HOUSE COMMITTEE ON

AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES

 

 

March 7, 2005 Hearing Room C

9:00 A.M. Tapes  24 - 25

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:            Rep. Patti Smith, Chair

Rep. Brian Boquist, Vice-Chair

Rep. Arnie Roblan, Vice-Chair

Rep. Terry Beyer

Rep. Chuck Burley

Rep. Mark Hass

Rep. Mac Sumner

 

STAFF PRESENT:                  Patrick Brennan, Committee Administrator

Jania Zeeb, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURES/ISSUES HEARD:

                                                HJR 8 – Public Hearing

                                                HB 2595 – Public Hearing and Work Session

 

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 24, A

003

Chair P. Smith

Calls the meeting to order at 9:06 a.m. and opens the public hearing on HJR 8.

HJR 8 – PUBLIC HEARING

012

Patrick Brennan

Committee Administrator.  Summarizes the bill and the -1 amendments (EXHIBIT A).

027

Sen. Rick Metsger

Senate District 26.  Testifies in support of HJR 8.  Discusses how the pear has helped Oregon’s economy. 

052

Chair P. Smith

Comments on the importance of the pear to Oregon.

056

Kevin Moffitt

Pear Bureau Northwest.  Submits and reads prepared testimony in support of HJR 8 (EXHIBIT B) and refers to the  packet of information presenting a case for making pears the state fruit of Oregon (EXHIBIT C).

127

Rep. Hass

Inquires about the distinction between total pear production and fresh pear production. 

130

Moffitt

Gives an example of California and Washington, and explains the difference between using pears for processed food and selling them fresh. 

144

Rose Kelter

Senior, Hood River Valley High School.  Introduces herself.

145

Katie Flory

Senior, Hood River Valley High School.  Introduces herself.

146

Juillian Jones

Senior, Hood River Valley High School.  Introduces herself.

147

Myra Lesdesma

Senior, Hood River Valley High School.  Introduces herself.

148

Kelter

States that they are all members of the Hood River Blossom Court.  Gives information about the court.  Testifies in support of HJR 8.

163

John McCulley

Tree Fruit Growers.  Testifies in support of HJR 8. 

182

Rep. Hass

Asks if there is support from other fruit growers

185

Chair P. Smith

Answers that she has not heard from any other fruit growers.

191

Rep. Roblan

Comments on the pear blossom festival in Medford.

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

 

Rep. Dennis Richardson

House district 4.  Submits a letter to the committee in support of HJR 8 (EXHIBIT H).

 

Leigh Johnson

Harry and David.  Submits proposed amendments to HJR 8  (EXHIBIT D).

218

Chair P. Smith

Closes the public hearing on HJR 8 and opens the public hearing on HB 2595.

HB 2595 – PUBLIC HEARING

220

Patrick Brennan

Committee Administrator.  Summarizes HB 2595. 

245

Rep. Gene Whisnant

House District 53.  Submits and reads prepared testimony in support of HB 2595 (EXHIBIT E).  Refers to the letter to the committee (EXHIBIT F).

264

Rep. Whisnant

Discusses the problem the change of ORS Chapter 634 created for the Sunriver Owner’s Association in regard to vector control.  Remarks that the Department of Agriculture has indicated that these results were unintentional.

266

Chair P. Smith

Inquires if he knows the bill number from the earlier session.

270

Rep. Burley

Answers that the change was made by HB 2604 (2001).

301

Terry Witt

Executive Director, Oregonians for Food and Shelter.  Testifies in support of HB 2595.  Discusses the problem the original bill was meant to solve, and the limitations created by HB 2604 (2001). 

356

Witt

Discusses the difference of a public application licenses verses private operators license.

371

Witt

Comments on the importance of controlling vector-borne diseases.

397

Rep. Burley

Asks for clarification between the private applicators license and the public applicators license. 

408

Witt

Clarified the difference between the public and the private applicator’s license. 

416

Rep. Boquist

Inquires if there was much debate on HB 2604 (2001).

426

Witt

Responds that there was not any major opposition to the legislation.

TAPE 25, A

023

Rep. Beyer

Inquires whether the problem has manifested itself anywhere else in Oregon.

025

Witt

Answers that he is unaware of any other areas affected and comments on how Sunriver deals with vector control.

040

Rep. Sumner

States that Deschutes County does not have a vector control department.  Asks if vector control is done by a special district.

042

Witt

Remarks that Deschutes Vector Control is a special district.

061

Bill Chapman

General Manager, Center for Homeowners Association.  Introduces Mike Brannan, John Salzer and Frank Broker.  Submits prepared testimony in support of HB 2595 (EXHIBIT G).  Discusses the vector control program in Sunriver. 

091

Chapman

Comments on how critical this vector control is for the Sunriver economy. 

107

Mike Brannan

Sunriver Owners Association.  Discussed how Deschutes County deals with vector control.  Comments that Sunriver is right next to the area that Deschutes County vector control deals with.  Comments on how Sunriver is currently dealing with vector control.

125

Brannan

Testifies in support of HB 2595.  Comments on the advantage of the vector control program for both Deschutes County and Sunriver. 

150

Rep. Beyer

Inquires if he is talking about the 2005 season.

152

Brannan

Concurs and states how HB 2595 will change the current situation.

162

John Salzer

President, Homeowners Association.  Comments that the county has made it clear that 2005 is the last year it will handle vector controlunder the current arrangement.

166

Frank Broker

Vice President, Homeowners Association.  States that HB 2604 (2001) was a well intentioned bill that had an unintentional consequences and HB 2595 would correct the problems.

176

Sen. Ben Westlund

Sentae District 27.  Testifies in support of HB 2595.  Comments that in the 2001 Session there was no intent to interfere with the relationship between Sunriver and Deschutes County in regard to vector control.  Discusses the possible problems that could result from failure to pass HB 2595.

219

Chair P. Smith

Closes the public hearing and opens the work session on HB 2595.

HB 2595 – WORK SESSION

227

Rep. Boquist

MOTION:  Moves HB 2595 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

230

 

VOTE:  7-0-0

 

Chair P. Smith

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

REP. WHISNANT will lead discussion on the floor.

224

Chair P. Smith

Closes the work session on HB 2595 and adjourns the meeting at 9:45 a.m.

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

  1. HJR 8, -1 amendments, staff, 1 p
  2. HJR 8, prepared testimony, Kevin Moffitt, 2 pp
  3. HJR 8, informational material, Kevin Moffitt, 10 pp
  4. HJR 8, proposed amendments, Leigh Johnson, 3 pp
  5. HB 2595, prepared testimony, Rep. Gene Whisnant, 1 p
  6. HB 2595, letter to the committee, Rep. Gene Whisnant, 3 pp
  7. HB 2595, informational material, Bill Chapman, 2 pp
  8. HJR 8, letter to the committee, Rep. Dennis Richardson, 1 p