HOUSE COMMITTEE ON GENERAL GOVERNMENT

 

May 05, 2005 Hearing Room B

8:30 A.M. Tapes  47 - 48

 

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 Fischer, Committee Administrator

Jania Zeeb, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURES/ISSUES HEARD:        

HJM 36 – Public Hearing and possible Work Session

HB 2157 – Work Session

HB 2917 – Public Hearing

HB 3301 A –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 47, A

002

Chair Berger

Calls the meeting to order at 8:39 a.m. and opens a public hearing on HJM 36.

HJM 36 – PUBLIC HEARING

008

Cara Fischer

Committee Administrator.  Summarizes HJM 36.

020

Rep. Brad Witt

House District 31.  Testifies in support of HJM 36.  Discusses the federal funds that Oregon is at risk of losing and the importance of those funds.  Comments on the importance of remaining competitive in a global economy.

058

Cam Preus-Braly

Commissioner, Oregon Community Colleges.  Testifies in support of HJM 36 and discusses the necessity of the federal funding. 

100

Julie Suchanek

Community College Association.  Testifies in support of HJM 36.  Submits prepared testimony in support of HJM 36 (EXHIBIT A) and submits a letter from Fredrick Smith, the President of Klamath Community College in support of HJM 36 (EXHIBIT B).

124

Chair Berger

Asks if the trend in this area has been for federal funding to drop or hold steady.

128

Pueus-Braly

Answers that the worse the economy of the state, the more money you receive, but in the last four years Oregon has lost six percent of its federal workforce dollars.

130

Chair Berger

States that the worse the economy is, the more federal funding the state gets, yet Oregon is not maintaining a level of funding.

131

Pueus-Braly

Concurs.

133

Rep. Buckley

Asks if any of the members of the congressional delegation from Oregon have expressed opinions on this matter.

137

Pueus-Braly

Responds that Representative Woo and Representative Walden voted for the restitution of vocational education.

144

Rep. Cameron

Asks for an example of the programs these funds go to.

147

Pueus-Braly

Lists examples of programs these funds go toward.

174

Rep. Cameron

Inquires how many nurses are trained in Oregon currently, and if we did not get this type of funding what it would do to the number of nurses Oregon is currently training.

 

Pueus-Braly

Responds that she does not know, but would like to bring that information back to the committee. 

185

Rep. Galizio

Comments that the legislature has direct power over the community college budget.  Asks if that is an accurate statement.  Inquires how that might impact the purpose of HJM 36.

193

Suchanek

Answers that Rep. Galizio is correct.  Comments on the current budget situation and how it is affecting community colleges.

210

Chair Berger

Closes the public hearing on HJM 36 and opens a work session on HJM 36.

HJM 36 – WORK SESSION

217

Rep. Witt

MOTION:  Moves HJM 36 be sent to the floor with a BE ADOPTED recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  7-0-0

 

Chair Berger

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

REP. WITT will lead discussion on the floor.

228

Chair Berger

Closes the work session on HJM 36 and opens a work session on HB 2157.

HB 2157 – WORK SESSION

243

Rep. Galizio

Comments on the ongoing debate regarding HB 2157 and talks about the process. 

277

Rep. Galizio

Discusses the changes that were made in the -2 amendments to HB 2157 (EXHIBIT C).

343

Rep. Galizio

Talks about the contested case aspect of HB 2157.

358

Rep. Cameron

Discusses the issues that are going to demand further study in the future.

397

Rep. Cameron

Talks about the issue of how to make the process easier for people to get fingerprinted.

TAPE 48, A

020

Tricia Whitfield

Identification Services Section, Oregon State Police.  Begins explaining the -2 amendments. 

096

Whitfield

Continues discussing the -2 amendments.

139

Rep. Cameron

Comments that whenever we hire anyone we make judgment calls.  Gives an example.  Comments on the conversations with the Department of Human Services (DHS).

163

Rep. Buckley

States that he is reassured that there is a nexus between a persons, past record and the job for which they are being considered. 

168

Whitfield

Continues discussing the -2 amendments (EXHIBIT C, Page 14).

221

Chair Berger

Asks if the state fire marshal has always retained the fingerprinting cards for explosive permits.

