SENATE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY

 

 

March 22, 2005                                                                                                   Hearing Room 343

1:00 P.M.                                                                                                                      Tapes 77 - 78

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 181 – Public Hearing & Work Session

SB 645 – Public Hearing & Work Session

SB 275 – Public Hearing & Work Session

SB 95 – Work Session

SB 115 – Work Session

SB 599 – Public Hearing & Work Session

SB 493 – Work Session

SB 938 – Work Session

                                                SB 331 – 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 77, A

003

Chair Burdick

Calls the meeting to order at 1:15 p.m., introduces middle school job shadows, and opens a public hearing on SB 181.

SB 181 – PUBLIC HEARING

018

Joe O’Leary

Counsel.  Describes SB 181 relating to not allowing a court to waive or defer filing fees or court costs for inmates who are plaintiffs in an action against a public body if the court finds that pleadings fail to state the claim for which relief may be granted.  Introduces the -1 amendment (EXHIBIT A).

029

Judge Terry Leggert

Marion County Circuit Court Judge.  Submits testimony and testifies in support of SB 181 (EXHIBIT B).

066

Sen. Prozanski

Asks about court discretion under this bill that might discriminate against certain individuals.

074

Leggert

Responds that they already treat inmate litigation differently.  Talks about the federal system of rules dealing with these criteria.

097

Chair Burdick

Inquires about vexatious litigants.

101

Leggert

Declares that vexatious litigants often have mental disorders and demand attention.

111

Chair Burdick

Closes the public hearing and opens a work session on SB 181.

SB 181 – WORK SESSION

113

Sen. Starr

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 181-1 amendments dated 3/14/05.

 

 

VOTE:  5-0-2

EXCUSED:  2 - Ringo, Whitsett

119

Chair Burdick

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. BURDICK will lead discussion on the floor.

122

Sen. Prozanski

Introduces his job shadow.

134

Chair Burdick

Closes the work session on SB 181 and opens a public hearing on SB 645.

SB 645 – PUBLIC HEARING

135

William E. Taylor

Counsel.  Describes SB 645 relating to establishing procedures for transferring structured settlement payment rights.

145

Paul Cosgrove

National Association of Settlement Purchasers.  Testifies in support of SB 645. 

172

Cosgrove

Addresses the -1 amendment (EXHIBIT C).

180

Chair Burdick

Closes the public hearing and opens a work session on SB 645.

SB 645 – WORK SESSION

181

Sen. Starr

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 645-1 amendments dated 3/17/05.

 

 

VOTE:  5-0-2

EXCUSED:  2 - Ringo, Whitsett

183

Chair Burdick

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

185

Sen. Starr

MOTION:  Moves SB 645 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  5-0-2

EXCUSED:  2 - Ringo, Whitsett

188

Chair Burdick

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. BEYER will lead discussion on the floor.

191

Chair Burdick

Closes the work session on SB 645 and opens a public hearing on SB 275.

SB 275 – PUBLIC HEARING

193

Joe O’Leary

Counsel.  Describes SB 275 relating to the Oregon Uniform Trust Code.  Introduces the -1 amendment (EXHIBIT D).

228

Valerie J. Vollmar

Willamette University College of Law.  Submits testimony and testifies in support of SB 275 (EXHIBIT E).  Introduces the Oregon Uniform Trust Code (EXHIBIT F).

275

Vollmar

Discusses the adoption of the Uniform Trust Code in 2000.

339

Vollmar

Submits testimony from judges Claudia Burton and Rita Batz Cobb (EXHIBITS G & H).

357

Vollmar

States that all the parties support the -1 amendment (Exhibit D).

369

Ron Bailey

Trust and Estate Attorney, Portland, Oregon.  Submits testimony and testifies in support of SB 275 (EXHIBIT I).

405

Bailey

Talks about current trustee law in Oregon.

473

Allyn Brown

Attorney, Elder Law Section of the Oregon State Bar.  Submits testimony and testifies in support of SB 275 (EXHIBIT J).

TAPE 78, A

036

Brown

Details the struggle in interpreting some of the current trusts.

068

Tim O’Rourke

Submits testimony and testifies in support of SB 275 (EXHIBIT K).

128

Susan Gary

University of Oregon, School of Law.  Submits testimony and testifies in support of SB 275 (EXHIBIT L).

