HOUSE COMMITTEE ON

 VETERANS' AFFAIRS

 

April 12, 2005 Hearing Room C

8:30 A.M.  Tapes 61 - 64

 

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:

                                                HCR 9 – Public Hearing

                                                HB 2878 – Public Hearing

                                                HB 2739 – Public Hearing

                                                HB 2795 – Public Hearing

 

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 61, A

001

Chair Nelson

Opens the meeting at 8:39 a.m. Opens a public hearing on HCR 9.

HCR 9 – PUBLIC HEARING

122

Jim Stembridge

Explains HCR 9, which recognizes June 14 of each year as “Honor Our Troops Day.”

136

Mac MacDonald

Representative, Veterans’ Organizations. Testifies in opposition to HCR 9.

162

Walter Crews

Legislative Representative, Non Commissioned Officers Association. Testifies in opposition to HCR 9.

170

Kevin O’Reilly

Government Relations/Advocacy Director, Oregon Paralyzed Veterans’ of America. Testifies in opposition to HCR 9.

201

Chair Nelson

Closes the public hearing on HCR 9. Opens a public hearing on HB 2878.

HB 2878 – PUBLIC HEARING

205

Jim Stembridge

Committee Administrator. Explains HB 2878, which allows State Parks and Recreation Commission to acquire property rights or interests necessary to develop memorials in honor of veterans and war memorials.

217

Mac MacDonald

Representative, Veterans’ Organizations. Testifies in support of HB 2878.

236

Rachel Crawford

Legislative Assistant, Office of Representative Brian Boquist. Submits and summarizes written testimony in support of HB 2878 (EXHIBIT A).

286

Linda Christy

Deputy Director, Coalition of Troop Support. Submits and summarizes written testimony in support of HB 2878 (EXHIBIT B).

339

Sue Robertson

Director, Coalition of Troop Support. Submits and summarizes written testimony in support of HB 2878 (EXHIBIT C).

TAPE 62, A

003

Rep. Boquist

Points out that HB 2878 will only allow the State Parks and Recreation Commission the option to fund memorials in honor of veterans.

030

Rep. Hunt

Raises concern about the ability of the State Parks and Recreation Commission to seize land for memorials using eminent domain authority.

040

Chair Nelson

Agrees with inappropriateness of eminent domain authority and that HB 2878 would need an amendment to remove that provision.

046

Rep. Barnhart

Questions how much the State Parks and Recreation Department actually exercise eminent domain authority and if it is authority that the department needs to maintain for special land use cases.

074

Chair Nelson

Opens a public hearing on HB 2739.

HB 2739 – PUBLIC HEARING

077

Jim Stembridge

Committee Administrator. Explains HB 2739, which directs State Parks and Recreation Director to adopt rules that make state funding assistance available to nonprofit veterans’ organizations to construct and restore veterans and war memorials located on public property.

085

Rachel Crawford

Legislative Assistant, Office of Representative Brian Boquist. Submits and summarizes written testimony in support of HB 2739 (EXHIBIT D).

143

Rep. Boquist

Explains why it is necessary to have the provisions in HB 2739 in statute.

162

Crawford

Concludes summary of written testimony (EXHIBIT D, Page 2).

195

Chair Nelson

Addresses the opposition of State Parks and Recreation Department to HB 2878 and HB 2739.

230

Sue Robertson

Director, Coalition of Troop Support. Submits written testimony on behalf of Cliff Robertson in support of HB 2739 (EXHIBIT E).

235

Linda Christy

Deputy Director, Coalition of Troop Support. Summarizes written testimony of Cliff Robertson (EXHIBIT E).

278

Robertson

Submits and summarizes written testimony in support of HB 2739 (EXHIBIT F).

326

Rep. Hunt

Addresses why it would be valuable to speak with the State Parks and Recreation Department Director Tim Wood.

344

Rep. Komp

Agrees with Rep. Hunt.

356

Staff Sergeant  Sonya Kingsley

Unit Administrator Psychological Operational Company, Portland Company. Testifies in support of HB 2739.

 

TAPE 61, B

027

Mac MacDonald

Representative, Veterans’ Organizations. Testifies in support of HB 2739.

039

Chair Nelson

Comments why the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs does not exist in Oregon Revised Statutes.

049

Staff Sergeant Luke Wilson

Veteran, Oregon Resident. Testifies in support of HB 2739.

