SENATE COMMITTEE ON RULES

 

 

May 03, 2005                                                                                                          Hearing Room B

3:00 P.M.                                                                                                                     Tapes  53 - 54

Corrected 11/07/05

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Kate Brown, Chair

Sen. Jason Atkinson

Sen. Charlie Ringo

Sen. Frank Sen. Shields

 

MEMBER EXCUSED:          Sen. Ted Ferrioli, Vice-Chair

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Tiffany Harris, Committee Administrator

Patricia Nielsen, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:          

SB 1046 – Public Hearing and Work Session

SB 849 – Work Session

SB 1048 – Public Hearing and Work Session

Executive Appointments – Public Hearing

      State Board of Chiropractic Examiners

            Joyce McClure

            Michael Vissers

            Estelle Parker-Kent

HB 2029 –Work Session

HB 2094A –Work Session

Executive Appointments – Public Hearing

      State Workforce Investment Board

            David Williams

      Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators

            Margaret Clark

            Larry Davy

            Kathleen Elias

            Jim Bagley

 

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 53, A

005

Chair Brown

Calls the meeting to order at 3:05 p.m.  Opens public hearing on
SB 1046.

SB 1046 – PUBLIC HEARING

010

Tiffany Harris

Committee Administrator.  Presents overview of SB 1046.

020

Bill Bradbury

Secretary of State.  Testifies in support of SB 1046.  Discusses Help America Vote Act (HAVA), requiring all voters to be given the opportunity to vote privately and independently.  Explains telephone voting can allow disabled voters to do so.

050

Chair Brown

Asks about possible fraud in the system.

055

John Lindback

Director, Elections Division, Secretary of State’s office.  Explains measures to prevent fraud, such as issuing a PIN number.  Adds the pilot program is meant to explore what issues may arise.

065

Chair Brown

Closes public hearing on SB 1046.  Opens work session on SB 849.

SB 849 – WORK SESSION

070

Tom Holt

Oregon State Pharmacy Association.  Testifies in support of SB 849 with the -1, -2 and -3 amendments (EXHIBITS A, B, C).

080

Andi Easton

Oregon Medical Association.  Testifies in support of SB 849 with the
-1, -2, and -3 amendments.

085

Chair Brown

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 849-1 amendments dated 4/6/05.

087

 

VOTE:  4-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 - Ferrioli

 

Chair Brown

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

090

Chair Brown

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 849-2 amendments dated 4/7/05.

092

 

VOTE:  4-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 - Ferrioli

 

Chair Brown

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

095

Chair Brown

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 849-3 amendments dated 5/3/05.

097

 

VOTE:  4-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 - Ferrioli

 

Chair Brown

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

100

Chair Brown

MOTION:  Moves SB 849 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

102

 

VOTE:  4-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 - Ferrioli

 

Chair Brown

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. DEVLIN will lead discussion on the floor.

105

Chair Brown

Closes public hearing on SB 849.  Opens public hearing on SB 1046.

SB 1046 – PUBLIC HEARING

110

Rob Cook

Springfield; Commissioner, Oregon Disabilities Commission.  Testifies in support of SB 1046.  Discusses full access for people with visual impairments under the pilot program.

145

Jeanne Marie Moore

Eugene.  Testifies in support of SB 1046.  Discusses phone access for visually impaired people.  Submits Braille testimony (EXHIBIT D).

170

Ken Rivernider

Eugene.  Testifies in support of SB 1046.  Discusses intent of the vote-by-mail system to provide an opportunity for citizens to vote in private in their own homes.

190

Mary Otten

Eugene; vision impaired.  Testifies in support of SB 1046.  Points out vote-by-mail still requires a reader.  Comments vote-by-phone also aids those who have transportation issues.

220

Eugene Organ

Eugene; President, Board of Directors, Lane Independent Living Alliance (LILA).  Testifies in support of SB 1046.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT E).

270

Frederick Goble

Springfield.  Testifies in support of SB 1046.  Asks for the opportunity to vote with security and confidence.

295

Angela Katsakis

Disability Vote Project Coordinator, American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD).  Appears by telephone conference call.  Testifies in support of SB 1046.  Explains her focus on Help America Vote Act (HAVA).  Submits written testimony of Jim Dickson (EXHIBIT F).  Discusses voting trial programs in United Kingdom, resulting in increased voting especially among disabled voters.  Explains measures taken to avoid voting fraud.

TAPE 54, A

005

Katsakis

Continues and explains combination of programs resulting in increased numbers of votes cast.

