SENATE COMMITTEE ON HUMAN SERVICES

 

 

March 01, 2005                                                                                                       Hearing Room D

3:00 P.M.                                                                                                                     Tapes  26 - 27

Corrected 10/25/05

 

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Bill Morrisette, Chair

Sen. Jeff Kruse, Vice-Chair

Sen. Rick Metsger

Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson

Sen. Charles Starr     

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Rick Berkobien, Committee Administrator

Dawn Tuso, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURES/ISSUES HEARD:

SB 623 - Public Hearing and Work Session

SB 553 - Public Hearing

SB 418 – Public Hearing

                                                SB 419 - 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 26, A

005

Chair Morrisette

Calls meeting to order at 3:08 p.m. Opens public hearing on SB 623.

SB 623 – PUBLIC HEARING

013

Rick Berkobien

Committee Administrator. Gives overview of SB 623 (EXHIBIT A).  Introduces the -1 amendments for SB 623 (EXHIBIT B).

030

Bruce Goldberg

Administrator, Office for Oregon Health Policy and Research. Testifies on SB 623.

040

Missy Dolin

Administrator, Oregon Prescription Drug Program. Testifies on SB 623. Submits PowerPoint handout (EXHIBIT C). Talks about the Oregon prescription drug program that just began today.

096

Goldberg

States that it is a great prescription drug program. Feels that SB 623 is more of an administrative issue around the way the bill was originally drafted.

109

Jim Markee

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). Testifies in support of SB 623. Supports the -1 amendments.

130

Don Stetcher

Associate Director of Government Affairs, Norvartis Pharmaceuticals. Testifies in support of SB 623. Mentions support of the legislature providing oversight of the program.  

141

Chair Morrisette

Asks if he recommends it as standard procedure for every bill that the legislature passes in relation to administrative rules.

145

Stetcher

Replies that he doesn’t feel that it is a bad idea but thinks others would disagree.

148

Chair Morrisette

Asks if there is a reason why we are doing it with this particular bill.

149

Stetcher

Responds that his client feels that some legislative oversight is important.

151

Chair Morrisette

Asks if his client is here today.

152

Stetcher

Replies no.

155

Chair Morrisette

Remarks that he hoped Mr. Gardner could have come to the meeting today.

157

Stetcher

States that Gardner and Markee both represent PhRMA.

159

Chair Morrisette

Asks who’s idea it was.

161

Markee

Responds that he was not involved in the drafting of the bill.

165

Holly Robinson

Legislative Counsel. Testifies on SB 623. Talks about SB 623 and the

-1 amendments.

204

Chair Morrisette

Asks if it has an effect on the rules that were previously adopted by the agency.

207

Robinson

Explains.

220

Chair Morrisette

Asks if it is a solution looking for a problem. States that it might be a no trust situation. Asks what impact it has on Goldberg’s ability to run a program.

230

Goldberg

Explains that they would like the opportunity to be able to move forward in an administratively efficient manner.

247

Chair Morrisette

Asks if Goldberg would like to continue the legislative process as it currently exists.  Explains question in detail.

265

Goldberg

Responds that he doesn’t see the need for an assurance of oversight.

273

Sen. Kruse

Asks if the -1 amendments prevent Goldberg from doing his job.

275

Goldberg

Replies no.

278

Sen. Kruse

Mentions that the workgroup product called for legislative oversight  and says that it seems like a break of faith to eliminate that right now.

290

Chair Morrisette

Closes public hearing on SB 623 and opens public hearing on SB 553 (EXHIBIT D).

SB 553 – PUBLIC HEARING

303

Sen. Morse

Represents Senate District 8. Testifies on SB 553. Talks about the -1 amendments for SB 553 (EXHIBIT E).

338

Chair Morrisette

Asks if it is at the request of the Self Help for Hard of Hearing People, Oregon (SHHH-OR).

340

Sen. Morse

Replies yes.

344

Chair Morrisette

Asks if Sen. Morse is taking ownership of SB 553.

353

Sen. Morse

Says that he is only an advocate of SB 553.

367

Chair Morrisette

Appreciates his position on SB 553.

373

Sen. Morse

Comments with respect to the intent of the -1 amendments. Shares that Andy Evans anticipates that the new seat would be filled by a consumer advocate from a field such as nursing, geriatrics, social or vocational rehabilitation counseling, education, senior center workers, or the like.

388

Chair Morrisette

Closes public hearing on SB 553 and opens public hearing on SB 623.

SB 623 – PUBLIC HEARING

395

Chair Morrisette

Closes public hearing on SB 623. Committee stands at ease.

400

Chair Morrisette

Opens public hearing on SB 418.

SB 418 – PUBLIC HEARING

403

Rick Berkobien

Gives overview of SB 418 (EXHIBIT F). States that SB 418 has a subsequent referral to the Revenue committee.

TAPE 27, A

003

Sen. Metsger

Clarifies purpose of SB 418.

022

George Scheler

Oregon Association of the Deaf. Testifies in support of SB 418. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT G).

050

Fred Peters

Consumer Representative, Hearing Aid Licensure Council. Testifies in support of SB 418. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT H).

078

Eric Frederick

Oregon Speech Language and Hearing Association. Testifies in support of SB 418. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT I).

116

Suzanne Collins

Polk County Resident. Testifies in support of SB 418.

129

Chair Morrisette

States that there is a group in Lane County that works with children with hearing losses. Says that they emphasize that the sounds in early development are very important. Appreciates the testimony.

143

Scott Austin

Oregon Hearing Society. Testifies in support of SB 418.

