HOUSE COMMITTEE ON

AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES

 

May 04, 2005 Hearing Room C

9:00 A.M. Tapes  58 - 59

 

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 2929 – Work Session

HB 3125 – Public Hearing

Introduction of Committee Measures – Work Session

HB 3046 – 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 58, A

003

Chair P. Smith

Calls the meeting to order at 9:12 a.m. and opens a work session on  HB 2929.

HB 2929 – WORK SESSION

012

Patrick Brennan

Committee Administrator.  Summarizes HB 2929.

019

Phil Donavan

Oregon Guides and Packers Association.  Summarizes HB 2929 and talks about the -1 amendments (EXHIBIT A).  Talks about the changes that were made in the -2 amendments (EXHIBIT B)

051

Steve Mathers

President, Oregon Guides and Packers Association.  Discusses the benefits of HB 2929.

059

Rep. Burley

Asks if the bill changes the number of tags that may be transferred and restoring that the antler less animals are only covered.

063

Donavan

Answers that the amendments maintain the status quo.

064

Katie Fast

Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB).  Testifies in support of the -2 amendments.

075

Chair Smith

Closes the work session on HB 2929 and opens a public hearing on  HB 3125.

HB 3125 – PUBLIC HEARING

080

Patrick Brennan

Committee Administrator.  Summarizes HB 3125.

100

Amanda Rich

Special Districts Association of Oregon (SDAO).  Introduces Ron Montgomery and Christopher Wirth.

115

Ron Montgomery

District Manager, West Umatilla Vector Control District.  Submits and reads prepared testimony in support of HB 3125 (EXHIBIT C).

153

Montgomery

States that there are five new vector control districts being formed this year to address West Nile Virus.

184

Rep. Roblan

Expresses concern with the possibility of landowners being forced to fill in a wetland and then being fined for doing so.  Solicits suggestions to keep such a situation from happening.

197

Montgomery

Responds that filling in a wetland would be a radical approach and that would most likely not be how a vector control district would handle the situation.

212

Rep. Burley

Refers to Page 2 line 16 of the bill.  Asks for the reason for the deletion.

224

Montgomery

Discusses the intent behind the change.

239

Rep. Boquist

Asks if the witnesses can recall any situation under the present law where a vector control district funded or repaired damage on an irrigation district.

252

Montgomery

Answers that in Umatilla county there are no situations where that has happened.

255

Christopher Wirth

President, Oregon Vector Control Association (OVCA); Vector Health Program Manager, Multnomah County.  Submits prepared testimony in support of HB 3125 (EXHIBIT D).  Discusses the consortium of agencies that are a part of OVCA and how these different agencies are funded.

263

Rep. Boquist

Asks if Mr. Wirth can recall a situation when a district used its funds to repair irrigation districts.

267

Wirth

Answers that he cannot recall that happening in Multnomah County.

272

Wirth

Discusses how HB 3125 addresses vector control issues.

302

Wirth

Talks about the benefits of acting early in regard to vector control.

322

Rep. Burley

Comments that currently land owners who are paying taxes to the vector control districts can have the district come out and take care of the problem on their land.  Asks why a change is needed and what problem HB 3125 is addressing.  Inquires why a penalty is being added.

347

Wirth

Gives an example of how this is addressed in Multnomah County.   

372

Rep. Roblan

Comments on the problems with filling in wetlands.  Asks how to ensure such cases do not happen.

391

Wirth

Answers by giving an example of the encouragement of beavers and beaver dams.  Comments on what the proponents are trying to do with the bill.

413

Rep. Roblan

Comments on his concern with landowners being asked to fill in wetlands.  Asks if there are safeguards to make sure people do not get caught in the middle by being told to fill in their land and subsequently being charged for doing so.

TAPE 59, A

016

Wirth

Answers that his understanding is that there are safeguards in the language of HB 3125 to prevent that.