124

Wilson

Plays video of his pre-recorded testimony in support of HB 2739.

238

Wilson

Explains why war memorials are symbolic and serve as an important psychological and emotional outlet for soldiers.

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

 

Lorena Navarez

Citizen, City of Sandy. Submits written testimony in support of HB 2878 (EXHIBIT G) and HB 2739 (EXHIBIT EE).

 

Sue Robertson

Director, Coalition of Troop Support. Submits written testimony on behalf of the Coalition of Troop Support Board Members in support of HB 2878 (EXHIBIT H) and HB 2739 (EXHIBIT FF).

 

Sue Robertson

Director, Coalition of Troop Support. Submits written testimony in support of HB 2878(EXHIBIT I)  and HB 2739 (EXHIBIT GG).

 

Ann Tafolla

Citizen, Oregon. Submits written testimony in support of HB 2878 (EXHIBIT J)  and HB 2739 (EXHIBIT HH).

 

Lisa Wells

Citizen, City of Portland. Submits written testimony in support of HB 2878 (EXHIBIT K) and HB 2739 (EXHIBIT II).

 

Tim Wood

Director, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Submits written testimony in opposition to HB 2878 (EXHIBIT L).

 

Tim Wood

Director, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Submits written testimony in opposition to HB 2739 (EXHIBIT M).

249

Chair Nelson

Closes the public hearing on HB 2739 and HB 2878.

270

Chair Nelson

Opens a public hearing on HB 2795.

HB 2795 – PUBLIC HEARING

275

Jim Stembridge

Explains HB 2795, which appropriates moneys from General Fund to Director of Veterans’ Affairs for building memorial to Oregon military personnel killed in Afghanistan and Iraq wars.

309

Chair Nelson

Speaks in support of HB 2795.

365

Clay Kesterson

President, Afghan-Iraqi Freedom War Memorial Fund. Submits and summarizes written testimony in support of HB 2795 (EXHIBIT N).

TAPE 62, B

003

M.J. Kesterson

Vice-President, Afghan-Iraqi Freedom War Memorial Fund. Testifies in support of HB 2795.

046

Richard Gorby

President, Oregon State Council of Vietnam Veterans. Testifies in support of HB 2795.

068

Rep. Boquist

Asks how much money has been raised by the Afghan-Iraqi Freedom War Memorial Fund.

071

C. Kesterson

States how much money the Afghan-Iraqi Freedom War Memorial Fund has raised.

091

Melissa Andrews

Citizen, Oregon. Testifies in support of HB 2795.

148

John Newman

Veteran, City of Welches. Testifies in support of HB 2795.

254

Ron Anderson

Veteran, City of Wilsonville. Submits and summarizes written testimony in support of HB 2795 (EXHIBIT O).

357

Lewis White

Veteran, City of Sweet Home. Testifies in support of HB 2795.

TAPE 63, A

002

Kristine Van Raden

Author, City of Hillsboro. Testifies in support of HB 2795.

051

Molly Davis

Author, Oregon. Reads “Dear Soldier…” letters written by children from Oregon. 

087

Jack Fidler

Veteran, City of McMinnville. Testifies in support of HB 2795.

109

Paula Brown

Deputy Director, Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs (ODVA). Submits and summarizes written testimony in support of HB 2795 (EXHIBIT P).

134

J.J. Brown

Student, Cascade High School. Submits and summarizes written testimony in support of HB 2795 (EXHIBIT Q).

183

Chyla Lulay

Student, Cascade High School. Submits and summarizes written testimony in support of HB 2795 (EXHIBIT R).

241

Bill McMichaels

Project Manager, Afghan-Iraqi Freedom War Memorial Fund. Testifies in support of HB 2795.

296

Brandon Reece

President, VERTEC Development, Inc. Testifies in support of HB 2795.

340

David Watts

Representative, Air Force Sergeant Association Chapter 1460. Testifies in support of HB 2795.

358

Marc Lucca

Resident, Polk County. Submits and summarizes written testimony in support of HB 2795 (EXHIBIT S).

TAPE 64, A

023

Staff Sergeant Luke Wilson

Veteran, Oregon Resident. Testifies in support of HB 2795.

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

 

Lorena Navarez

Citizen, City of Sandy. Submits written testimony in support of HB 2795 (EXHIBIT T).

