HOUSE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION

 

April 25, 2005 Hearing Room C

1:00 P.M. Tapes  54 - 55

Corrected 10/17/05

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:                  Patrick Brennan, Committee Administrator

Mike Reiley, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURES/ISSUES HEARD:

HB 3414 – Public Hearing

HB 3415 – Public Hearing

                                                HB 3197 – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                HB 2840 – 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 54, A

003

Chair Gilman

Calls the meeting to order at 1:04 p.m. Opens a public hearing on      HB 3414 and HB 3415.

HB 3414 & HB 3415 – PUBLIC HEARING

006

Patrick Brennan

Committee Administrator. Introduces HB 3414 and HB 3415.

014

Rep. Dave Hunt

House District 40. Submits and summarizes prepared testimony in support of HB 3414 and HB 3415 (EXHIBIT A).

045

Rep. Hunt

Discusses transportation project funding and projects of statewide significance (EXHIBIT A).

085

Sen. Bruce Starr

Senate District 15. Testifies in support of HB 3414 and HB 3415. Compliments the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) in working on implementation of the Oregon Transportation Investment Act (OTIA) III.

121

Sen. B. Starr

Discusses leveraging funds for transportation projects and identifying funding sources. Proposes that extra money be used for Oregon Innovative Partnerships Program.

152

Rep. Thatcher

Asks for a clarification of Sen. Starr’s proposed language changes.

157

Sen. B. Starr

Answers that the language would be crafted to ensure that projects were funded by the Oregon Innovative Partnerships Program.

175

Rep. Beyer

Asks if there are advantages to addressing the use of excess OTIA funding now rather than later.

182

Sen. B. Starr

Answers that addressing funding soon would provide support for local governments to fund projects.

204

Dick Jones

Chair, Land Use and Transportation Committee, North Clackamas County Chamber of Commerce. Submits and reads prepared testimony in support of HB 3414 (EXHIBIT B). Submits and reads prepared testimony in support of HB 3415 (EXHIBIT C).

265

James Bernard

Mayor, Milwaukie; Treasurer, North Clackamas County Chamber of Commerce. Submits and reads prepared testimony in support of        HB 3414 and HB 3145 (EXHIBIT D).

310

Kevin Davies

Clackamas County Economic Development Commission (EDC). Submits prepared testimony on behalf of Michael Wells in support of HB 3414 (EXHIBIT E) and prepared testimony in support of HB 3415 (EXHIBIT F).

275

Bill Kennemer

Clackamas County Commissioner. Submits and summarizes prepared testimony in support of HB 3414 (EXHIBIT G) and HB 3415 (EXHIBIT H).

TAPE 55, A

010

Rep. Hunt

Asks about the difference between allocating funding now or during the 2007 Legislative Session.

014

Kennemer

Answers that purchasing right-of-way while real estate costs are low will save money in the long run.

024

Cam Gilmour

Director, Department of Transportation and Development, Clackamas County. Explains transportation project funding and schedule.

040

Rep. Beyer

Expresses concern about acting before knowing how much money might be available.

044

Kennemer

Answers that investment in projects promotes investment and development. Asserts that the most important aspect of economic development is transportation.

062

Gilmour

Discusses transportation projects in the Portland area, including the Interstate 5/Highway 99 connector, the Newberg/Dundee bypass, and the Sunrise Corridor, that have been in development since 1987.

072

Dee Wescott

Mayor, City of Damascus. Submits and summarizes prepared testimony in support of HB 3414 and HB 3415 (EXHIBIT I).

095

Bob Russell

President, Oregon Trucking Association. Submits prepared information and testifies in regard to HB 3414 and HB 3415 (EXHIBIT J).

180

Rep. Hunt

Asks if there is an advantage to using the excess funds to pay down the bonds early.

185

Russell

Answers that there are many unmet needs and proposes that the discussions should be held once it is known how much money is available to address those needs.

200

Leslie Lewis

Yamhill County Commissioner. Submits and summarizes informational materials entitled “Newberg/Dundee Oregon Transportation Project” (EXHIBIT K) and testifies in support of HB 3414 and HB 3415.

326

Chair Gilman

Notes that the committee heard testimony regarding Rep. Donna Nelson’s bill (HB 2377) addressing the Newberg/Dundee bypass.

 

335

Bruce Warner

Director, ODOT. Submits and summarizes prepared testimony in support of HB 3414 (EXHIBIT L).

TAPE 54, B

010

Warner

Submits and summarizes prepared testimony in support of HB 3415 (EXHIBIT M).

034

Rep. Hunt

Asks if the list of projects of statewide significance will remain unchanged until some of the projects are completed.

040

Warner

Answers that other needs will be noted, but may not be specifically designated as projects of statewide significance.

050

Art Schlack

Association of Oregon Counties. Testifies in support of HB 3414 and HB 3415. Discusses federal reauthorization of funds.

101

John Ledger

Associated Oregon Industries (AOI). Testifies in support of HB 3414 and HB 3415. Explains the importance of transportation to economic growth. States that one of the best ways to improve air quality is to improve traffic flow.

132

Jessica Adamson

Associated General Contractors. Testifies in regard to HB 3414 and  HB 3415. Explains the increases in costs that are anticipated in the next several years. Supports using leftover funds for additional projects.