222

Whitfield

Concurs

225

Chair Berger

Inquires if the fingerprinting cards are kept by the Oregon State Police and if this is specific to this fire marshal function of explosive permits.

227

Whitfield

Concurs

231

Whitfield

Continues walking through the -2 amendments (EXHIBIT C, Page 19).

291

Whitfield

Discusses how this affects individual agencies.

347

Whitfield

Talks about how this affects Tri-met and the homeland security needs it has to meet that are affected by HB 2157.

392

Whitfield

Talks about the partnership of DHS and the board of nursing to communicate findings from fingerprinting.

421

Chair Berger

Asks why HB 2157 was amended to exclude the lottery from the bill.

TAPE 47, B

011

Cheryl Warren

Human Resources Manager, Oregon Lottery.  Discusses why the lottery asked to be excluded from HB 2157.

024

Chair Berger

Asks if the lottery’s process is more rigorous than what is described in HB 2157.

029

Warren

Responds that to some extent it is.

035

Rep. Cameron

Inquires if Ms. Warren can describe the procedures the lottery goes through in fingerprinting.

043

Warren

Describes the process the lottery uses in regard to fingerprinting employees.

050

Rep. Cameron

Inquires what happens to the fingerprint cards at the lottery.

051

Warren

Responds that they are kept in the security section on file.

052

Cameron

Asks what the purpose is for keeping them on file.

053

Warren

Answers that they are re-processed every year.

056

Rep. Sumner

Refers to page 37 line 2 through 6 and page 2 line 16 through 21 of the -2 amendments (EXHIBIT C).  Asks if there is a reason for a duplication.

059

Whitfield

Explains why the duplication is necessary.

069

Rep. Sumner

Comments on the references to fingerprinting volunteers.  Inquires if we are legally able to include volunteers in the same class as state employees.

074

Whitfield

Responds that there are currently volunteers that are being fingerprinted for specific positions. 

081

Rep. Galizio

Asks what it means that the lottery keeps the fingerprints for reprocessing.

086

Warren

Responds that they do a re-check on an annual basis of those that are qualified to work at the lottery or people the lottery does business with, to ensure there have been no violations that would exclude them from doing business with the lottery.  Comments that this is more user friendly for those who are subject to the background check because they do not have to be fingerprinted every year.

096

Chair Berger

Refers to letter submitted for the record by Ms. Chamberlain and discusses how this will affect what the committee will do with HB 2157.

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

 

Vickie Chamberlain

Executive Director, Teacher Standards and Practices Commission.  Submits a letter which discusses problems with the language of the -2 amendments (EXHIBIT D).

115

Chair Berger

Closes the work session on HB 2157 and opens a public hearing on HB 2917.

HB 2917 – PUBLIC HEARING

120

Cara Fischer

Committee Administrator.  Summarizes HB 2917.

131

Inga Deckart

Discusses the -1 amendments (EXHIBIT F), and the -2 amendments to HB 2917 (EXHIBIT G)

190

Chair Berger

Closes the public hearing on HB 2917 and opens a work session on HB 3301.

HB 3301A – WORK SESSION

212

Rep. Buckley

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT HB 3301A-2 amendments    (EXHIBIT E) dated 5/2/05.

 

 

VOTE:  5-0-2

EXCUSED:  2 - Cameron, Esquivel

 

Chair Berger

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

218

Rep. Buckley

MOTION:  Moves HB 3301 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  5-0-2

EXCUSED:  2 - Cameron, Esquivel

 

Chair Berger

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

REP. FARR will lead discussion on the floor.

229

Chair Berger

Closes the work session on HB 3301 and adjourns the meeting at 9:52 a.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

  1. HJM 36, prepared testimony, Julie Suchanek, 1 p
  2. HJM 36, letter, Julie Suchanek, 1 p
  3. HB 2157, -2 amendments, staff, 44 pp
  4. HB 2157, letter, Vickie Chamberlain, 2 pp

EXHIBIT SUMMARY (Cont’d)

HB 3301A, -A2 amendments, staff, 4 pp

  1. HB 2917, -1 amendments, staff
  2. HB 2917, -2 amendments, staff