SENATE COMMITTEE ON GENERAL GOVERNMENT

 

 

February 15, 2005                                                                                                   Hearing Room B

3:10 P.M.                                                                                                                     Tapes  16 - 17

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Frank Shields, Chair

Sen. Bruce Starr

Sen. Joanne Verger

Sen. Vicki Walker

 

MEMBER EXCUSED:          Sen. Gary George, Vice-Chair

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Judith Callens, Committee Administrator

Gary Roulier, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURES/ISSUES  HEARD:

                                                SB 8 – Public Hearing

                                                SB 9 – Public Hearing

                                                SB 10 – Public Hearing

                                                SB 362 – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                SB 486 – Public Hearing

SB 223 – Work Session

State Accident Insurance Fund – Informational Meeting

 

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 16, A

003

Chair Shields

Opens the meeting at 3:13 and opens a public hearing on SB 8, 9, 10 and 486.

SB 8, SB 9, SB 10 – PUBLIC HEARING

022

Judith Callens

Reviews the provisions of the bills.

051

Callens

Continues with an explanation of the bills.

055

Sen. Peter Courtney

State Senator, District 11. Presents written testimony in support of SB 8, 9 and 10 (EXHIBITS A, B, C) and testifies in support of the bills.

088

Sen. Courtney

Emphasizes the large numbers of Oregonians deployed in the present conflict.

110

Sen. Courtney

Reviews some possible improvements to SB 9. Continues with a review of SB 10 which would appropriate $5 million to the County Veterans Services Officer program.

146

Sen. Courtney

Summarizes the provisions of SB 486, which relates to tuition waivers for dependents of Oregon National Guard soldiers killed on active duty.

186

Sen. Courtney

Notes that these bills do not cover reservists that have been deployed.

199

Sen. Walker

Asks about the concerns regarding SB 10 and moving the program to the Department of Administrative Services.

209

Sen. Courtney

Responds that is an issue that needs to be resolved.

243

Rep. Donna Nelson

State Representative, District 24. Presents written testimony (EXHIBIT D) and testifies in support of SB 10.

282

Rep. Nelson

Summarizes the provisions of SB 10 and the projected total number of veterans within the state.

317

Rep. Nelson

Outlines the services provided by the county veterans’ representatives.

340

Rep. Nelson

Details the program provided by the state of New Mexico for veterans through the provision of life insurance.

357

Rep. Phil Barnhardt

State Representative, District 11. Testifies in support of the bills and the need for additional recognition and services to veterans.

404

Rep. Betty Komp

State Representative, House District 22. Presents written testimony (EXHIBIT E, F, G) and testifies in support of the bills.

423

Rep. Brian Boquist

State Representative, House District. Testifies in support of the bills.

TAPE 17, A

011

Rep. Boquist

Talks about the importance of the “gatekeeper,” the county veterans representatives.

027

Chair Shields

Thanks the members for their testimony. Closes the public hearing on SB 8, SB 9 and SB 10 and opens a public hearing on SB 362.

SB 362 – PUBLIC HEARING

041

Sen. Kate Brown

State Senator, Senate District 21. Presents written testimony (EXHIBIT H) and testifies in support of SB 362.

067

Sen. Ted Ferrioli

State Senator, Senate District 30. Testifies in support of SB 362 and explains the intent of the original legislation in the 2001 session.

107

Sen. Walker

Asks if the legislature has done anything with regards to making sure the federal government also ceases using these terms

112

Sen. Ferrioli

Suggests a letter signed by every member of the body.

124

Sen. Walker

Further suggests a letter asking that federal legislation be drafted.

135

Sen. Brown

Summarizes efforts in other states to pass similar legislation.

147

Sen. Walker

Restates the gesture of having a letter available for all members to sign on the day the bill comes onto the Senate floor.

153

Sen. Verger

Asks how many of the name changes have been accomplished.

162

Sen. Brown

Responds she is not aware of the status.

169

Sen. Ferrioli

Adds that the bill gives the legislature another opportunity to stress that the grace period is over.

176

Sen. Brown

Reviews some of the difficulties involved with the process of changing names.

191

Louie Pitt, Jr.

Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. Testifies in support of SB 362.

198

Olivia Wallulatum

Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. Sings a prayer to the committee.

234

Wallulatum

Prays for the success of the legislative body and reviews her personal history.

270

Wallulatum

Expresses her hope that the bill is passed.

307

Sen. Verger

Thanks the witness for her testimony and prayer. Asks if there is a “movement” among the tribes to choose particular terms for renaming.

324

Wallulatum

Reviews the processes and the difficulties involved.

340

Sen. Verger

Comments that in Louisiana citizens learned how to pronounce the Native American names.

353

Chair Shields

Talks about the historical naming of rivers in his home state.

373

Pitt

Thanks the committee for their work.

381

Christine Johnson

Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and Miss Warm Springs 2005. Testifies in support of SB 362.

414

Chair Shields

Closes the public hearing and opens a work session on SB 362.

TAPE 16, B

SB 362 – WORK SESSION

004

Callens

Informs the committee that they have not received a fiscal impact statement for the bill.

020

Sen. B. Starr

MOTION:  Moves SB 362 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  4-0-1

AYE:            In a roll call vote, all members present vote Aye.

EXCUSED:  1 - George

 

Chair Shields

The motion CARRIES.

SEN. BROWN & SEN. FERRIOLI will lead discussion on the floor.

030

Chair Shields

Closes the work session on SB 362 and opens a public hearing on SB 8, SB 9, SB 10 and SB 486.

SB 8, SB 9,  SB 10, SB 486 – PUBLIC HEARING

041

Jacqueline Zimmer

Director, Oregon Association of Area Agencies on Aging and Disabilities. Presents written testimony (EXHIBIT I) and testifies in support of SB 10.

