SENATE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION

 

 

March 09, 2005                                                                                                       Hearing Room C

3:10 P.M.                                                                                                                     Tapes  32 - 33

 

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 102 – Work Session

SB 448 – Work Session

SB 152 – Public Hearing and Work Session

SB 75 – Public Hearing and Work Session

SB 77 – Public Hearing

 

 

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 32, A

003

Chair Verger

Opens the meeting at 3:17 p.m. and opens a work session on SB 102.

SB 102 – WORK SESSION

007

Judith Callens

Committee Administrator. Explains the provisions of the bill and introduces the -1 amendments (EXHIBIT A).

021

John Jackley

Executive Officer, Highway Division, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). Testifies in support of SB 102.

043

Sen. B. Starr

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 102-1 amendments dated 3/7/05.

 

 

VOTE:  3-0-2

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

EXCUSED:  2 - Metsger, Prozanski

 

Chair Verger

The motion CARRIES.

050

Sen. B. Starr

MOTION:  Moves SB 102 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  3-0-2

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

EXCUSED:  2 - Metsger, Prozanski

(Note: See Tape 32, B at 214 and page 4 of these minutes)

 

Chair Verger

The motion CARRIES.

SEN. WHITSETT will lead discussion on the floor.

061

Chair Verger

Closes the work session and opens a work session on SB 448.

SB 448 – WORK SESSION

065

Callens

Explains the provisions of the bill. Presents the -1 amendments (EXHIBIT B).

072

Sen. B. Starr

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 448-1 amendments dated 2/21/05.

 

 

VOTE:  3-0-2

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

EXCUSED:  2 - Metsger, Prozanski

 

Chair Verger

The motion CARRIES.

080

Sen. B. Starr

MOTION:  Moves SB 448 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  3-0-2

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

EXCUSED:  2 - Metsger, Prozanski

(Note: See Tape 32, B at 218 and page 4 of these minutes)

 

Chair Verger

The motion CARRIES.

SEN. B. STARR will lead discussion on the floor.

088

Chair Verger

Closes the work session and opens a public hearing on SB 152.

SB 152 – PUBLIC HEARING

090

Callens

Explains the provisions of the bill.

102

Sen. Ben Westlund

Senate District 27. Testifies in support of SB 152 and encourages the committee to examine the need for adequate infrastructure as a system.

123

Sen. Jeff Kruse

Senate District 1. Testifies in support of SB 152.

155

Sen. Kruse

Comments on the importance of the project to economic development in the South Coast area.

177

Rep. Wayne Krieger

House District 1. Testifies in support of SB 152.

207

Rep. Krieger

Summarizes some of the economic development projects underway in the area.

242

Rep. Krieger

Reviews operations at the Bandon Dunes golf complex.

285

Clair Jones

Chairman, Coos County Airport District. Presents an information packet consisting of written testimony and the North Bend Airport Master Plan (EXHIBIT C) and testifies in support of SB 152.

314

Nikki Whitty

County Commissioner, Coos County. Presents written testimony (EXHIBIT D) and testifies in support of SB 152.

361

Whitty

Reviews the partnerships involved in the project.

419

Hank Hickox

Vice President and General Manager, Bandon Dunes Golf Course. Testifies in support of SB 152.

TAPE 33, A

010

Hickox

Stresses the national status of the golf courses and upcoming international events.

058

Hickox

Outlines the wage and benefits of the employees of the complex and the resultant stimulus to the local economy.

075

Gary Letellier

Executive Director, Coos County Airport District. Testifies in support of SB 152.

112

Letellier

Discusses funding for the renovation of the airport terminal.

131

Sen. B. Starr

Asks about the design of the terminal building and how this project fits with other state air facility needs for upgrade.

155

Letellier

Answers with a summary of how the site was selected.

190

Whitty

Agrees that we need to look at airport needs statewide and as part of a system.

