SENATE COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE

 

 

February 22, 2005                                                                                                   Hearing Room C

3:10 P.M.                                                                                                                               Tape 19

 

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:        

                                                SB 131 – Work Session

                                                SB 134 – Work Session

                                                SB 135 – Work Session

                                                SB 147 – 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 19, A

005

Chair Prozanski

Calls the meeting to order at 3:17 p.m. Opens work session on SB 131.

SB 131 – WORK SESSION

015

Anna Braun

Committee Administrator.  Provides an overview of SB 131. 

025

Sen. Beyer

MOTION:  Moves SB 131 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  5-0-0

 

Chair Prozanski

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. WHITSETT will lead discussion on the floor.

030

Chair Prozanski

Closes work session on SB 131 and opens work session on SB 134.

SB 134 – WORK SESSION

032

Anna Braun

Committee Administrator.  Provides an overview of SB 134.  Discusses previous testimony for SB 134.

040

Sen. Beyer

MOTION:  Moves SB 134 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  5-0-0

 

Chair Prozanski

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. RINGO will lead discussion on the floor.

050

Chair Prozanski

Closes work session on SB 134 and opens work session on SB 135.

SB 135 – WORK SESSION

052

Anna Braun

Committee Administrator.  Provides an overview of SB 135 and submits the proposed -1 amendments (EXHIBIT A)

060

Chair Prozanski

Clarifies that the -1 amendments will satisfy concerns and oppositions stated in pubic testimony previously for SB 135.

065

Dan Gardner

Commissioner, Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI). Offers to answer questions of the committee on SB 135.

070

Sen. Beyer

Asks BOLI if they would put section three (3) in a rule if the committee deletes section three (3) of the bill.

075

Gardner

Answers that they would not put section three (3) in a rule and would follow the amendment.

080

Chair Prozanski

Clarifies that if the committee passes SB 135 with the -1 amendments that BOLI is comfortable with it and will comply going forward.

081

Gardner

Answers, yes they would.

082

Sen. Beyer

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 135-1 amendments dated 2/7/05.

 

 

VOTE:  5-0-0

 

Chair Prozanski

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

085

Sen. Beyer

MOTION:  Moves SB 135 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  5-0-0

 

Chair Prozanski

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. BEYER will lead discussion on the floor.

95

Chair Prozanski

Closes work session on SB 135 and opens work session on SB 147.

SB 147 – WORK SESSION

100

Anna Braun

Committee Administrator.  Provides an overview of SB 147.

110

Sen. Ringo

MOTION:  Moves SB 147 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

112

Sen. Whitsett

Comments that he will not support SB 147 and does not see that it is necessary.

117

Sen. Beyer

Agrees with Whitsett. Comments on prior voting of committee members.

120

Chair Prozanski

Discusses the prior voting.  Discusses the increase of the timeline in SB 147 from thirty (30) days to ninety (90) days.

125

Sen. Beyer

Comments on testimonies given on SB 147 and his opposition to the bill.

130

Sen. Ringo

Comments that litigation is a better way to resolve disputes than other options where people take things into their own hands.  Comments that the issue shouldn’t be whether it will or will not increase lawsuits, but whether it will or will not increase justice for the workers regarding their pay.

140

 

VOTE:  3-2-0

AYE:               3 - Burdick, Ringo, Prozanski

NAY:               2 - Beyer, Whitsett

 

Chair Prozanski

The motion CARRIES.

SEN. RINGO will lead discussion on the floor.

150

Chair Prozanski

Closes work session on SB 147.

152

Chair Prozanski

Discusses agenda for next meeting. Discusses upcoming out of building meeting in Cottage Grove. Adjourns the meeting at 3:32 p.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

  1. SB 135, -1 amendments, staff, 1 p