HOUSE COMMITTEE ON

BUSINESS, LABOR, AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS

 

 

May 24, 2005 Hearing Room E

4:00 P.M. Tapes 141 – 142

Corrected 10/03/05

MEMBERS PRESENT:            Rep. Alan Brown, Chair

Rep. Sal Esquivel, Vice-Chair

Rep. Mike Schaufler, Vice-Chair

Rep. Paul Holvey

Rep. George Gilman

Rep. Derrick Kitts

Rep. Chip Shields

 

STAFF PRESENT:                  Janet Adkins, Committee Administrator

Caralyn Fischer, Committee Administrator

Kellie Whiting, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURES/ISSUES HEARD:        

                                                SB 13A – Work Session

                                                SB 15 – Work Session

                                                SB 17A – Work Session

                                                SB 1002A – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                SB 131 – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                SB 132A – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                SB 133A – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                SB 134 – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                SB 135A – 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 141, A

002

Chair Brown

Calls the meeting to order at 4:02 p.m. and opens a work session on SB 13A.

SB 13A - WORK SESSION

006

Cara Fischer

Committee Administrator.  Explains SB 13A. Refers to and explains the -A2 amendments (EXHIBIT A) and the -A3 amendments (EXHIBIT B)

027

Sen. David Nelson

Senate District 29.  States he has seen the –A2 and the –A3 amendments.  Testifies in support of –A2 amendments to SB 13A. 

036

Chair Brown

Opens a work session on SB 15 to be open concurrently with SB 13A.

SB 15 – WORK SESSION

039

Cara Fischer

Committee Administrator.  Explains SB 15 and the -1 amendment to SB 15 (EXHIBIT C)

056

Rep. Kitts

Provides clarification concerning the sunset date and the reporting clause within SB 13A and SB 15.  Clarifies the –A2 amendments (EXHIBIT A) and the –A3 amendments (EXHIBIT B) for SB 13A and the -1 amendments (EXHIBIT C) for SB 15.   

109

Fischer

Clarifies the -A2 amendment to SB 13A does not remove the emergency clause.

116

Sen. David Nelson

Submits and refers to the article regarding industrial properties (EXHIBIT D) and the letter from Marty Brantley (EXHIBIT E).  Refers to page three of SB 15 and notes on the reporting and over sight issues.  Urges the passage of SB 15 without amendments.

153

Rep. Kitts

Comments on the intent and creation of the -1 amendment    (EXHIBIT C)

171

Sen. Nelson

Comments on the communication with interested parties.

192

Rep. Esquivel

Expresses support of the -A2 amendments to SB 13A (EXHIBIT A).  

211

Rep. Kitts

Comments on the concept of the amendments.  

233

Rep. Brown

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 13A -2 amendments dated 5/19/05.

240

Rep. Kitts

Requests the adoption of amendments to SB 15 before the adoption of amendments to SB 13A.  

248

Chair Brown

Withdraws Motion. 

250

Rep. Kitts

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 15-1 amendments dated 5/19/05.

252

 

VOTE:  3-4-0

AYE:     3 - Gilman, Kitts, Schaufler

NAY:     4 - Esquivel, Holvey, Shields, Brown

 

Chair Brown

The motion FAILS.

280

Rep. Brown

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 13A-2 amendments dated 5/19/05.

282

Rep. Esquivel

VOTE:  7-0-0

AYE:     7 - Esquivel, Gilman, Holvey, Kitts, Schaufler, Shields, Brown

 

Chair Brown

The motion CARRIES.

297

Rep. Esquivel

MOTION:  Moves SB 13A to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

300

 

VOTE:  7-0-0

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

 

Chair Brown

The motion CARRIES.

REP. ESQUIVEL will lead discussion on the floor.

315

Rep. Esquivel

MOTION:  Moves SB 13A be placed on the CONSENT CALENDAR.

320

Rep. Kitts

Objects to the motion.

323

Rep. Brown

Appoints Rep. Esquivel to carry SB 13A. 

330

Rep. Holvey

MOTION:  Moves SB 15 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

333

 

VOTE:  7-0-0

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

 

Chair Brown

The motion CARRIES.

REP. GILMAN will lead discussion on the floor.

343

Chair Brown

Closes the work session on SB 15 and SB 13A and opens a work session on SB 17A.

SB 17A – WORK SESSION

348

Cara Fischer

Committee Administrator.  Explains SB 17A. 