203

Mike Burton

Community Development Division Manager, Economic and Community Development Department. Presents written testimony (EXHIBIT E) and testifies that there is a potential problem with the timing of the proposed bond sale.

250

Burton

Notes that the department has no issue with the bill.

259

Chair Verger

Asks if these funds would be from the department’s lottery funds.

261

Burton

Responds that his understanding is that these would be from new funds.

276

Chair Verger

Discusses the technical issues raised with the witness.

295

Letellier

Adds that the mechanism is not the concern as long as the funds are available in a timely fashion.

323

Burton

Notes that the problem is that they cannot deliver an interim loan and the proposed solutions would grant additional authority to the department.

341

Chair Verger

Comments that her desire is to move the bill with the subsequent referral to Ways and Means.

360

Chair Verger

Closes the public hearing and opens a work session on SB 152.

SB 152 – WORK SESSION

365

Sen. Whitsett

MOTION:  Moves SB 152 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation and BE REFERRED to the committee on Ways and Means by prior reference.

 

 

VOTE:  5-0-0

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

 

Chair Verger

The motion CARRIES.

384

Chair Verger

Closes the work session on SB 152 and opens a public hearing on SB 75.

TAPE 32, B

SB 75 – PUBLIC HEARING

004

Lorna Young

Administrator, Department of Motor Vehicles, ODOT. Presents written testimony from Robin Freeman (EXHIBIT F) and testifies in support of SB 75.

035

Chair Verger

Comments on the importance of requiring insurance on drivers.

047

Sen. Metsger

Summarizes the provisions of the bill.

056

Chair Verger

Closes the public hearing and opens a work session on SB 75.

SB 75 – WORK SESSION

060

Sen. Whitsett

MOTION:  Moves SB 75 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.

071

Chair Verger

Closes the work session and opens a public hearing on SB 77.

SB 77 – PUBLIC HEARING

073

Callens

Explains the provisions of the bill.

087

John Jackley

Highway Division, ODOT. Presents written testimony (EXHIBIT G) and testifies in support of SB 77.

116

Dennis Wiegal

Legislative Liaison, Right of Way Section, ODOT. Testifies in support of SB 77.

160

Wiegal

Reviews the costs savings that would be realized through the bill.

180

Chair Verger

Asks what the process would be if the appraisal was not satisfactory to the property owner.

185

Wiegal

Explains the process and notes that the process would not change under this bill.

196

Chair Verger

Asks who has been in opposition to the bill.

198

Wiegal

Answers that there are a few appraisers in the Portland area are opposed. Adds that he will provide a list to the Chair.

211

Chair Verger

Closes the public hearing and reopens a work session on SB 102 and SB 448.

SB 102 & SB 448 – WORK SESSION

214

Sen. B. Starr

MOTION:  Requests unanimous consent that the rules be SUSPENDED to allow SEN. METSGER and SEN. PROZANSKI to BE RECORDED as voting AYE on the “Move SB 102 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.” (Note: See Tape 32, A at 050 and page 1 of these minutes)

 

 

VOTE:  5-0-0

 

Chair Verger

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

218

Sen. B. Starr

MOTION:  Requests unanimous consent that the rules be SUSPENDED to allow SEN. METSGER and SEN. PROZANSKI to BE RECORDED as voting AYE on the “Move SB 448 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.” (Note: See Tape 32, A at 080 and page 2 of these minutes)

 

 

VOTE:  5-0-0

 

Chair Verger

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

222

Chair Verger

Adjourns the meeting at 4:29 p.m.

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

  1. SB 102, -1 amendments, staff, 1 p
  2. SB 448, -1 amendments, staff, 1 p
  3. SB 152, information packet, Clair Jones, 13 pp
  4. SB 152, written testimony, Nikki Whitty, 2 pp
  5. SB 152, written testimony, Michael Burton, 1 p
  6. SB 75, written testimony of Robin Freeman, Lorna Young, 2 pp
  7. SB 77, written testimony, John Jackley, 2 pp