SENATE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE

 

 

March 14, 2005                                                                                                       Hearing Room D

3:00 P.M.                                                                                                                     Tapes  46 - 48

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Vicki Walker, Chair

Sen. Charles Starr, Vice-Chair

Sen. Ryan Deckert

Sen. Jeff Kruse

Sen. Bill Morrisette

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Marjorie Taylor, Committee Administrator

Dawn Tuso, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURES/ISSUES HEARD:        

SB 447 – Public Hearing

SB 766 – 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 46, A

005

Chair Walker

Calls meeting to order at 3:05 p.m. Opens public hearing on SB 447.

SB 447 – PUBLIC HEARING

025

Marjorie Taylor

Committee Administrator. Gives overview of SB 447. Mentions proposed -1 amendments (EXHIBIT A).

030

Tricia Smith

Oregon School Employees Association (OSEA). Testifies in support of SB 447. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT B).

130

Smith

Continues reading testimony in support of SB 447.

156

Chair Walker

Comments on testimony. Wants to know why the federal law was changed and why the law was repealed. Asks for the information.

175

Smith

Replies that she will do research and return the information to the committee.

185

JoAnn Smith

Educational Assistant, Harris Elementary School. Testifies in support of SB 447. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT C).

269

Merlene Martin

President, Oregon Education Association. Testifies in support of SB 447. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT D).

372

Chair Walker

Comments on the financial state of Oregon in 1983.

376

Tricia Smith

Responds to comment.

410

Rob Wagner

Political and Legislative Affairs Director, American Federation of Teachers of Oregon. Testifies on SB 447. Comments on the -1 amendments (EXHIBIT A).

TAPE 47, A

005

Wagner

Continues testimony on SB 447 and the -1 amendments.

018

Tamara Brickman

Legislative Coordinator, Oregon Employment Department. Testifies on SB 447.

046

Chair Walker

Asks if Brickman can do a survey to find out how many states make unemployment benefits available to classified staff.

048

Brickman

Replies that she will provide the information for the committee.

051

Tom Byerly

Assistant Director for Unemployment Insurance, Oregon Employment Department. Testifies on SB 447.

067

Chair Walker

Asks Brickman for the program letter as well.

069

Brickman

Replies that she will provide the program letter to the committee.  

076

Wagner

Comments that the Oregon Employment Department has done a great job at providing their services and making sure that the federal law is being complied with.

080

Chair Walker

Agrees.

088

Teri Pastore

Community College Faculty. Testifies in support of SB 447. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT E).

125

Marilyn Pitts

Community College Faculty. Testifies in support of SB 447. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT F).

225

Pitts

Continues testimony in support of SB 447.

295

Chair Walker

Asks if community colleges are using more part time faculty to help make their budgets stretch.

298

Pitts

Speaks in reference to Mount Hood Community College and replies yes.

315

Sen. Morrisette

Asks about the $104 in unemployment on the pay stub included in the testimony submitted (EXHIBIT F). Asks for clarification.

317

Pitts

Explains.

336

Sen. Morrisette

Asks if she is eligible.

338

Pitts

Replies no.

340

Sen. Morrisette

Asks for more information regarding unemployment compensation.

345

BethAnne Darby

Government Relations Consultant, Oregon Education Association.  Testifies in support of SB 447.

389

Frank Vehafric

Employee, Oregon Health and Science University. Testifies in support of SB 447.

TAPE 46, B

003

Nancy Fuller

Staff, Oregon School for the Deaf (OSD). Testifies in support of SB 447.

063

Dianna Mueller

Staff, OSD. Testifies in support of SB 447.

085

Michael Dembrow

Community College Faculty. Testifies in support of SB 447. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT G).

185

Dembrow

Continues testimony in support of SB 447.

217

Chair Walker

Comments on testimony. Asks about the court cases in Washington and California.

233

Dembrow

Replies that it was an appellate case in California.

238

Chair Walker

Asks for a copy of the court case.

240

Dembrow

Agrees to provide a copy of the court case.

241

David Rives

Community College Faculty. Testifies in support of SB 447. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT H).

306

Chuck Bennett

Confederation of School Administrators. Testifies in opposition to SB 447.

352

Chair Walker

Asks when it will ever be the right time to offer workers unemployment insurance.

357

Bennett

Replies that there is not a right time.

374

Chair Walker

Describes a scenario where a seasonal employee was able to receive unemployment insurance. Asks what the difference is between a case dealing with a seasonal employee versus one dealing with a classified employee.

390

Bennett

Responds.

406

Jim Green

Oregon School Boards Association. Testifies in opposition to SB 447.

TAPE 47, B

005

Green

Continues testimony in opposition to SB 447.

010

Chair Walker

Appreciates comments.

016

Ron Meek

Director of Human Resources, Chemeketa Community College. Testifies in opposition to SB 447. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT I).

057

Lori Sattenspiel

Oregon Community College Association. Testifies in opposition to SB 447. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT J).

070

Lisa Zavala

Oregon University System. Testifies in opposition to SB 447.

089

Sen. Morrisette

Mentions question asked earlier regarding unemployment benefits. Asks if most community colleges provide some form of unemployment benefit and if the information will be provided to the committee.

093

Sattenspiel

Responds yes.

095

Chair Walker

Comments that the committee will need more information on SB 447 before doing anything with it.

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

 

Tricia Smith

OSEA. Submits written testimony on behalf of Susan Alleman-Pearson (EXHIBIT M).

099

Chair Walker

Closes public hearing on SB 447 and opens  public hearing on SB 766.

SB 766 – PUBLIC HEARING

104

Marjorie Taylor

Committee Administrator. Gives overview on SB 766.

108

Tricia Smith

Oregon School Employees Association (OSEA). Testifies in support of SB 766. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT K).

205

Smith

Testifies in support of SB 766 on behalf of Portland school board member, Julia Brim-Edwards.

230

Kathy Bonogofski

Employee, Willamette Education Service District (ESD). Testifies in support of SB 766. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT L).

303

Chair Walker

Asks Smith if she intends to prohibit annuity contributions in superintendent contracts with SB 766.

312

Smith

Replies that there is not a firm opinion regarding the question.

325

Rep. Mary Nolan

Represents House District 36. Testifies on SB 766.

357

John Marshall

Oregon School Boards Association. Testifies in opposition to SB 766.

TAPE 48, A

005

Marshall

Continues testimony in opposition to SB 766.

027

Chuck Bennett

Confederation of School Administrators. Testifies in opposition to SB 766.

092

Chair Walker

Closes public hearing and adjourns meeting at 5:15 p.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

  1. SB 447, -1 amendments, staff, 2 pp
  2. SB 447, written testimony, Tricia Smith, 5 pp
  3. SB 447, written testimony, JoAnn Smith, 2 pp
  4. SB 447, written testimony, Merlene Martin, 2 pp
  5. SB 447, written testimony, Teri Pastore, 4 pp
  6. SB 447, written testimony, Marilyn Pitts, 6 pp
  7. SB 447, written testimony, Michael Dembrow, 6 pp
  8. SB 447, written testimony, David Rives, 2 pp
  9. SB 447, written testimony, Ron Meek, 1 p
  10. SB 447, written testimony, Lori Sattenspiel, 1 p
  11. SB 766, written testimony, Tricia Smith, 26 pp
  12. SB 766, written testimony, Kathy Bonogofski, 2 pp
  13. SB 447, written testimony, Tricia Smith, 1 p