040

Sen. Shields

Asks what has happened since the test program in 2003.

045

Katsakis

Explains there will be a broader test in 2006.  Discusses plan to make it available in all elections.

050

Sen. Shields

Clarifies voters could choose their method.

055

Katsakis

Discusses options available to voters.  Refers to the work of Professor Ted Selker at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in developing computerized options for disabled voters.

075

Chair Brown

Asks her to share a quote from her testimony.

080

Katsakis

Refers to quote of Justin Dart:  “Vote as if your life depended on it, because it does.”  Offers to provide contact information.

090

Mary Dole

Eugene; vision impaired.  Testifies in support of SB 1046.  Comments it would be wonderful to vote all by herself.

105

Cora Jones

Eugene; vision impaired.  Testifies in support of SB 1046, especially vote-by-phone.

120

Chair Brown

Explains she won her first legislative race by seven votes, so every vote does count.

125

Sen. Shields

Asks about signing a ballot if visually impaired.

135

Jones

Refers to Lane Independent Living Alliance.  Explains how the signature card is compared to the ballot. Discusses assistance available.

150

Gweneth van Frank Carlson

Eugene.  Testifies in support of SB 1046.  Discusses signature guide available to assist visually impaired person to sign a document.  Describes other techniques available.  Enthusiastically supports vote-by-phone.

200

Carlson

Refers to Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU) survey where 30 percent of the population said they thought they had some disability.  Agrees transportation is a big issue.  Adds that a high percentage of blind voters do not vote.

The following material is submitted for the record without public testimony for SB 1046:

 

Carole Patterson

Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT G)

 

Frank Synoground

Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT H)

 

Mollie Hewitt

Submits verbatim transcript of meeting (EXHIBIT I)

235

Chair Brown

Advises the bill will move soon.  Closes public hearing on SB 1046.  Opens public hearing on SB 1048.

SB 1048 – PUBLIC HEARING

245

Tiffany Harris

Committee Administrator.  Presents overview of SB 1048.

255

Bob Repine

Director, Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS).  Testifies in support of SB 1048.  Submits written testimony and chart (EXHIBITS J, K).

325

Chair Brown

Closes public hearing on SB 1048.  Opens work session on SB 1046.

SB 1046 – WORK SESSION

330

Sen. Shields

MOTION:  Moves SB 1046 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

335

 

VOTE:  3-0-2

EXCUSED:  2 - Atkinson, Ferrioli

 

Chair Brown

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. BROWN will lead discussion on the floor.

355

Chair Brown

Closes work session on SB 1046.  Reopens public hearing on SB 1048.

SB 1048 – PUBLIC HEARING

365

Jodi Jones

Oregon Housing and Community Services Department (OHCS).  Testifies in support of SB 1048.  Submits written testimony
(EXHIBIT L).  Discusses homelessness issues in Oregon and need to coordinate efforts to assist.  Describes -1 amendments (EXHIBIT M).

420

Sen. Ringo

Asks why the -1 amendments add the Department of Justice (DOJ).

425

Jones

Explains the DOJ provides shelter services for domestic violence survivors in shelters.

430

Sen. Ringo

Asks about cost and time commitment of DOJ.

435

Repine

Discusses monthly meetings already taking place.

TAPE 53, B

005

Sen. Ringo

Asks about fiscal impact.

010

Repine

Explains each participating agency will contribute $8000 annually to support the Ending Homelessness Advisory Council.

015

Sen. Ringo

Asks about Department of Justice providing $8000 in attorney time.

020

Repine

Discusses other sources of funding.

030

Patti Whitney-Wise

Executive Director, Oregon Hunger Relief Task Force (OHRTF).  Testifies in support of SB 1048.  Submits written testimony and brochures (EXHIBITS N, O, P).

050

Sen. Shields

Asks about relationship between hunger and homelessness.

060

Repine

Discusses interaction between agencies which provide services.  Gives example of transportation services which allow people to travel to work and therefore obtain housing because they have income.

085

Jean Lasater

Oregon Homeless and Runaway Youth Coalition.  Testifies in support of SB 1048.  Refers to HB 2202 companion legislation.  Discusses progressive nature of homelessness, especially among young people.  Submits issue brief (EXHIBIT Q).

115

Wendy VanElverdinghe

Community Action Directors of Oregon (CADO).  Testifies in support of SB 1048.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT R).

140

Vicki Skryha

Office of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OMHAS), Department of Human Services (DHS).  Testifies in support of SB 1048.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT S).

