HOUSE COMMITTEE ON

AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES

 

June 03, 2005 Hearing Room C

10:30 A.M.          Tape  74

 

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:        

SB 844-A – 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 74, A

003

Chair P. Smith

Calls the meeting to order at 10:35 a.m. and opens a work session on SB 844A

SB 844-A – WORK SESSION

014

Sen. Ryan Deckert

Senate District 14.  Refers to the –A4 amendments (EXHIBIT A) and provides a written overview of the changes made by the amendments (EXHIBIT B).

027

Gordon Fultz

Association of Oregon Counties (AOC).  Comments on the changes that have been made.  Remarks that the amendments maintain a statewide offense to have a dog classified as a dangerous dog and that it is an offense to have a potentially dangerous dog.

040

Jack Munro

American Insurance Association.  Testifies in support of the –A4 amendments.

060

Rep. Burley

Inquires about the need for the potentially dangers dog category.  Asks if the registration portion is taken out of SB 844-A by the –A4 amendments.  Asks where in the bill is the section specifying whether 844-A supersedes local ordinances. 

072

Munro

Answers that the definition of dangerous dog supersedes local regulations and will be universal across the state.  Adds that with regard to potentially dangerous dog and other classifications, local ordinances can address that language.  Refers to ORS 609.015. Clarifies that potentially dangerous dog is another classification in the pubic nuisance category, and explains why it is included.

096

Rep. Burley

Expresses that he is not convinced of the need for the potentially dangerous category.

100

Phyllis Morris

Marion County Dog Control.  Explains the need for the potentially dangerous category.

121

Sen. Deckert

Adds that the group that worked on SB 844-A found a good balance on the language dealing with the potentially dangerous classification.

137

Rep. Boquist

Asks where in SB 844-A it allows the county to supersede the bill.

140

Fultz

Answers that the statue reference is not here, therefore it is intact.  Refers to ORS 609.015.

149

Rep. Roblan

MOTION:  Moves SB 844A to the floor WITHOUT RECOMMENDATION as to passage and BE REFERRED to the Committee on State and Federal Affairs.

154

Rep. Burley

Comments that he appreciates the work that has gone into the bill, and that despite concerns about the potentially dangerous portion of the bill he will support it.

161

Rep. Roblan

Remarks that he thinks the potentially dangerous category is important to help move closer to the dangerous dog category.

174

Rep. Hass

States that he will support SB 844-A

179

Rep. Beyer

Comments on the importance of SB 844-A.  Remarks that the potentially dangers aspect of the bill is important.

188

Chair P. Smith

States that she will support the bill. 

189

Sen. Deckert

Asks if the committee would consider adopting the –A4 amendments prior to referring the measure to the State and Federal Affairs Committee.

190

Chair P. Smith

Answers that the committee has not had time to read the amendments.

192

 

VOTE:  7-0-0

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

 

Chair P. Smith

The motion CARRIES.

201

Chair P. Smith

Closes the work session on SB 844-A and adjourns the meeting at 10:51 a.m.

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

  1. SB 844-A, -A4 amendments, staff, 11 pp
  2. SB 844-A, explanation of amendments, Sen. Ryan Deckert, 2 pp