HOUSE COMMITTEE ON

VETERANS' AFFAIRS

 

 

January 13, 2005  Hearing Room C

8:30 A.M.                               Tapes 1 – 2

(Corrected 7-8-05)

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:            Rep. Donna Nelson, Chair

Rep. Phil Barnhart, Vice-Chair

Rep. Debi Farr, Vice-Chair

Rep. Brian Boquist

Rep. Scott Bruun

Rep. Dave Hunt

Rep. Betty Komp

 

STAFF PRESENT:                  Jim Stembridge, Committee Administrator

Erin Seiler, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURES/ISSUES HEARD:

                                                Adoption of Committee Rules - Organizational Meeting

                                                Veterans’ Issues - 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 1, A

003

Chair Nelson

Opens the meeting at 8:30 a.m. Opens an organizational meeting for the adoption of committee rules.

ADOPTION OF COMMITTEE RULES - ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING

007

Jim Stembridge

Committee Administrator. Submits and summarizes proposed Committee Rules (EXHIBIT A).

060

Rep. Barnhart

Asks if rule number one, the 24-hour-notice provision, conflict with the 48-hour-agenda notice provision.

066

Stembridge

States that placing "rule change" item on the committee agenda would still be subject to 48-hour requirement, while the actual wording of the change proposed would be subject to 24-hour requirement.

107

Rep. Barnhart

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT the proposed Committee Rules dated 01/13/05.

 

 

VOTE:  7-0-0

 

Chair Nelson

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

110

Chair Nelson

Closes organizational meeting for the adoption of committee rules.

119

Holly Robinson

Deputy Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel. Explains the responsibilities of legislative counsel.

141

Rep. Komp

House District 22. Summarizes goals for the Committee.

151

Rep. Boquist

House District 23. Explains that the goals of the Committee are to take care of returning soldiers and help reintegrate into their communities.

172

Rep. Barnhart

House District 11. Summarizes goals for the Committee.

219

Rep. Bruun

House District 37. Summarizes goals for the Committee.

245

Rep. Hunt

House District 40. Summarizes goals for the Committee.

262

Rep. Farr

House District 14. Summarizes goals for the Committee.

294

Chair Nelson

House District 24. Summarizes goals for the Committee.

348

Chair Nelson

Introduces the Committee staff.

TAPE 2, A

046

Chair Nelson

Closes the organizational meeting for adoption of committee rules. Opens an informational meeting on Veterans’ Issues.

VETERANS’ ISSUES - INFORMATIONAL  MEETING

059

Jim Willis

Director, Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs (ODVA). Explains the purpose, benefits, and services provided by ODVA.

098

Willis

Summarizes the Oregon veteran population by conflict.

135

Willis

Explains the “system” of veterans’ assistance and identifies the specific programs and services provided by ODVA.

181

Rep. Barnhart

Verifies that the cost of the Veterans’ Home Loan Program is $200 million dollars for all participating states.

190

Rep. Boquist

Addresses the importance of supporting all Oregon soldiers and veterans.

240

Sean Cruz

Legislative Assistant, Office of Senator Avel Gordly. Submits and summarizes LC 980, relating to child support obligations of members of Oregon National Guard (EXHIBIT B).

325

Tamara Brickman

Legislative Coordinator, Oregon Employment Department (OED).  Submits and summarizes OED Overview report (EXHIBIT C).

335

Jim Booker

State Veteran’s Program Coordinator, OED. Submits and summarizes OED Veteran’s Program report (EXHIBIT D).

TAPE 1, B

039

Booker

Cites a successful example of an incarcerated veteran returning to work.

051

Chair Nelson

Asks how a veteran learns of the programs and services available through OED.

059

Booker

Explains how OED disseminates information to Oregon’s veteran population.

070

Chair Nelson

Asks how many veterans OED has assisted in finding jobs.

073

Booker

Estimates OED has helped between 50,000-60,000 veterans.

077

Chair Nelson

Asks for clarification of definition of veteran.

081

Booker

Explains that a veteran is someone who has served on active duty for 180 days, has a service-connected disability, or received a campaign medal. Confirms that the “moment a soldier steps foot into combat” they are eligible for assistance from OED.

114

Rep. Bruun

Asks how OED reaches out to homeless veterans.

128

Booker

Explains that they have federal mandate to specifically target homeless veterans by marketing services through homeless shelters and veterans’ centers.

147

Rep. Hunt

Asks if there are any identified needs that “fall in between the cracks of what the federal government does.”

161

Booker

Identifies transportation, basic living supplies, and health care as that are underfunded.

194

Mac MacDonald

Representative, Veterans’ Organizations. Speaks to his history as a veteran and his role in as an advocate for veterans.

312

Chair Nelson

Discusses the possibility of drafting a bill that would award honorary high school diplomas to Vietnam War veterans.

394

Chair Nelson

Closes the informational meeting on Veterans’ Issues. Adjourns the meeting at 9:55 a.m.

           

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

  1. Rules, proposed Committee Rules,  staff, 2 pp
  2. Veterans’ Issues, LC 980, Sean Cruz,  3 pp    
  3. Veterans’ Issues, OED Overview Report, Tamara Brickman, 2 pp
  4. Veterans’ Issues, OED Veteran’s Program Report, Jim Booker, 2 pp