HOUSE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION

 

 

February 02, 2005   Hearing Room C

1:00 P.M. Tapes  10 - 11

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:            Rep. George Gilman, Chair

Rep. Terry Beyer, Vice-Chair

Rep. Chuck Burley, Vice-Chair

Rep. Deborah Boone

Rep. Scott Bruun

Rep. Dave Hunt

Rep. Kim Thatcher

 

STAFF PRESENT:                  John Houser, Committee Administrator

Mike Reiley, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURES/ISSUES HEARD:        

                                                HB 2067 – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                HB 2068 – Public Hearing

OTIA I, II, and III Update – Informational Meeting

 

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 10, A

002

Chair Gilman

Calls the meeting to order at 1:02 p.m. Opens a public hearing on

HB 2067.

HB 2067 – PUBLIC HEARING

005

John Houser

Committee Administrator. Introduces HB 2067.

025

Charlie Riordan

Acting Director, Oregon Department of Aviation. Submits and summarizes prepared testimony in support of HB 2067 (EXHIBIT A). Testifies that staggering the terms of State Aviation Board members will allow greater continuity.

040

Rep. Hunt

Clarifies that the size of the board will not change.

042

Riordan

Answers that the board will stay at seven members.

044

Chair Gilman

Asks what the mechanism will be for appointing board members and the nature of their terms upon implementation of HB 2067.

046

Riordan

Explains the process for appointing members to the board and how HB 2067 would affect implementation.

054

Chair Gilman

Closes the public hearing on HB 2067 and opens a work session on

HB 2067.

HB 2067 – WORK SESSION

060

Rep. Burley

MOTION:  Moves HB 2067 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  7-0-0

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

 

Chair Gilman

The motion CARRIES.

REP. THATCHER will lead discussion on the floor.

080

Chair Gilman

Closes the work session on HB 2067. Opens a public hearing on

HB 2068.

HB 2068 – PUBLIC HEARING

085

Charlie Riordan

Acting Director, Oregon Department of Aviation (ODA). Submits and summarizes prepared testimony in support of HB 2068 (EXHIBIT B). Testifies that HB 2068 will modernize the language in statute to streamline the state aircraft registration process.

100

Chair Gilman

Asks for an explanation of -1 amendment (EXHIBIT C).

103

Riordan

Explains the -1 amendment and the removal of civil penalty provisions.

130

Rep. Burley

Asks if the federal government license is a certificate of airworthiness.

135

Riordan

Answers yes and explains that an air worthiness certification is issued for each aircraft.

139

Chair Gilman

Notes that the committee will wait to take action on the bill.

143

Rep. Hunt

Asks if ODA has consulted with the Office of Regulatory Streamlining (ORS).

150

Riordan

Answers that the current staff at ODA has not consulted with them.

160

Rep. Thatcher

Asks if there would be other categories for registration for aircraft that are capable of flight, but are not generally flown.

168

Riordan

Explains the different categories of registration necessary for various uses of aircraft.

181

Rep. Thatcher

Asks if the language would be clearer using “airworthy” as opposed to “capable of flight.”

185

Riordan

Answers that the language could be addressed to make it more appropriate.

188

Rep. Thatcher

Asks how the collected pilot registration and aircraft registration fees are used.

191

Jennifer Kellar

Fiscal Manager, ODA. Explains that the pilot registration fees are dedicated to search and rescue efforts and the aircraft registration fees are dedicated for operations within ODA.

208

Rep. Thatcher

Asks how the fees are designated for department operations.

212

Kellar

Answers that the fees are for the department operations, not the operation of airports.

215

Rep. Burley

Asks if aircraft not deemed airworthy need to be registered.

218

Riordan

Answers that an aircraft that is not in a condition to fly would not have a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airworthiness certificate.

221

Rep. Burley

Clarifies that an aircraft that does not have an airworthiness certificate does not need to be registered.

224

Riordan

Answers that when an aircraft is not airworthy, it does not need to be registered because it cannot be flown.

228

Chair Gilman

Closes the public hearing on HB 2068. Opens an informational meeting on the OTIA I, II, and III update.