170

Sen. Shields

Comments on the increasing problem of homeless population with insufficient resources or assistance.

180

Chair Brown

Closes public hearing on SB 1048.  Opens work session on SB 1048.

SB 1048 – WORK SESSION

185

Chair Brown

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 1048-1 amendments dated 5/2/05.

187

 

VOTE:  3-0-2

EXCUSED:  2 - Atkinson, Ferrioli

 

Chair Brown

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

190

Chair Brown

MOTION:  Moves SB 1048 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

192

Sen. Ringo

Expresses support for the bill and urges allocating more resources to help solve the problem.

195

Sen. Shields

Refers to the Hunger Relief Task Force and its creative solutions to the problems they are assigned.

198

 

VOTE:  3-0-2

EXCUSED:  2 - Atkinson, Ferrioli

 

Chair Brown

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. SHIELDS will lead discussion on the floor.

200

Chair Brown

Closes work session on SB 1048.  Opens public hearing for Executive Appointments.

EXECUTIVE APPOINTMENTS – PUBLIC HEARING

STATE BOARD OF CHIROPRACTOR EXAMINERS - APPOINTMENTS OF JOYCE McCLURE, MICHAEL VISSERS, AND ESTELLE PARKER-KENT (EXHIBIT T)

210

Dr. Joyce McClure

Chiropractor.   Discusses her background, interest in, and qualification for the appointment.

225

Dr. Michael Vissers

Chiropractor.  Discusses his background, interest in, and qualification for the appointment.

235

Estelle Parker Kent

Correctional Lieutenant, Oregon State Penitentiary.  Discusses her background, interest in, and qualification for the appointment.  Expresses desire to contribute and be a part of the community.

245

Sen. Ringo

Refers to the disagreement between the two main professional chiropractic organizations, Oregon Doctors of Chiropractic (ODC) and the Chiropractic Association of Oregon (CAO).

255

McClure

Opines each organization serves a segment of the community.  Suggests issues often arise due to poor communication.  Expresses intent to find common ground.

265

Vissers

Acknowledges differences and hopes the two associations can find consensus.  Suggests the role of the two associations is not as important to the Board as to the legislative arena where bills are being considered.

280

Sen. Shields

Asks about awareness of diversity and if the Board should do more.

305

Vissers

Agrees the Board should address diversity issues.  Explains the difficulty is often that chiropractors are alone in private practice.  Expresses openness to improving outreach in the community.

315

Sen. Shields

Urges efforts to branch out.

325

McClure

Discusses her background, including a strong tie in the community with organizers of an annual intercultural communications institute.  Pledges to improve communication between communities.

345

Chair Brown

Closes public hearing on Executive Appointments.  Opens work session on HB 2029.

HB 2029 – WORK SESSION

350

Tiffany Harris

Committee Administrator.  Presents overview of HB 2029 and
the -1 amendments (EXHIBIT U).

360

Chair Brown

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT HB 2029-1 amendments dated 4/19/05.

365

 

VOTE:  3-0-2

EXCUSED:  2 - Atkinson, Ferrioli

 

Chair Brown

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

370

Chair Brown

MOTION:  Moves HB 2029 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

375

 

VOTE:  3-0-2

EXCUSED:  2 - Atkinson, Ferrioli

 

Chair Brown

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. RINGO will lead discussion on the floor.

380

Chair Brown

Closes work session on HB 2029.  Opens work session on HB 2094A.

HB 2094A – WORK SESSION

385

Sen. Ringo

MOTION:  Moves HB 2094A to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

390

 

VOTE:  3-0-2

EXCUSED:  2 - Atkinson, Ferrioli

 

Chair Brown

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. SHIELDS will lead discussion on the floor.

395

Chair Brown

Closes work session on HB 2029.  Opens public hearing on Executive Appointments.

EXECUTIVE APPOINTMENTS – PUBLIC HEARING

STATE WORKFORCE INVESTMENT BOARD - APPOINTMENT OF DAVID WILLIAMS (EXHIBIT V)

405

David Williams

Discusses background, interest in and qualification for the appointment.  Expresses interest in working on the Governor’s strategic initiatives for workforce development.

425

Chair Brown

Asks what the legislature can do to enhance workforce investment and economic development.

430

Williams

Discusses need for entire business community to consider how it will recruit and retain skilled and competent employees.

TAPE 54, B

005

Chair Brown

Asks about educational level of incoming employees at Northwest Natural.

010

Williams

Discusses different levels of education among new employees depending on age and experience.