371

Rep. Kitts

MOTION:  Moves SB 17A with a DO PASS recommendation and the SUBSEQUENT REFERRAL to the committee on Ways and Means BE RESCINDED and BE REFERRED to the committee on Budget.

375                                                      VOTE:  7-0-0

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

                      Chair Brown               The motion CARRIES.

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

                      Bill Penhollow               Association of Oregon Counties.  Submits prepared testimony in

                                                             support of SB 13A, SB 15 and SB 17A (EXHIBIT F)

 

Chair Brown

Closes the work session on SB 17A and opens the public hearing on SB 1002A.

SB 1002A – PUBLIC HEARING

408

Janet Adkins

Committee Administrator.  Explains SB 1002A.

422

Dana Baugher

Testifies in support of SB 1002A.  Explains her experience with contractors and contracts thereof. 

TAPE 142, A

002

Baugher

Explains that requirements for a written contract will enable homeowners to hold contractors responsible. 

048

Rep. Gilman

Comments on the arguments made in regards to the threshold contract value. 

059

Chair Brown

Closes the public hearing on SB 1002A and opens a work session on SB 1002A. 

SB 1002A – WORK SESSION

061

Rep. Shields

MOTION:  Moves SB 1002A to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

065

 

VOTE:  6-0-1

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

EXCUSED:  1 - Kitts

 

Chair Brown

The motion CARRIES.

070

Rep. Brown

MOTION:  Moves SB 1002A be placed on the CONSENT CALENDAR.

075

 

VOTE:  6-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 - Kitts

 

Chair Brown

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

076

Chair Brown

Closes the work session on SB 1002A and opens the public hearing on SB 131. 

SB 131 – PUBLIC HEARING

082

Cara Fischer

Committee Administrator.  Explains SB 131.

089

Christie Hammond

Administrator of Wage and Hour Division, Bureau of Labor and Industries.  Submits and refers to prepared testimony of Labor Commissioner Dan Gardner in support of SB 131 (EXHIBIT G).  States that the Farm Bureau also supports this legislation. 

130

Chair Brown

Closes the public hearing on SB 131 and opens a work session on SB 131. 

SB 131 – WORK SESSION

132

Rep. Esquivel 

MOTION:  Moves SB 131 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

135

 

VOTE:  6-0-1

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

EXCUSED:  1 - Kitts

 

Chair Brown

The motion CARRIES.

137

Rep. Esquivel 

MOTION:  Moves SB 131 be placed on the CONSENT CALENDAR.

139

 

VOTE:  6-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 - Kitts

 

Chair Brown

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

 

Chair Brown

Closes the work session on SB 131 and opens a public hearing on SB 132A.

SB 132A – PUBLIC HEARING

155

Cara Fischer

Committee Administrator.  Explains SB 132A. 

160

Christie Hammond

Bureau of Labor and Industries.  Submits and refers to prepared testimony of Dan Gardner in support of SB 132A (EXHIBIT H).  Requests the bill not be referred to the Judiciary Committee. Notes the Farm Bureau also supports SB 132A.

180

Chair Brown

Closes the public hearing on SB 132A and opens a work session on SB 132A.

SB 132A – WORK SESSION

181

Rep. Esquivel

MOTION:  Moves SB 132A with a DO PASS recommendation and BE REFERRED to the committee on Judiciary by prior reference.

185

 

VOTE:  7-0-0

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

 

Chair Brown

The motion CARRIES.

200

Chair Brown

Closes the work session on SB 132A and opens a public hearing on SB 133A.

SB 133A – PUBLIC HEARING

215

Cara Fischer

Committee Administrator.  Explains SB 133A. 

220

Christie Hammond

Bureau of Labor and Industries.  Submits and refers to prepared testimony of Dan Gardner (EXHIBIT I) in support of 133A.

233

Rep. Esquivel

Inquires about the threshold for damages recoverable from a person acting as a farm labor contractor. 

243

Hammond

Responds the amount is inline with the amount of civil penalties that the bureau has authority to assess.  Explains who can recover damages. 

244

Chair Brown

Closes the public hearing on SB 133A and opens a work session on SB 133A.

SB 133A – WORK SESSION

256

Rep. Kitts

MOTION:  Moves SB 133A WITHOUT RECOMMENDATION as to passage and BE REFERRED to the committee on Judiciary.

260

 

VOTE:  7-0-0

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

 

Chair Brown

The motion CARRIES.

