SENATE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE

 

 

March 23, 2005                                                                                                       Hearing Room D

3:00 P.M.                                                                                                                     Tapes  57 - 59

 

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 838 - Public Hearing and Work Session

SB 853 - Public Hearing and Work Session

SB 674 - Public Hearing and Work Session

SB 580 - Public Hearing and Work Session

SB 749 – Work Session

SB 755 – 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 57, A

005

Chair Walker

Calls meeting to order at 3:07 p.m. and opens a public hearing on SB 838.

SB 838 – PUBLIC HEARING

015

Marjorie Taylor

Committee Administrator. Gives overview of SB 838.

021

Rep. Tom Butler

Represents House District 60. Testifies in support of SB 838.

064

Sen. Ryan Deckert

Represents Senate District 14. Testifies in support of SB 838. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT A). Submits letter on behalf of Pixelworks (EXHIBIT B).

109

Chair Walker

Asks why Sen. Deckert wants to abolish the two separate councils and combine them into one council.

111

Sen. Deckert

Explains.

123

Chair Walker

Asks if Sen. Deckert thinks it will give the Governor more control of the money.

125

Sen. Deckert

Responds.

140

Richard Linton

University of Oregon. Testifies in support of SB 838. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT C).

198

Michelle Girts

CH2M HILL. Testifies in support of SB 838. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT D).

253

Skip Rung

Executive Director, Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI). Testifies in support of SB 838. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT E).

320

Sen. Kruse

Asks about the duties and mission of the council. Talks about capital construction.

339

Rung

Says that SB 838 does not address the issues Sen. Kruse discussed directly.

345

Sen. Kruse

Asks if he is looking for ways to alleviate barriers.

352

Rung

Replies that it is part of it but that the focus is on the innovation cycle and moving basic discovery and research into the market place.

360

Sen. Kruse

Points out that it is not a major capital facility.

369

Chair Walker

Asks about provision in SB 838 page 5, section 9, subsection 5. Asks where the research center will be located.

410

Rung

Explains.

TAPE 58, A

009

Chair Walker

Asks if Rung anticipates that the signature research center will be in more than one location.

011

Rung

Replies yes and explains.

020

Pat Scruggs

Innovation and Technology Manager, Oregon Economic and Community Development. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT S). Speaks to Sen. Walker’s question regarding the provision in SB 838 page 5, section 9, subsection 5.

040

Chair Walker

Asks if a contract is signed when loan money is granted.

043

Scruggs

Replies yes and explains.

046

Chair Walker

Clarifies reason behind question.

060

Scruggs

Says that most of the funds have very thorough application and loan program provisions. Responds to Sen. Kruse’s question.

073

Sen. Kruse

Responds.

085

Jack Isselmann

Pixelworks. Testifies in support of SB 838. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT F). Mentions letters submitted on behalf of Pixelworks (EXHIBIT G) and Hewlett Packard (EXHIBIT H).

150

Kay Altman

Home Dialysis Plus. Testifies in support of SB 838. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT I).

231

Chair Walker

Comments that there are people in Oregon who are capable of doing great things.

237

David Chen

Represents OVP Venture Partners and the ONAMI Advisory Board. Testifies in support of SB 838.

337

Chen

Continues testimony on SB 838.

TAPE 57, B

001

Chen

Continues testimony on SB 838.

015

Chair Walker

Comments on testimony.

039

Sen. Deckert

Thanks group of presenters. Asks Chen what ideas he has for Oregon other than what has been discussed today.

049

Chen

Responds.

076

Chair Walker

Reports that SB 838 will probably be sent to Ways and Means today. Mentions comment regarding a report card. Says that the committee on Ways and Means is paying very close attention to how money is being spent and stresses that it would be beneficial to show the committee a report card.

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

 

E. Walter Van Valkenburg

Stoel Rives, Attorneys at Law. Submits written testimony in support of SB 838 (EXHIBIT R).

086

Chair Walker

Closes public hearing on SB 838 and opens work session on SB 838.

SB 838 – WORK SESSION

089

Sen. C. Starr

MOTION:  Moves SB 838 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation and BE REFERRED to the committee on Ways and Means.

