HOUSE COMMITTEE ON

AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES

 

April 25, 2005 Hearing Room C

9:00 A.M. Tapes  52 - 53

 

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:        

HB 3461 – Public Hearing and Work Session

HB 2120 – Work Session

HB 2577 – Work Session

HB 2927 – 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 52, A

003

Chair P. Smith

Calls the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. and opens a public hearing on HB 3461.

HB 3461 – PUBLIC HEARING

006

Patrick Brennan

Committee Administrator.  Summarizes HB 3641. 

016

Rep. Jeff Kropf

House District 17.  Testifies in support of HB 3641.  Discusses what HB 3641 would do and talks about the need for the bill. 

060

Rep. Kropf

States that the bulk of the world’s supply of grass seed comes from the Willamette Valley.  Comments on how this is connected with biofuel.

082

Rep. Hass

Asks what is meant by the phrase “to a limited degree” in HB 3461. 

090

Rep. Kropf

States that a better explanation could come from one of the other witnesses.  Discusses what he thinks is meant by the phrase “to a limited degree.”  Talks about the benefit of negotiating prices for perennial rye grass. 

132

Rep. Boquist

Closes the public hearing on HB 3461 and opens a work session on  HB 2577.

HB 2577 – WORK SESSION

133

Rep. Jeff Kropf

House District 17.  Testifies in support of HB 2577.  Indicates the need to make a one word change on the Senate side, that is irrelevant to the intent of the bill.

139

Rep. Boquist

Asks if Rep. Kropf is in support of the -1 amendments (EXHIBIT C).

 

Rep. Kropf

Concurs.

143

Rep. Boquist

Closes the work session on HB 2577 and reopens the public hearing on HB 3461.

HB 3461 – PUBLIC HEARING

150

Dave Nelson

Executive Secretary, Oregon Seed Council.  Submits and reads prepared testimony in support of HB 3461 (EXHIBIT A)

208

Mike Hayes

Grass seed farmer, Albany area.  Testifies in support of HB 3461.  Discusses the need for the bill and the positive input as a result of the bill.

229

Brent Searle

Special Assistant to Director, Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA).  Submits and reads prepared testimony in regarding HB 3461 (EXHIBIT B).  Explains the reason for the language regarding the displacement of competition to a limited degree.

276

Chair P. Smith

Closes the public hearing and opens a work session on  HB 3461.

HB 3461 – WORK SESSION

281

Rep. Boquist

MOTION:  Moves HB 3461 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  7-0-0

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

 

Chair P. Smith

The motion CARRIES.

REP. BOQUIST will lead discussion on the floor.

294

Chair P. Smith

Closes the work session on HB 3461 and opens a work session on     HB 2120.

HB 2120 – WORK SESSION

300

Patrick Brennan

Committee Administrator.  Summarizes HB 2120.

316

Rich Angstrom

President, Oregon Concrete and Aggregate Producers Association (OCAPA).  Updates the committee on what has been happening since HB 2120 was heard on March 24, 2005. States that the industry and the Department of Geology and Mineral Industries are considering the pennies-per-ton fee model. 

330

Gary Lynch

Director, Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI).  Testifies in support of the bill.

334

Rep. Boquist

MOTION:  Moves HB 2120 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation and BE REFERRED to the committee on Ways and Means by prior reference.

 

 

VOTE:  7-0-0

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

 

Chair P. Smith

The motion CARRIES.

348

Chair P. Smith

Closes the work session on HB 2120 and opens a work session on     HB 2577.

HB 2577 – WORK SESSION

351

Patrick Brennan

Committee Administrator.   Summarizes HB 2577 and talks about the   -1 amendments (EXHIBIT C).

370

Rep. Boquist

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT HB 2577-1 amendments dated 4/11/05.

377

Rep. Hass

Asks why the department is not implementing the current noxious weed plan.

386

Tim Butler

Noxious Weed Program Supervisor, ODA.  Responds that the department is currently implementing the parts of the plan that can be implemented with existing resources.  States that HB 2577 would help solidify that effort. 

411

Chair P. Smith

Asks if Mr. Butler sees the -1 amendments as strategically placing the program in statue.

414

Butler

Concurs.

418

Rep. Roblan

Comments on the grants that the weed board gives out.  Asks if there has been a policy of small annual grants from the weed board.

TAPE 53, A

012

Butler

Responds that there have been grants and explains the process. 

029

Rep. Roblan

Asks if the process for reapplying is the same as for the initial application.

036

Butler

Responds that the agency is looking for ways to streamline the process.

045

 

VOTE:  7-0-0

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

 

Chair P. Smith

The motion CARRIES.

048

Rep. Boquist

MOTION:  Moves HB 2577 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

052

Rep. Boquist

Discusses the challenge in dealing with weeds and the intent of         HB 2577.

067

 

VOTE:  7-0-0

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

 

Chair P. Smith

The motion CARRIES.

REP. KROPF will lead discussion on the floor.

070

Chair P. Smith

Closes the work session on HB 2577 and opens a work session on     HB 2927.

HB 2927 – WORK SESSION

072

Patrick Brennan

Committee Administrator.  Summarizes the bill and the -3 amendments (EXHIBIT D).

082

John McDonnald

Executive Director, Oregon Association of Conservation Districts.  Discusses the reason for the -3 amendments. 

111

Rep. Boquist

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT HB 2927-3 amendments dated 4/11/05.

 

 

VOTE:  7-0-0

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

 

Chair P. Smith

The motion CARRIES.

 

117

Rep. Boquist

MOTION:  Moves HB  2927 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation and BE REFERRED to the committee on Revenue by prior reference.

 

 

VOTE:  7-0-0

 

Chair P. Smith

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

131

Chair P. Smith

Closes the work session on HB 2927 and adjourns the meeting at 9:43 a.m.

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

  1. HB 3461, prepared testimony, Dave Nelson, 3 pp
  2. HB 3461, prepared testimony, Brent Searle, 2 pp
  3. HB 2577, -1 amendments, staff, 1 p
  4. HB 2927, -3 amendments, staff, 1 p