HOUSE COMMITTEE ON

AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES

March 30, 2005   Hearing Room C

9:00 A.M. Tapes  37 - 38

 

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:

                                                HCR 10 – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                HB 2909 – Public Hearing

                                                HB 2926 – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                HB 2927 – 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 37, A

003

Chair Smith

Calls the meeting to order at 9:05 a.m. and opens a public hearing on HCR 10

HCR 10 – PUBLIC HEARING

010

Patrick Brennan

Committee Administrator.  Summarizes HCR 10.

016

Rep. Bruce Hanna

House District 7.  Submits and presents prepared testimony in support of HCR 10 (EXHIBIT A), which memorializes former State Representative L.L. “Stub” Stewart.

040

Dave Frohnmayer

President, University of Oregon.  Talks about different accomplishments of Mr. Stewart. 

080

Tom Hoyt

Friend of Mr. Stewart.  Testifies in support of HCR 10.  Discusses the accomplishments of Mr. Stewart. 

100

Ward Armstrong

Submits and presents prepared testimony in support of HCR 10 (EXHIBIT B).  Discusses Mr. Stewart’s involvement in politics. 

132

George Brown

Oregon State University.  Testifies in support of HCR 10.  Talks about different accomplishments of Mr. Stewart in regard to agricultural research and the college of forestry.

181

Michel Theloe

Publisher, Jet City.  Discusses his time with Mr. Stewart, and what he learned from him.  Comments on the mark Mr. Stewart left on Oregon geography. 

 

270

Brian Booth

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.  Testifies in support of  HCR 10.  Comments on his experiences with Mr. Stewart.  Submits and presents prepared testimony in support of HCR 10 (EXHIBIT C).

375

Chair P. Smith

Closes the public hearing on HCR 10 and opens a work session on HCR 10.

HCR 10 – WORK SESSION

380

Rep. Roblan

MOTION:  Moves HCR 10 be sent to the floor with a BE ADOPTED recommendation.

392

 

VOTE:  6-0-1

AYE:            In a roll call vote, all members present vote Aye.

EXCUSED:  1 - Hass

 

Chair P. Smith

The motion CARRIES.

REP. HANNAH will lead discussion on the floor.

403

Chair P. Smith

Closes the Work Session on HCR 10 and opens a public hearing on  HB 2909.

HB 2909 – PUBLIC HEARING

416

Rep. Barnhart

House District 11.  Summarizes HB 2909 and talks about the problems HB 2909 would solve. 

TAPE 38, A

030

Rep. Barnhart

Discusses the purpose of HB 2909.  Comments that the change would allow special districts to put levies on the ballot.

045

Rep. Barnhart

Clarifies that in section 7 sub section 4 the word district is used in the context of the chapter as defined.  Discusses the -1 amendments (EXHIBIT D).  Talks about the proposed amendments that are currently with Legislative Council. 

082

Rep. Boquist

Inquires how tax compression impacts HB 2909.

087

Rep. Barnhart

Responds that he has not thought of that.  Gives examples of how tax compression could apply and how it could not apply. 

105

Rep. P. Smith

Asks when the amendments will be ready.

106

Rep. Barnhart

Answers that they have asked for them to be returned from Legislative Counsel as soon as possible.

120

Paul Reed

East Lane Confederation Soil and Water District.  Submits an informational pamphlet (EXHIBIT E) and prepared testimony (EXHIBIT F) and testifies in support of HB 2909. 

177

Reed

Discusses the choices the state has to make in order to protect the environment.  Comments that his district would prefer that special districts would not have to pay for election costs. 

233

Rep. Boquist

Asks how many of the soil conservation districts have taxing authority.

239

Reed

Responds that there are five, and lists examples.

245

Rep. Boquist

Presumes that there are forty soil and water conservation districts that lack taxing authority.

247

Reed

Replies affirmatively.

249

John McDonald

Oregon Association of Conservation Districts.  Submits prepared testimony in support of HB 2909 (EXHIBIT G)

349

McDonald

Comments on the benefit of not opening positions to the ballot that do not have people running. 

395

McDonald

Comments on the benefits of HB 2909.

412

Eann Rains

District Administrator, East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District.  Submits prepared testimony in support of HB 2909 (EXHIBIT H).

TAPE 37, B

029

Rains

Comments on the benefits of HB 2909, such as the ability to add staff and bring staff to full time.

061

Rains

Comments on what could happen as a result of HB 2909.

066

Paul Snider

Association of Oregon Counties (AOC).  Testifies to a position of neutrality on HB 2909.  Comments that the fiscal impact for counties would not be big as is being estimated as a result of HB 2909.  Comments on how he thinks HB 2090 would affect people.  States that he has not seen the amendments that are being drafted by Legislative Counsel. 

103

Chair P. Smith

Asks if he will be able to come back when the next amendments are ready.