178

Gary

Addresses the trustee’s duty to report.

212

Gary

Talks about the Oregon Uniform Trust Code (Exhibit F).  Stresses their support of the -1 amendment.

243

Chair Burdick

Goes over the bill’s reasoning and effects for the record.

249

Gary

Stresses that, in the most part, Oregon Law is not changed, but instead the law is made easier and streamlined.

261

Chair Burdick

Asks if policy is changed later, is there anything in this bill that would limit the legislature’s ability to dictate statutory authority.

264

Gary

Replies in the negative.

267

Sen. Beyer

Wonders about the consequences from violating a trust (A question from his job shadow).

275

Bailey

Responds with information on the remedies from the violation of a trust.

283

Vollmar

Cites information on the Uniform Trust Code.

318

Tim Martinez

Oregon Bankers Association.  Testifies in support of SB 275.  Expresses his support of the -1 amendment.

338

Ken Sherman

Oregon Bankers Association.  Testifies in support of SB 275.  Advocates the adoption of SB 275 which streamlines the process of trust provisions.                            

384

Alan Bennett

Senior Vice-President, Pioneer Trust Bank.  Testifies in support of SB 275.  Discusses how trust law needs to be amended.

435

Bennett

Talks about the Prudent Investor Act and the Uniform Principal and Income Act.

467

Bennett

Addresses the state of accounting practices under current privacy and trustee laws.

TAPE 77, B

037

Martinez

Goes over the Oregon Bankers Association Trust dinner in Portland on April 19, 2005. 

052

Rick Bennett

American Association of Retired Persons.  Testifies in support of SB 275.

059

Chair Burdick

Closes the public hearing and opens a work session on SB 275.

SB 275 – WORK SESSION

062

Sen. Starr

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 275-1 amendments dated 3/10/05.

 

 

VOTE:  4-0-3

EXCUSED:  3 - Beyer, Walker, Whitsett

064

Chair Burdick

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

065

Sen. Starr

MOTION:  Moves SB 275 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  4-0-3

EXCUSED:  3 - Beyer, Walker, Whitsett

070

Chair Burdick

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. PROZANSKI will lead discussion on the floor.

074

Chair Burdick

Closes the work session on SB 275 and opens a work session on SB 95.

SB 95 – WORK SESSION

081

Chair Burdick

Moves to the March 30, 2005 meeting.  Closes the work session on SB 95 and opens a work session on SB 115.

SB 115 – WORK SESSION

086

Joe O’Leary

Counsel.  Describes SB 115 relating to repealing the provisions requiring the Department of Corrections to monitor health conditions of and provide treatment to persons who, as inmates, were subjected to radiation as part of a study.

118

Sen. Prozanski

Inquires about the past action on this bill.

130

Stan Czerniak

Assistant Director for Operations, Department of Corrections (DOC).  Explains that there are 2 inmates still under the responsibility of the DOC.  Goes on to discuss the class action lawsuit against the state.

159

Sen. Prozanski

Asks if there is any legal effect of the passage of this bill.

163

Czerniak

Replies that there is none to his knowledge.

165

Sen. Prozanski

Inquires about possible lawsuits brought from other inmates not addressed by the class action lawsuit.

168

Czerniak

Stresses he believes that everyone that was entitled was accounted for and present in the lawsuit. 

201

Sen. Starr

MOTION:  Moves SB 115 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  5-0-2

EXCUSED:  2 - Beyer, Whitsett

205

Chair Burdick

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. STARR will lead discussion on the floor.

207

Chair Burdick

Closes the work session on SB 115 and opens a public hearing on SB 599.

SB 599 – PUBLIC HEARING

208

William E. Taylor

Counsel.  Describes SB 599 relating to drivers failing to carry proof of compliance with financial responsibility requirements.  Introduces the -1 amendment (EXHIBIT M).

220

Michele Rossolo

Multnomah County.  Submits testimony and testifies in support of SB 599 (EXHIBIT N).  Addresses the -1 amendment.

262

Sen. Prozanski

Goes over the bill, section by section, for clarification.  Expresses his hesitation to support a bill that includes the possibility of a clerk dismissing a court case.

321

Bradd Swank

Oregon Judicial Department.  Discusses the -1 amendment, and how the courts will interpret the bill.