021

Rep. Boquist

Asks for the number of vector control districts in the state and how each of them develop their five year plan.  Asks for a definition of “significant change”.

027

Montgomery

Answers by giving the number of vector control districts.  Talks about pesticide use plans and how they are developed. 

040

Rep. Boquist

Inquires if any significant changes to the plan are required to be resubmitted to the bureaucracy. 

045

Montgomery

Responds that the mosquito control has not seen a new chemical compound introduced for use in fifteen years.  Defines what he thinks a significant change in the plan would be.

049

Wirth

Adds other examples of significant change.

052

Rep. Boquist

Asks if Mr. Wirth could define “routinely”.

053

Wirth

Answers that the definition is at the discretion of what is happening in the community.

059

Rep. Burley

Asks if HB 3125 would have no affect on the other bill.

065

Wirth

Concurs.

080

B.J. Smith

Clackamas County.  Testifies in opposition to HB 3125.  Comments on the five year work plan and expresses concern with the plan.

132

Bob Storer

Environmental Policy Specialists, Clackamas County Water Environment Services.  Submits prepared testimony in opposition to HB 3125 (EXHIBIT E).  Comments on the problem with the five year review.  Discusses the concerns they have. 

173

Smith

Emphasizes the importance of the annual program.

179

Terry Witt

Executive Director, Oregonians for Food and Shelter (OFS).  States that OFS supports vector control.  Discusses concerns with HB 3125.

231

Rep. Sumner

Comments on the process in section 10 of HB 3125.  Inquires bout the life cycle of the mosquito larva.

239

Witt

Responds that he is not an expert on the life cycle of mosquitoes but presumes that the duration of the larval stage is relatively short.  Points out that mosquitoes breed several times over the summer, so it is not just a one-time solution.

244

Rep. Sumner

Inquires if is the measure isn’t a cumbersome process for a small window of opportunity. 

245

Witt

Responds that it is cumbersome.

253

Chair P. Smith

Closes the public hearing on HB 3125 and opens a work session for the consideration of LC Drafts.

INTRODUCTION OF COMMITTEE MEASURES – WORK SESSION

259

Rep. Boquist

MOTION:  Moves LC 3617 BE INTRODUCED as a committee bill.

 

 

VOTE:  6-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 - Burley

 

Chair P. Smith

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

265

Chair P. Smith

Closes the work session for the consideration of LC drafts and opens a public hearing on HB 3046.

HB 3046 – PUBLIC HEARING

267

Patrick Brennan

Committee Administrator.  Summarizes HB 3046.

270

Rep. Hass

House District 27.  Testifies in support of HB3046. Submits the -3 amendments (EXHIBIT JJ).  Submits a news article concerning a Beaverton woman accused of selling endangered cats (EXHIBIT Q).  Submits a news article concerning an attack by an African Serval (EXHIBIT R).  Submits a news article concerning a pet alligator (EXHIBIT S).  Discusses the need for HB 3046.

374

Rep. Debi Farr

House District 14.  Testifies in support of HB 3046. 

TAPE 58, B

010

Jessie Clarkwhite

Exotic animal owner; Assistant to the Legal Affairs Director, Feline Conservation Federation.  Submits prepared testimony in opposition to HB 3046 (EXHIBIT F).

034

Lesley Day

Founder and President, Chimps Incorporated.  Testifies in support of HB 3046.  Submits prepared testimony in support of HB 3046 (EXHIBIT G).

062

Bonnie Ringo

Owner, Tiger Preservation Center.  Submits prepared testimony in opposition to HB 3046 (EXHIBIT H).

095

Clarkwhite

States that she is in agreement with Ms. Ringo’s testimony.

100

Rep. Hass

Thanks Ms. Day for coming from Bend and states that her center demonstrates the need for HB 3046.

105

Marla O’Donnell

Resident, Redmond.  States that she is neutral in regard to HB 3046.  Discusses the positive and negative aspects of the bill.

