SENATE COMMITTEE ON RULES

 

 

February 08, 2005                                                                                               Hearing Room 343

8:30 A.M.                                                                                                                               Tape  8

Corrected 11/03/05

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:

Executive Appointment – Public Hearing and Work Session

      Executive Director, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board

            Thomas Byler

Executive Appointments – Public Hearing and Work Session

 (Appearances waived)

      Oregon Board of Accountancy

            T. Lynn Klimowicz

      State Board of Education

            Brenda Frank

            Vanessa Gaston

      Electrical and Elevator Board

            Karen Hale

      Oregon State Fair Commission

            Jerry Underwood

      Land Conservation and Development Commission

            Margaret Kirkpatrick

      Trustees of the State Library

            Richard Turner

      State Marine Board

            Russell Sadler

      Outdoor Youth Program Advisory Board

            James Brown

            Larry Solie

      Sustainability Board

            William Blosser

      Teacher Standards and Practices Commission

            Greg Bell

            Patricia Evenson-Brady

            Karen Weiseth

      Commission for Women

            Tammi Paul

 

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 8, A

005

Chair Brown

Calls the meeting to order at 8:37 a.m.  Opens public hearing on executive appointment.

EXECUTIVE APPOINTMENT – PUBLIC HEARING

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, OREGON WATERSHED ENHANCEMENT BOARD – APPOINTMENT OF THOMAS BYLER (EXHIBIT A)

010

Tom Byler

Acting Executive Director, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB).  Discusses his interest and qualifications for the appointment.  Discusses Oregon’s leadership in management of watersheds, fish and wildlife.  Submits synopsis of the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds Biennial Report for 2003-05 (EXHIBIT M).

035

Sen. Shields

Asks about Board conflicts over grants to acquire sensitive lands.

050

Byler

Confirms it is a key issue for OWEB.  Discusses philosophical differences.  Explains the constitution provides for the acquisition of land, but OWEB needs clear guidance on the decision-making process.

070

Sen. Shields

Asks about local support for land acquisitions.

075

Byler

Agrees that is an important pre-condition, which is now provided for in the agency’s rules.

080

Sen. Ferrioli

Asks how OWEB will reconcile the differences in local interests in certain parcels of land.

090

Byler

Responds the Board must reconcile differences.  Explains without local support of a project he would have trouble recommending approval.

095

Chair Brown

Asks how he sees the Board including input from those who live in distant locations.

105

Byler

Explains the Board tries to hold its meetings throughout the state, to allow local officials and groups to participate in the process.

115

Chair Brown

Closes public hearing and opens work session on executive appointment.

EXECUTIVE APPOINTMENT – WORK SESSION

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, OREGON WATERSHED ENHANCEMENT BOARD – APPOINTMENT OF THOMAS BYLER (EXHIBIT A)

120

Sen. Ringo

MOTION:  Moves the APPOINTMENT of Thomas Byler as the Executive Director, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, 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. RINGO will lead discussion on the floor.

 

 

 

125

Chair Brown

Closes work session on appointment of Thomas Byler as Director to the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board.  Opens public hearing and work session on additional executive appointments.

EXECUTIVE APPOINTMENTS – PUBLIC HEARING AND WORK SESSION

135

Chair Brown

Lists the appointments and reappointments to be considered:

OREGON BOARD OF ACCOUNTANCY – REAPPOINTMENT OF T. LYNN KLIMOWICZ (EXHIBIT B)

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION – APPOINTMENT OF BRENDA FRANK AND VANESSA GASTON (EXHIBIT C)

ELECTRICAL AND ELEVATOR BOARD – APPOINTMENT OF KAREN HALE (EXHIBIT D)

OREGON STATE FAIR COMMISSION – REAPPOINTMENT OF JERRY UNDERWOOD (EXHIBIT E)

LAND CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION – REAPPOINTMENT OF MARGARET KIRKPATRICK (EXHIBIT F)

TRUSTEES OF THE STATE LIBRARY – APPOINTMENT OF RICHARD TURNER (EXHIBIT G)

STATE MARINE BOARD – APPOINTMENT OF RUSSELL SADLER (EXHIBIT H)

OUTDOOR YOUTH PROGRAM ADVISORY BOARD – REAPPOINTMENT OF JAMES BROWN AND LARRY SOLIE (EXHIBIT I)

SUSTAINABILITY BOARD – REAPPOINTMENT OF WILLIAM BLOSSER (EXHIBIT J)

TEACHER STANDARDS AND PRACTICES COMMISSION – APPOINTMENT OF GREG BELL AND KAREN WEISETH, AND REAPPOINTMENT OF PATRICIA EVENSON-BRADY (EXHIBIT K)

COMMISSION FOR WOMEN – APPOINTMENT OF TAMMI PAUL (EXHIBIT L)

145

Chair Brown

MOTION:  Moves that the appearances be waived and that the committee recommend the listed APPOINTMENTS and REAPPOINTMENTS BE CONFIRMED by the Senate, with multiple appointments and reappointments made to a single board or commission to be considered en bloc:

155

Sen. Atkinson

Comments on Russell Sadler appointment to the Marine Board.  Expresses concern that the Marine Board, on its magazine and website, has featured Mr. Sadler giving awards to officers in the field, as if he had already been appointed.  Points out the Senate process should not appear to be a rubber-stamp without power.

200

Chair Brown

Agrees the commissioners and board members should not appear to be in office until actually appointed.

215

 

VOTE:  5-0-0

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

225

Chair Brown

The motion CARRIES.

240

Chair Brown

Closes public hearing and work session on executive appointments.  Adjourns the meeting at 8:56 a.m.

 

 

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A.     Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, staff and Governor’s office, 8 pp

B.     Oregon Board of Accountancy, staff and Governor’s office, 9 pp

C.     State Board of Education, staff and Governor’s office, 18 pp

D.    Electrical and Elevator Board, staff and Governor’s office, 8 pp

E.     Oregon State Fair Commission, staff and Governor’s office, 9 pp

F.      Land Conservation and Development Commission, staff and Governor’s office, 10 pp

G.    Trustees of the State Library, staff and Governor’s office, 6 pp

H.    State Marine Board, staff and Governor’s office, 10 pp

I.       Outdoor Youth Program Advisory Board, staff and Governor’s office, 9 pp

J.      Sustainability Board, staff and Governor’s office, 7 pp

K.    Teacher Standards and Practices Commission, staff and Governor’s office, 21 pp

L.     Commission for Women, staff and Governor’s office, 7 pp

M.  Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, Oregon Plan report synopsis, Tom Byler, 4 pp