SENATE COMMITTEE ON HUMAN SERVICES

 

 

March 31, 2005                                                                                                     Hearing Room 50

3:00 P.M.                                                                                                                      Tapes 46 - 48

Corrected 10/03/2005

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Bill Morrisette, Chair

Sen. Jeff Kruse, Vice-Chair

Sen. Charles Starr

 

MEMBER EXCUSED:          Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson

Sen. Rick Metsger

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Rick Berkobien, Committee Administrator

Brittany Kenison, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURES/ISSUES HEARD:

SB 776 – Public Hearing and Work Session

SB 892 – Public Hearing and Work Session

SB 1005 – Public Hearing

SB 678 – 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 46, A

003

Chair Morrisette

Calls the meeting to order at 3:05 p.m.  Opens a public hearing on SB 776.

SB 776 – PUBLIC HEARING

009

Rick Berkobien

Committee Administrator.  Explains the bill and introduces the -1 amendments to SB 776 (EXHIBIT A).

040

Barney Speight

Administrator, Office of Medical Assistance Programs (OMAP), Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS).  Testifies in opposition to SB 776.

090

Speight

Continues testifying in opposition to SB 776.

140

Speight

Concludes testimony.

150

Chair Morrisette

Asks if he is meeting Karen O’Conner, Deputy Regional Administrator, Region 10, Medicare and Medicaid Services, in regard to federal oversight and contracts.

155

Speight

Answers question.

160

Chair Morrisette

Asks Speight to comment on the oversight between OMAP and O’Conner’s department.

163

Speight

Comments.

185

Chair Morrisette

Comments on past communications with O’Conner.

195

Speight

Continues to testify in opposition to SB 776.

210

Tim Baxter

Lane County Law and Advocacy Center.  Testifies in support of SB 776.

255

Chair Morrisette

Asks Baxter to speak slowly for the sign language interpreters.

260

Baxter

Continues testifying in support of SB 776.

310

Baxter

Continues testifying in support of SB 776.

350

Chair Morrisette

Comments on Speight’s position with OMAP.  Comments on outstanding issues.

395

Speight

Corrects previous testimony.

405

Baxter

Comments on the -1 amendments.

430

Chair Morrisette

Closes the public hearing and opens a work session on SB 776.

SB 776 – WORK SESSION

440

Sen. Kruse

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 776-1 amendments dated 3/21/05.

 

 

VOTE:  3-0-2

EXCUSED:  2 - Sen. Metsger, Sen. Monnes Anderson

 

Chair Morrisette

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

TAPE 47, A

010

Sen. Kruse

Comments on his support of the bill.

020

Sen. Kruse

MOTION:  Moves SB 776 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation and BE REFERRED to the committee on Ways and Means by prior reference.

023

 

VOTE:  3-0-2

EXCUSED:  2 - Sen. Metsger, Sen. Monnes Anderson

 

Chair Morrisette

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

025

Chair Morrisette

Closes the work session on SB 776. Opens a public hearing on SB 892.

SB 892 – PUBLIC HEARING

040

Rick Berkobien

Committee Administrator.  Explains the bill.

045

Sen. Bruce Starr

Senate District 15.  Testifies in support of SB 892.  Asks Berkobien if SB 892 has a subsequent referral to Revenue.

048

Berkobien

Responds, yes.

065

Sen. Kruse

Asks if the sunset is scheduled this biennium.

067

Sen. Starr

Answers, January 1, 2006.

070

Sen. Kruse

Comments on the subsequent referral.

072

Chair Morrisette

Closes the public hearing and opens a work session on SB 892.

SB 892 – WORK SESSION

075

Sen. Kruse

MOTION:  Moves SB 892 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation and BE REFERRED to the committee on Revenue by prior reference.

080

 

VOTE:  3-0-2

EXCUSED:  2 - Sen. Metsger, Sen. Monnes Anderson

 

Chair Morrisette

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

085

Chair Morrisette

Closes the work session on SB 892 and opens a public hearing on SB 1005.

 

SB 1005 – PUBLIC HEARING

090

Rick Berkobien

Committee Administrator.  Explains the bill and introduces the -1 amendments to SB 1005 (EXHIBIT B).

105

Rep. Steve March

House District 46.  Submits and presents written testimony in support of SB 1005 (EXHIBIT C).

145

George Scheler

Citizen, Albany, Oregon.  Submits and presents written testimony in support of SB 1005 (EXHIBIT D).

220

Margi Morgan

(Note: Interpreter speaks for witness).  Vice President, Oregon Association of the Deaf.  President, Oregon School for the Deaf Alumni Association.  Submits and presents written testimony in support of SB 1005 (EXHIBIT E).

285

Bill Mosier

Clergy, Episcopal Diocese. Teacher for the deaf. Co-founder, Northwest Human Services Connections Program.  Submits and presents written testimony in support of SB 1005 (EXHIBIT F).

400

Renwick Dayton

(Note: Interpreter speaks for witness). Citizen, Hillsboro, Oregon.  Submits and presents written testimony in support of SB 1005 (EXHIBIT G).

TAPE, 46 B

010

Linda Diaz

Hard of Hearing (HOH) and Deaf Coordinator, Lane Independent Living Alliance.  Submits and presents written testimony in support of SB 1005 (EXHIBIT H).

