SENATE COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE

 

 

March 10, 2005                                                                                     Cottage Grove High School

6:00 P.M.                                                                                                                     Tapes  31 - 34

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Floyd Prozanski, Chair

Sen. Roger Beyer, Vice-Chair

Sen. Ginny Burdick

Sen. Doug Whitsett

 

MEMBER EXCUSED:          Sen. Charlie Ringo

 

VISITING MEMBERS:         Rep. Paul Holvey

Rep. Bruce Hanna

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Anna Braun, Committee Administrator

Karen Scoffield, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURES/ISSUES HEARD & WITNESSES:      

                                                SB 313 – Public Hearing

                                                SB 912 – Public Hearing

                                                SB 626 – Public Hearing

                                                SB 627 – Public Hearing

                                                SB 628 - Public Hearing

                                                SB 629 - Public Hearing

                                                SB 630 – Public Hearing

                                                SB 744 - Public Hearing

 

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 31, A

005

Chair Prozanski

Calls the meeting to order at 6:15 p.m.  Addresses audience.  Introduces committee members.  Opens public hearing on SB 313, 912, 626, 627, 628, 629, 630 and 744 regarding Methamphetamine (Meth) and Identity Theft.

SB 313, 912, 626, 627, 628, 629, 630, 744 – PUBLIC HEARING

045

Anna Braun

Committee Administrator. Discusses the bills.

055

Governor Theodore R. Kulongoski

Governor, State of Oregon.  Discusses and submits written testimony regarding Methamphetamine (Meth) (EXHIBIT A).  Discusses problems and solutions to Meth.

100

Gov. Kulongoski

Concludes testimony.

115

Sen. Beyer

Asks for data regarding reduction of Meth labs in Oregon and asks if there has been a shift in the border areas of Oregon of people obtaining Meth precursors in other states.

125

Gov. Kulongoski

Responds. Defers to Craig Campbell, Senior Policy Advisor, who will later testify and provide statistics.  Discusses the difference between Meth users and Meth labs.  Answers that people do cross the border into Washington. 

170

Sen. Burdick

Comments on the importance of treatment programs.  Discusses drug courts and asks Gov. Kulongoski what he has planned in his budget and policy proposals to assist in funding drug courts.

190

Gov. Kulongoski

Answers that the Chief Justice develops the budgets for the courts. 

195

Sen. Burdick

Responds.  Remarks that in the past many of the drug courts were funded federally and that money is going away. 

200

Gov. Kulongoski

Discusses the state budget and how it is allocated.  Discusses the need for people to understand the problems associated with Meth.

270

Sen. Whitsett

Discusses the need of research to determine the causes of Meth addiction and asks for Gov. Kulongoski’s plans regarding it.

280

Gov. Kulongoski

Remarks that this is the only task force that did not go away after publishing their report. Comments on knowledge of people who abuse Meth and the problems involved.

330

Sen. Whitsett

Discusses a grant proposal by Dr. Peter Kohler, President of the Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU), to fund the research of Meth addiction and comments that Gov. Kulongoski should look at it and assist OHSU in obtaining the grant.

345

Gov. Kulongoski

Agrees.

348

Rep. Holvey

Discusses the cost effectiveness of drug courts. Asks if Gov. Kulongoski thinks that the legislature could slow down the expansion of prison infrastructure to fund more drug court type programs.

370

Gov. Kulongoski

Responds.  Discusses efforts of dealing with Meth addiction.

TAPE 32, A

015

Rep. Hanna

Discusses costs of mental and physical healthcare in the Department of Corrections. 

030

Gov. Kulongoski

Comments on desire for the legislature to require greater cooperation between the Department of Corrections and the State Mental Health Department.

055

Chair Prozanski

Thanks Gov. Kulongoski for his testimony.

065

Gov. Kulongoski

Remarks that the Cottage Grove area was the first district that he represented in the legislature over thirty (30) years ago.