181

Chair Gilman

Closes the public hearing on HB 3414 and HB 3415. Opens a public hearing on HB 3197.

HB 3197 – PUBLIC HEARING

186

Patrick Brennan

Committee Administrator. Introduces HB 3197 and -1 amendments (EXHIBIT N).

197

Rep. Vicki Berger

House District 20. Testifies in support of HB 3197 and provides background on the measure.

227

Rep. Boone

Clarifies that the language is referring to emergency personnel.

230

Rep. Berger

Explains the intent of the language.

239

Rep. Boone

Asks if there will be an educational component for firefighters.

242

Rep. Berger

Answers that there is not much difference between HB 3197 and past practices.

265

Mary Jane Hunt

Executive Director, Oregon Donor Program. Submits and summarizes prepared testimony in support of HB 3197 and the -1 amendments (EXHIBIT O).

295

Michael Seely

Executive Director, Pacific Northwest Transplant Bank. Testifies in support of HB 3197 and the -1 amendments. Explains the provisions in HB 3197 that update the Anatomical Gift Act.

324

Rep. Burley

Asks for an explanation of the -1 amendments.

333

Hunt

Responds that the department can explain the -1 amendments.

349

Barbara Crow

Executive Director, Lions Eye Bank of Oregon. Testifies in support of HB 3197 and the -1 amendments. Explains the proposed language regarding emergency worker data collection.

360

Rep. Boone

Expresses hope that conversations about organ donation for injured people would be sensitive.

370

Crow

Stresses the protocol for addressing an accident and the process for collecting and distributing information.

385

Robin Freeman

Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). Submits and reads prepared testimony regarding HB 3197 and the -1 amendments (EXHIBIT P).

TAPE 55, B

025

Rep. Burley

Asks about language regarding charging a fee.

027

Freeman

Cites language in the amendments that addresses fees.

030

Rep. Burley

Asks about the issue of handling information and possible conflicting legislation.

037

Freeman

Explains that a similar bill that is before the Information Management and Technology Committee.

041

Rep. Burley

Requests confirmation that resale or re-disclosure of information would be prohibited.

044

Freeman

Answers yes.

049

Chair Gilman

Closes the public hearing and opens a work session on HB 3197.

HB 3197 – WORK SESSION

052

Rep. Hunt

Asks for a clarification of bill language.

056

Rep. Burley

Offers a clarification of the bill language.

074

Rep. Boone

Asks about the time factor for organ collection.

082

Crow

Answers that the time frame considerations are made circumstances permitting.

090

Rep. Thatcher

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT HB 3197-1 amendments dated 4/18/05.

 

 

VOTE:  7-0-0

 

Chair Gilman

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

 

094

Rep. Thatcher

MOTION:  Moves HB 3197 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  7-0-0

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

 

Chair Gilman

The motion CARRIES.

REP. BERGER will lead discussion on the floor.

100

Chair Gilman

Closes the work session on HB 3197. Opens a work session on         HB 2840.

HB 2840 – WORK SESSION

105

Patrick Brennan

Committee Administrator. Introduces HB 2840 and -2 amendments (EXHIBIT Q).

125

Rep. Burley

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT HB 2840-2 amendments dated 4/13/05.

 

 

VOTE:  7-0-0

 

Chair Gilman

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

 

 

130

Rep. Burley

MOTION:  Moves HB 2840 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

138

Rep. Thatcher

States her opposition to the bill.

 

 

VOTE:  7-0-0

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

 

Chair Gilman

The motion CARRIES.

REP. GILMAN will lead discussion on the floor.

 

151

Rep. Hunt

MOTION:  Requests unanimous consent that the rules be SUSPENDED to allow REP. THATCHER to CHANGE vote from AYE to NAY on the motion to move HB 2840 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  7-0-0

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

(final vote on HB 2840 is 6-1, with Rep. Thatcher voting NO)

 

Chair Gilman

The motion CARRIES.

168

Chair Gilman

Closes the work session on HB 2840. Adjourns the meeting at 2:40 p.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

  1. HB 3414 & HB 3415, prepared testimony, Rep. Dave Hunt, 2 pp
  2. HB 3414, prepared testimony, Dick Jones, 1 p
  3. HB 3415, prepared testimony, Dick Jones, 1 p
  4. HB 3414 & HB 3415, prepared testimony, James Bernard, 1 p
  5. HB 3414, prepared testimony, Kevin Davies, 2 pp
  6. HB 3415, prepared testimony, Kevin Davies, 3 pp
  7. HB 3414, prepared testimony, Bill Kennemer, 5 pp
  8. HB 3415, prepared testimony, Bill Kennemer, 7 pp
  9. HB 3414 & HB 3415, prepared testimony, Dee Wescott, 1 p
  10. HB 3414 & HB 3415, prepared information, Bob Russell, 3 pp
  11. HB 3414 & HB 3415, prepared information, Leslie Lewis, 4 pp
  12. HB 3414, prepared testimony, Bruce Warner, 5 pp
  13. HB 3415, prepared testimony, Bruce Warner, 5 pp
  14. HB 3197, -1 amendments, staff, 7 pp
  15. HB 3197, prepared testimony, Mary Jane Hunt, 1 p
  16. HB 3197, prepared testimony, Robin Freeman, 2 pp
  17. HB 2840, -2 amendments, staff, 3 pp