134

Scott Beckstead

Mayor, City of Waldport.  Comments that most law enforcement officers in small cities do not have the training to deal with exotic animals.  Testifies in support of the -3 amendments

151

Jackie Beckstead

Lincoln County Sheriff Office.  Testifies in support of the -3 amendments.  Comments that veterinarians in rural areas are generally not trained to treat exotic animals.

203

Nicole Paguett

Animal Protection Institute.  Testifies in support of HB 3046.  Submits prepared testimony in support of HB 3046 as amended with the -3 amendments (EXHIBIT I)

224

Robert Reder

Humane Society of the United States.  Testifies in support of the -3 amendments.  Comments on how easy it is to get exotic animals.

266

Damiana Merryweather

Oregon Humane Society.  Testifies in support of HB 3046 as amended by the -3 amendments. 

300

Bob Tenney

West Coast Game Park.  Testifies in opposition to HB 3046 and discusses how the measure would affect his business.

331

Mike Daly

Resident, Deschutes County.  Testifies in opposition to HB 3046.  Submits and reads prepared testimony in opposition to HB 3046 (EXHIBIT J).

376

Dave Hanson

Resident, Bend.  Discusses his experience raising snow leopards.  Talks about how zoos handle snow leopards.

TAPE 59, B

011

Rep. Hass

Comments on who would be exempt under HB 3046.

020

Hanson

States that the breeding facilities are better for animals than zoos are.

030

Dani Maron-Oliver

Member, American Society of Climatologists; President, Simian Society of America.  Testifies in opposition to HB 3046 and the amendments.

045

Chair P. Smith

Asks why she is opposed to HB 3046.

047

Maron-Oliver

Discusses why she is opposed to HB 3046.

055

Harry Oliver

Vietnam Veteran.  Comments on his relationship with his animals.  Discusses the protections they have for the monkeys. 

091

Buffy Brannon

Tiger Preservation Center of Oregon.  Submits prepared testimony in opposition to HB 3046 (EXHIBIT K).

100

Molly Schafer

Resident, Marion county.  Submits prepared testimony in opposition to HB 3046 (EXHIBIT L).

159

Bill Kluting

Testifies in support of HB 3046.  Talks about the problems exotic animals can cause when they carry pests that spread to other animals. 

196

Marcia Keith

Oregon Veterinary Medical Association.  Testifies in support of the -3 amendments and submits prepared testimony in support of HB 3046 (EXHIBIT M).

218

Lisa Hanson

Assistant Director, Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA).  Introduces Rodger Huffman, Administrator of the Animal Health and Identification program.  Gives background on the current law.

249

Randy Tucker

Legislative Affairs Manager, Metro.  Testifies in support of HB 3046.   

289

Kat Mills

Resident, Estacada.  Submits prepared testimony in opposition to      HB 3046 (EXHIBIT N).

370

Jeanne Hall

Exotic animal owner.  Submits prepared testimony regarding HB 3046 (EXHIBIT O).  States that the law should address abuse and illegal acts, and not punish the responsible owners. 

384

Rep. Hass

Responds to the concerns that were raised during the hearing. 

The following material is submitted for the record without public comment:

 

Rob Drake

Mayor, City of Beaverton.  Submits prepared testimony in support of HB 3046 (EXHIBIT P).

 

Melissa Sanders

Resident, Newberg.  Submits a letter in opposition to HB 3046 (EXHIBIT T).

 

Lynda James

Submits a letter in opposition to HB 3046 (EXHIBIT U).

 

Crystal Dacon

Submits a letter in opposition to HB 3046 (EXHIBIT V).

 

Tracy Painter

Submits a letter in opposition to HB 3046 (EXHIBIT W)

 

Paul Kollas

Resident, Hood River.  Submits a letter in support of HB 3046 (EXHIBIT X)

 

Robert Nevin

Resident, Ohio.  Submits a letter in opposition to HB 3046   (EXHIBIT Y).

