SENATE COMMITTEE ON RULES

 

 

January 13, 2005   Hearing Room 343

8:30 A.M.     Tapes  1 - 2

(Corrected 3-2-05)

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:            Sen. Kate Brown, Chair

Sen. Ted Ferrioli, Vice-Chair

Sen. Jason Atkinson

Sen. Charlie Ringo

Sen. Frank Shields

 

STAFF PRESENT:                  Tiffany Harris, Committee Administrator

Patricia Nielsen, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD & WITNESSES:

Adoption of Committee Rules – Organizational Meeting

Executive Appointment – Public Hearing and Work Session

      Pacific Northwest Electric Power and Conservation Planning Council

                        Sen. Joan Dukes

SCR 2 – Public Hearing and Work Session

            Sen. Joan Dukes

            Rep. Deborah Boone

Introduction of Committee Measures – 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 1, A

005

Chair Brown

Calls the meeting to order at 8:36 a.m.  Introduces staff and members.  Discusses committee plan.  Opens organizational meeting. 

ADOPTION OF COMMITTEE RULES – ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING

010

Sen. Atkinson

Asks about version of proposed committee rules (EXHIBIT A).

015

Chair Brown

Points out Rule 8.15 changes public notice from 24 hours to 48 hours.

025

Sen. Atkinson

Asks about shorter notice later in the session.

030

Chair Brown

Confirms the Senate President will decide when the committees move to one-hour notice.

035

Sen. Atkinson

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT the proposed Committee Rules dated 01/13/05.

040

 

VOTE:  5-0- 0

 

Chair Brown

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

050

Chair Brown

Closes organizational meeting.  Opens public hearing on executive appointment.

 

EXECUTIVE APPOINTMENT – PUBLIC HEARING

PACIFIC NORTHWEST ELECTRIC POWER AND CONSERVATION PLANNING COUNCIL – JOAN DUKES (EXHIBIT B)

055

Sen. Joan Dukes

District 16.  Appears and discusses her interest and qualifications for appointment to the Power Planning Council.  Describes her experience working on fishery issues, service on Legislative Council on River Governance dealing with Columbia River issues, and service on Public Affairs Committee, working on deregulation.  Discusses her intent to find solutions to regional issues.

075

Sen. Ferrioli

Comments on Sen. Dukes’ qualifications and hard work in this issue area.  Asks how she would balance the multiple uses of the Columbia River.  Points out his constituents depend on the river for hydropower.  Stresses importance of uninterrupted, affordable distribution of electric power, and critical nature of river levels for transportation, flood control and navigation.  Comments on Sen. Dukes’ advocacy of fishermen in her district.  Asks how she will balance natural resource uses with the economic advantage of low-cost hydro power.

105

Sen. Dukes

Responds she hopes that once on the council she will learn more.  Explains up to now she was elected to represent one portion of Oregon, but on the council would represent all of Oregon.  Shares plans to travel through Oregon to seek input.  Believes in one Oregon, and also one river.  Expresses concern over differing interests of river users. 

135

Sen. Ferrioli

Asks about battles over issues.  Reminds that Governor is willing to reignite a litigious strategy on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries 2004 Biological Opinion, and potentially embroil Oregon in litigation.  Asserts the opinion releases a stranglehold on cattle ranching, grazing, irrigation, hydroelectric power generation and other issues affecting rural economies and public power users.  Asks what she would advise the Governor.

155

Sen. Dukes

Refers to Governor’s briefing paper and offers to provide it to the committee.  Discusses the six points in the Governor’s plan.  Points out the Governor wants to negotiate and not go to court, and his staff has started meetings with federal agencies.

185

Sen. Ferrioli

Observes Governor’s six points are the same as Oregon Trout’s six points.  Asks for acceptance of idea that objections raised must be based on science.

190

Sen. Dukes

Points out two scientists can differ in their opinion.  Agrees science must be based on recent, credible and useful studies.

210

Sen. Ferrioli

Refers to controversy over programs which raised costs to ratepayers without measurable benefit to fish.  Observes Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) has spent some $3 billion of ratepayer dollars mitigating for fish.  Asks how she will create an expectation of measurable outcomes from council programs.

230

Sen. Dukes

Acknowledges the headlines about excess expenditures by BPA.  Expresses intent not to waste money.

250

Sen. Ferrioli

Reminds she has disagreed with many members on some issues, and expresses confidence she will disagree with the Governor when needed.

260

Sen. Ringo

Comments fish runs have improved but are still not at historic levels.  Asks whether she will try to maintain or increase the fish runs.