015

Sen. Shields

Comments on connection between workforce development, poverty and homelessness issues.

020

Williams

Agrees there is a connection.  Suggests two aspects to consider:

·         Individual participation in community social programs

·         How employers recruit employees from different communities

BOARD OF EXAMINERS OF NURSING HOME ADMINISTRATORS - APPOINTMENTS OF MARGARET CLARK AND LARRY DAVY, APPOINTMENT AND REAPPOINTMENT OF KATHLEEN ELIAS, AND REAPPOINTMENT OF JIM BAGLEY (EXHIBIT W)

050

Margaret Clark

Registered nurse, originally from England.  Discusses her background, interest in and qualification for the appointment.

080

Sen. Shields

Refers to nursing home visits to parishioners.  Asks how she would try to improve what is offered.

090

Clark

Responds administrators must have a firm grasp of what Certified Nurse Assistants (CNAs) do in each facility.  Suggests there have been vast improvements in nursing home facilities in the past 30 years.

105

Sen. Shields

Asks about elder abuse.

110

Clark

Suggests open wards make patients less vulnerable.  Advocates against closed doors in nursing facilities.

140

Larry Davy

Registered nurse, hospital and nursing home administrator.  Discusses his background, interest in and qualification for the appointment. 

160

Sen. Shields

Asks about his facility.

165

Davy

Describes.

170

Sen. Shields

Asks about issues coming before the Board.

175

Davy

Discusses need to maintain high quality medical care for an expanding senior population.

185

Sen. Shields

Asks about conditions in nursing homes, maintenance of facilities and abuse issues.

195

Davy

Explains long-term care is difficult to manage due to funding issues and need to provide high-quality care.  Seeks creative solutions through donations and community support.  Points out standards to be met require well-trained staff.

230

Kathleen Elias

Nursing home administrator, registered nurse.  Discusses her background, interest in and qualification for the appointment.  Explains importance of providing high-quality care to dependent seniors.

260

Sen. Shields

Asks about problems she will attempt to solve with increasing population of seniors in nursing homes.

270

Elias

Discusses issues:

·         Adequate staffing

·         Adequate training of administrators and nurses

·         Working cooperatively with state and federal programs

285

Sen. Shields

Asks about options for long-term care.

290

Elias

Agrees options are important because a nursing home is often the last stop for a patient.  Explains the need for appropriate levels of care.

295

Sen. Shields

Refers to options available for seniors before nursing homes.

300

Elias

Discusses her background in acute care and the need for skilled staff to serve the nursing home population with rehabilitation services.

320

Sen. Shields

Closes public hearing on Executive Appointments.  Adjourns the meeting at 4:55 p.m.

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A.     SB 849, -1 amendments (4-6-05), staff, 1 p

B.     SB 849, -2 amendments (4-7-05), staff, 1 p

C.     SB 849, -3 amendments (5-3-05), staff, 1 p

D.    SB 1046, Braille testimony, Jeanne Marie Moore, 1 p

E.     SB 1046, written testimony, Eugene Organ, 2 pp

F.      SB 1046, written testimony of Jim Dickson, Angela Katsakis, 3 pp

G.    SB 1046, written testimony, Carole Patterson, 2 pp

H.    SB 1046, written testimony, Frank Synoground, 1 p

I.       SB 1046, verbatim transcript of hearing, Mollie Hewitt, 23 pp

J.      SB 1048, written testimony, Bob Repine, 2 pp

K.    SB 1048, chart Current Structure Addressing Hunger Only, Bob Repine, 2 pp

L.     SB 1048, written testimony, Jodie Jones, 2 pp

M.  SB 1048, -1 amendments (5-2-05), staff, 1 p

N.    SB 1048, written testimony, Patti Whitney-Wise, 1 p

O.    SB 1048, executive summary Act to End Hunger, Patti Whitney-Wise, oversize

P.      SB 1048, report Act to End Hunger, Patti Whitney-Wise, 32 pp

Q.    SB 1048, issue brief From Out of the Shadows, Jean Lasater, 1 p

R.    SB 1048, written testimony, Wendy VanElverdinghe, 3 pp

S.      SB 1048, written testimony, Vicki Skryha, 2 pp

T.     State Board of Chiropractic Examiners, staff and Governor’s office, 26 pp

U.     HB 2029, -1 amendments (4-19-05), staff, 10 pp

V.     State Workforce Investment Board, staff and Governor’s office, 13 pp

W.   Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators, staff and Governor’s office, 15 pp