 

Tim Stoffel

Resident, Reno, Nevada.  Submits a letter in opposition to HB 3046 (EXHIBIT Z)

 

Margie Heil

Submits a letter in opposition to HB 3046 (EXHIBIT AA).

 

Cynthia Taylor

Submits a letter in opposition to HB 3046 (EXHIBIT BB).

 

Judy Gotwalt

Resident, Christmas, Florida.  Submits a letter in opposition to          HB 3046 (EXHIBIT CC).

 

Steve Belknap

Submits a letter in opposition to HB 3046 (EXHIBIT DD)

 

Suzi Wolfe

Submits a letter in opposition to HB 3046 (EXHIBIT EE)

 

Robert Tenney

West Coast Game Park, INC.  Submits a letter in opposition to          HB 3046 (EXHIBIT FF)

 

Bonnie Vaughn

Resident, Troutdale.  Submits a letter in support of HB 3046 (EXHIBIT GG)

 

Dawn Panda

Resident, Myrtle Point.  Submits a letter in opposition to HB 3046 (EXHIBIT HH)

431

Chair P. Smith

Closes the work session on HB 3046 and adjourns the meeting at 11:10 a.m.

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

  1. A.           HB 2929, -1 amendments, staff, 1 p
  2. B.           HB 2929, -2 amendments, Rep. Burley, 1 p
  3. C.           HB 3125, prepared testimony, Ron Montgomery, 2 pp
  4. D.          HB 3125, prepared testimony, Christopher Wirth, 2 pp
  5. E.           HB 3125, prepared testimony, Bob Storer, 3 pp
  6. F.            HB 3046, prepared testimony, Jessie Clark-White, 45 pp
  7. G.          HB 3046, prepared testimony, Lesley Day, 10 pp
  8. H.          HB 3046, prepared testimony, Bonnie Ringo, 1 p
  9. I.             HB 3046, prepared testimony, Nicole Paguett, 6 pp
  10. J.            HB 3046, prepared testimony, Mike Daly, 2 pp
  11. K.          HB 3046, prepared testimony, Buffy Brannon, 1 p
  12. L.           HB 3046, prepared testimony, Molly Shafer, 2 pp
  13. M.        HB 3046, prepared testimony, Marcia Keith, 1 p
  14. N.          HB 3046, prepared testimony, Kat Mills, 2 pp
  15. O.          HB 3046, prepared testimony, Jenne Hall, 1 p
  16. P.            HB 3046, letter, Rob Drake, 1 p
  17. Q.          HB 3046, news article, Rep. Mark Hass, 2 pp
  18. R.          HB 3046, news article, Rep. Mark Hass, 1 p
  19. S.            HB 3046, news article, Rep. Mark Hass, 1 p
  20. T.           HB 3046, letter, Melissa Sanders, 6 pp
  21. U.           HB 3046, letter, Lynda James, 2 pp
  22. V.           HB 3046, letter, Crystal Dacon, 2 pp
  23. W.         HB 3046, letter, Tracy Painter, 1 p
  24. X.           HB 3046, letter, Paul Kollas, 1 p
  25. Y.           HB 3046, letter, Bob Nevin, 1 p
  26. Z.            HB 3046, letter, Tim Stoffel, 1 p
  27. AA.     HB 3046, letter, Margie Heil, 1 p
  28. BB.     HB 3046, letter, Cynthia Taylor, 1 p
  29. CC.     HB 3046, letter, Judy Gotwalt, 1 p
  30. DD.    HB 3046, letter, Steven Belknap, 1 p
  31. EE.      HB 3046, letter, Suzi Wolfe, 1 p
  32. FF.       HB 3046, letter, Robert Tenney, 1 p
  33. GG.    HB 3046, letter, Bonnie Vaughn, 1 p
  34. HH.    HB 3046, letter, Dawn Panda, 1 p
  35. II.          Introductions, LC Draft 3617, 13 pp
  36. JJ.        HB 3046, -3 amendments, Rep. Mark Hass, 4 pp