HOUSE COMMITTEE ON

VETERANS' AFFAIRS

 

 

February 8, 2005   Hearing Room C

8:30 A.M.  Tapes 17 - 19

Corrected 10/17/05

MEMBERS PRESENT:            Rep. Donna Nelson, Chair

                                                Rep. Phil Barnhart, Vice-Chair

Rep. Debi Farr, Vice-Chair

Rep. Rep. Scott Bruun

Rep. Rep. Dave Hunt

Rep. Rep. Betty Komp

 

MEMBER EXCUSED:            Rep. Brian Boquist

 

STAFF PRESENT:                  Jim Stembridge, Committee Administrator

Erin Seiler, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURES/ISSUES HEARD:

HB 2133 – Public Hearing and Work Session

HB 2192 – Public Hearing and Work Session

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 17, A

003

Chair Nelson

Opens the meeting at 8:35 a.m. Open a public hearing on HB 2133.

HB 2133 – PUBLIC HEARING

021

Jim Stembridge

Committee Administrator. Explains HB 2135, which extends reemployment rights to members of organized militia of other states called into active state service.

025

Adjutant General Raymond Byrne

Adjutant General, Oregon Military Department (OMD). Submits and summarizes written testimony in support of HB 2133 (EXHIBIT A).

052

Chair Nelson

Close the public hearing on HB 2133. Opens a work session on HB 2133.

HB 2133 – WORK SESSION

058

Rep. Komp

MOTION:  Moves HB 2133 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  4-0-3

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

EXCUSED:  3 - Barnhart, Boquist, Hunt

 

Chair Nelson

The motion CARRIES.

 

 

 

069

Rep. Farr

MOTION:  Moves HB 2133 be placed on the CONSENT CALENDAR.

 

 

VOTE:  4-0-3

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

EXCUSED:  3 - Barnhart, Boquist, Hunt

 

Chair Nelson

The motion CARRIES.

075

Chair Nelson

Closes the work session on HB 2133. Opens a public hearing on HB 2192.

HB 2192 – PUBLIC HEARING

076

Jim Stembridge

Committee Administrator. Explains HB 2192, which exempts public employees on military leave in Active Guard Reserve Program from employer-sponsored health coverage.

081

Adjutant General Raymond Byrne

Adjutant General, Oregon Military Department (OMD). Submits and summarizes written testimony in support of HB 2192 (EXHIBIT B).

115

Rep. Komp

Asks if the one year time frame is an adequate amount of time to satisfy bureaucratic process. 

120

Byrne

Recommends extending to a two year time frame.

127

Rep. Komp

States that the uncertainty of deployment necessitates extending the exemption too two years.

130

Chair Nelson

Closes the public hearing on HB 2192. Opens a work session on HB 2192.

HB 2192 – WORK SESSION

141

Chair Nelson

Agrees that the exemption should be extended too two years.

146

Rep. Komp

MOTION:  Moves to AMEND HB 2192 on page 1, in line 4, after "not exceeding a total of," insert "24 months".

 

 

VOTE:  5-0-2

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

EXCUSED:  2 – Boquist, Hunt

 

Chair Nelson

The motion CARRIES.

179

Chair Nelson

Closes the work session on HB 2192. Opens an informational meeting on Veterans’ Issues.

VETERANS’ ISSUES – INFORMATIONAL MEETING

187

Adjutant General Raymond Byrne

Adjutant General, Oregon Military Department (OMD). Submits copies of OMD Budget 2005-07 PowerPoint presentation (EXHIBIT C). Discusses the OMD budgetary request for fiscal years 2005-07.

220

Byrne

Reviews the facilities owned and operated by OMD.

290

Byrne

Discusses the OMD funding sources.

320

Byrne

Discusses the budgetary trends at OMD and how the loss of funding has impaired the ability of OMD to maintain and repair its facilities.

390

Byrne

Explains the importance of the revenue that OMD receives from recreational usage of OMD facilities and armories.

TAPE 18, A

030

Byrne

Describes the backlog of maintenance and repairs at OMD facilities.

100

Byrne

Explains how the OMD uses revenue from its Other Fund budget to support state emergencies.

148

Byrne

Reviews the budget structure of OMD (EXHIBIT C, Page 6). Points out the need to update OMD facilities.

220

Byrne

Discusses the capitol improvement policy package and the recommended capitol improvement budget (EXHIBIT C, Pages 10 – 12).

280

Rep. Farr

Asks why improvement projects approved during the last biennium had only one dollar in General Fund monies allocated to it.

310

Colonel Mike Caldwell

Deputy Director, OMD. Summarizes the Federal matching funds requirements.

355

Caldwell

Verifies that OMD would receive $1.89 million dollars from the Federal government for capitol improvements, if the state would supply the matching requirement.

TAPE 17, B

015

Rep. Komp

Questions the difference between capitol improvement projects and capitol construction projects.

