HOUSE COMMITTEE ON GENERAL GOVERNMENT

 

March 22, 2005   Hearing Room B

8:30 A.M. Tapes  27 - 28

 

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

Rep. Brad Witt

 

STAFF PRESENT:                  Caralyn Fisher, Committee Administrator

Jania Zeeb, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURES/ISSUES HEARD:        

                                                HB 2348 – Public Hearing

                                                HJR 16 – 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 27, A

003

Chair Berger

Calls the meeting to order at 8:38 a.m. and opens a public hearing on HB 2348.

HB 2348 – PUBLIC HEARING

009

Cara Fischer

Committee Administrator.  Summarizes HB 2348.

025

Rep. Lim

House District 50.  Explains that HB 2348 will only go into effect if HJR 7 is passed.  Comments that most other states have a lieutenant governor position.

050

Rep. Lim

Discusses why Oregon needs a lieutenant governor.

084

Rep. Lim

Discusses the importance of personal relationship with people from other countries, particularly Asian countries

095

Rep. Lim

States that as a result of HB 2348, the lieutenant governor would be in charge of the international trade division.

121

Rep. Lim

Explains the lieutenant governor’s job description.

131

Rep. Esquivel

Inquires if the salary for this position would come out of Economic Development Department.

134

Rep. Lim

Concurs and explains why the salary would come from there. 

142

Rep. Buckley

Inquires if there would be negative consequences of having an elected person in charge of international trade. 

151

Rep. Lim

Responds that this would enhance our status in international trade and that having a lieutenant governor would create more trade and as a result more jobs.

168

Rep. Galizio

Expresses concern about the lieutenant governor having ambition and a desire to become the governor.  Inquires what the relationship would be between the lieutenant governor and the Legislative Assembly.

180

Rep. Lim

States that the lieutenant governor would have nothing to do with the legislative assembly.  Mentions that lieutenant governor does not have to run by the same party ticket as the governor, rather that person would run as an independent. 

228

Chair Berger

Comments on the treatment of dignitaries in Asian cultures.  Inquires if there is a way to achieve this goal by having the governor appoint a Deputy of International Trade. 

260

Rep. Lim

Comments on the importance of treating the people from Asia respectfully and in the Asian mind elected officials are highly respected.  States that the governor could appoint someone but that person would not be second in command and the lieutenant governor would be second in command. 

300

Rep. Esquivel

Talks about the trade missions that he has taken to Japan and Korea.

316

Rep. Lim

Gives information about a trade mission to Japan, Korea, Taiwan and China, and invites the members to join the delegation.

358

Chair Berger

Closes the public hearing on HB 2348 and opens a public hearing on HJR 16.

HJR 16 – PUBLIC HEARING

380

Rep. Lim

House District 50.  Summarizes HJR 16.  Comments on the impact of Asian immigrants in Oregon and gives a history of the treatment of Asian immigrants. 

TAPE 28, A

014

Rep. Lim

Comments on the challenge of being an immigrant from an Asian country.  Urges the committee to support HJR 16.

022

Carol Suzuki

Oregon Commission on Asian Affairs.  Testifies in support of HJR 16.  Gives information on the importance of the Lunar New Year in Asian cultures.  Talks about the ways different Asian cultures celebrate the Lunar New Year.

050

Suzuki

Comments on the importance of family in the Lunar New Year.

054

Chair Berger

Questions if this is the appropriate day to honor so many cultures.

063

Suzuki

Responds that the United States has adopted a number of days from other cultures and she thinks the Lunar New Year would be an appropriate day to honor Asian Americans in general. 

077

Rep. Lim

Responds that Asians are from many different countries with different languages.  Comments that this could bring them together for one day a year.   

106

Rep. Sumner

Inquires if there is religious significance or factor in the Lunar New Year.

111

Suzuki

Responds that there is not any particular religion tied to the Lunar New Year.  Gives an example from Japan.

117

Rep. Lim

Responds that in Korea there is no religion involved in the Lunar New Year. 

129

Rep. Sumner

Draws a comparison to the American Thanksgiving.

132

Suzuki

Talks about the proclamations that Governor Kitzhaber and Governor Kulongioski have issued recognizing the Lunar New Year.

140

Chair Berger

Inquires if this concept has been introduces in previous sessions.

142

Rep. Lim

Responds that this is the first time this has been introduced. 

147

Chair Berger

Closes the public hearing on HJR 16.

153

Cara Fischer

Committee Administrator.  Gives information to the committee regarding the out of building meeting.

191

Chair Berger

Adjourns the meeting at 9:21 a.m.

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

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