SENATE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY

 

 

March 14, 2005                                                                                                   Hearing Room 343

1:00 P.M.                                                                                                                      Tapes 64 - 65

Corrected 10/26/05

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Ginny Burdick, Chair

Sen. Charles Starr, Vice-Chair

Sen. Roger Beyer

Sen. Floyd Prozanski

Sen. Charlie Ringo

Sen. Vicki Walker

Sen. Doug Whitsett

 

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Joe O'Leary, Counsel

                                                William E. Taylor, Counsel

Dale Penn, Committee Assistant

 

 

MEASURES/ISSUES HEARD:        

                                                SB 493 – Public Hearing

                                                SB 229 – Work Session

                                                SB 234 – Work Session

                                                HB 2261 – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                SB 492 – Public Hearing

                                                SB 591 – Public Hearing

                                                SB 938 – Public Hearing       

                                                SB 230 – Work Session

                                                SB 921 – Work Session

                                                SB 238 – Work Session

                                                SB 239 – 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 64, A

003

Chair Burdick

Calls the meeting to order at 1:15 p.m. and opens a public hearing on SB 493. 

SB 493 – PUBLIC HEARING

010

Joe O’Leary

Counsel.  Describes SB 493 relating to lawfully using a bicycle lane to proceed through a red light at the top of a T intersection after stopping at a light.  Introduces the -1 amendment (EXHIBIT H).

046

Daniel J. Heffernan

Citizen.  Submits a PowerPoint presentation and testimony and testifies in support of SB 493 (EXHIBITS A & B).

090

Heffernan

Emphasizes the ridiculous nature of forcing a cyclist to stop at such an intersection.

127

Chair Burdick

Inquires about mopeds and motorized wheelchairs under this law.

134

Heffernan

States that wheelchairs are allowed, but mopeds are not.

144

Heffernan

Goes over the PowerPoint presentation (Exhibit A).

169

Sen. Beyer

Asks about the yield for a cyclist in a certain scenario.

173

Heffernan

Responds with information on who has the right of way.

195

Scott Bricker

Policy Director, Bicycle Transportation Alliance.  Submits testimony and testifies in a neutral stance on SB 493 (EXHIBIT C).

235

John Jackley

Executive Officer, Highway Division, Department of Transportation.  Submits testimony and testifies in a neutral stance on SB 493 (EXHIBIT D).

257

Chair Burdick

Closes the public hearing on SB 493 and opens a work session on SB 229 and SB 234.

SB 229 & SB 234 – WORK SESSION

265

Chair Burdick

Moves SB 229 & SB 234 to the agenda for March 15, 2005.

272

Chair Burdick

Calls the senate judiciary committee to recess.

274

Chair Burdick

Calls the meeting to order and opens a public hearing on HB 2261.

HB 2261 – PUBLIC HEARING

276

Joe O’Leary

Counsel.  Describes HB 2261 relating to nonsubstantive and technical changes in Oregon law.

283

Dave Heynderickx

Acting Legislative Counsel.  Testifies on the reasoning behind SB 2261; a housekeeping bill.

330

Heynderickx

Discusses the comments on each change in the bill, and talks about the -1 amendment (EXHIBIT E).

391

Chair Burdick

Closes the public hearing on HB 2261 and opens a work session on HB 2261.

HB 2261 – WORK SESSION

402

Sen. Starr

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT HB 2261-1 amendments dated 2/28/05.

407

Sen. Beyer

Asks about the new sections in the amendment.

424

Dave Heynderickx

Acting Legislative Counsel.  Discusses the changes resulting from the -1 amendment (Exhibit E).

452

Sen. Walker

Inquires about page 153 relating to the name change in a council.

499

Heynderickx

Replies with information on the name change.

443

Sen. Walker

Wonders about the use of several terms in the bill relating to bawdy houses and other certain instances.

TAPE 65, A

030

Heynderickx

Cites historical information on these types of changes.

054

Chair Burdick

Declares her support of the changes.

 

 

VOTE:  6-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 - Ringo

065

Chair Burdick

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

067

Sen. Starr

MOTION:  Moves HB 2261A to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  6-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 - Ringo

071

Chair Burdick

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. WALKER will lead discussion on the floor.

075

Chair Burdick

Closes the work session on HB 2261 and opens a public hearing on SB 492.

SB 492 – PUBLIC HEARING

085

Joe O’Leary

Counsel.  Describes SB 492 relating to the laws regarding driver duties to certain pedestrians.

094

Troy E. Costales

Manager, Transportation Safety Division, Oregon Department of Transportation.  Submits testimony and testifies in support of SB 492 (EXHIBIT F).

118

Chair Burdick

Asks if the two provisions of the vehicle code (dealing with signalized and un-signalized intersections) are combined into one provision by passing SB 492.

