HOUSE COMMITTEE ON GENERAL GOVERNMENT

 

 

March 10, 2005   Hearing Room B

8:30 A.M.  Tapes 24 - 25

 

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:            Rep. Vicki Berger, Chair

Rep. Peter Buckley, Vice-Chair

Rep. Mac Sumner, Vice-Chair

Rep. Kevin Cameron

Rep. Sal Esquivel

Rep. Larry Galizio

 

STAFF PRESENT:                  Caralyn Fischer, Committee Administrator

Linda K. Gatto, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURES/ISSUES HEARD:        

                                              HB 2674 – Public Hearing

                                              HB 2738 – 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 24, A

004

Chair Berger

Calls the meeting to order at 8:34 a.m. and opens the public hearing on HB 2674.

HB 2674 – PUBLIC HEARING

010

Caralyn Fisher

Committee Administrator. Reviews what HB 2674 does.

018

Roger Martin

Lobbyist for Confederate Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Introduces Malissa Minthorn. Testifies in support of HB 2674 stating that the library offers a number of programs for children and seniors.

040

Malissa Minthorn-Winks

Library & Archives Manager for Tamastslikt and member of the Umatilla Tribe. Submits prepared testimony in support of HB 2674 (EXHIBIT A).

120

Justin Martin

Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde. Submits testimony in support of HB 2674 (EXHIBIT B).

173

Chair Berger

Notes for the record that written testimony has been submitted from Minerva Soucie of the Burns Paiute Tribe (EXHIBIT C) and Christopher Tanner of the Coquille Indian Tribe (EXHIBIT D). Notes the fiscal impact statement from the State Library (EXHIBIT E). Invites Jim Scheppke and Nam Heim to comment.

185

Jim Scheppke

Director, State Library. Explains that the library board has not made a final declaration of support. States that the board has had conceptual discussions and this bill is an important step in bringing the tribal libraries into the library community. Explains the resource sharing programs of the state library.

251

Nam Heim

Oregon Library Association. States that the board meets in the morning and believes there is support.

266

Chair Berger

Closes the public hearing on HB 2674 and opens the public hearing on HB 2738.

HB 2738 – PUBLIC HEARING

275

Caralyn Fischer

Committee Administrator. Explains what HB 2738 does.

304

Mike Marsh

Deputy Director, Oregon Department of Transportation. Submits and reads prepared testimony in support of HB 2738 (EXHIBIT F) which summarizes the background and explains why HB 2738 is needed.

348

Chair Berger

Clarifies that this bill does not authorize new employees or make new managers in ODOT.

357

Rep. Galizio

Asks how many people are affected.

381

Marsh

Answers three people.

383

Rep. Witt

Asks why this had not been noticed before.

386

Marsh

Responds by explaining the background in the 1993 organizational discussions. Notes that the changes are needed for clarity.

409

Rep. Esquivel

Asks if there will be a fiscal impact.

414

Fischer

Responds that before the bill comes to work session the paperwork will be ready.

436

Rep. Buckley

Asks if salary changes are anticipated.

436

Marsh

Answers no and states there will not be a fiscal impact.

TAPE 25, A

010

Rep. Galizio

Asks if the three employees are currently included in collective bargaining.

011

Marsh

Answers affirmatively and clarifies that it is the same job description and almost the exact same salary.

012

Rep. Witt

Asks how a manager is in a collective bargaining unit.

019

Marsh

Explains that the administrator is not in a collective bargaining unit but the administrative support person is at this time. Clarifies further.

027

Rep. Cameron

Asks what the cut off is for those employed “at will” and those that are not.

038

Marsh

Explains that the limitations are from the 1993 statute.

046

Chair Berger

Asks what these employees do on the job that might relate to  bargaining units and information about personnel.

052

Marsh

Explains there are agency heads and division managers dealing with confidential activity. In unclassified service the employee has access to  confidential information and reports to the administrator or director who can remove the employee if confidentiality is breached.

070

Chair Berger

Asks for a description of “at will.”

071

Marsh

Explains that the agency head or division administrator can remove the person “at will” and the employee does not have the same civil service protections that a person in classified service would have.

077

Chair Berger

Asks how many ODOT employees would fit into this classification.

079

Marsh

Answers about 25 in unclassified service out of 4,600.

083

Chair Berger

Closes the public hearing on HB 2738 and adjourns the meeting at 9:08 a.m.

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

  1. HB 2674, prepared testimony, Roger Martin, 2 pp
  2. HB 2674, prepared testimony, Justin Martin, 1 p

      C.  HB 2674, prepared testimony, Minerva Soucie, 1 p

      D.  HB 2674, prepared testimony, Christopher Tanner, 2 pp

E. HB 2674, fiscal statement, Jim Scheppke, 1 p

F. HB 2738, prepared testimony, Mike Marsh, 2 pp