SENATE COMMITTEE ON HUMAN SERVICES

 

 

March 24, 2005                                                                                                       Hearing Room D

3:00 P.M                                                                                                                      Tapes  41 - 43

 

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

Brittany Kenison, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURES/ISSUES HEARD:

SB 973 – Public Hearing

SB 303 – Public Hearing and Work Session

SB 374 – Public Hearing

SB 818 – Public Hearing

SB 417 – 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 41, A

003

Chair Morrisette

Calls the meeting to order at 3:11 p.m.  Opens a public hearing on SB 973.

SB 973 – PUBLIC HEARING

005

Rick Berkobien

Committee Administrator.  Notes that SB 750 has been withdrawn.

020

Chair Morrisette

Stands the committee at ease to call Ron Johnson via conference call.

021

Chair Morrisette

Reconvenes the meeting.

025

Sen. Kate Brown

Senate District 21.  Testifies in support of SB 973.

045

Ron Johnson

Citizen, Medford, Oregon.  Testifies in support of SB 973.

085

Sen. Brown

States that she is willing to participate in a work group on SB 973 and SB 417.

093

Sen. Kruse

Remarks that the bill could cause more issues.

105

Sen. Brown

Comments on Johnson’s personal story.

120

Sen. Kruse

Comments on the need to be sensitive to the adoption process.

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

 

Julie McFarlane

Supervising Attorney, Juvenile Rights Project.  Submits written testimony regarding SB 973 (EXHIBIT A).

 

Kathy Ledesma

Children, Adults and Families, Office of Safety and Permanency for Children, Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS).  Submits written testimony in opposition to SB 973 (EXHIBIT L).

130

Chair Morrisette

Closes the public hearing on SB 973 and opens a public hearing on SB 303.

SB 303 – PUBLIC HEARING

132

Rick Berkobien

Committee Administrator.  Explains the bill.

137

Rocky King

Administrator, Insurance Pool Governing Board.  Submits and presents written testimony in support of SB 303 (EXHIBIT B).

190

King

Continues testifying in support of SB 303.

230

Chair Morrisette

Asks if there is a fiscal impact to the bill.

233

King

Answers question.

240

Chair Morrisette

States that bill could pass if there is no fiscal impact.

248

King

Assures committee that the fiscal impact would be minimal.

255

Sen. Kruse

Asks if the bill gives authority to transfer money.

263

King

Answers, yes.  Explains.

268

Sen. Metsger

Refers to page 11 of the bill, lines 8 through 10.  Comments on interpreting aggregate data and asks to comment on how that would be done.

285

King

Provides explanation.

308

Sen. Metsger

States that he is satisfied with explanation.

309

Sen. Monnes Anderson

Asks how the data is collected.

313

King

Responds that it comes from applications.

320

Sen. Monnes Anderson

Asks if the department will need software.

322

King

Answers that they already have it.  Clarifies the intent of the bill.

333

Sen. Kruse

Comments that he supports the program and previous legislation.

345

Chair Morrisette

States that he has to confirm with the Senate President’s office to rescind the referral.  States that a public hearing and work session will be rescheduled.

360

Sen. Monnes Anderson

Comments on the name change of the department.

380

King

Comments on the goals of the department.

395

Chair Morrisette

States that a work session will be held.  Closes the public hearing on SB 303 and opens a work session on SB 303.

SB 303 – WORK SESSION

400

Sen. Kruse

MOTION:  Moves SB 303 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation and the SUBSEQUENT REFERRAL to the committee on Ways and Means BE RESCINDED.

 

 

VOTE:  5-0-0

 

Chair Morrisette

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. METSGER will lead discussion on the floor.

450

Chair Morrisette

Closes the work session on SB 303 and opens a public hearing on SB 374.

TAPE 42, A

SB 374 – PUBLIC HEARING

010

Rick Berkobien

Committee Administrator. Explains the bill.

018

Courtni Dresser

Oregon Government Relations Director, American Cancer Society.  Submits and presents written testimony in support of SB 374 (EXHIBIT C).

070

Dresser

Continues to testify in support of SB 374.

095

Karen Kwong

M.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU).  Submits and presents written testimony in support of SB 374 (EXHIBIT D).

097

Tina Helbig

Volunteer, American Cancer Society.  Submits and presents written testimony in support of SB 374 (EXHIBIT E).

100

Helbig

Continues testifying in support of SB 374.

150

Helbig

Continues testifying in support of SB 374.

200

Helbig

Continues testifying in support of SB 374.

230

Senate President Courtney

Senate District 11.  Submits and presents written testimony in support of SB 374 (EXHIBIT F) and a report on “Cancer Screening Coverage” (EXHIBIT G).

280

Sen. Courtney

Continues testifying in support of SB 374.

330

Sen. Courtney

Continues testifying in support of SB 374.

380

Sen. Courtney

Continues testifying in support of SB 374.

420

Sen. C Starr

Comments on Sen. Courtney’s testimony.

435

Sen. Courtney

Discusses colon testing and states that it is a painless procedure.

447

Sen. Kruse

Comments on his personal experience with a colonoscopy.

TAPE 41, B

005

Pam Lally

Regence BlueCross BlueShield.  Testifies with a neutral position to SB 374.

013

Chair Morrisette

Asks Lally to provide changes needed for the bill.

015

Lally

Discusses changes needed to define language in the bill.

040

Sen. Kruse

Asks about change needed for section two (2) of the bill.

043

Lally

Provides explanation.

045

Chair Morrisette

Asks if the bill is a mandate by the insurance companies.

047

Lally

Answers, no.

048

Sen. Kruse

States agreement that changes are needed for the bill.  Asks if the bill, with proposed changes, reflects current procedures.