104

Snider

Answers that he will.  Continues discussing his concerns with the bill.  States that the fiscal issue is the primary concern. 

129

Jan Coleman

Yamhill County Clerk.  Discusses the benefits of the ballot portion of HB 2909.  Comments on the cost of researching the write-in votes. 

156

Coleman

Discusses her concerns with HB 2909.  States that the Oregon Association of County Clerks has not taken a position on the bill.

165

Rep. Boquist

Inquires how to notify people that a position is open if the position is not listed on the ballot.  Asks what is the thought in regard to keeping from needlessly putting it on the ballot.   

186

Coleman

Responds by explaining how statute addresses the issue. 

193

Rep. Boquist

Comments that the committee is going to vote on whether the statue should be changed. 

197

Rep. Sumner

Suggests that water and soil conservation districts look into recruiting qualified applicants for open positions. 

211

Rep. Beyer

Presumes that the districts are doing everything they can to recruit qualified people.

230

Larry Ojua

Program Manager, Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA).  Comments that the department supports the concepts in HB 2909.  Discusses the department’s views of HB 2909.  Expresses a desire to see the other amendments prior to making a decision on the measure.

274

Allison Hensey

Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB).  Submits prepared testimony regarding HB 2909 (EXHIBIT I).

300

Chair P. Smith

Closes the public hearing on HB 2909 and opens a public hearing on HB 2926.

HB 2926 – PUBLIC HEARING

306

Patrick Brennan

Committee Administrator.  Summarizes HB 2926.

357

John McDonald

Executive Director, Oregon Association of Conservation Districts.  Submits prepared testimony in support of HB 2926 (EXHIBIT J).

385

Chair P. Smith

Asks if the measure would still have option of petition by  ten percent of district landowners.

387

McDonald

Answers affirmatively.

396

Rep. Beyer

Inquires how many members soil and water districts have.

404

McDonald

Gives estimated numbers of membership.

TAPE 38, B

014

Larry Ojua

Program Manager, Oregon Department of Agriculture.  Testifies in support of HB 2926.

024

Rep. Roblan

Asks if the ten percent in HB 2926 means ten percent or more.

025

Ojua

Concurs.

030

Chair P. Smith

Closes the public hearing on HB 2926 and opens a work session on HB 2926.

HB 2926 – WORK SESSION

031

Rep. Boquist

MOTION:  Moves HB 2926 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation and be placed on the CONSENT CALENDAR.

040

 

VOTE:  6-0-1

AYE:            In a roll call vote, all members present vote Aye.

EXCUSED:  1 - Hass

 

Chair P. Smith

The motion CARRIES.

041

Chair P. Smith

Closes the work session on HB 2926 and opens a public hearing on  HB 2927.

HB 2927 – PUBLIC HEARING

048

Patrick Brennan

Committee Administrator.  Summarizes HB 2927.

059

John McDonald

Executive director, Oregon Association of Conservation Districts.  Submits prepared testimony in support of HB 2927 (EXHIBIT K) and a suggested amendment (EXHIBIT L).  Comments on the need for  HB 2927 and the advantages of the bill. 

138

Tim Stieber

District Manager, Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District.  Testifies in support of HB 2927.  Comments on the benefits of          HB 2927. 

166

Larry Ojua

Program Manager, Oregon Department of Agriculture.  Comments on the options counties have in order to construct a building.  Testifies in support of the amendments to HB 2927.

184

Rep. Sumner

Inquires if a general obligation bond issued by a district would come under the double majority rule.

190

Chair P. Smith

Responds that it would.

196

Chair P. Smith

Closes the public hearing on HB 2927 and adjourns the meeting at 10:43 a.m.

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

  1. HCR 10, prepared testimony, Rep. Bruce Hanna, 1 p
  2. HCR 10, prepared testimony, Ward Armstrong, 1 p
  3. HCR 10, prepared testimony, Brian Booth, 2 pp
  4. HB 2909, -1 amendments, staff, 1 p
  5. HB 2909, informational pamphlet, Paul Reed, 2 pp
  6. HB 2909, prepared testimony, Paul Reed, 5 pp
  7. HB 2909, prepared testimony, John McDonald, 3 pp
  8. HB 2909, prepared testimony, Eann Rains, 1 p
  9. HB 2909, prepared testimony, Allison Hensey, 1 p
  10. HB 2926, prepared testimony, John McDonald, 1 p
  11. HB 2927, prepared testimony, John McDonald, 1 p
  12. HB 2927, suggested amendments, John McDonald, 1 p
  13. HB 2927, prepared testimony, Gus Meyer, 1 p
  14. HB 2909, prepared testimony, Gus Meyer, 1 p
  15. HB 2909, prepared testimony, Craig Burnham, 1 p
  16. HB 2909, prepared testimony, Patricia Farrell, 1 p