CONFERENCE COMMITTEE ON HB 2070

 

 

August 5, 2005   Hearing Room C

2:00 A.M.             Tape 1 

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:            Rep. Tom Butler, Chair

                                                Rep. Deborah Boone

                                                Rep. Susan Morgan

                                                Sen. Kate Brown

                                                Sen. Margaret Carter

                                                Sen. David Nelson

 

 

STAFF PRESENT:                  Jim Keller, Committee Administrator

Kellie Whiting, Committee Assistant

 

 

MEASURES/ISSUES HEARD:        

                                                HB 2070 – 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 1, A

002

Chair Butler

Calls the meeting to order at 2:11 a.m. and asks Jeff Gilmore, Justin Martin and Julia Edwards to come forward and testify.

HB 2070 – WORK SESSION

014

Julia Edwards

Former Portland School Board Member.  Testifies in support of HB 2070. 

035

Justin Martin

Representing Portland Public Schools.  Provides background of the bill and it’s effect on Portland Public Schools.  Testifies in support of HB 2070. 

063

Chair  Butler

Asks Steve Myer to come forward. 

067

Steve Myer

Legislative Revenue.  Provides background of the bill. Explains the gap bond rate. 

089

Chair Butler

Inquires if the school board went with a local option. 

091

Edwards

Explains why the school board did not go with the local option. 

098

Chair Butler

Inquires about the authority from the legislature to allow the continuance of the 5.27 rate.

100

Myer

Concurs.  Explains the rate.

116

Chair Butler

Inquires why the local request was not dealt with.

122

Edwards

Responds about the items on the ballot, the election and the difficulties for the voters.  

126

Chair Butler

Inquires about previous legislation. 

132

Edwards

Responds about the bond measure not placed on the ballot and the anticipated shortfalls.    

159

Chair Butler

Inquires about the shortfall including the gap bonds. 

160

Martin

Explains what the shortfall includes.  Comments on the intent of the HB 2070. 

178

Chair Butler

Asks for an explanation of the plan and inquires about the decision to not extend the plan. 

184

Martin

Responds about the difficult decisions made and the alternatives being addressed.

203

Edwards

Comments on the strategy of the labor agreements. 

246

Chair Butler

Inquires about the additional tax revenues and resources going into the Portland school system.

254

Myers

Responds about the additional formula revenue. 

257

Chair Butler

Inquires if any other school has the magnitude of having this type of revenue.

260

Myers

Responds at least two other school districts have above what the formula would allocate to them. 

270

Sen. Vicki Walker

Senate District 7.  Testifies in support of HB 2070.

298

Sen. Brown

Asks what the total budget is for Portland public schools.

300

Edwards

Responds approximately 390 million. 

304

Sen. Brown

Inquires about the number of schoolchildren.

307

Edwards

Responds approximately 48 thousand.

315

Sen. Brown

Inquires about the number of languages spoken within the districts and the percentage of special needs students.

320

Edwards

Responds about the special needs students and the different languages spoken. 

325

Sen. Brown

Asks if it is correct that the bill does not increase property taxes.

330

Edwards

Responds it does not and notes that some will see decreases.

340

Chair Butler

Closes the work session on HB 2070 and adjourns the meeting at 2:30 a.m.

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY:

 

None submitted.