SENATE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION

 

 

February 16, 2005                                                                                                   Hearing Room C

3:10 P.M.                                                                                                                      Tapes 19 - 20

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Joanne Verger, Chair

Sen. Doug Whitsett, Vice-Chair

Sen. Rick Metsger

Sen. Floyd Prozanski

Sen. Bruce Starr

 

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Judith Callens, Committee Administrator

Gary Roulier, Committee Assistant

 

 

MEASURES/ISSUES HEARD:

SB 487 – Public Hearing and Work Session

SB 76 – Work Session

SB 178 – Work Session

SB 78 – 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 19, A

003

Chair Verger

Opens the meeting at 3:12 p.m. and opens a public hearing on SB 487.

SB 487 – PUBLIC HEARING

011

Judith Callens

Administrator. Explains the provisions of the bill.

020

Sen. Peter Courtney

State Senator, District 11. Presents written testimony (EXHIBIT A) and testifies in support of SB 487.

042

Chair Verger

Thanks Sen. Courtney for his support of these issues.

058

Colonel Mike Caldwell

Deputy Director, Oregon Military Department. Testifies in support of SB 487.

075

Chair Verger

Closes the public hearing and opens a work session on SB 487.

SB 487 – WORK SESSION

086

Sen. Whitsett

MOTION:  Moves SB 487 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  5-0-0

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

 

Chair Verger

The motion CARRIES.

SEN. METSGER will lead discussion on the floor.

104

Chair Verger

Closes the work session on SB 487 and opens a work session SB 76.

SB 76 – WORK SESSION

118

Callens

Explains the provisions of the bill.

120

Sen. Whitsett

MOTION:  Moves SB 76 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

125

Sen. Prozanski

Expresses concern about situations where parents have differing custodial rights and disagree with the action to cancel driving privileges.

138

Sen. Whitsett

Notes that he will not be able to support the bill due to the concerns that Sen. Prozanski expressed.

143

Robin Freeman

Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). Explains the intent of the legislation.

164

Sen. Prozanski

Restates that a non-custodial parent with visitation rights could make a decision that only the custodial parent should make.

180

Freeman

Notes that the department is willing to work on these issues.

189

Chair Verger

Closes the work session on SB 76 and opens a work session on SB 178.

SB 178 – WORK SESSION

193

Callens

Explains the provisions of the bill.

205

Sen. Whitsett

MOTION:  Moves SB 178 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  5-0-0

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

 

Chair Verger

The motion CARRIES.

SEN. PROZANSKI will lead discussion on the floor.

212

Chair Verger

Closes the work session SB 178 and opens a work session on SB 78.

SB 78 – WORK SESSION

223

Callens

Explains the provisions of the bill.

228

Chair Verger

Asks if the provisions of this bill eliminate the need for a police report.

241

Freeman

Responds that she has not been able to determine that a police report is required.

249

Chair Verger

Asks if she is able to report to file a report with the police without reporting to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

254

Freeman

Answers that there is a requirement to report to DMV but not a requirement to report to the police. Reviews the criteria for reporting.

267

Sen. Metsger

Expresses concern regarding the insurance requirements for reporting to police.

292

John Powell

State Farm Insurance Companies. Reviews the insurance claim requirements for reporting and case law regarding police reports.

334

Sen. Metsger

Restates that he would be willing to support the bill if ODOT communicates to insurance carriers the changes for reporting accidents.

363

Powell

Adds that the insurance company wants to know if there was police involvement, but it is not a factor in whether or not they would pay the claim.

380

Sen. B. Starr

Asks if any police agencies expressed any opinions about this bill.

382

Powell

Responds that the police agencies will continue to forward the reports.

403

Freeman

Notes that the intent is to ensure that DMV receives the accident reports. Adds that law enforcement agencies are often “too busy” to forward the reports.

TAPE 20, A

008

Freeman

Assures the committee that the Department of Consumer and Business Services will be apprised of the provisions contained within the bill.

010

Chair Verger

Asks if ODOT feels that they are not receiving all of the accident reports.

017

Freeman

Answers that they don’t want to have to suspend driving privileges because they did not receive a report that was filed with a law enforcement agency and not forwarded to DMV.

024

Sen. Whitsett

MOTION:  Moves SB 78 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  5-0-0

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

 

Chair Verger

The motion CARRIES.

SEN. WHITSETT will lead discussion on the floor.

031

Chair Verger

Reminds the committee that they will be taking public testimony on ConnectOregon in upcoming meetings.

070

Sen. B. Starr

Discusses procedures for introduction of committee bills.

084

Sen. Prozanski

Asks about priority bills.

088

Callens

Reviews the procedures for dropping priority bills.

103

Chair Verger

Closes the work session on SB 78 and adjourns the meeting at 3:45 p.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

  1. SB 487, written testimony, Sen. Peter Courtney, 1 pp