SENATE COMMITTEE ON RULES

 

 

June 27, 2005                                                                                                         Hearing Room B

5:30 P.M.                                                                                                                 Tapes  131 - 132

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Kate Brown, Chair

Sen. Ted Ferrioli, Vice-Chair

Sen. Charlie Ringo

Sen. Frank Shields

 

MEMBER EXCUSED:          Sen. Jason Atkinson

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Tiffany Harris, Committee Administrator

Dawn Tuso, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:          

SB 815A - Public Hearing and Work Session

Concerns regarding the juvenile dependency system - Informational Meeting

 

 

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 131, A

003

Chair Brown

Calls meeting to order at 5:50 p.m. and opens a public hearing on SB 815A.

SB 815A - PUBLIC HEARING

005

Sen. Gary George

Senate District 12. Testifies in support of SB 815A. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT A).

017

Jim Thompson

Policy Advisor, Sen. George’s Office. Testifies in support of SB 815A.

034

Ralph Groener

AFSCME Council 75. Testifies in support of SB 815A.

052

Chair Brown

Comments that she has had discussions with the Senate President regarding foster care being a priority issue tackled during the interim.

064

Joyce Padilla

Foster parent. Testifies in support of SB 815A. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT B).

069

Chair Brown

Asks for Padilla to read a portion of her written testimony.

071

Padilla

Reads portion of her written testimony.

077

Larry Waddell

Foster parent. Testifies in support of SB 815A.

105

Hanna Galusha

Foster parent. Testifies in support of SB 815A. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT C).

133

La Donna Ross

Foster parent. Testifies in support of SB 815A. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT D).

145

Ruth Johnson

Foster parent. Testifies in support of SB 815A.

150

Chair Brown

Mentions HB 2335. Says it was passed on the senate floor today.

158

Susan Detlefsen

Citizen.  Testifies on SB 815A.

176

Detlefsen

Plays a recording of a phone message from a foster child.

179

Detlefsen

Continues testimony on SB 815A.

231

Cheryl Swisher

Foster parent. Testifies in support of SB 815A.

237

Don Darland

Oregon Foster Parent Association (OFPA). Testifies in support of SB 815A.

255

Kevin George

Manager, Foster Care Program, Children, Adults, and Families, Department of Human Services. Testifies in support of SB 815A. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT E).

264

Chair Brown

Asks for clarification regarding the amendments.

268

George

Responds the -A6 amendments.

271

George

Continues testimony on SB 815A.

293

Chair Brown

Asks if it was difficult for a foster care provider to seek intervener status in prior statutes.

297

George

Replies yes and explains.

305

Chair Brown

Refers to earlier testimony and asks if that particular individual would be able to seek intervener status under the proposal.

307

George

Replies yes.

319

Chair Brown

Asks what other states do in terms of a length of time for intervener status.

323

George

Replies that he does not know the answer.

335

Chair Brown

Asks about page three of the -A6 amendments.

340

Timothy Travis

Oregon Judicial Department. Responds to Sen. Brown’s question regarding SB 815A and the -A6 amendments.

355

Terry Fennell

Foster parent. Testifies in support of SB 815A. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT F).

381

Chair Brown

Closes public hearing on SB 815A and opens a work session on SB 815A.

SB 815A - WORK SESSION

 

Tiffany Harris

Committee Administrator. Submits SB 815A –A6 amendments (EXHIBIT G).

385

Chair Brown

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 815A-A6 amendments dated 6/22/05.

 

 

VOTE:  4-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 - Sen. Atkinson

 

Chair Brown

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

397

Chair Brown

MOTION:  Moves SB 815A to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  4-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 - Sen. Atkinson

 

Chair Brown

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. GEORGE will lead discussion on the floor.

410

Chair Brown

Closes work session and opens informational meeting on concerns with the juvenile dependency system.

TAPE 132, A

CONCERNS WITH THE JUVENILE DEPENDENCY SYSTEM  - INFORMATIONAL MEETING

006

Deborah Donnelly

Concerned parent. Offers personal story and expresses concerns with the juvenile dependency system.

025

Chair Brown

Asks how long Ms. Donnelly’s daughter has been in foster care.

026

Donnelly

Replies sixteen months.

027

Chair Brown

Asks if Ms. Donnelly has a lawyer.

031

Donnelly

Replies yes.

033

Chair Brown

Asks Ms. Donnelly how many foster care homes her daughter has been in over the last sixteen months.

034

Donnelly

Replies three.

048

Susan Detlefsen

Citizen. Comments on Ms. Donnelly’s testimony.

057

Mary Hayes

Citizen. Testifies in regards to Deborah Donnelly’s personal story and expresses concerns with the juvenile dependency system.

093

Chair Brown

Asks if the case is in Multnomah County.

094

Hayes

Replies yes. Continues testimony.

108

Sen. Ringo

Comments on the story. Offers that he would like to hear what the Department of Human Services (DHS) has to say about the case.

114

Detlefsen

Comments that she would like DHS to attend and testify at these hearings as well.

121

Chair Brown

Expresses concern that Ms. Donnelly’s daughter has been in multiple foster care homes and that she has had multiple caseworkers.

130

Hayes

Submits a copy of legal documents regarding Deborah Donnelly’s daughter (EXHIBIT H).

134

Detlefsen

Comments that she would like the motions to be heard in juvenile court.

138

Carol.McAninch

Citizen. Testifies in regards to Deborah Donnelly’s personal story and expresses concerns with the juvenile dependency system.

153

Chair Brown

Closes informational meeting and adjourns meeting at 6:30 p.m.

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A.     SB 815A, written testimony, Sen. Gary George, 1 p

B.     SB 815A, written testimony, Joyce Padilla,  1 p

C.     SB 815A, written testimony, Hanna Galusha, 1 p

D.    SB 815A, written testimony, La Donna Ross, 1 p

E.     SB 815A, written testimony, Kevin George, 2 pp

F.      SB 815A, written testimony, Terry Fennell, 1 p

G.    SB 815A, -A6 amendments, staff, 5 pp

H.    SB 815A, legal documents, Mary Hayes, 14 pp