075

Bob Williams

Self Help for Hard-of-Hearing of Oregon.  Submits and presents written testimony in support of SB 1005 (EXHIBIT I).

150

Chair Morrisette

Recesses the public hearing on SB 1005 and opens the public hearing on SB 678 to allow Sen. Beyer to testify.

SB 678 – PUBLIC HEARING

160

Sen. Roger Beyer

Senate District 9.  Testifies in support of SB 678.

230

Chair Morrisette

States that the public hearing for SB 678 will be rescheduled.

235

Sen. Kruse

Comments that he appreciates Sen. Beyer for sponsoring the bill.

255

Chair Morrisette

Closes the public hearing on SB 678 and reopens the public hearing on SB 1005.

SB 1005 – PUBLIC HEARING

275

Lillie Mae Johnson

Citizen, Gresham, Oregon.  Submits and presents written testimony in support of SB 1005 (EXHIBIT J).

380

George Scheler

Citizen, Albany, Oregon. Submits and presents written testimony on behalf of David Viers, President, Self Help for Hard of Hearing People of Oregon, Inc., in support of SB 1005 (EXHIBIT K).

450

Bradley Houck

Counselor, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Connection Program, Northwest Human Services.  Submits and presents written testimony in support of SB 1005 (EXHIBIT L).

TAPE 47, B

030

Houck

Continues testimony in support of SB 1005.

080

Ginney Lang

Qwest Communications International, Inc.  Testifies in support of SB 1005.

125

David Paulson

Sprint Corporation. Submits and presents written testimony on behalf of Brant Wolf, Oregon Telecommunications Association, in opposition to SB 1005 (EXHIBIT M).

165

Shelley Oishi

(Note: Interpreter speaks for witness) Mental Health Counselor, Connection Program, Northwest Human Services.  Submits and presents written testimony in support of SB 1005 (EXHIBIT N).

225

Chair Morrisette

Stands the committee at ease.

228

Chair Morrisette

Resumes the meeting.

230

Sherry Andrus

Sign Language Interpreter.  Submits and presents written testimony in support of SB 1005 with the -1 amendments (EXHIBIT O).

340

Chair Morrisette

Asks Andrus to discuss services of the 31 states mentioned in her testimony.

345

Andrus

Provides explanation of services provided.

360

Chair Morrisette

Asks for specific information to be provided to the committee.

362

Andrus

States that he will return information to the committee.

365

Sen. Kruse

Asks for information on how their programs are funded.

368

Andrus

Answers question.

380

Juanita Heiken

(Note: Interpreters speaks for witness) Citizen, Oregon.  Submits and presents written testimony on behalf of Alethea Boyer, Citizen, Oregon, in support of SB 1005 (EXHIBIT P).

TAPE 48, A

045

Irmgard Friedburg

(Note: Interpreter speaks for witness) Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist.  Submits and presents written testimony in support of SB 1005 (EXHIBIT Q).

095

Genie Mendiola

Member, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Access Program Advisory Committee.  Submits and presents written testimony in support of SB 1005 (EXHIBIT R).

145

Mendiola

Concludes testimony in support of SB 1005.

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

 

Meg Cassinelli

Assistant Director/Outreach Coordinator, Chestnut Lane Assisted Living.  Submits written testimony in support of SB 1005 (EXHIBIT S).

160

Chair Morrisette

Notes that there will not be a work session on SB 1005 today, but it will be rescheduled. Closes the public hearing on SB 1005.  Adjourns the meeting at 5:20 p.m.

 

SB 1005, SB 776, SB 668, SB 892, SB 678

Note:  The meeting was closed captioned for the deaf and hard of hearing.  The closed captioned transcript of the entire meeting is submitted by staff for the record (EXHIBIT T).

 

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A.     SB 776, -1 amendments, staff, 3 pp

B.     SB 1005, -1 amendments, staff, 2 pp

C.     SB 1005, written testimony, Rep. Steve March, 2 pp

D.    SB 1005, written testimony, George Scheler, 2 pp

E.     SB 1005, written testimony, Margi Morgan, 2 pp

F.      SB 1005, written testimony, Bill Mosier, 1

G.    SB 1005, written testimony, Renwick Dayton, 1 p

H.    SB 1005, written testimony, Linda Diaz, 2 pp

I.       SB 1005, written testimony, Bob Williams, 2 pp

J.      SB 1005, written testimony, Lillie Mae Johnson, 4 pp

K.    SB 1005, written testimony of David Viers, George Scheler, 1 p

L.     SB 1005, written testimony, Bradley Houck, 1 p

M.  SB 1005, written testimony of Brant Wolf, 2 pp

N.    SB 1005, written testimony, Shelley Oishi, 1 p

O.    SB 1005, written testimony, Sherry Andrus, 2 pp

P.      SB 1005, written testimony of Alethea Boyer, Juanita Heiken, 1 p

Q.    SB 1005, written testimony, Irmgard Friedburg, 1 p

R.    SB 1005, written testimony, Genie Mendiola, 1 p

S.      SB 1005, written testimony, Meg Cassinelli, 1 p

T.     SB 1005, SB 776, SB 668, SB 892, SB 678, Closed caption transcript, staff, 45 pp