HOUSE COMMITTEE ON

VETERANS' AFFAIRS

 

 

May 17, 2005 Hearing Room C

8:30 A.M.  Tapes 96 - 97

Corrected 10/17/05

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:

SJM 1 – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                SB 486 – 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 96, A

002

Chair Nelson

Opens the meeting at 8:42 a.m. Opens a public hearing and work session on SJM 1.

SJM 1 – PUBLIC HEARING AND WORK SESSION

010

Senator Rick Metsger

Senate District 26. Testifies in support of SJM 1, which urges that Congress and Secretary of Defense authorize and appropriate funding to attain 75 percent of full-time manning requirements for Army National Guard and that Secretary of Defense report to Congress in 2005 fiscal year on plan to meet 100 percent of full-time manning requirements by end of 2008.

051

Colonel Mike Caldwell

Deputy Director, Oregon Military Department. Testifies in support of SJM 1.

091

Chair Nelson

Reads the text of the SJM 1.

122

Rep. Barnhart

Asks what “full-time manning” means.

126

Caldwell

Explains what constituents “full-time manning” for Army National Guard.

176

Rep. Barnhart

Asks what the difference in the number of people would be if Army National Guard was fully manned.

183

Caldwell

States that the Oregon Army National Guard currently is employing 25 percent of full-time total documented need, which translates into a 1000 person short fall throughout Oregon.  

200

Caldwell

Speaks to the gradual increase in full-time staff of the Army National Guard over the past three decades and the effect it has service levels.

213

Chair Nelson

Inquires as to the “power” of the National Guard Bureau.

216

Caldwell

Explains that the National Guard Bureau is the guidance and funding mechanism for the Army National Guard, but not the command authority.

266

Chair Nelson

Asks about the consistency in full-time manning levels on a state-by-state basis of the Army National Guard.

280

Caldwell

Explains that full-time manning levels vary amongst states based upon pentagon strategy.

320

Caldwell

Speaks to the issues and reasons surrounding the Department of Defense plan for the realignment and closure of military bases in Oregon.

TAPE 97, A

063

Rep. Farr

MOTION:  Moves SJM 1 be sent to the floor with a BE ADOPTED recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  7-0-0

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

 

Chair Nelson

The motion CARRIES.

REP. P. SMITH will lead discussion on the floor.

070

Chair Nelson

Closes the public hearing and work session on SJM 1. Opens the work session on SB 486.

SB 486 – WORK SESSION

085

Rep. Barnhart

MOTION:  Moves SB 486 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  7-0-0

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

 

Chair Nelson

The motion CARRIES.

REP. FARR AND SPEAKER MINNIS will lead discussion on the floor.

100

Chair Nelson

Closes the work session on SB 486. Adjourns the meeting at 9:19 a.m.

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

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