 

Reni Nowling

Resident, City of Portland. Submits written testimony in support of HB 2795 (EXHIBIT U).

 

Jim Stembridge

Committee Administrator. Submits written testimony on behalf of Elfriede Plumondore in support of HB 2795 (EXHIBIT V).

 

Sue Robertson

Director, Coalition of Troop Support. Submits written testimony in support of HB 2795 (EXHIBIT W).

 

Sue Robertson

Director, Coalition of Troop Support. Submits written testimony in support of HB 2795 (EXHIBIT X).

 

Sue Robertson

Director, Coalition of Troop Support. Submits written testimony on behalf of the Coalition of Troop Support Board Members in support of HB 2795 (EXHIBIT Y).

 

Linda Christy

Deputy Director, Coalition of Troop Support. Submits written testimony on behalf of Lee Rogers in support of HB 2795 (EXHIBIT Z).

 

Jim Stembridge

Committee Administrator. Submits written testimony on behalf of Lisa Silvey in support of HB 2795 (EXHIBIT AA).

 

Ann Tafolla

Citizen, Oregon. Submits written testimony in support of HB 2795 (EXHIBIT BB).

 

Lisa Wells

Citizen, City of Portland. Submits written testimony in support of HB 2795 (EXHIBIT CC).

059

Chair Nelson

Closes the public hearing on HB 2795.

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

 

Walter Crews

Legislative Representative, Non Commissioned Officers Association. Submits written testimony in opposition to HB 3213 (EXHIBIT DD).

062

Chair Nelson

Adjourns the meeting at 11:02 a.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

  1. HB 2878, written testimony, Rachel Crawford, 1 p
  2. HB 2878, written testimony, Linda Christy, 1 p
  3. HB 2878, written testimony, Sue Robertson, 3 pp
  4. HB 2739, written testimony, Rachel Crawford, 2 pp
  5. HB 2739, written testimony of Cliff Robertson, Sue Robertson, 1 p
  6. HB 2739, written testimony, Sue Robertson, 2 pp
  1. HB 2795, written testimony, Clay Kesterson, 3 pp
  2. HB 2795, written testimony, Ron Anderson, 2 pp
  3. HB 2795, written testimony, Paula Brown, 2 pp
  4. HB 2795, written testimony, J.J Brown, 3 pp
  5. HB 2795, written testimony, Chyla Lulay, 2 pp
  6. HB 2795, written testimony, Marc Lucca, 2 pp

 

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

  1. HB 2878, written testimony, Lorena Navarez, 2 pp
  2. HB 2878, written testimony of Coalition of Troop Support Board Members, Sue Robertson, 3 pp
  3. HB 2878, written testimony, Sue Robertson, 4 pp
  4. HB 2878, written testimony, Ann Tafolla, 1 p
  5. HB 2878, written testimony, Lisa Wells, 1 p
  6. HB 2878, written testimony, Tim Wood, 1 p
  7. HB 2739, written testimony, Tim Wood, 1 p
  1. HB 2795, written testimony, Lorena Navarez, 2 pp
  2. HB 2795, written testimony, Reni Nowling, 1 p
  3. HB 2795, written testimony of Elfriede Plumondore, staff, 2 pp
  4. HB 2795, written testimony, Sue Robertson, 3 pp
  5. HB 2795, written testimony, Sue Robertson, 4 pp
  6. HB 2795, written testimony of Coalition of Troop Support Board Members, Sue Robertson, 3 pp
  7. HB 2795, written testimony of Lee Rogers, Linda Christy, 1 p

AA.  HB 2795, written testimony of Lisa Silvey, staff, 2 pp

BB.  HB 2795, written testimony, AnnTafolla, 1 p

CC.  HB 2795, written testimony, Lisa Wells, 1 p

  1. DD.    HB 3213, written testimony, Walter Crews, 3 pp
  2. EE.      HB 2739, written testimony, Lorena Navarez, 2 pp
  3. FF.       HB 2739, written testimony of Coalition of Troop Support Board Members, Sue Robertson, 3 pp
  4. GG.    HB 2739, written testimony, Sue Robertson, 4 pp
  5. HH.    HB 2739, written testimony, Ann Tafolla, 1 p
  6. II.          HB 2739, written testimony, Lisa Wells, 1 p