270

Sen. Dukes

Explains she will continue to push for increases in fish runs.  Discusses ocean conditions and watershed improvements.  Comments on hatchery operations which are constantly improving fish.

290

Sen. Shields

From standpoint of city district, comments on vast differences between districts.  Asks how to balance interests of rural and urban constituents.  Invites her participation in the River Governance Council.

320

Sen. Dukes

Agrees she would like to participate in that group.  Discusses disconnect between different groups and hopes to resolve some differences. Invites feedback to the Power Planning Council from different points of view.

350

Sen. Shields

Asks for her contact information. 

360

Sen. Dukes

Reminds them to use her legislative contact information.  Refers to staff in Portland office.

375

Sen. Ferrioli

Comments on council membership of former Sen. Gene Derfler.  Expresses hope her appointment is not meant to silence dissent.  Acknowledges service of Sen. Derfler on the council.

TAPE 2, A

005

Sen. Dukes

Advises she has already met with Sen. Derfler.

010

Chair Brown

Closes public hearing on executive appointment.  Opens work session on executive appointment.

EXECUTIVE APPOINTMENT – WORK SESSION

015

Sen. Ferrioli

MOTION:  Moves the APPOINTMENT of Sen. Joan Dukes to the Pacific Northwest Electric Power and Conservation Planning Council to the floor with the recommendation that the appointment BE CONFIRMED.

 

 

VOTE:  5-0- 0

AYE:            In a roll call vote, all members present vote Aye.

 

Chair Brown

The motion CARRIES.

SEN. SHIELDS will lead discussion on the floor.

018

Chair Brown

Closes work session on executive appointment.  Opens public hearing on SCR 2.

SCR 2 – PUBLIC HEARING

020

Tiffany Harris

Committee Administrator.  Presents overview of SCR 2.

030

Sen. Joan Dukes

District 16.  Introduces herself and Rep. Deborah Boone.  Discusses life and activities of Mildred Berkey Davy.

045

Rep. Deborah Boone

District 32.  Explains her interaction with Mildred Davy.  Discusses Davy’s community involvement.

065

Sen. Dukes

Notes that when new owners bought the local radio station they renamed the station with Davy’s initials.

075

Sen. Atkinson

Welcomes Rep. Boone.

080

Chair Brown

Closes public hearing on SCR 2.  Opens work session on SCR 2.

SCR 2 – WORK SESSION

085

Sen. Atkinson

MOTION:  Moves SCR 2 be sent to the floor with a BE ADOPTED recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  5-0- 0

AYE:            In a roll call vote, all members present vote Aye.

 

Chair Brown

The motion CARRIES.

SEN. DUKES will lead discussion on the floor.

090

Sen. Atkinson

Asks about rolling the roll call.

095

Chair Brown

Advises they will consider different options.  Closes work session on SCR 2.  Opens a work session for consideration of legislative concepts.

INTRODUCTION OF COMMITTEE MEASURES – WORK SESSION

105

Tiffany Harris

Committee Administrator.  Reviews Legislative Counsel (LC) drafts:

·         LC 1330 relating to arbitration criteria in public collective bargaining (EXHIBIT C)

·         LC 1331 relating to supervisory employees under public employees collective bargaining law (EXHIBIT D)

·         LC 1332 relating to employment relations in public collective bargaining (EXHIBIT E)

125

Sen. Ferrioli

Asks about committee sponsoring measures instead of individuals.

130

Chair Brown

Explains background of the request.

135

Sen. Ferrioli

Asks whether introducing committee bills without names conforms with the senate rule requiring bills to be introduced at the request of a named person.

140

Chair Brown

Explains the requesting party is the committee.

150

Sen. Ferrioli

Asks about number of bills to be introduced as committee bills.

160

Chair Brown

Discusses options for filing.

165

Chair Brown

MOTION:  Moves LCs:  1330, 1331, 1332 BE INTRODUCED as committee bills.

170

 

VOTE:  5-0- 0

 

Chair Brown

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

 

 

NOTE:  LC 1330 later printed as SB 319; LC 1331 printed as SB 320; LC 1332 printed as SB 321.

174

Chair Brown

Introduces Nancy Goss Duran, Governor’s Executive Appointments Director.

178

Chair Brown

Closes work session.  Adjourns the committee at 9:16 a.m.

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A.     Rules, Proposed Committee Rules, staff, 3 pp

B.     Executive appointment, Pacific Northwest Electric Power and Conservation Planning Council, Staff and Governor’s Office, 5 pp

C.     Introductions, LC 1330, staff, 6 pp

D.    Introductions, LC 1331, staff, 7 pp

E.     Introductions, LC 1332, staff, 7 pp