362

Sen. Walker

Details a personal story relating to the outcome of the bill.

390

Chair Burdick

Closes the public hearing and opens a work session on SB 599.

SB 599 – WORK SESSION

394

Sen. Starr

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 599-1 amendments dated 3/17/05.

 

 

VOTE:  4-0-3

EXCUSED:  3 - Beyer, Ringo, Whitsett

396

Chair Burdick

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

397

Sen. Starr

MOTION:  Moves SB 599 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  4-0-3

EXCUSED:  3 - Beyer, Ringo, Whitsett

404

Chair Burdick

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. WALKER will lead discussion on the floor.

410

Chair Burdick

Closes the work session on SB 599 and opens a work session on SB 493.

SB 493 – WORK SESSION

411

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 and discusses the -2 amendment (EXHIBIT O).

460

Sen. Starr

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 493-2 amendments dated 3/21/05.

 

 

VOTE:  4-0-3

EXCUSED:  3 - Beyer, Ringo, Whitsett

463

Chair Burdick

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

467

Sen. Starr

MOTION:  Moves SB 493 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  4-0-3

EXCUSED:  3 - Beyer, Ringo, Whitsett

475

Chair Burdick

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. BURDICK will lead discussion on the floor.

478

Chair Burdick

Closes the work session on SB 493 and opens a work session on SB 938.

SB 938 – WORK SESSION

483

Joe O’Leary

Counsel.  Describes SB 938 relating to providing exceptions for bicycles for the offense of unsafe passing on the right.  Introduces the -1 amendment (EXHIBIT P).

TAPE 78, B

038

Sen. Starr

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 938-1 amendments dated 3/21/05.

 

 

VOTE:  4-0-3

EXCUSED:  3 - Beyer, Ringo, Whitsett

039

Chair Burdick

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

040

Sen. Starr

MOTION:  Moves SB 938 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  4-0-3

EXCUSED:  3 - Beyer, Ringo, Whitsett

043

Chair Burdick

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. PROZANSKI will lead discussion on the floor.

044

Chair Burdick

Closes the work session on SB 938 and opens a work session on SB 331.

SB 331 – WORK SESSION

048

William E. Taylor

Counsel.  Describes SB 331 relating to stenographic reporting of court proceedings.  Introduces the -4 amendment (EXHIBIT Q).

060

Sen. Walker

Addresses the -4 amendment.

072

Chair Burdick

Asks what it takes to become certified as a stenographer.

073

Sen. Walker

Explains the certification requirements.

103

Sen. Starr

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 331-4 amendments dated 3/22/05.

107

Sen. Walker

Declares a possible conflict of interest.

 

 

VOTE:  4-0-3

EXCUSED:  3 - Beyer, Ringo, Whitsett

110

Chair Burdick

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

111

Sen. Starr

MOTION:  Moves SB 331 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  4-0-3

EXCUSED:  3 - Beyer, Ringo, Whitsett

115

Chair Burdick

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. WALKER will lead discussion on the floor.

119

Chair Burdick

Closes the work session on SB 331 and adjourns the meeting at 2:45 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

  1. SB 181, -1 amendment, staff, 1 p
  2. SB 181, written testimony, Terry Leggert, 1 p
  3. SB 645, -1 amendment, staff, 1 p
  4. SB 275, -1 amendment, staff, 5 pp
  5. SB 275, written testimony, Valerie Vollmar, 3 pp
  6. SB 275, Oregon Uniform Trust Code, Valerie Vollmar, 157 pp
  7. SB 275, written testimony, Valerie Vollmar, 1 p
  8. SB 275, written testimony, Valerie Vollmar, 1 p
  9. SB 275, written testimony, Ron Bailey, 3 pp
  10. SB 275, written testimony, Allyn Brown, 1 p
  11. SB 275, written testimony, Tim O’Rourke, 2 pp
  12. SB 275, written testimony, Susan Gary, 3 pp
  13. SB 599, -1 amendment, Sen. Monnes Anderson, 1 p
  14. SB 599, written testimony, Michele Rossolo, 1 p
  15. SB 493, -2 amendment, staff, 1 p
  16. SB 938, -1 amendment, staff, 1 p
  17. SB 331, -4 amendment, Sen. Walker, 2 pp