052

Lally

Responds, yes.

055

Sen. Kruse

Comments on addressing changes.

060

Chair Morrisette

Stands the committee at ease.

061

Chair Morrisette

Reconvenes the meeting.  Closes the public hearing and SB 374 on opens a public hearing on SB 818.

SB 818 – PUBLIC HEARING

070

Sen. Frank Shields

Senate District 24.  Testifies in support of SB 818.

120

Sen. Shields

Continues testifying in support of SB 818.

160

Sen. Kruse

Comments on using community resources because of lack of funds.

175

Sen. Shields

Comments on Kruse’s statement.

177

Richard Whitwer

Manager, Service Delivery Area 7, Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS).  Submits and presents written testimony in support of SB 818 (EXHIBIT H).

268

Sen. Monnes Anderson

Asks Whitwer to verify the number of people who were contacted about the program.

270

Whitwer

Answers questions.

282

Sen. Shields

Discusses suggestion that he made to (DHS.  Speaks about the study performed.

317

Whitwer

Comments on what DHS is now working toward from the assessment and implementations.

400

Chair Morrisette

Comments in favor of the bill.

404

Whitwer

States possible issues with the bill.

425

Gary Weeks

Director, Oregon DHS.  Testifies in support of the bill.

TAPE 42, B

005

Weeks

Summarizes and concludes.

010

Chair Morrisette

Comments on his personal experience with community involvement.  Asks for opinion on fiscal impact.

020

Weeks

Provides explanation.

030

Sen. Kruse

Comments on rescinding the bill to the Ways and Means committee.

040

Sen. Shields

Comments on how the bill will help people and save money.

052

Andrea Meyer

American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon (ACLU).  Testifies in opposition to SB 818.

100

Meyer

Continues testifying in opposition to SB 818.

150

Meyer

Addresses concerns with the language of the bill.

155

Chair Morrisette

Closes public hearing on SB 818.  States that he would like the opponents and proponents to meet and come to a resolution.  Opens a public hearing on SB 417.

SB 417 – PUBLIC HEARING

165

Rep. Dave Hunt

House District 40.  Submits written testimony on behalf of Joan Callander, President, Images & Information Inc., in support of SB 417 (EXHIBIT I).  Testifies in support of SB 417.

200

Rep. Hunt

Continues to testify in support of SB 417.

245

Sen. Kruse

Asks to clarify that the relative’s rights supersede the rights of the adoptive parents.

250

Rep. Hunt

Answers question.

260

Sen. Kruse

States how he interprets the bill.

270

Rep. Hunt

Speculates on how the courts operate.  Explains that SB 417 would give grandparents and other blood relatives a voice in court.

278

Sen. Kruse

Clarifies that he only wants to implement changes that would not hinder the current adoption program in Oregon.

285

Chair Morrisette

Stands the committee at ease to call a witness.

290

Chair Morrisette

Reconvenes the meeting. States that the witness was not available.

295

Meg Goldberg

Private Mediator, Portland, Oregon.  Submits and presents written testimony without a stated position on SB 417 (EXHIBIT J).

345

Goldberg

Continues testifying on SB 417.  States that DHS opposes section (5) and section six (6) of the bill.

395

Goldberg

Continues testimony on SB 417.

TAPE 43, A

003

Chair Morrisette

Comments on the intent of the bill.

012

Goldberg

Discusses benefits of having the mediation program at DHS.

015

Chair Morrisette

Clarifies that mediation always occurs before the adoption process.

016

Goldberg

Affirms.

020

Kathy Ledesma

Adoption Manager, Children, Adults and Families, Oregon DHS.  Submits and presents written testimony in opposition to SB 417 (EXHIBIT K).

070

Ledesma

Continues testifying in opposition to SB 417.

095

Chair Morrisette

Asks what kind of claim low income relatives would need from the department to defend them in court.

098

Ledesma

Responds.  Explains the mediation program.

103

Chair Morrisette

Asks what fiscal responsibility the department has with disputes once the adoption process has been completed.

104

Ledesma

Answers question.

105

Chair Morrisette

Asks if the department has an obligation to provide services.

110

Ledesma

States that it is current practice.

115

Chair Morrisette

Discusses need of a possible work group as there are multiple bills addressing the same issue.

124

Sen. Kruse

Comments on the intent of the bill.  Discusses the Adoption Task Force created in the 1997 session.

135

Ledesma

States that she will participate in a work group.

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

 

Mark Kramer

Attorney, Portland, Oregon.  Submits written testimony in support of SB 417 (EXHIBIT M).

136

Chair Morrisette

Closes the public hearing on SB 417 and adjourns the meeting at 5:23 p.m.

 

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A.     SB 973, written testimony, Julie McFarlane, 3 pp

B.     SB 303, written testimony, Howard King, 4 pp

C.     SB 374, written testimony, Courtni Dresser, 2 pp

D.    SB 374, written testimony, Karen Lynn Kwong, 2 pp

E.     SB 374, written testimony, Tina Helbig, 1 p

F.      SB 374, written testimony, Sen. Peter Courtney, 2 pp

G.    SB 374, report, Sen. Peter Courtney, 11 pp

H.    SB 818, written testimony, Richard Whitwer, 4 pp

I.       SB 417, written testimony of Joan Callander, Rep. Dave Hunt, 2 pp

J.      SB 417, written testimony, Meg Goldberg, 4 pp

K.    SB 417, written testimony, Kathy Ledesma, 3 pp

L.     SB 973, written testimony, Kathy Ledesma, 3 pp

M.  SB 417, written testimony, Mark Kramer, 4 pp