281

Rep. Schaufler

MOTION:  Moves to SUSPEND the rules for the purpose of allowing Rep. Kitts to vote on SB 131 and SB 1002A.

287

Rep. Kitts

Votes AYE on SB 1002A and SB 131. 

290

Chair Brown

Closes the work session on SB 133A and opens a public hearing on SB 134.

SB 134 – PUBLIC HEARING

300

Cara Fischer

Committee Administrator.  Explains SB 134. 

310

Christie Hammond

Submits and refers to prepared testimony of Dan Gardner in support of SB 134 (EXHIBIT J)

346

Chair Brown

Closes the public hearing on SB 134 and opens a work session on SB 134. 

SB 134 – WORK SESSION

350

Rep. Kitts

MOTION:  Moves SB 134 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

354

 

VOTE:  7-0-0

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

 

Chair Brown

The motion CARRIES.

357

Rep. Schaufler

MOTION:  Moves SB 134 be placed on the CONSENT CALENDAR.

358

 

VOTE:  7-0-0

 

Chair Brown

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

 

Chair Brown

Closes the work session on SB 134 and opens a public hearing on SB 135A.

SB 135A – PUBLIC HEARING

360

Cara Fischer

Committee Administrator.   Explains SB 135A. 

370

Christie Hammond

Bureau of Labor and Industries.  Submits and refers to prepared testimony of Dan Gardner in support of SB 135A (EXHIBIT K).   States that the bill would require both farm and forest labor contractors to file certified true copies of their payroll records with the Bureau of Labor and Industries. Notes that the process is currently being done with forest labor contractors and they are attempting to make the regulations similar. 

430

Rep. Kitts

Inquires about the need for the process.

430

Hammond

Responds about the employment issues, protection of employees and the availability of the records. 

TAPE 141, B

001

Rep. Kitts

Inquires about the process of the verifying the records.

008

Hammond

Responds the payroll records are submitted after the work has been preformed and the records certifies the wages which were paid to the workers. 

012

Rep. Kitts

Expresses concern in regards to the need for the process.

020

Chair Brown

Inquires if the Farm Bureau testified to the bill.

022

Hammond

Responds she believes the Farm Bureau testified in neutral support. 

023

Rep. Gilman

Inquires about the definition of certified documentation. 

026

Hammond

Responds about the form the Bureau uses which includes the names of workers, their addresses, total number of hours worked, gross earnings and deductions made.  Notes it is basic payroll information that most employers use. 

032

Rep. Holvey

Comments on the intent of the bill and the difficulties employees can face in regards to making a complaint without proper documentation. Expresses support for the bill. 

048

Rep. Schaufler

Inquires about the required amount of time to keep records. 

050

Hammond

Responds about the wage and hour law requirements. 

056

Rep. Kitts

Comments on the issues previously addressed by Rep. Holvey.

068

Hammond

Responds about the laws for protection of employees and the authority given to the Bureau to enforce the laws.  Comments that the payroll records can be used in complaints against employers and can detect unlawful deductions made.  States that part of the problem is some employers do not issue pay stubs and the bill requires documentation.

091

Chair Brown

Closes the public hearing on SB 135A and opens a work session on SB 135A.

SB 135 – WORK SESSION

095

Rep. Schaufler

MOTION:  Moves SB 135A to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

098

 

VOTE:  6-1-0

AYE:     6 - Esquivel, Gilman, Holvey, Schaufler, Shields, Brown

NAY:     1 - Kitts

 

Chair Brown

The motion CARRIES.

REP. SCHAUFLER will lead discussion on the floor.

 

Chair Brown

Closes the work session on SB 135A and adjourns the meeting at 5:15 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

  1. SB 13, -A2 amendments, staff, 1 p
  2. SB 13, -A3 amendments, staff, 1 p
  3. SB 15, -1 amendments, staff, 1 p
  4. SB 15, article, Sen. David Nelson, 1 p
  5. SB 15, letter, Sen. David Nelson, 4 pp
  6. SB 13, SB 15, SB 17, prepared testimony, Bill Penhollow, 2 pp
  7. SB 131, prepared testimony of Dan Gardner, Christie Hammond, 2 pp
  8. SB 132, prepared testimony of Dan Gardner, Christie Hammond, 2 pp
  9. SB 133, prepared testimony of Dan Gardner, Christie Hammond, 2 pp
  10. SB 134, prepared testimony of Dan Gardner, Christie Hammond, 2 pp
  11. SB 135, prepared testimony of Dan Gardner, Christie Hammond, 1 p