HOUSE COMMITTEE ON ELECTION AND RULES

 

 

May 10, 2005 Hearing Room E

1:00 P.M.           Tape 54

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:            Rep. Derrick Kitts, Chair

Rep. Paul Holvey, Vice-Chair

Rep. Kim Thatcher, Vice-Chair

Rep. Billy Dalto

Rep. Debi Farr

Rep. Mitch Greenlick

Rep. Steve March

 

STAFF PRESENT:                  Cletus Moore, Committee Administrator

Annetta Mullins, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURES/ISSUES HEARD:

HR 4 – Public Hearing and Work Session

HB 2348 – Public Hearing and Work Session

Approval of Drafting Request – 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 54, A

003

Chair Kitts

Calls the meeting to order at 1:03 p.m. and opens a public hearing on HR 4.

HR 4 – PUBLIC HEARING

 

Cletus Moore

Committee Administrator.  Reads summary of HR 4.

018

Chair Kitts

Comments that Paul Hanneman was a great man and good friend.

 

Rep. Greenlick

Comments that Hanneman was also a great fishing guide.

020

Chair Kitts

Closes the public hearing and opens a work session on HR 4.

HR 4 – WORK SESSION

 

Chair Kitts

Asks the committee to stand at ease momentarily.

 

Chair Kitts

Reconvenes the meeting.

029

Rep. Thatcher

MOTION:  Moves HR 4 be sent to the floor with a BE ADOPTED recommendation.

038

 

VOTE:  5-0-2

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

EXCUSED:  2 - Reps. Dalto, Farr

 

Chair Kitts

The motion CARRIES.

Speaker Minnis will lead discussion on the floor.

 

 

NOTE:  SEE TAPE 54 A AT 171  AND PAGE 3 OF THESE MINUTES.

047

Chair Kitts

Closes the work session on HR 4 and opens a public hearing on HB 2348.

HB 2348 – PUBLIC HEARING

 

Cletus Moore

Committee Administrator.  Reads summary of HB 2348.  Advises the committee that HB 2348 was sent to this committee without recommendation by the House Committee on General Government with a subsequent referral to Ways and Means.  Explains that the committee must rescind the subsequent referral to Ways and Means and refer the bill to the House Special Committee on Budget. 

060

Chair Kitts

Explains that he bill was sent to this committee at his and Rep. Lim’s request.  It is the companion bill to HJR 7.

055

Rep. John Lim

Testifies in support of HB 2348.  Explains that HB 2348 is a cleanup bill.  Explains that the lieutenant governor would be the next in line for governor in the event there is an emergency, death, or illness or if the governor leaves the state.  This bill would be effective when HJR 7 passes.  If the lieutenant governor leaves the position, for one year he cannot serve with a company that has a contract with the Economic Development Department.  The lieutenant governor would serve as the director of the International Trade Division of the Economic Development Department.  No tax dollars are involved.  We are not creating more government.  Hopefully with the position of lieutenant governor we will be able to create more jobs and more trade in Oregon. 

094

Rep. Holvey

Comments that the committee passed out HJR 7, and that the fiscal impact statement on HB 2348 has not been issued.  Asks if Rep. Lim has any idea what the cost will be to the state.

 

Rep. Lim

Responds that the salary of the director of the International Trade Division, which is currently vacant, should be around $70,000 a year  and according to the bill the lieutenant governor’s salary should be $72,000,  the same as the State Treasurer.

 

Rep. Holvey

Asks if there will be additional staff.

 

Rep. Lim

Responds additional staff is not required but thinks the lieutenant governor might be able to utilize the staff already in the International Trade Division.

120

Rep. March

Asks if HJR 7 provided that the lieutenant governor becomes governor if the seated governor is incapacitated.   

 

Rep. Lim

Responds affirmatively.  Points out the line of succession to the governor. 

 

Chair Kitts

Closes the pubic hearing and opens a work session on HB 2348.

HB 2348 – WORK SESSION

150

Rep. Dalto

MOTION:  Moves HB 2348 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation and the SUBSEQUENT REFERRAL to the committee on Ways and Means BE RESCINDED and BE REFERRED to the House Special Committee on Budget.

159

 

VOTE:  7-0-0

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

 

Chair Kitts

The motion CARRIES.

164

Chair Kitts

Closes the work session on HB 2348.

HR 4 – WORK SESSION

165

Rep. Thatcher

MOTION:  Moves to SUSPEND the rules for the purpose of allowing Reps. Dalto and Farr to vote on the motion that HR 4 be sent to the floor with a BE ADOPTED recommendation.

168

 

VOTE:  7-0-0

 

Chair Kitts

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

 

 

REPS. DALTO AND FARR VOTE AYE.

171

 

VOTE:  7-0-0

 

Chair Kitts

The motion CARRIES.

174

Chair Kitts

Opens a work session for the purpose of approval of a drafting request and bill introduction.

APPROVAL OF DRAFTING REQUEST

176

Rep. Thatcher

MOTION:  Moves that the committee request Speaker Minnis to give permission to the committee to requests Legislative Counsel draft a bill relating to beer barrel tax and to introduce the draft as a committee measure (EXHIBIT A).

 

Rep Greenlick

Asks if the measure would be increasing or decreasing the tax.

181

Cletus Moore

Committee Administrator.  Refers committee to the explanation and reviews the explanation printed on the back of the letter (EXHIBIT A).

190

Chair Kitts

Comments he does not expect the relating to clause saying related to beer tax.

 

Rep. March

Asks if the tax per barrel would be lowered or if this is just relieving them of the bond.

196

Chair Kitts

Explains it would relieve them of the higher bond obligation because they may never meet the threshold anyway. 

201

 

VOTE:  7-0-0

 

Chair Kitts

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

203

Chair Kitts

Closes the work session on approval of drafting requests and advises members that amendments are being drafted to HB 3238 and the committee will not hear it today. 

190

Chair Kitts

Adjourns meeting at 1:18 p.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

  1. Drafting Request, letter from Speaker Minnis, 2 pp