075

Craig Durbin

Lieutenant, State Police.  Commander, Drug Enforcement Section.  Discusses and submits written testimony in support of SB 313 and 912 (EXHIBIT B).  Discusses statistics of Meth use in Oregon. Submits written testimony on behalf of Rob Bovett, Legal Counsel, Oregon Narcotics Enforcement Association (ONEA), President, Oregon Alliance for Drug Endangered Children (OADEC), Chair, Drug Endangered Children (DEC) Subcommittee - Governor’s Meth Task Force in support of SB 313 and 912 (EXHIBIT C).

150

Durbin

Discusses cost savings associated with using precursor legislation.

200

Sean Hoar

Assistant United States District Attorney.  Discusses experience dealing with internet fraud and Identity theft.  Discusses experience dealing with Meth addiction. 

260

Hoar

Discusses procedures of Identity theft criminals.  Discusses the relation of Identity theft and Meth use.

350

Craig Campbell

Senior Policy Advisor, Governor’s Office.  Discusses the need of Meth prevention efforts and treatment.

TAPE 31, B

005

Campbell

Discusses the effects of Meth to the brain. Concludes testimony.

045

Gary Williams

Mayor, Cottage Grove.  Introduces City Council members who are present at the meeting. Discusses problems associated with Meth. Discusses local intervention services for Meth.

090

Mike Grover

Chief of Police, Cottage Grove.  Discusses local problems with Meth use. Discusses shortage of jails to hold Meth users. Comments on the need to stop Meth use.

165

Heather Murphy

Executive Director, Family Relief Nursery.  Discusses the effects of Meth, specifically on children.  Discusses stories of people who used Meth. 

250

Murphy

Discusses the need of treatment solutions in the local community.

295

Jim Welsh

Government Affairs Director, Eugene Association of Realtors. Discusses the effects of Meth and Identity theft on the community and on property owners. 

390

Welsh

Relates anecdote regarding theft.  Discusses the positive effects of advertising regarding drug use.  Concludes.

TAPE 32, B

035

Doug Harcleroad

District Attorney, Lane County, Oregon.  Discusses problems associated with Meth and personal experience prosecuting against it. Proposes possible solutions to fighting Meth.

135

Harcleroad

Discusses funding problems to fight against Meth. Discusses need to prevent Meth use by helping out children. Summarizes and concludes.

190

Ron Roberts

Lieutenant, Eugene Police Department.  Discusses and submits written testimony in support of SB 313, 912 and 630 (EXHIBIT D).

215

Seymmantha Dicke

Cottage Grove Youth Advisory Council.  Discusses experience with a friend who died from Meth use. 

240

Kristin Borg

Cottage Grove Youth Advisory Council.  Relates anecdote of brother addicted to Meth. 

280

Chair Prozanski

Asks Borg and Dicke how a message of the effects of Meth use can be given to youth in the community. 

290

Dicke

Comments on the ease of the ability to obtain Meth and suggests making it more difficult.

305

Borg

Comments on the desire of teens to experiment and rural areas having drug problems.

325

Holvey

Asks if Borg and Dicke feel that there is enough education on the dangers of Meth in school.

340

Borg

Answers that their Health teachers in school do a great job of informing the students.

350

Dicke

Remarks that more can be done to educate on drug use.

390

Jesse Backman

Citizen, Tillamook County.  Discusses and submits written testimony in support of SB 744 (EXHIBIT E).  Discusses Identity theft and Meth problems. 

TAPE 33, A

015

Eric Cullander

Teacher, Cottage Grove High School.  Discusses problems associated with Meth addiction.

045

Sen. Whitsett

Asks Cullander what age he feels is appropriate to begin teaching children about Meth.

047

Cullander

Remarks that children should be taught by at least Middle school because it is two to three years before they are at risk. Remarks that youth need to be taught about the drugs that are out there.

060

Sen. Burdick

Asks Cullander how you differentiate Meth from all of the other things you tell children to do and not to do.

075

Cullander

Responds.  Discusses the challenge of dealing with adolescents. 