070

Caldwell

Clarifies the difference between capitol improvement and capitol construction projects.

080

Rep. Hunt

Points out how the OMD has to balance the human service and capitol construction needs.

110

Caldwell

Comments on the impact of the current military situation on OMD.

170

M.J. Kesterson

Vice-President, Afghan-Iraqi Freedom War Memorial Fund. Describes the Afghan/Iraqi Freedom War Memorial.

225

Kesterson

Speaks to the design of the memorial, location, and possible groundbreaking date.

310

Jim Willis

Director, Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs (ODVA). Introduces ODVA staff.

320

Bruce Shriver

Chief Financial Officer, ODVA. Summarizes ODVA budget history and projected budget for 2005-07.

340

Shriver

Explains the fluctuations in requests for a ODVA Veterans’ Home Loan.

TAPE 18, B

002

Shriver

Identifies why the home loan program is a shrinking program.

045

Shriver

Provides the background on the home loan program and details the current budget and funding status.

075

Chair Nelson

Questions what the retirement placement opportunities for veterans.

080

Shriver

Explains that a veterans placement options depend upon source of benefits.

 110

Chair Nelson

Asks if a nursing facility has to have a contract with the Veterans’ Administration.

120

Randal Basl

Budget Officer, ODVA. Explains the contracting requirements that must be met by a nursing home to except veterans receiving Veterans’ Administration (VA) benefits.

130

Rep. Farr

Asks how VA benefits compare to Medicaid benefits.

135

Basl

Explains how VA reimbursements are not as high as Medicaid.

155

Shriver

Identifies what the funding resources are for Oregon Veterans’ Homes and why expenditures for the Oregon Veterans’ Homes are increasing.

190

Chair Nelson

Questions what the Governor’s recommended budget is for Oregon Veterans’ Homes.

195

Shriver

Clarifies the amount of the Governor’s recommended budget.

210

Rep. Hunt

Questions why there are discrepancies in ODVA budget requests and the Governor’s budgetary recommendations.

260

Basl

Explains why the ODVA budgetary requests were less then the Governor’s recommended budget.

268

Chair Nelson

Asks what the per diem is for nursing home care.

275

Basl

Addresses what the amount of the per diem paid for nursing home care.

280

Chair Nelson

Asks for clarification regarding how a veteran qualifies for a nursing home placement.

285

Basl

Explains that by virtue of having veterans status, qualifies a veteran to enter a facility.

290

Rep. Farr

Asks whether per diem figure is a combination of VA and Medicaid benefits.

300

Basl

Explains how the per diem amount is determined.

315

Rep. Farr

Asks if a veterans’ living expenses are paid by VA benefits or in combination with Medicaid benefits.

320

Basl

Explains why living expenses are paid by a combination of benefits.

360

Willis

Summarizes the individualized assessment of each veteran and profile developed for each veteran upon entering a facility.

TAPE 19, A

005

Shriver

Explains the Veterans’ Services Program and the programs current budget requirements.

050

Shriver

Describes the activities and assistance provided by the Veterans’ Services Program.

070

Shriver

Points out that budgetary trend of the program is flat.

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

 

Shriver

Submits ODVA Budget Summary 1999 – 2007 (EXHIBIT D).

087

Chair Nelson

Closes the informational meeting on Veterans’ Issues. Opens a work session on HB 2133.

HB 2133 – WORK SESSION

089

Rep. Farr

MOTION:  Requests unanimous consent that the rules be SUSPENDED to allow REP. HUNT to BE RECORDED as voting AYE on the "Moves HB 2133 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.”

 

 

VOTE:  5-0-2

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

EXCUSED:  2 - Barnhart, Boquist

 

Chair Nelson

The motion CARRIES.

104

Chair Nelson

Closes the work session on HB 2133. Opens a work session on HB 2192.

HB 2192 – WORK SESSION

106

Rep. Farr

MOTION:  Requests unanimous consent that the rules be SUSPENDED to allow REP. HUNT to BE RECORDED as voting AYE on the "Moves to AMEND HB 2192 on page 1, in line 4, after "not exceeding a total of," insert "24 months."

 

 

VOTE:  6-0-1

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

EXCUSED:  1 - Boquist

 

Chair Nelson

The motion CARRIES.

110

Chair Nelson

Closes the work session on HB 2192. Adjourns the meeting at 10:29 a.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

  1. A.     HB 2133, written testimony, Adjutant General Raymond Byrne, 1 p
  2. B.     HB 2192, written testimony, Adjutant General Raymond Byrne, 1 p
  3. C.     Veterans’ Issues, OMD Budget 2005-07 PowerPoint Presentation, Adjutant General Raymond Byrne, 25 pp

 

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

  1. D.    Veterans’ Issues, ODVA Budget Summary 1999 – 2007, Bruce Shriver, 1 p