157

Andrew Evans

Self Help for Hard of Hearing People, Oregon (SHHH-OR). Testifies in support of SB 418. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT J).

194

Chair Morrisette

Closes public hearing on SB 418 and opens public hearing on SB 623.

SB 623 – PUBLIC HEARING

217

Bruce Goldberg

Administrator, Office for Oregon Health Policy and Research. Amends previous testimony. Refers to Sen. Kruse’s question regarding the -1 amendments and whether or not it would affect the way they operate the program. States that it is clear in the language of the amendment that it would inhibit their ability to run the program. Explains in detail.

245

Chair Morrisette

Responds to Goldberg’s testimony.

252

Sen. Monnes Anderson

Asks if the main part of SB 623 is needed to continue the Oregon prescription drug plan.

257

Goldberg

Replies yes.

263

Chair Morrisette

Closes public hearing on SB 623 and opens work session on SB 623.

SB 623 – WORK SESSION

272

Sen. Monnes Anderson

MOTION:  Moves SB 623 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

275

Sen. Kruse

Says that he thought that they were going to be given more time to come up with something appropriate.

280

Chair Morrisette

Re-states feeling that it is a solution looking for a problem. Explains reason to move forward with a work session on SB 623.

327

Sen. Kruse

Admits that the -1 amendments are not written properly and are much too restrictive. Feels that there is a compromised solution. Requests a week to come up with a solution.

368

Chair Morrisette

Accepts the recommendation.

372

Sen. C. Starr

MOTION:  Moves to TABLE the motion to move SB 623 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

381

Sen. Monnes Anderson

Asks for a point of clarification regarding the motion on the floor.

389

Chair Morrisette

Committee stands at ease.

390

Chair Morrisette

Explains that there was a motion to approve SB 623 as written which was overridden by a motion to table. Says that they must vote on the motion to table first. States that he would like to approve the motion to table so they can try to come up with a workable compromise. States that they will vote on the motion to table.

410

 

VOTE:  4-1-0

AYE:            4 - Sen. Kruse, Sen. Metsger, Sen. C. Starr, Sen. Morrisette

NAY:            1 - Sen. Monnes Anderson

 

Chair Morrisette

The motion to table Carries.

422

Chair Morrisette

Closes work session on SB 623 and opens public hearing on SB 419 (EXHIBIT K).

SB 419 – PUBLIC HEARING

TAPE 26, B

005

George Scheler

Oregon Association of the Deaf. Testifies in support of SB 419. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT L).

035

Eric Frederick

Oregon Speech Language and Hearing Association. Testifies in support of SB 419. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT M).

057

Andrew Evans

Self Help for Hard of Hearing People, Oregon (SHHH-OR). Testifies in support of SB 419. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT N).

076

Chair Morrisette

Closes public hearing on SB419 and opens public hearing on SB 553.

SB 553 – PUBLIC HEARING

080

George Scheler

Oregon Association of the Deaf. Testifies in support of SB 553. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT O).

101

Fred Peters

Consumer Representative, Hearing Aid Licensure Council. Testifies in support of SB 553. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT P).

104

Sen. C. Starr

Asks if Scheler supports SB 553 with the -1 amendments.

106

Scheler

Asks about the amendments.

111

Rick Berkobien

Committee Administrator. Gives overview of the -1 amendments for SB 553.

116

Scheler

Supports the -1 amendments.

120

Peters

States that he would support the -1 amendments. Continues testimony on SB 553.

150

Andrew Evans

Self Help for Hard of Hearing People, Oregon (SHHH-OR). Testifies in support of SB 553. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT Q).

168

Scott Austin

Oregon Hearing Society. Testifies on SB 553.

197

John Brenneman

Oregon Hearing Society. Testifies on SB 553.

200

Chair Morrisette

Asks what motivates people to continue fighting for this bill.

206

Austin

Responds.

220

Chair Morrisette

Closes public hearing on SB 553 and announces that there will not be a  work session on SB 553 today.

240

Chair Morrisette

Announces that they will carry SB 623 over until the Thursday, March 3rd, 2005 meeting as long as they have the amendment by then.

251

Chair Morrisette

Re-opens public hearing on SB 553.

SB 553 - PUBLIC HEARING

252

John Brenneman

Oregon Hearing Society. Testifies on SB 553. Says that he has talked to everyone on the committee to express that they do not want to lose a member.

260

Chair Morrisette

Announces that there will be a work session on SB 418, SB 419, SB 553, and SB 623 on Thursday, March 3rd, 2005.

283

Chair Morrisette

Closes the public hearing on SB 553 and adjourns the meeting at 4:34 p.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A.     SB 623, printed bill, staff, 1 p

B.     SB 623, -1 amendments, staff, 1 p

C.     SB 623, PowerPoint handout, Missy Dolin, 2 pp

D.    SB 553, printed bill, staff, 1 p

E.     SB 553, -1 amendments, staff, 1 p

F.      SB 418, printed bill, staff, 2 pp

G.    SB 418, written testimony, George Scheler, 3 pp

H.    SB 418, written testimony, Fred Peters, 1 p

I.       SB 418, written testimony, Eric Frederick, 1 p

J.      SB 418, written testimony, Andrew Evans, 1 p

K.    SB 419, printed bill, staff, 1 p

L.     SB 419, written testimony, George Scheler, 3 pp

M.  SB 419, written testimony, Eric Frederick, 1 p

N.    SB 419, written testimony, Andrew Evans, 1 p

O.    SB 553, written testimony, George Scheler, 3 pp

P.      SB 553, written testimony, Fred Peters, 1 p

Q.    SB 553, written testimony, Andrew Evans, 1 p