HOUSE COMMITTEE ON GENERAL GOVERNMENT

 

April 7, 2005 Hearing Room B

8:30 A.M. Tapes  38 - 39

 

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

 

MEMBER EXCUSED:            Rep. Brad Witt

 

STAFF PRESENT:                  Caralyn Fischer, Committee Administrator

Jania Zeeb, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURES/ISSUES HEARD:        

HB 3335 – Public Hearing

SJM 6 – Public Hearing and Work Session

HB 2911 – Public Hearing

HB 2649 – 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 38, A

003

Chair Berger

Calls the meeting to order at 8:37 a.m. and opens the public hearing on HB 3335.

HB 3335 – PUBLIC HEARING

011

Chair Berger

Closes the public hearing on HB 3335 and opens a public hearing on SJM 6.

SJM 6 – PUBLIC HEARING

014

Cara Fischer

Committee Administrator.  Summarizes SJM 6. 

038

Chair Berger

Closes the public hearing on SJM 6 and opens a work session on SJM 6.

SJM 6- WORK SESSION

043

Rep. Sumner

MOTION:  Moves SJM 6 be sent to the floor with a BE ADOPTED recommendation.

046

 

VOTE:  6-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 - Witt

 

Chair Berger

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

REP. BUCKLEY will lead discussion on the floor.

056

Michael Mason

Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon.  Submits and presents written testimony from Louis Pitt, Jr. in support of SJM 6 (EXHIBIT A).  Testifies in support of SJM 6.

096

Chair Berger

Closes the work session on SJM 6 and opens a public hearing on             HB 2911.

HB 2911 – PUBLIC HEARING

113

Cara Fischer

Committee Administrator.  Summarizes HB 2911.

120

Phil Hopkins

Audit Manager, Secretary of State Audits Division.  Submits informational material regarding HB 2911 (EXHIBIT B).  Discusses the questions he has regarding the bill.  Asks what the intent is behind the phrase “non concurrent transactions.”

160

Rep. Esquivel

Responds that the intent is what Mr. Hopkins outlined when asking the question, states that you cannot be specific because it could be an anomaly.

169

Hopkins

Discusses the different classifications in the departments standards.  Gives an example of an organization not wanting an audit.  Discusses the use of judgment in the area of audits.

219

Chair Berger

States that she thinks the intent is clear but the issue is how to describe the intent in statute. 

226

Rep. Esquivel

States that the key is the intent and the fact that this cannot be done more than two years.

241

Chair Berger

Comments that there is a wording dilemma, that is solvable. 

248

Hopkins

Responds by commenting on how an auditor views this language.

252

Chair Berger

States that these are small entities, and HB 2911 is trying to serve the public’s need for audits while also not auditing too much in too many places.

270

Hasina Squires

Special Districts Association of Oregon.  Testifies in support on HB 2911. 

296

Parry Ankersen

Pauly, Rogers and Co.  Submits prepared testimony regarding HB 2911 (EXHIBIT C).  Discusses the issues that he has with HB 2911. 

365

Rep. Esquivel

Comments that there are other changes that need to be made regarding language.

400

Chair Berger

Discusses changes that need to be made to HB 2911.  Decides to form a work group and lists people that will be on a work group on HB 2911.

434

Chair Berger

Closes the public hearing on HB 2911 and opens a work session on HB 2649.

HB 2649 – WORK SESSION

442

Cara Fischer

Committee Administrator.  Summarizes HB 2649 and the -2 amendments (EXHIBIT C)

TAPE 39, A

044

Rep. Galizio

Asks how the community newspaper people feel about HB 2649.

046

Chair Berger

Answers that they have been alerted to the amendments, and their testimony is on record.

053

Rep. Esquivel

Comments that this is going to save millions of dollars per year. 

059

Rep. Barnhart

House District 11.  Discusses the -2 amendments (EXHIBIT D)

078

Rep. Sumner

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT HB 2649-2 amendments dated 4/4/05.

080

 

VOTE:  6-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 - Witt

 

Chair Berger

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

082

Rep. Sumner

MOTION:  Moves HB 2649 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

085

 

VOTE:  6-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 - Witt

 

Chair Berger

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

REP. ESQUIVEL AND REP. BARNHART will lead discussion on the floor.

096

Chair Berger

Closes the work session on HB 2649 and adjourns the meeting at 9:13 a.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

  1. SJM 6, prepared testimony of Louis Pitt, Jr., Michael Mason, 2 pp
  2. HB 2911, informational material, Phil Hopkins, 2 pp
  3. HB 2911, prepared testimony, Parry Ankerson, 1 p
  4. HB 2649, -2 amendments, staff, 2 pp