120

Costales

Agrees, and explains the new situation.

123

Chair Burdick

Inquires about the different bills relating to this issue facing the legislature.

127

Costales

Gives information on the other bills (i.e., HB 2109 in House Transportation) in the session.

133

Sen. Starr

Asks if SB 492 repeals a section of another bill passed last session.

137

Costales

States that it alters a portion of the bill and explains what it changes.

150

Chair Burdick

Opens a combined public hearing on SB 492 & SB 591.

SB 492 & SB 591 – PUBLIC HEARING

162

Mark Landauer

Office of Government Relations, Portland.  Testifies in support of SB 492.

167

Mark Lear

Manager, Traffic Investigation Group, Portland.  Submits testimony and testifies in support of SB 492 & SB 591 (EXHIBIT G).

219

Mark Lear

Points to a graphic that demonstrates the traffic accidents that occurred due to drivers striking a pedestrian in the right of way.

233

Chair Burdick

Wonders about the value of having signalized and non-signalized statutes in one section in a bill.

239

Lear

Stresses that the bill will help law enforcement.  Mentions information on possible accident prevention methods.

252

Chair Burdick

Emphasizes that clear painted crosswalks are helpful to drivers to prevent accidents.

264

Scott Bricker

Policy Director, Willamette Pedestrian Coalition.  Submits the written testimony of April Bertelsen, President of Willamette Pedestrian Coalition, and testifies in support of SB 492 (EXHIBIT I).

313

Chair Burdick

Closes the public hearing on SB 492.

297

Joe O’Leary

Counsel.  Describes SB 591 relating to parts of a roadway that are considered adjacent to the lane in which a driver’s vehicle is traveling. 

325

Sen. Prozanski

Declares his support for SB 591 and details the problems this bill will fix.

352

Chair Burdick

Inquires about bicycle lane requirements.

358

Sen. Prozanski

Clarifies the effects of SB 591.

386

Mark Lear

Manager, Traffic Investigation Group, Portland.  Offers clarification on the effects of SB 591.

402

Chair Burdick

Asks about the lane changes in the bill.

404

Lear

Offers information on the lane changes involved with the bill.

428

Chair Burdick

Closes the public hearing on SB 591 and opens a public hearing on SB 938.

SB 938 – PUBLIC HEARING

438

Joe O’Leary

Counsel.  Describes SB 938 relating to providing exceptions for bicycles for the offense of unsafe passing on the right.

456

Scott Bricker

Policy Director, Bicycle Transportation Alliance.  Submits testimony and testifies in support of SB 938 (EXHIBIT J)

476

Doug Parrow

Board of Directors, Bicycle Transportation Alliance.  Testifies in support of SB 938.  Details the possible amendments they would suggest.

TAPE 64, B

038

Ray Thomas

Portland bicycle lawyer.  Submits testimony and testifies in support of SB 938 (EXHIBIT K).

081

Thomas

Talks about the federal Universal Vehicle Code (UVC) dealing with passing on the right.  Discusses paragraph 2 of SB 938.

110

Thomas

Addresses the issue of motorcycles passing a car in the same lane.

150

Thomas

Brings up the problems in current bicycle laws.

178

Parrow

Introduces a possible amendment for SB 938 (EXHIBIT L).

201

Chair Burdick

Expresses her confusion on the idea of a bike lane being on the right of a right turn lane.

205

Parrow

Cites examples of right turn lanes where the bike lane is on the right.

221

Rep. Jackie Dingfelder

House District 45.  Testifies in support of SB 938.  Declares that the bill will clarify different problems facing cyclists.

274

Kat Iverson

Washington County.  Submits testimony and testifies in opposition to SB 938 (EXHIBIT M).

310

Sen. Prozanski

Asks about the 100 feet turn signal law.

314

Iverson

Agrees that motorists are legally required to use their turn signals, but cites examples of how this could still cause danger.  Continues testimony in opposition to SB 938, discussing examples of how the bill will be dangerous to both drivers and cyclists.

364

Iverson

Cites examples of how SB 938 creates dangers for both cyclists and drivers.

415

Iverson

Discusses SB 938 conflicting with other laws.  Talks about possible conceptual amendments.

478

Chair Burdick

Closes the public hearing on SB 938and opens a work session on SB 230.

SB 230 – WORK SESSION

482

Joe O’Leary

Counsel.  Describes SB 230 relating to establishing a procedure for appointing a guardian ad litem.  Discusses the -1 amendment (EXHIBIT N).

TAPE 65, B

034

Wendy Johnson

Deputy Director, Oregon Law Commission.  Discusses the reasoning behind the bill. 

