SENATE COMMITTEE ON BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

 

 

April 5, 2005Hearing Room B

1:00 P.M.  Tapes 54 - 55

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:            Sen. Rick Metsger, Chair

Sen. Bruce Starr, Vice-Chair

Sen. Jason Atkinson

Sen. Ryan Deckert

Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson

 

 

STAFF PRESENT:                  Theresa Van Winkle, Committee Administrator

James Goulding, Committee Assistant

 

 

MEASURES/ISSUES HEARD:

                                                SB 16 – Work Session

                                                SB 15 – Work Session

                                                SB 81 – Work Session

                                                SB 574 – Work Session

                                                SB 579 – Work Session

                                                SB 773 – Work Session

                                                SB 879 – 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 54, A

003

Chair Metsger

Calls the committee to order at 1:09 p.m.  Opens a work session on SB 16.

SB 16 – WORK SESSION

010

Theresa Van Winkle

Explains the provisions of SB 16 as amended by the proposed -1 amendments (EXHIBIT A).

017

Chair Metsger

Asks for a brief analysis of the measure.

020

Jim Rose

Director, Oregon Public Education Network (OPEN).  Explains the measure as it would be amended by the -1 amendments.  Presents his written testimony (EXHIBIT B).

036

Sen. David Nelson

Senate District 29.  Summarizes the measure and its amendments.  Speaks in support of the bill.

043

Sen. B. Starr

Considers the need for this bill to go through the ways and means process.

052

Sen. Nelson

Remarks that he had not considered it, but concurs with Sen. Starr’s assessment.

054

Chair Metsger

Concurs.

059

Sen. B. Starr

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 16-1 amendments dated 3/22/05.

060

 

VOTE:  5-0-0

 

Chair Metsger

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

061

Sen. B. Starr

MOTION:  Moves SB 16 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation and BE REFERRED to the committee on Ways and Means.

062

 

VOTE:  5-0-0

 

Chair Metsger

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

063

Chair Metsger

Closes work session on SB 16 and opens a works session on SB 15.

SB 15 – WORK SESSION

065

Sen. Nelson

Testifies in support of SB 15.

095

Sen. Nelson

Clarifies the functions of the Oregon telecommunication coordinating council.

117

Sen. B. Starr

Wonders who provides the staffing for the council.

120

Sen. Nelson

Observes that the county provides the staff.

127

Sen. B. Starr

MOTION:  Moves SB 15 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

129

Sen. Deckert

Voices his support for the measure.  Hopes the other chamber can address the setting of urban/suburban rate territories.

140

Sen. Nelson

Replies in regard to the current representation of the council.

147

Sen. B. Starr

Reiterates Sen. Deckert’s comment for getting all parties together.

155

Sen. Nelson

Discusses the desire to bring all parties to the table.

163

 

VOTE:  5-0-0

 

Chair Metsger

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. NELSON will lead discussion on the floor.

165

Chair Metsger

Closes work session on SB 15.  Opens work session on SB 81.

SB 81 – WORK SESSION

170

Van Winkle

Discusses the provisions of SB 81.

177

Jeff Bissonette

Citizens Utility Board (CUB).  Details the proposed -1 amendments to SB 81 (EXHIBIT C).

211

Chair Metsger

Wonders if this would change the total amount collected from ratepayers.

214

Bissonette

Relates it would be an increase.

220

Sen. Deckert

Discusses his proposal that was introduced in SB 511.  Feels SB 81 could be another solution to this problem.  Submits written testimony in regards to the proposed amendments to SB 81 (EXHIBIT D).

267

Bissonette

Points out the differences between the proposal in SB 511 and SB 81.

285

Chair Metsger

Expresses his reluctance to move the bill forward without input from any public utilities.  Discusses the scenarios for moving this measure forward.   States the committee does not wish to move the amendment at this time.

314

Sen. Deckert

Mentions Mr. Bissonett’s assistance.  Talks about other ways of getting the measure moved through the process.

327

Chair Metsger

Wonders if there are other measures they could use as a vehicle.

335

Sen. Deckert

Discusses other options.

340

Chair Metsger

Remarks that they can hold this over. 

343

Sen. B. Starr

Moves SB 81 to the senate floor.

343

Sen. B. Starr

MOTION:  Moves SB 81 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

345

 

VOTE:  4-1-0

AYE:               4 - Deckert, Monnes Anderson, Starr B., Metsger

NAY:               1 - Atkinson

 

Chair Metsger

The motion CARRIES.

SEN. METSGER will lead discussion on the floor.

360

Chair Metsger

Closes work session on SB 81.

370

Sen. B. Starr

Opens a work session on SB 574.

SB 574 – WORK SESSION

380

Van Winkle

Explains SB 574 and the -1 amendments (EXHIBIT E).

390

Scott Barrie

Oregon Home Builders Association.  Discusses SB 574 and the process of reaching a consensus through the -1 amendments.

415

Sen. Atkinson

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 574-1 amendments dated 4/5/05.

420

 

VOTE:  4-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 - Metsger

 

Sen. B. Starr

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

423

Sen. Atkinson

MOTION:  Moves SB 574 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

425

Sen. Atkinson

Declares a potential conflict of interest, stating that he has clients involved in home building.

TAPE 55, A

003

Sen. Monnes Anderson

Considers the position of the title industry in regard to the amendment.

005

Barrie

Replies as to some of their concerns.

012

Sen. Monnes Anderson

Asks if any one from the title industry is present to testify.

017

Jack Munro

Oregon Land Title Association.  Requests clarification of the question.

019

Sen. Monnes Anderson

Asks if he has seen the amendments and if he has any objections to them.