 

 

VOTE:  5-0-0

 

Chair Walker

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

096

Chair Walker

Closes work session and opens public hearing on SB 853.

SB 853 – PUBLIC HEARING

100

Marjorie Taylor

Committee Administrator. Gives overview of SB 853.

107

Sen. Frank Morse

Represents Senate District 8. Testifies in support of SB 853. Submits -1 amendments (EXHIBIT J).

183

Chair Walker

Asks how the OKED feels about the amendments.

186

Sen. Morse

Replies in detail.

221

Mary Foley

Oregon Health Science University (OHSU). Testifies in support of SB 853. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT K).

289

Sen. Morrisette

Points out that $28 billion is being spent on tax credits. Says that he would like to identify existing tax credits that could be replaced by the one proposed.

315

Chair Walker

Mentions SB 719.

329

Pat Scruggs

Innovation and Technology Manager, Oregon Economic and Community Development. Testifies in support of SB 853. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT L).

398

Chair Walker

Asks Sen. Morse if SB 853 is ready to be moved with the -1 amendments.

400

Sen. Morse

Replies yes.

404

Chair Walker

Talks about the -1 amendments. Reports that SB 853 has a subsequent referral to Revenue.

412

Chair Walker

Closes public hearing and opens work session on SB 853.

SB 853 – WORK SESSION

414

Sen. C. Starr

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 853-1 amendments dated 3/23/05.

 

 

VOTE:  5-0-0

 

Chair Walker

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

 

 

 

420

Sen. C. Starr

MOTION:  Moves SB 853 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation and BE REFERRED to the committee on Revenue.

TAPE 58, B

003

Sen. Morrisette

Asks if there will be a revenue impact.

011

Chair Walker

Responds. 

013

Sen. Morrisette

Says he will support SB 853 being moved to the Revenue committee but that he is not sure if he will support SB 853 if it goes to the floor.

018

 

VOTE:  5-0-0

 

Chair Walker

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

021

Chair Walker

Closes work session and opens public hearing on SB 674.

SB 674 – PUBLIC HEARING

023

Marjorie Taylor

Committee Administrator. Gives overview of SB 674.

028

Sen. Richard Devlin

Represents Senate District 19. Testifies in support of SB 674.

060

Sen. C. Starr

Comments on SB 674.

075

Vickie Fleming

Deputy Superintendent, Oregon Department of Education (ODE). Testifies in support of SB 674. Submits written testimony and a report on Virtual Learning in Oregon dated March, 2005 (EXHIBIT M).

110

Camille Cole

Specialist on E-Learning, ODE. Testifies in support of SB 674.

123

Sen. Morrisette

Asks question regarding administrative rules.

128

Fleming

Explains.

141

Sen. Devlin

Responds to Sen. Morrisette’s question.

149

Sen. Kruse

Asks Sen. Devlin’s opinion regarding the fate of SB 674 once it gets assigned to the committee on Ways and Means.

152

Sen. Devlin

Responds that the Education Subcommittee on Ways and Means set aside $50,000 today to look at E-Learning issues.

159

Sen. Morrisette

Asks if the money came from the Education Service Districts.

160

Sen. Devlin

Replies no.

170

Chair Walker

Closes public hearing on SB 674 and opens work session on SB 674.

SB 674 – WORK SESSION

171

Sen. C. Starr

MOTION:  Moves SB 674 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation and BE REFERRED to the committee on Ways and Means.

 

 

VOTE:  4-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 - Sen. Deckert

 

Chair Walker

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

177

Chair Walker

Closes work session and opens public hearing on SB 580.

SB 580 – PUBLIC HEARING

178

Marjorie Taylor

Committee Administrator. Gives overview of SB 580.

189

Sen. Richard Devlin

Represents Senate District 19. Testifies in support of SB 580.

258

Sen. Kruse

Asks what problem SB 580 is trying to fix.

272

Sen. Devlin

Explains.

321

Sen. Morrisette

Comments on testimony.

333

Sen. Devlin

Responds.

