SENATE COMMITTEE ON GENERAL GOVERNMENT

 

 

March 10, 2005                                                                                                       Hearing Room B

3:10 P.M.                                                                                                                     Tapes  31 - 32

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Frank Shields, Chair

Sen. Gary George, Vice-Chair

Sen. Bruce Starr

Sen. Joanne Verger

Sen. Vicki Walker

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Judith Callens, Committee Administrator

Gary Roulier, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURES/ISSUES HEARD:

SB 636 – Public Hearing

SB 425 – Public Hearing

SB 837 – Public Hearing and Work Session

SB 847 – Public Hearing and 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 31, A

002

Chair Shields

Opens the meeting at 3:11 p.m. and opens a public hearing on SB 636.

SB 636 – PUBLIC HEARING

007

Judith Callens

Committee Administrator. Explains the provisions of the bill.

024

Patricia Schwoch

Executive Director, Manufactured Home Owners of Oregon. Presents written testimony (EXHIBIT A) and testifies in support of SB 636.

035

Chuck Carpenter

Executive Director, Manufactured Housing Communities of Oregon. Testifies in support of SB 636.

055

John VanLandingham

Legal Services Lawyer, Eugene, Oregon. Testifies in support of SB 636.

093

Chair Shields

Asks how many park managers are unaware of manufactured home laws.

095

Schwoch

Responds that it is approximately fifty percent.

107

VanLandingham

Notes there is a subsequent referral to Ways and Means and continues an explanation of the intent of the bill.

145

Chair Shields

Asks if the tenants would support the idea of sub-metering.

152

Schwoch

Responds that the tenants are in favor of that provision.

158

Sen. Verger

Asks who would cover the costs of putting in the meters.

160

VanLandingham

Replies that the costs would be covered by an increase in rent.

172

Sen. Verger

Asks if the savings on the water bills by a tenant would be offset by the rent increase.

188

VanLandingham

Responds that this change would benefit the residents in the long run as  it would not be a huge capital cost to install the meters.

201

Schwoch

Adds that a roll back for those residents who are using less water would be worthwhile.

211

Sen. Verger

Notes that she is not sure that would happen with the additional cost of installing the meters.

219

Schwoch

Answers that the vacancy rate would keep the rent increases down, and reemphasizes the change will benefit the residents in the long run.

230

VanLandingham

Reviews how tenants pay utilities and how the bill changes that mechanism.

253

Chair Shields

Comments that he respects the effort to come to agreement in this bill.

259

Carpenter

Adds that with an expected drought, those who conserve should not have to pay for those who are wasting resources.

270

Carpenter

Adds that he does not see a situation where the rent increases are greater than the savings for the individual tenants.

299

VanLandingham

States that the third issue within the bill deals with recreational vehicles.

341

Chair Shields

Notes that this will be the only public hearing on this bill.

362

Sen. Verger

Comments that the education section of the bill is important but fears that the rents will increase to pay for the meters.

389

Sen. George

Asks if there is an opportunity for advertising for motor home business to offset the large number of vacancies.

404

Carpenter

Responds that it does present an opportunity, particularly with those owners who only have single-wide spaces.

418

Chair Shields

Closes the public hearing in SB 636 and opens a public hearing on SB 425.

SB 425 – PUBLIC HEARING

TAPE 32, A

003

Callens

Explains the provisions of the bill.

015

Andrew Wilch

Director of Housing, Portland Development Commission (PDC). Presents spreadsheets detailing PDC’s Housing Department production goals (EXHIBIT B).

072

Wilch

Reviews the connection between PDC’s housing projects and the City of Portland housing goals.

112

Wilch

Summarizes the urban renewal districts within Portland.

141

Wilch

Notes that some urban renewal districts, Airport Way for example, would not lend themselves to a set aside for housing as housing is prohibited.

152

Gary Cook

Manager, Clackamas County Development Agency. Shares some concerns with the bill as they have urban renewal districts where housing would not be appropriate.