021

Munro

Replies there are still some concerns with the measure as amended. Offers he will work with Mr. Barrie to address these concerns in the other chamber.

037

Sen. Monnes Anderson

States she will vote “no” as she is not comfortable with passing the measure in its current form.

043

Sen. B. Starr

VOTE:  3-1-1

AYE:               3 - Atkinson, Deckert, Starr B.

NAY:               1 - Monnes Anderson

EXCUSED:     1 - Metsger

 

 

The motion CARRIES.

SEN. B. STARR will lead discussion on the floor.

048

Sen. B. Starr

Closes the work session on SB 574.  Puts the committee at ease at 1:42 p.m.

050

Chair Metsger

Calls the committee back to order at 1:44 p.m.  Opens a work session on SB 579.

SB 579 – WORK SESSION

052

Van Winkle

Explains the provisions of SB 579 and -2 amendments (EXHIBIT F).

063

Sen. Atkinson

Asks if Orange Torpedo is okay with the amendments.

067

Phil Donovan

Oregon Guides and Packers Association.  Replies the amendments have been sent to the owner of Orange Torpedo Trips. 

077

Chair Metsger

Requests an additional overview of the amendments.

080

Mari Anne Gest

Representing Julia Clark.  Discusses the process of finding consensus language to satisfy all parties. 

090

Sen. Atkinson

Asks if the measure makes throw bags required in every guide boat.

093

Paul Donheffner

Director, Oregon Marine Board.  Replies that language relating to Orange Torpedoes in the amendments is not as clear as he would like.

100

Sen. Atkinson

Wonders what changes he would suggest.

103

Donheffner

Offers his recommendations.

110

Chair Metsger

Notes that they can make changes to the amendment and have it ready for the next committee meeting.  Expresses his desire to see if there are other areas to be addressed.

113

Sen. Atkinson

Wonders about the provision for including knives in the safety kits.

117

Donovan

Talks about the resistance in the industry to that proposal.  Observes it is not currently included in the measure.

121

Sen. Atkinson

Asks about the training requirements.

123

Donovan

Relates the intent to have “in-house” affordable training.

131

Sen. Atkinson

Expresses his approval of those changes in training.

139

Chair Metsger

States this measure can be moved to Thursday to allow for proper amendments to be drafted.

143

Sen. Monnes Anderson

Clarifies that this applies only to non motorized boats.

145

Gest

Reiterates it is only required on class 3 rapids and higher.

147

Sen. Monnes Anderson

Asks about the provision that exempts vessels inspected by the U.S. Coast Guard.

151

Donovan

Relays concerns for exempting mail boats on the Rogue River, through class 3 and 4 rapids.

165

Sen. Atkinson

Notes existing requirements for motorized crafts.

167

Donheffner

Clarifies the existing safety requirements in law.

180

Chair Metsger

Summarizes the proposed changes to the amendment.

185

Donheffner

Concurs.

187

Chair Metsger

States they will have the new amendments drafted.  Closes work session on SB 579.  Opens works session on SB 773.

SB 773 – WORK SESSION

195

Van Winkle

Explains the provisions of SB 773.  Discusses the -1 amendments (EXHIBIT G).

209

Craig Durbin

Oregon State Police, Drug Enforcement Section.  Voices his support of the -1 amendments and the reasons for the changes.

217

Sen. B. Starr

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 773-1 amendments dated 4/4/05.

220

 

VOTE:  4-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 - Atkinson

 

Chair Metsger

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

223

Sen. B. Starr

MOTION:  Moves SB 773 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

225

 

VOTE:  4-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 - Atkinson

 

Chair Metsger

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. MORRISETTE will lead discussion on the floor.

230

Chair Metsger

Closes work session on SB 773.  Opens work session on SB 879.

SB 879 – WORK SESSION

235

Van Winkle

Explains the proposed -1 amendments to SB 879 (EXHIBIT H).

245

Ron Papsdorf

City of Gresham.  Testifies in favor of SB 879 and the -1 amendments.

258

Sen. Deckert

Asks if industry members are supportive of the amendment.

267

Papsdorf

Replies that there is support for the clarification provided by the amendment.

270

Sen. Deckert

Discusses his hopes that this will apply only to traded sector firms.

287

Papsdorf

Notes the language that specifies this is for traded sector firms.

293

Sen. Monnes Anderson

Comments on how this will assist the city of Gresham.

297

Chair Metsger

Feels this is a valuable tool.

305

Sen. Monnes Anderson

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 879-1 amendments dated 3/17/05.

307

 

VOTE:  3-0-2

EXCUSED:  2 - Atkinson, B. Starr

 

Chair Metsger

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

310

Chair Metsger

Puts the committee at ease for a moment.

312

Chair Metsger

Calls the committee back to order.

310

Sen. B. Starr

MOTION:  Moves SB 879 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

312

 

VOTE:  4-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 - Atkinson

 

Chair Metsger

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. MONNES ANDERSON will lead discussion on the floor.

315

Chair Metsger

Closes work session on SB 879.   

320

Chair Metsger

Discusses the heavy agenda for the next meeting.  Adjourns the committee at 2:06 p.m.

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

  1. SB 16, -1 amendments, staff, 4 pp
  2. SB 16, Written testimony, Jim Rose, 1 p
  3. SB 81, -1 amendments, staff, 9 pp
  4. SB 81, Written testimony, Sen. Ryan Deckert, 2 pp
  5. SB 574, -1 amendments, staff, 3 pp
  6. SB 579, -2 amendments, staff, 2 pp
  7. SB 773, -1 amendments, staff,  1 p
  8. SB 879, -1 amendments, staff, 5 pp