SENATE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE

 

 

March 09, 2005                                                                                                       Hearing Room D

3:00 P.M.                                                                                                                     Tapes  44 - 45

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Vicki Walker, Chair

Sen. Charles Starr, Vice-Chair

Sen. Jeff Kruse

 

MEMBERS EXCUSED:        Sen. Ryan Deckert

Sen. Bill Morrisette

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Marjorie Taylor, Committee Administrator

Dawn Tuso, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURES/ISSUES HEARD:        

Community College and Workforce Issues - Informational Meeting

SB 85 - Public Hearing and Work Session

SB 187 - Public Hearing

SB 394 - Public Hearing and Work Session

SCR 5 - Public Hearing and Work Session

SB 575 - Public Hearing

SB 543 - 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 44, A

005

Chair Walker

Calls meeting to order at 3:05 p.m. Meets as a subcommittee. Opens informational meeting on community college and workforce issues.

COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND WORKFORCE ISSUES – INFORMATIONAL MEETING

018

Andrea Henderson

Executive Director, Oregon Community College Association. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT A). Gives overview of the Community College Association.

030

Cam Preus-Braly

Commissioner for Community Colleges and Director, Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development. Refers to (EXHIBIT A) and discusses:

  • Who we are
  • New economy - 21st century jobs high skill – high wages
  • Fastest growing jobs require some education beyond high school
  • Completion versus attrition

077

Sen. C. Starr

Asks how well the cohort is being followed. Asks if it is the same cohort.

084

Preus-Braly

Responds.  

095

Preus-Braly

Continues discussion on:

  • Oregon must raise the bar
  • High learning = high earning

110

Henderson

Discusses:

  • Community colleges deliver on dreams and opportunities
  • We are responsive

144

Sen. C. Starr

Asks for clarification on what the FTE is related to.

147

Henderson

Says that FTE is a full time equivalent. Explains.

155

Henderson

Continues discussion on:

  • Oregon’s Community Colleges and satellite campuses – We are everywhere
  • Community colleges serve students of all ages
  • Enrollment varies for community college students
  • What is happening with funding
  • What is happening with access
  • What has been happening with enrollment
  • OCCA legislative priorities
  • Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development Mission

231

Chair Walker

Asks about capitol construction.

236

Henderson

Talks about capitol construction.

249

Chair Walker

Asks if the projects had to show that they could pass a bond levy.

251

Henderson

Replies yes and explains.

267

Preus-Braly

Discusses:

  • Education and Workforce Boards
  • WorkSource Oregon
  • WorkSource Oregon regions and one-stop centers

324

Chair Walker

Asks if they charge a fee to businesses who use the services.

326

Preus-Braly

Replies no and explains.

353

Chair Walker

Explains scenario of how the WorkSource would be used.

362

Preus-Braly

Replies yes.

373

Preus-Braly

Continues discussion on:

  • Who manages WorkSource Oregon
  • WorkSource for business
  • WorkSource for workers

TAPE 45, A

005

Preus-Braly

Continues discussion on:

  • Services delivered: 2003-2004

017

Susan Wolff

Dean of Instruction, Columbia Gorge Community College.  Submits editorial opinion article (EXHIBIT B). Discusses:

  • Pinch us, we’re dreaming
  • Economic vitality
  • Contact information

080

Chair Walker

Comments on the editorial (EXHIBIT B). Announces that the subcommittee is now a full committee.

092

Chair Walker

Closes informational meeting and opens public hearing on SB 85.

SB 85 – PUBLIC HEARING

095

Marjorie Taylor

Committee Administrator. Gives overview of SB 85.

100

Cam Preus-Braly

Commissioner for Community Colleges and Director, Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development. Testifies in support of SB 85.  Explains that SB 85 is the same as SB 272 from the 2003 session except for a few changes. Explains the changes.

130

Chair Walker

Closes public hearing and opens work session on SB 85.

SB 85 – WORK SESSION

136

Sen. C. Starr

MOTION:  Moves SB 85 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  3-0-2

EXCUSED:  2 - Sen. Deckert, Sen. Morrisette

 

Chair Walker

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. KRUSE will lead discussion on the floor.

146

Chair Walker

Closes work session and opens public hearing on SB 187.

SB 187 – PUBLIC HEARING

148

Marjorie Taylor

Committee Administrator. Gives overview of SB 187.

150

Cam Preus-Braly

Commissioner for Community Colleges and Director, Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development. Testifies in support of SB 187. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT C).

165

Gwen Harvey

Chair, Oregon Workforce Investment Board. Testifies in support of SB 187.

210

Sen. Kruse

Asks what number is required for membership.

212

Harvey

Explains that it is a representation with a majority of business.

215

Sen. Kruse

Says that 41 members is an unmanageable number for a board.

216

Harvey

Continues testimony on SB 187. Mentions support for proposed amendments.

251

Chair Walker

Talks about a bill in the Rules Committee regarding executive appointments. Asks Harvey’s opinion regarding members of the workforce board being subject to Senate confirmation.

270

Harvey

Responds.

283

Chair Walker

Agrees.

293

Chair Walker

Asks Preus-Braly if she has amendments or if she is currently drafting them.

295

Preus-Braly

Says that she has not submitted amendments yet. Talks about the proposed amendments and how SB 187 would be changed.

325

Chair Walker

Asks Preus-Braly to have amendments drafted and to bring them back to the committee.  

330

Chair Walker

Closes public hearing on SB 187 and opens public hearing on SB 394.

SB 394 – PUBLIC HEARING

335

Marjorie Taylor

Committee Administrator. Gives overview of SB 394. States that SB 394 has a subsequent referral to the Revenue Committee.