197

Cook

Reviews actions of the Clackamas Housing Authority.

216

Jeffrey Tashman

Association of Oregon Redevelopment Agencies. Presents written testimony (EXHIBIT C) and testifies in opposition to SB 425.

249

Tashman

Notes that many urban renewal projects are economic development and do not have a housing component.

293

Chair Shields

Comments that Rep. Jeff Merckley sponsored the bill and asks the witnesses to work with the sponsor to address their concerns.

327

Sen. Verger

States that none of the three urban renewal districts near her home would be suitable for housing.

 

Michelle Deister

League of Oregon Cities. Submits written testimony in opposition to SB 425 (EXHIBIT H).

343

Chair Shields

Closes the pubic hearing and opens a public hearing on SB 837.

SB 837 – PUBLIC HEARING

350

Callens

Explains the provisions of the bill. Presents the -1 amendments (EXHIBIT D).

387

Frank Stratton

Underwriting Manager, Special Districts Association of Oregon. Presents written testimony (EXHIBIT E) and testifies in support of SB 837. 

TAPE 31, B

003

Stratton

Explains the process of self-insured pools for public entities.

031

Sen. Verger

Asks for clarification regarding the “owner of the third party” statement.

035

Stratton

Responds with a summary of the intent.

041

Chair Shields

Asks if there is any opposition.

043

Hasina Squires

Special Districts Association of Oregon. Answers that there is no opposition.

052

Sen. George

Asks if there is a chance of someone establishing one of these pools that is not a public entity.

055

Stratton

Responds that a private entity could not form an insurance pool.

067

Chair Shields

Closes the public hearing and opens a work session on SB 837.

SB 837 – WORK SESSION

077

Sen. George

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 837-1 amendments dated 3/9/05.

 

 

VOTE:  4-0-1

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

EXCUSED:  1 - B. Starr

 

Chair Shields

The motion CARRIES.

084

Sen. George

MOTION:  Moves SB 837 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  5-0-0

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

 

Chair Shields

The motion CARRIES.

SEN. SHIELDS will lead discussion on the floor.

095

Chair Shields

Closes the work session and opens a public hearing on SB 847.

SB 847 – PUBLIC HEARING

097

Callens

Explains the provisions of the bill.

120

Sen. Margaret Carter

Senate District 22. Presents written testimony (EXHIBIT F) and testifies in support of SB 847.

157

Rep. Gary Hansen

House District 44. Testifies in support of SB 847.

188

Sen. Carter

Speaks to displacement of people within the North/Northeast Portland area.

201

Marge Kafoury

City of Portland. Testifies in support of SB 847.

238

Kevin Feeney

Legislative Intern, Sen. Margaret Carter. Testifies in support of SB 847.

247

Wilch

Presents an information packet consisting of written testimony and a map (EXHIBIT G) and testifies in support of SB 847.

273

Sen. B. Starr

Asks for clarification of the subsidy.

282

Wilch

Reviews the amount and the benefits of stable neighborhoods.

291

Kafoury

Reviews the price cap of the program.

294

Chair Shields

Closes the public hearing and opens a work session on SB 847.

SB 847 – WORK SESSION

307

Sen. George

MOTION:  Moves SB 847 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation and BE REFERRED to the committee on Revenue by prior reference.

 

 

VOTE:  5-0-0

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

 

Chair Shields

The motion CARRIES.

325

Chair Shields

Closes the work session and adjourns the meeting at 4:30 p.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

  1. SB 636, written testimony, Patricia Schwoch, 1 p
  2. SB 425, spreadsheets, Andrew Wilch, 3 pp
  3. SB 425, written testimony, Jeffrey Tashman, 1 p
  4. SB 837, -1 amendments, staff, 1 p
  5. SB 837, written testimony, Frank Stratton, 2 pp
  6. SB 847, written testimony, Margaret Carter, 3 pp
  7. SB 847, information packet, Andrew Wilch, 3 pp
  8. SB 425, written testimony, Michelle Deister, 1 p