

125

Chair Metsger

Asks if the agency could provide more clarity regarding individual reporting procedures.

135

Rep. Doyle

Responds that the Department of Motor Vehicles could make procedures more consumer friendly.

140

Chair Metsger

Asks about the origins of the proposed $2500 reporting level.

145

Rep. Doyle

Responds that there is flexibility with the reporting level amount and elaborates.


 

155

Vice-Chair B. Starr

Asks if he researched insurance company databases for information on the percentage of accidents and the average cost of accidents.

162

Rep. Doyle

Responds that he did not research that information.

170

Troy Costales

Safety Manager, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). Provides testimony in opposition to HB 2933 (EXHIBIT B) and expresses concern that HB 2933 would change the crash data quality and quantity and would have an adverse impact on Oregon’s public roadways and driver and vehicle occupant safety initiatives.

242

Vice-Chair B. Starr

Inquires why all accidents are not required to file an accident report.

253

Kelly Taylor

ODOT. Clarifies that a suspension letter is sent out 30 days prior to a suspension and explains the reporting process.

283

Sen. Deckert

Expresses concern that too many people get stuck in the process and are forced to pay $50 to reinstate their driving status.

295

Taylor

Explains that part of the procedure is to track uninsured drivers because policy dictates that uninsured drivers should be suspended.

317

Sen. Deckert

Comments that tens of thousands of people appear to be affected.

320

Taylor

Offers to research the subject.

325

Chair Metsger

Asks about the process for reporting accidents.

330

Kelly

Explains the process for turning in an accident report.

341

Chair Metsger

Talks about making the reporting process more consumer friendly and adding clarity to the notice. Asks if there is flexibility in the dollar limit.

385

Costales

Affirms.

388

Vice-Chair B. Starr

Asks for the average cost of damages from an accident.

390

Costales

Replies that he does not have the information and supplies statistics on the number of accidents occurring each year.

418

Chair Metsger

Asks for clarification on the number of accidents that result in property damage.

424

Costales

Provides statistics on accidents resulting in property damage.

TAPE 102, A

015

Susan Schneider

City of Portland. Expresses concern with HB 2933.

028

Mark Lear

City of Portland Traffic Investigation Section Manager. Provides testimony in opposition to HB 2933 (EXHIBIT C). Believes crash data collection methods will be compromised and states that

055

Andrea Fogue

League of Oregon Cities. Provides testimony in support of HB 2933. Talks about unintended safety consequences.

076

John Powell

State Farm Insurance Companies, North Pacific Insurance Company. States the insurance industry’s concern with HB 2933 regarding reporting accidents and states there is no objection to continuing streamlining efforts.

097

Jack Monroe

American Insurance Association. Agrees with previous testimony and expresses concern with accurate accident reporting methods under HB 2933.

107

Chair Metsger

Talks about the public record of liability when only the person who received property damage in an accident is required to file an accident report.

120

Monroe

Believes it could affect insurance practices.

134

Chair Metsger

Asks about how common it is for someone to file a claim with an insurance company but not an accident report if the damage was less than $1000.

150

Powell

Responds that insurance companies encourage accident victims to immediately report accidents and elaborates.

170

Chair Metsger

Inquires if insurance companies have access to the state accident reports database.

175

Powell

Explains that insurance companies generally rely on Department of Motor Vehicles records.

180

Chair Metsger

Inquires if insurance companies share accident claim information with the state.

183

Powell

Offers to research the issue.

187

Chair Metsger

Closes work session on HB 2933 and opens public hearing on SB 765.

SB 765 – PUBLIC HEARING

195

Chair Metsger

Submits dash one amendments to SB 765 (EXHIBIT D).

200

Bruce Warner

Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). Provides testimony in support of SB 765 and -1 amendments dated 4/23/03 (EXHIBIT E). Believes SB 765 will provide tools to help ODOT effectively deal with access management issues.

240

Sen. Deckert

Asks what problem is SB 765 addresses.

245

Warner

Explains that SB 765 will remove the sunset date attached to legislation that allowed ODOT to help pay expenses of property owners when a driveway connecting to a state highway is relocated and the amendment will put in statute criteria now contained in Administrative Rule.

260

Sen. Deckert

Asks if the SB 765 will be more effective in statute or in administrative rules.

262

Warner

Explains that SB 765 should be put in statute.

274

Jacob Brostoff

1000 Friends of Oregon. Provides testimony in opposition to SB 765 (EXHIBIT F). Supports the repeal of the sunset but expresses concern about defining reasonable access in statute.

297

Chair Metsger

Points out that the definition of reasonable access has been deleted in the amendments.

305

Brostoff

Believes that if the bill does not require changes to the administrative rule definition, SB 765 might be more acceptable.

310

Chair Metsger

Closes public hearing and opens work session on SB 765.

SB 765 – WORK SESSION

315

Vice-Chair B. Starr

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 765-1 amendments dated 4/23/03.

320

 

VOTE:  3-0

EXCUSED:  1 - Sen. Nelson

 

Chair Metsger

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

325

Vice-Chair B. Starr

MOTION:  Moves SB 765 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

330

 

VOTE:  3-0

EXCUSED:  1 - Sen. Nelson

 

Chair Metsger

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. STARR will lead discussion on the floor.

Closes work session on SB 765 and opens public hearing on HB 2501A.

HB 2501A – PUBLIC HEARING

335

Chair Metsger

Preserves HB 2501A for future consideration. Closes public hearing on HB 2501A and adjourns the committee at 9:05 a.m.

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – SB 751, SB 751-1 amendments dated 4/25/03, staff, 15 pp.

B – SB 2933, written testimony, Troy Costales, 3 pp.

C – SB 2933, written testimony, Mark Lear, 3 pp.

D – SB 765, SB 765-1 amendments dated 4/23/03, staff, 1 p.

E – SB 765, written testimony, Bruce Warner, 1 p.

F – SB 765, written testimony, Jacob Brostoff, 1 p.