OTIA I, II, AND III UPDATE – INFORMATIONAL MEETING

235

Bruce Warner

Director, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). Introduces Doug Tindall and Paul Mather. Submits and summarizes a prepared overview of the implementation of Oregon Transportation Investment Act (OTIA) (EXHIBIT D). Testifies that OTIA is “on track” regarding the original vision.

376

Rep. Burley

Asks if the OTIA project money is collectively bonded.

386

Warner

Explains that most of the revenue is bonded and explains further funding mechanisms.

405

Rep. Burley

Clarifies funding and debt service on the bonds.

410

Warner

Concurs with Rep. Burley’s analysis.

415

Chair Gilman

Asks how much money from OTIA III will go to local counties and cities.

420

Warner

Refers to his prepared testimony (EXHIBIT D, Page 2) explaining money allocations.

430

Rep. Beyer

Asks if cities and counties’ maintenance money is included under OTIA III.

438

Warner

Answers that it not part of the bonded revenues and goes directly to the cities and counties.

TAPE 11, A

020

Rep. Beyer

Asks who oversees the work of the bridge delivery group.

025

Warner

Explains the management of the $1.3 billion bridge replacement and repair program.

034

Doug Tindall

Deputy Director, Highway Division, ODOT. Submits and summarizes prepared testimony on the implementation of OTIA (EXHIBIT E). Explains that ODOT contracts the construction work to private contractors and does the design, environmental, and right-of-way work internally.

230

Paul Mather

Region 3 Manager, ODOT. Submits and summarizes prepared testimony including the “Update on Oregon State University Bridge Study” and a PowerPoint presentation (EXHIBIT F). Summarizes the PowerPoint presentation.

TAPE 10, B

047

Rep. Thatcher

Asks what will happen from the savings from bridge work that does not need to be done or has been downgraded.

055

Mather

Explains that there were originally $4.7 billion of bridge problems identified and there are other bridges and transportation needs that have not yet been addressed. Argues that it is premature to identify any savings as many construction programs are in the early stages.

074

Rep. Boone

Commends the work of ODOT. Asks for an explanation of the status of ODOT projects in Seaside and Tillamook.

095

Warner

Explains that he recently met with representatives from Seaside and explains the court decisions and the upcoming May ballot measure that will affect the construction project.

120

Rep. Boone

Asks how the Tillamook project would be affected.

124

Warner

Explains the potential for other projects in the area.

130

Rep. Hunt

Commends the work of ODOT. Asks if there are any decisions that would commit savings from projects that do not go forth to other projects.

142

Warner

Explains that there will be ongoing discussions as to how to use any money dedicated for projects.

158

John Houser

Committee Administrator. Asks how much of the $1.3 billion managed by the private contractor goes to management fees.

163

Tindall

Estimates that it is approximately $70-80 million.

171

Rep. Hunt

Asks about the shift from public to private consulting and if there are performance measures to determine if there should be more or less private contracting.

183

Warner

Explains that ODOT has performance measures for what administration costs for construction projects should be. Discusses economies of scale.

202

Rep. Burley

Asks how many bridges are due for repair and the costs of the repairs.

205

Mather

Explains the list of bridges for repair and the associated costs.

218

Warner

Submits and summarizes a list of Projects of Statewide Significance (EXHIBIT G).

275

Rep. Hunt

Asks for the total projected cost for each project and how much funding has been identified and allocated. Asks if ODOT will bring any funding requests during the 2005 legislative session.

290

Warner

Answers that ConnectOregon is the governor’s transportation plan and it may be used to fund some of the listed projects.

300

Chair Gilman

Closes the informational meeting. Adjourns the meeting at 2:17 p.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

  1. HB 2067, prepared testimony, Charlie Riordan, 1 p
  2. HB 2068, prepared testimony, Charlie Riordan, 2 pp
  3. HB 2068, -1 amendment, staff, 1 p
  4. OTIA Update, Implementation of OTIA testimony, Bruce Warner, 5 pp
  5. OTIA Update, Implementation of OTIA testimony, Doug Tindall, 31 pp
  6. OTIA Update, OSU Bridge Study Update, Paul Mather, 10 pp
  7. OTIA Update, Projects of Statewide Significance, Bruce Warner, 1 p