344

Chair Walker

Mentions written testimony submitted for the record by Laurie Wimmer Whelan without public testimony (EXHIBIT N).

352

David Williams

Oregon School Boards Association. Testifies in support of SB 580. Reports that the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators supports SB 580.

365

Chair Walker

Mentions written testimony submitted for the record by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) in support of SB 580 (EXHIBIT O).

370

Chair Walker

Closes public hearing and opens work session on SB 580.

SB 580 – WORK SESSION

371

Sen. C. Starr

MOTION:  Moves SB 580 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

375

Sen. Morrisette

Supports SB 580.

380

Sen. Kruse

Says that “SB 580 sounds nice but feels that it is already being done.” Talks about the ability to add something for safety to a bond measure.

389

Sen. Devlin

Responds to comment.

393

Sen. Kruse

Asks if the cost of an improvement can be considered part of the school district’s bond measure.

401

Sen. Devlin

Explains.

438

 

VOTE:  4-1-0

AYE:            4 - Sen. Walker, Sen. C. Starr, Sen. Deckert, Sen. Morrisette

NAY:            1 - Sen. Kruse

 

Chair Walker

The motion Carries.

SEN. DEVLIN will lead discussion on the floor.

TAPE 59, A

010

Sen. Kruse

Asks Sen. Devlin to get more information regarding the bond measure issue.

012

Chair Walker

Closes work session on SB 580 and opens work session on SB 749.

SB 749 – WORK SESSION

013

Marjorie Taylor

Committee Administrator. Gives overview of SB 749. Mentions -3 amendments (EXHIBIT P).

023

Chair Walker

Talks about -3 amendments.

045

Sen. C. Starr

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 749-3 amendments dated 3/23/05.

 

 

VOTE:  5-0-0

 

Chair Walker

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

047

Sen. C. Starr

MOTION:  Moves SB 749 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation and BE REFERRED to the committee on Ways and Means.

 

 

VOTE:  5-0-0

 

Chair Walker

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

060

Chair Walker

Closes work session on SB 749 and opens work session on SB 755.

SB 755 – WORK SESSION

062

Marjorie Taylor

Committee Administrator. Gives overview of SB 755. Mentions -3 amendments (EXHIBIT Q).

067

Chair Walker

Comments on the -3 amendments.

071

Sen. C. Starr

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 755-3 amendments dated //05.

 

 

VOTE:  5-0-0

 

Chair Walker

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

074

Sen. C. Starr

MOTION:  Moves SB 755 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

078

 

VOTE:  5-0-0

 

Chair Walker

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. WALKER will lead discussion on the floor.

080

Chair Walker

Closes work session and adjourns meeting at 5:07 p.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

  1. SB 838, written testimony, Sen. Ryan Deckert, 1 p
  2. SB 838, letter from Pixelworks, Sen. Ryan Deckert, 2 pp
  3. SB 838, written testimony, Richard Linton, 2 pp
  4. SB 838, written testimony, Michelle Girts, 4 pp
  5. SB 838, written testimony, Robert Rung, 3 pp
  6. SB 838, written testimony, Jack Isselmann, 2 pp
  7. SB 838, letter from Pixelworks, Jack Isselmann, 2 pp
  8. SB 838, letter from Hewlett Packard, Jack Isselmann, 2 pp
  9. SB 838, written testimony, Kay Altman, 3 pp
  10. SB 853, -1 amendments, Sen. Frank Morse, 1 p
  11. SB 853, written testimony, Mary Foley, 2 pp
  12. SB 853, written testimony, Patricia Scruggs, 2 pp
  13. SB 674, written testimony, Vickie Fleming, 4 pp
  14. SB 580, written testimony, Laurie Wimmer Whelan, 1 p
  15. SB 580, written testimony, Troy Costales, 1 p
  16. SB 749, -3 amendments, staff, 5 pp
  17. SB 755, -3 amendments, staff, 2 pp

 

                                                                                               

      The following exhibits are listed out of order in the body of the tape log:

  1. SB 838, written testimony, E. Walter Van Valkenburg, 2 pp
  2. SB 838, written testimony, Patricia Scruggs, 4 pp