050

Chair Burdick

Asks if the purpose of the guardian ad litem is meant to preserve the rights of the parents.

053

Johnson

Replies yes, and offers information.

062

Sen. Prozanski

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 230-1 amendments dated 1/28/05.

 

 

VOTE:  6-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 - Whitsett

065

Chair Burdick

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

066

Sen. Prozanski

MOTION:  Moves SB 230A to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

069

Sen. Beyer

Opposes the motion to move SB 320A to the floor.  Offers information as to his opposition to the bill.

091

 

VOTE:  4-3-0

AYE:               4 - Prozanski, Ringo, Walker, Burdick

NAY:               3 - Beyer, Starr C., Whitsett

094

Chair Burdick

The motion CARRIES.

SEN. PROZANSKI will lead discussion on the floor.

102

Chair Burdick

Closes the work session on SB 230 and opens a work session on SB 921.

SB 921 – WORK SESSION

106

Joe O’Leary

Counsel.  Describes SB 921 relating to requiring the petitioner for adoption to serve summons and motion and order to show cause on certain parents who do not consent to adoption.  Introduces and discusses the -1 amendment (EXHIBIT O).

121

Wendy Johnson

Deputy Director, Oregon Law Commission.  Details the history of the bill and the status of the amendments.

135

Sen. Prozanski

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 921-1 amendments dated 3/9/05.

138

Sen. Beyer

Asks about a possible fiscal impact.

142

O’Leary

States there is a negative fiscal impact statement.

 

 

VOTE:  6-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 - Starr

094

Chair Burdick

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

148

Sen. Prozanski

MOTION:  Moves SB 921 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  6-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 - Starr

152

Chair Burdick

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. WALKER will lead discussion on the floor.

155

Chair Burdick

Closes the work session on SB 921 and opens a work session on SB 238.

SB 238 – WORK SESSION

157

William E. Taylor

Counsel.  Describes SB 238 relating to the rights of firefighters, tobacco users and members of the Legislative Assembly.  Discusses the -1 amendment (EXHIBIT P).

172

Wendy Johnson

Deputy Director, Oregon Law Commission (OLC).  Details her support for SB 238.

192

Sen. Ringo

Asks about the policy reasoning behind the bill.

193

Johnson

Responds why the OLC took on the drafting of this bill.

232

Sen. Prozanski

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 238-1 amendments dated 2/21/05.

237

Sen. Beyer

Expresses his belief that tobacco users should have the same rights as others.

251

Chair Burdick

VOTE:  4-2-1

AYE:               4 - Prozanski, Ringo, Walker, Burdick

NAY:               2 - Beyer, Whitsett

EXCUSED:     1 - Starr C.

251

Chair Burdick

The motion CARRIES.

254

Sen. Prozanski

MOTION:  Moves SB 238A to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

260

Johnson

Discusses the employment discrimination against tobacco users.

 

 

VOTE:  7-0-0

AYE:               7 - Beyer, Prozanski, Ringo, Starr C., Walker, Whitsett, Burdick

284

Chair Burdick

The motion CARRIES.

SEN. BURDICK will lead discussion on the floor.

291

Chair Burdick

Closes the work session on SB 238 and opens a work session on SB 239.

SB 239 – WORK SESSION

299

William E. Taylor

Counsel.  Describes SB 239 relating to modifying the list of protected classes in civil rights law.

306

Sen. Prozanski

MOTION:  Moves SB 239 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

311

Sen. Beyer

Explains his hesitance to support a bill that might change legislative intent.

 

 

VOTE:  6-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 - Ringo

325

Chair Burdick

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. WALKER will lead discussion on the floor.

329

Chair Burdick

Closes the work session on SB 239 and adjourns the meeting at 2:58 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

  1. SB 493, PowerPoint presentation, Daniel Heffernan, 14 pp
  2. SB 493, written testimony, Daniel Heffernan, 2 pp
  3. SB 493, written testimony, Scott Bricker, 1 p
  4. SB 493, written testimony, John Jackley, 2 pp
  5. HB 2261, -1 amendment, staff, 4 pp
  6. SB 492, written testimony, Troy Costales, 1 p
  7. SB 492, written testimony, Mark Lear, 2 pp
  8. SB 492, -1 amendment, staff, 1 p
  9. SB 492, written testimony, Scott Bricker, 2 pp
  10. SB 938, written testimony, Scott Bricker, 3 pp
  11. SB 938, written testimony, Ray Thomas, 5 pp
  12. SB 938, proposed amendments, Doug Parrow, 1 p
  13. SB 938, written testimony, Kat Iverson, 3 pp
  14. SB 230, -1 amendment, staff, 1 p
  15. SB 921, -1 amendment, staff, 7 pp
  16. SB 238, -1 amendment, staff, 1 p