105

Cheryl MacGinitie

Program Director, Family Relief Nursery.  Discusses problems with Meth in the Cottage Grove community and the Family Relief Nursery’s efforts. 

180

MacGinitie

Discusses the need to come up with solutions to the Meth problem.  Discusses experience as a past Meth user. Encourages the community to work to help with the Meth problem.  Remarks that addicts can overcome their addiction as she did.

230

Carla George

Family Relief Nursery.  Discusses experience as a past Meth user and the services that assisted her in recovery.  Discusses efforts in the Family Relief Nursery to help parents and children affected by Meth.

270

MacGinitie

Discusses the Accessing Success program at the Family Relief Nursery.   

280

Chair Prozanski

Inquires if George has contact with the state prison system and knows of improvements needed regarding the type of programs discussed.

285

George

Responds. 

310

Cheryl Pellegrini

Attorney-in-Charge, Financial Fraud/Consumer Protection Section, Oregon Department of Justice.  Discusses and submits written testimony with a neutral position to SB 626, SB 627, SB 628, SB 629, SB 630 and SB 744 (EXHIBIT F).  Submits written testimony on behalf of Hardy Myers in support of SB 912 (EXHIBIT G)

TAPE 34, A

010

Pellegrini

Continues to discuss Identity theft.  Concludes.

025

Bradd Swank

Special Counsel, Government Relations, Oregon Judicial Department.  Discusses Identity theft. Discusses procedures taken by the department to help eliminate Identity theft.

065

Marcia Keith

Oregon Veterinary Medical Association.  Discusses and submits written testimony regarding SB 313, suggesting amendments (EXHIBIT H) and SB 912, suggesting amendments (EXHIBIT I).

090

Pamela Leavitt

Credit Union Association of Oregon.  Discusses and submits written testimony in opposition to SB 626, 627, 630 and 744 (EXHIBIT J).

125

Rick Dotson

Citizen, Lane County.  Discusses the break down of the fundamentals of the family.  Discusses problems with the local court system. 

215

Chair Prozanski

Encourages witness to seek legal help to assist with his complaints.

225

Sally LeDoux

Citizen, Lane County. Discusses Meth problems in the local community.

245

Pat Patterson

City Councilor, Cottage Grove.  Discusses experience with helping children and youth affected by drugs. Remarks that under certain circumstances it is never too early to educate on drug abuse.

320

Patterson

Summarizes and concludes.

The following is submitted for the record without public testimony:

 

Tom Holt

Executive Director, Oregon State Pharmacy Association.  Submits written testimony in support of SB 313 and SB 912 (EXHIBIT K).

 

Rick Bennett

Associate State Director for Advocacy, AARP.  Submits written testimony in support of SB 626, 627, 629, 629, 630, and 744 (EXHIBIT L).

360

Chair Prozanski

Closes public hearing on SB 313, 912, 626, 627, 628, 629, 630 and 744. Adjourns the meeting at 9:00 p.m. 

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

  1. SB 313, 912, written testimony, Governor Theodore R. Kulongoski, 2 pp
  2. SB 313, 912, written testimony, Craig Durbin, 5 pp
  3. SB 313, 912, written testimony of Rob Bovett, Craig Durbin, 6 pp
  4. SB 313, 912, 630, written testimony, Ron Roberts, 2 pp
  5. SB 744, written testimony, Jesse Backman, 1 p
  6. SB 626, 627, 628, 629, 630, 744, written testimony, Cheryl Pellegrini, 10 pp
  7. SB 912, written testimony of Hardy Myers, Cheryl Pellegrini, 1 p
  8. SB 313, written testimony, Marcia Keith, 2 pp
  9. SB 912, written testimony, Marcia Keith, 2 pp
  10. SB 626, 627, 630, 744, written testimony, Pamela Leavitt, 3 pp
  11. SB 313, 912, written testimony, Tom Holt, 1 p
  12. SB 626, 627, 628, 629, 630, 744, written testimony, Rick Bennett, 1 p