SENATE COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE

 

CORRECTED May 9, 2005

January 18, 2005   Hearing Room C

3:00 P.M.     Tapes  1 - 2

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:            Sen. Floyd Prozanski, Chair

Sen. Roger Beyer, Vice-Chair

Sen. Ginny Burdick

Sen. Charlie Ringo

Sen. Doug Whitsett           

 

STAFF PRESENT:                  Anna Braun, Committee Administrator

Karen Scoffield, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURES/ISSUES HEARD & WITNESSES: 

                                                Adoption of Committee Rules - Organizational Meeting

Dept. of Consumer and Business Services - 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 1, A

005

Chair Prozanski

Calls the meeting to order at 3:05 p.m. Opens organizational meeting for adoption of committee rules.

ADOPTION OF COMMITTEE RULES - ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING

010

Chair Prozanski

Introduces himself and invites other members to do the same.

015

Sen. Beyer

Introduces himself.

020

Sen. Ringo

Introduces himself.

025

Sen. Burdick

Introduces herself.

030

Sen. Whitsett

Introduces himself.

035

Chair Prozanski

Introduces committee staff.

040

Chair Prozanski

Ask committee administrator to give an overview of the committee rules.

045

Anna Braun

Committee Administrator. Introduces proposed Senate Commerce committee rules (EXHIBIT D). Draws attention to No. 5, regarding notice of meetings.

050

Sen. Beyer

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT the proposed Committee Rules dated 01/18/05.

 

 

VOTE:  5-0- 0

055

Chair Prozanski

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

060

Chair Prozanski

Discusses committee work plan. Discusses rules and procedures of Senate Commerce committee meetings. Advises of no committee meeting on Thursday, January 20, 2005.

125

Sen. Ringo

Asks for clarification of an agenda item for the next meeting.

140

Chair Prozanski

Closes organizational meeting for adoption of committee rules. Opens informational meeting on the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS).

DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AND BUSINESS SERVICES - INFORMATIONAL MEETING

145

Cory Streisinger

Director, Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS). Presents an overview of DCBS. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT A) regarding DCBS. Gives an overview and submits information regarding the Department programs (EXHIBIT B).

180

Streisinger

Discusses program areas.

190

Streisinger

Discusses the Insurance Division of the Department.  Relates an anecdote regarding insurance.

220

Sen. Ringo

Inquires as to what action the Department took and penalty they levied in the anecdote.

230

Streisinger

Responds. Discusses increased agency ability under new rules adopted January 1, 2005.

235

Sen. Ringo

Inquires about new rules of the agency.

240

Sen. Burdick

Asks about the statutory change.

245

Streisinger

Responds.

250

Sen. Whitsett

Asks Streisinger how she would define suitability.

255

Streisinger

Explains that it is defined by statute. Provides examples.

270

Streisinger

Continues and discusses agency rules. Gives examples. Discusses items that were worked on during the interim of the Legislature.

310

Streisinger

Continues and discusses homeowner’s insurance. States that SB 118 (2005) will address concerns and issues regarding homeowner’s insurance.

345

Streisinger

Addresses total loss for autos. Explains that they are looking for ways to address this issue.

360

Sen. Ringo

Discusses proposal to address issue of total loss for autos.

370

Streisinger

Mentions some of the consumer protection issues dealt with in the Division of Finance and Corporate Securities. Refers to EXHIBIT B. Discusses SB 120 (2005) and SB 121 (2005).

430

Streisinger

Mentions identity theft and building codes.

450

Streisinger

Addresses Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OR-OSHA). Mentions HB 2093 (2005) that they are sponsoring.

TAPE 2, A

040

Streisinger

Continues discussing OR-OSHA and assistance for employers. Concludes and asks committee for questions.

050

Sen. Burdick

Asks question regarding fall protection standards rule.

060

Streisinger

Responds and offers to return information to committee.

065

Sen. Burdick

Remarks that the rule was an override of an OR-OSHA safety rule and would like to receive the information.

070

John Shilts

Administrator, Workers Compensation Division, DCBS. Gives an overview of workers’ compensation reform. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT C) regarding the workers compensation system.

090

Shilts

Discusses improvement of worker’s compensation benefits. Gives statistics. Discusses activities of the Management-Labor Advisory Committee (MLAC).

125

Shilts

Refers to EXHIBIT C.

140

Shilts

Continues testimony.

150

Shilts

Discusses proposed legislation by MLAC. Refers to SB 172 (2005). Gives an overview of SB 172 (2005).

175

Shilts

Discusses a House Bill regarding regulatory streamlining.

185

Shilts

Summarizes and concludes. Offers to answer questions of the committee.

195

Chair Prozanski

Thanks witnesses. Addresses the committee. Closes informational meeting on the Department of Consumer and Business Services. Adjourns the meeting at 3:52 p.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

  1. Consumer and Business Services, written testimony, Cory Streisinger, 7 pp
  2. Consumer and Business Services, informational packet, Cory Streisinger, 28 pp
  3. Workers’ Compensation, written testimony, John Shilts, 11 pp

 

The following is out of order in the body of the document:

D.  Rules, committee rules, staff, 3 pp