350

Sen. Ben Westlund

Represents Senate District 27.  Testifies in support of SB 394.

TAPE 44, B

005

Sen. Westlund

Continues testimony in support of SB 394.

040

Kaelyn Smith

Central Oregon Community College graduate. Testifies in support of SB 394. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT D).

080

Chair Walker

Asks what state offers a tax credit.

082

Smith

Replies Colorado.  Says that they now have a voucher program instead of a tax credit.

089

Rachel Nolin

Student, Central Oregon Community College. Testifies in support of SB 394. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT E).

125

Chair Walker

Comments on Nolin’s testimony.

144

Tammy Chappell

Student, Central Oregon Community College. Testifies in support of SB 394. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT F).

184

Ryan Swearingen

Graduate Student, Portland State University. Testifies in support of SB 394. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT G).

220

Linda Swearingen

Resident, Redmond. Testifies in support of SB 394.

240

Chair Walker

Comments on Ryan Swearingen’s testimony. Talks about tax credit availability.  Says she is prepared to move SB 394 to the  Revenue committee.

The following prepared testimony is submitted for the record without public testimony:

 

Debbie Griffith

Student, Central Oregon Community College. Submits written testimony on SB 394 (EXHIBIT H).

260

Chair Walker

Closes public hearing and opens work session on SB 394.

SB 394 – WORK SESSION

264

Sen. C. Starr

MOTION:  Moves SB 394 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation and BE REFERRED to the committee on Revenue.

267

Sen. Kruse

Feels that an income test is not necessary.

280

Sen. C. Starr

Talks about restriction regarding the credit not exceeding the tax liability of the student who is receiving the credit. Feels that it is appropriate. Supports SB 394.

 

 

VOTE:  3-0-2

EXCUSED:  2 - Sen. Deckert, Sen. Morrisette

290

Chair Walker

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

292

Chair Walker

Closes work session and opens public hearing on SCR 5.

SCR 5 – PUBLIC HEARING

303

Marjorie Taylor

Committee Administrator. Gives overview of SCR 5.

309

Sen. Richard Devlin

Represents Senate District 19. Testifies in support of SCR 5.

378

Sen. Kruse

Supports SCR 5.

395

Sen. C. Starr

Supports SCR 5.

417

Chair Walker

Closes public hearing on SCR 5 and opens a work session on SCR 5.

SCR 5 – WORK SESSION

420

Sen. C. Starr

MOTION:  Moves SCR 5 be sent to the floor with a BE ADOPTED recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  3-0-2

EXCUSED:  2 - Sen. Deckert, Sen. Morrisette

 

Chair Walker

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. DEVLIN will lead discussion on the floor.

TAPE 45, B

005

Chair Walker

Closes work session and opens public hearing on SB 575.

SB 575 – PUBLIC HEARING

007

Marjorie Taylor

Committee Administrator. Gives overview of SB 575.

013

Sen. Richard Devlin

Represents Senate District 19. Testifies in support of SB 575.

079

Chair Walker

Mentions letter received regarding the suggestive change mentioned.

084

Sen. Devlin

Believes the issues are not partisan issues.

092

Chair Walker

Asks for amendments.

094

Sen. Devlin

Requests a few weeks to bring amendments back to the committee.

110

Karl Jorgenson

Oregon Military Department. Testifies in support of SB 575. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT I).

141

Lisa Zavala

Oregon University System. Testifies in support of SB 575.

173

Andrea Henderson

Oregon Community College Association. Testifies in support of SB 575. Mentions amendment request to SB 575.

185

Chair Walker

Closes public hearing on SB 575 and opens a public hearing on SB 543.

SB 543 – PUBLIC HEARING

190

Marjorie Taylor

Committee Administrator. Gives overview of SB 543.

200

Sean Cruz

Legislative Aide, Sen. Avel Gordly. Testifies in support of SB 543. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT J).

250

Karl Jorgenson

Oregon Military Department. Testifies in support of SB 543. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT K). Asks for an amendment to SB 543.

290

Sen. Kruse

Asks when a person technically becomes a veteran.

295

Jorgenson

Explains.

313

Taylor

Says that the most significant change SB 543 makes is that it adds veterans to the individuals eligible to receive in-state tuition.

332

Andrea Henderson

Oregon Community College Association. Testifies in support of SB 543. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT L).

353

Chair Walker

Asks Cruz if he is aware of the amendment that was suggested today. Asks if Sen. Gordly is in agreement with the amendment.

350

Sean Cruz

Says that he was aware of the proposed amendment and that Sen. Gordly is in agreement with the amendment.

361

Sen. C. Starr

Comments on SB 543.

390

Chair Walker

Closes public hearing on SB 543 and adjourns meeting at 5:00 p.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

  1. Community Colleges and Workforce Issues, PowerPoint handout, Andrea Henderson, 30 pp
  2. Community Colleges and Workforce Issues, Susan Wolff, editorial article, 1 p
  3. SB 187, written testimony, Cam Preus-Braly, 1 p
  4. SB 394, written testimony, Kaelyn Smith, 1 p
  5. SB 394, written testimony, Rachel Nolin, 1 p
  6. SB 394, written testimony, Tammy Chappell, 1 p
  7. SB 394, written testimony, Ryan Swearingen, 1 p
  8. SB 394, written testimony, Debbie Griffith, 1 p
  9. SB 575, written testimony, Karl Jorgenson, 2 pp
  10. SB 543, written testimony, Sean Cruz, 2 pp
  11. SB 543, written testimony, Karl Jorgenson, 2 pp
  12. SB 543, written testimony, Andrea Henderson, 1 p