070

Bob Lawrence

Governor’s Commission on Senior Services. Presents written testimony (EXHIBIT J) and testifies in support of SB 486.

095

Lawrence

States that the World War II and Korean veterans are entering the long-term care system in large numbers.

104

Jeff Hill

County Veterans Service Officers’ Association. Testifies in support of SB 10.

140

Chair Shields

Reviews some of the infrastructure issues with providing veteran services with the witness.

170

Sen. Verger

Agrees that she has no issue with where the funding is “housed,” only that the system deliver services.

187

Zimmer

Notes that there is a work group being formed to resolve issues.

204

Sen. Walker

Asks if there are any federal funds for the county programs.

212

Lawrence

Talks about an experimental program in Washington County to use “Title 19” funds for a match.

222

Sen. Walker

States that the federal government “sends our citizens off to war” but does not fund services for veterans.

228

Lawrence

Reviews decisions by the federal government on the use of Title 19 funds.

238

Hill

Summarizes how the county offices are funded. States that there has never been any federal funding for county veterans’ offices.

257

Sen. Walker

Expresses surprise that there is no federal funding for these offices. Notes that there is a cost savings for the state if we can get federal funding for these veterans’ services.

271

Rep. Brad Witt

State Representative, District 31. Testifies in support of SB 10 and reviews the case load for the county veterans’ office in Columbia County.

316

Rep. Witt

Notes that the funding for these offices is “close to an insult.”

357

H.A. MacDonald

Testifies in support of the bills. Stresses that all veterans should be treated alike.

TAPE 17, B

001

Val Conley

Veterans’ Services Division Administrator, Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Presents written testimony (EXHIBIT K) and testifies that the present system should be utilized for disbursal of funds.

054

Bill Fink

Administrator, Department of Administrative Services Operations Division. Presents written testimony (EXHIBIT L) and testifies in opposition to SB 10.

064

Col. Mike Caldwell

Deputy Director, Oregon Military Department. Testifies that the department is neutral on SB 8 and suggests some amendments.

097

Caldwell

Notes that there are no federal educational funds for surviving spouses.

 

Jerry Ryan

Oregon Paralyzed Veterans of America. Submits written testimony in support of SB 8 (EXHIBIT M).

 

Jerry Ryan

Oregon Paralyzed Veterans of America. Submits written testimony in support of SB 9 (EXHIBIT N).

 

Jerry Ryan

Oregon Paralyzed Veterans of America. Submits written testimony in support of SB 10 (EXHIBIT O).

 

Sen. Peter Courtney

Submits written testimony in support of SB 486 (EXHIBIT P).

 

Rep. Komp

Submits written testimony in support of SB 486 (EXHIBIT Q).

 

 

 

 

 

 

104

Chair Shields

Closes the public hearing and opens a work session on SB 223.

SB 223 – WORK SESSION

113

Sen. B. Starr

MOTION:  Moves SB 223 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  4-0-1

AYE:            In a roll call vote, all members present vote Aye.

EXCUSED:  1 - George

 

Chair Shields

The motion CARRIES.

SEN. SHIELDS will lead discussion on the floor.

129

Chair shields

Closes the work session and opens an informational meeting on the State Accident Insurance Fund Corporation (SAIF).

STATE ACCIDENT INSURANCE FUND CORPORATION – INFORMATIONAL MEETING

137

Brenda Rocklin

Interim President, SAIF. Presents a report entitled “Review of SAIF Corporation,” dated February 15, 2005 (EXHIBIT R) and states that the report addresses some of the work done within the past six months.

177

Rocklin

Reviews the focus, which include an emphasis on public records.

199

Rocklin

Summarizes the four specific areas outlined in the executive summary of the report.

240

Rocklin

Outlines the process in place to respond to public record requests. Adds that the second major area of focus is on contracts.

280

Rocklin

Notes that the third area of focus is on the diversity of SAIF’s workforce.

308

Sen. Walker

Comments that the plan for more diversity could be shared with the Governor’s office on executive appointments.

317

Rocklin

Talks about the importance of creating more transparency in SAIF’s operations.

337

Sen. Verger

Thanks the witness for the trust created by her personal integrity.

353

Sen. Walker

Speaks to a fraud referral on page 28 of the report (EXHIBIT R) that she wants to address.

399

Chair Shields

Closes the informational meeting and adjourns the meeting at 5:06 p.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

  1. SB 8, written testimony, Sen. Peter Courtney, 3 pp
  2. SB 9, written testimony, Sen. Peter Courtney, 3 pp
  3. SB 10, written testimony, Sen. Peter Courtney, 3 pp
  4. SB 10, written testimony, Rep. Donna Nelson, 1 pp
  5. SB 8, written testimony, Rep. Betty Komp, 1 pp
  6. SB 9, written testimony, Rep. Betty Komp, 1 pp
  7. SB 10, written testimony, Rep. Betty Komp, 1 pp
  8. SB 362, written testimony, Sen. Kate Brown, 1 pp
  9. SB 10, written testimony, Jacqueline Zimmer, 1 pp
  10. SB 10, written testimony, Bob Lawrence,  1 pp
  11. SB 10, written testimony, Val Conley, 5 pp
  12. SB 10, written testimony, Bill Fink, 2 pp
  13. SB 8, written testimony, Jerry Ryan, 1 pp
  14. SB 9, written testimony, Jerry Ryan, 1 pp
  15. SB 10, written testimony, Jerry Ryan, 1 pp
  16. SB 486, written testimony, Sen. Peter Courtney, 3 pp
  17. SB 486, written testimony, Rep. Betty Komp, 1 pp
  18. State Accident Insurance Fund, report, Brenda Rocklin, 251 pp