HOUSE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION

 

 

May 25, 2005 Hearing Room C

1:00 P.M. Tapes  74 - 75

 

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:

Road User Fee Pilot Program Update – Informational Meeting

                                                SB 481-A – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                SB 997-A – Public Hearing and 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 74, A

003

Chair Gilman

Calls the meeting to order at 1:05 p.m. Opens an informational meeting on the Road User Fee Pilot Program.

ROAD USER FEE PILOT PROGRAM UPDATE – INFORMATIONAL MEETING

007

James Whitty

Manager, Office of Innovative Partnerships and Alternative Funding, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). Submits and summarizes prepared testimony and information regarding the status of the Road User Fee Pilot Program (EXHIBIT A).

038

Rep. Burley

Asks about the one-way flow of information from an onboard device to a global positioning system (GPS) satellite.

051

David Kim

Associate Professor, Oregon State University (OSU). Explains the GPS satellites and how they communicate with the onboard device.

066

Whitty

Describes the pilot project in the Puget Sound area.

070

Kim

Clarifies further the one-way communication and the Puget Sound pilot program.

089

Rep. Burley

Asks if the pilot program allows for congestion pricing.

093

Kim

Answers yes and explains the difference between the Puget Sound pilot program and the Oregon pilot program.

104

Rep. Hunt

Asks about concerns that have been raised about the project.

 

116

Whitty

Discusses the privacy issue and the fee rate issue. Argues that the legislature is responsible for setting the fee rate. Explains that ODOT directed that the project should not have the ability to track vehicles. Explains that General Motors will be putting OnStar satellite-based communication systems on all vehicles by 2007.

160

Rep. Boone

Commends the work done on the pilot program.

167

Whitty

Describes a forthcoming report that will describe the pilot program in further detail.

175

Chair Gilman

Closes the informational meeting. Opens a public hearing on              SB 481-A.

SB 481-A – PUBLIC HEARING

180

Patrick Brennan

Committee Administrator. Introduces SB 481-A.

190

Brian Doherty

Chair, Travel Information Council. Submits and summarizes prepared testimony in support of SB 481-A (EXHIBIT B).

222

Rep. Burley

Asks about the possible construction of facilities at rest areas.

228

Doherty

Answers that the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) would have to approve any project.

238

Chair Gilman

Asks about issues regarding fast food restaurants operating at rest areas.

242

Doherty

Answers that sales would be limited to local tourism-related products. Describes “travel plazas” that will soon be at rest areas. Notes that the Commission for the Blind has the exclusive right to market at all rest stops statewide.

282

Chair Gilman

Closes the public hearing and opens a work session on SB 481-A.

SB 481-A – WORK SESSION

285

Rep. Burley

MOTION:  Moves SB 481-A to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  6-0-1

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

EXCUSED:  1 - Hunt

 

Chair Gilman

The motion CARRIES.

 

295

Rep. Burley

MOTION:  Moves SB 481-A be placed on the CONSENT CALENDAR.

 

 

VOTE:  6-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 - Hunt

 

Chair Gilman

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

300

Chair Gilman

Closes the work session on SB 481-A. Opens a public hearing on       SB 997 A.

SB 997-A – PUBLIC HEARING

305

Patrick Brennan

Committee Administrator. Introduces SB 997-A and the –A4 amendments (EXHIBIT C).

315

Darrell Fuller

Regulatory Affairs Director, Oregon Automobile Dealers Association (OADA). Submits and summarizes prepared testimony in support of SB 997-A (EXHIBIT D).

TAPE 75, A

020

Rep. Burley

References a study that was due to be done in 1997 and asks if sections of code could be deleted.

028

Fuller

Answers that the study was delivered to the 1999 Legislative Assembly and agrees that the section in question could be deleted.

035

Cheryl Pellegrini

Assistant Attorney General, Oregon Department of Justice (DOJ). Answers that she can obtain additional information.

042

Fuller

States that he will bring the issue back to legislature.

048

Rep. Thatcher

Asks why the state is involved in the setting of a fee.

050

Fuller

Answers that OADA is operating as an agent of ODOT in processing paperwork. Notes that DOJ regulates the process.

073

Rep. Thatcher

Asks why the paperwork processing fees are not included in the price of a vehicle.

077

Fuller

Offers an analogy of purchasing an item from a store via catalog and paying a shipping and handling fee.

095

Pellegrini

Testifies that DOJ is neutral on the bill. Notes that the Oregon State Police describe abandoned cars. Explains that there is no change in the law regarding the price a consumer will pay.

120

Chair Gilman

Closes the public hearing and opens a work session on SB 997 A.

SB 997-A – WORK SESSION

125

Rep. Burley

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 997 A-A4 amendments dated 5/25/05.

 

 

VOTE:  6-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 - Hunt

 

Chair Gilman

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

 

130

Rep. Burley

MOTION:  Moves SB 997-A to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  6-0-1

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

EXCUSED:  1 - Hunt

 

Chair Gilman

The motion CARRIES.

 

138

Rep. Bruun

MOTION:  Moves SB 997-A be placed on the CONSENT CALENDAR.

 

 

VOTE:  6-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 - Hunt

 

Chair Gilman

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

141

Chair Gilman

Closes the work session on SB 997 A. Adjourns the meeting at 1:45 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

  1. Road User Fee Pilot Program Update testimony and information, James Whitty, 4 pp
  2. SB 481-A, prepared testimony, Brian Doherty, 1 p
  3. SB 997 A, -A4 amendments, staff, 2 pp
  4. SB 997 A, prepared testimony, Darrell Fuller, 2 pp