SENATE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION

 

 

April 27, 2005                                                                                                         Hearing Room C

3:10 P.M.                                                                                                                      Tapes 58 - 59

 

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

James Goulding, Committee Assistant

 

 

MEASURES/ISSUES HEARD:

                                                HB 2116 – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                SB 481 – Work Session

                                                SB 680 – Work Session

                                                SB 640 – Work Session

                                                HB 2068 – Public Hearing and 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 58, A

003

Chair Verger

Calls the committee to order at 3:22 p.m.  Opens a public hearing on HB 2116.

HB 2116 – PUBLIC HEARING

012

John Jackley

Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).  Testifies in favor of HB 2116.  Explains the provisions of the measure.  Points out that it does not affect school speed zones.

042

Chair Verger

Describes her frustration with speed zone jurisdiction.  Notes her concern over how they determine a speed zone.

053

Jackley

Replies that they receive requests to change a speed zone that leads to a study.  Observes that local communities need to bring those considerations to ODOT.  Describes the process of working out a speed zone change.

070

Chair Verger

Closes public hearing on HB 2116.  Opens a work session on HB 2116.

HB 2116 – WORK SESSION

078

Sen. B. Starr

Explains the -1 (EXHIBIT A) and -2 (EXHIBIT B) amendments he had drafted.  Feels they could move HB 2116 without amendments, and address the changes of the -1 and -2 amendments in another measure.

093

Sen. Whitsett

MOTION:  Moves HB 2116 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

096

Sen. Prozanski

Clarifies for the record that they are moving the measure as written.

100

 

VOTE:  5-0-0

 

Chair Verger

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. PROZANSKI will lead discussion on the floor.

102

Chair Verger

Closes work session on HB 2116.  Opens a work session on SB 481.

SB 481 – WORK SESSION

104

Judith Callens

Committee Administrator.  Remarks on the previous hearing of the measure.  Discusses the -1 amendments to the measure (EXHIBIT C). 

117

Chair Verger

Request a clarification on the changes made in the -1 amendment.

120

Callens

Clarifies.

125

Brian Dougherty

Chair, Travel Information Council.  Testifies in favor of SB 481 with the -1 amendments.

140

Sen. Whitsett

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 481-1 amendments dated 4/27/05.

144

 

VOTE:  5-0-0

 

Chair Verger

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

148

Sen. Whitsett

MOTION:  Moves SB 481 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

150

 

VOTE:  5-0-0

 

Chair Verger

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. METSGER will lead discussion on the floor.

155

Chair Verger

Closes work session on SB 481.  Opens a work session on SB 680.

SB 680 – WORK SESSION

150

Sen. Betsy Johnson

Senate District 16.  Testifies in favor of SB 680 and explains the various amendments proposed.  Offers a copy of the draft -6 amendments (EXHIBIT D) that are still being worked on in legislative counsel.

190

Bob Rooney

Department of Land Conservation Development (DLCD).  Testifies in favor of the -6 amendments. 

200

Sen. B. Starr

Asks if she is requesting they adopt the previous -5 amendments.

206

Sen. Johnson

Advocates the adoption of the -6 amendments.

207

Sen. Prozanski

Questions portion of the -5 and -6 amendments that narrow the definition of “rural airport”.

228

Sen. Johnson

Observes a “rural airport” does define the airport being in or out of the growth boundary.

239

Sen. Metsger

Asks for greater detail on the -6 amendments and what has changed from the -5 amendments.

240

Rooney

Explains the changes made in the -6 amendment.

250

Sen. Johnson

Apologizes that the committee members were not given advance copies of the -6 amendment.  Discusses the time constraints.

255

Chair Verger

Requests copies be made of the draft so the committee can examine them.  Closes work session on SB 680.  Opens a work session on SB 640.

SB 640 – WORK SESSION

265

Judith Callens

Committee Administrator.  Explains the proposed -16 amendments (EXHIBIT E).

295

Callens

Further describes the -16 amendments, which replace the original measure.

375

Chair Verger

States that they will be moving the measure to the Rules Committee.

380

Sen. Whitsett

Asks if they wish to amend the measure with the -16 amendments.

383

Sen. Prozanski

Points out they should leave the bill as it for now.

390

Chair Verger

Solicits the opinions of the other committee members.

395

Sen. B. Starr

Offers his frustration that they have done a lot of work on the measure and that the work should be finished in this committee.

399

Sen. Metsger

Prefers the committee make a ruling on this measure, or at least further discussing the -16 amendments.

410

Sen. Whitsett

Feels this is the appropriate committee to hold the discussion.

TAPE 59, A

003

Sen. Prozanski

Notes he has not had a chance to examine the -16 amendments in detail.  Observes that more work needs to be done and that the rules committee should be given the freedom to consider other amendments.

027

Sen. Metsger

Gives his opinion that they move the SB 640 to Rules without recommendation. 

045

Chair Verger

Considers sending the measure without amendments.

053

Sen. Prozanski

Details that all the options will still be on the table when the measure moves to Rules Committee.

070

Sen. Whitsett

MOTION:  Moves SB 640 to the floor WITHOUT RECOMMENDATION as to passage and BE REFERRED to the committee on Rules.

074

Sen. Prozanski

Comments on the motion.

080

 

VOTE:  4-0-1

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

EXCUSED:  1 – B. Starr

 

Chair Verger

The motion CARRIES.

087

Chair Verger

Closes the work session on SB 640.  Opens the work session on SB 680.

SB 680 – WORK SESSION

095

Sen. Johnson

Explains an omission in the -6 draft amendments.  Notes the correction.

115

John Helm

Legislative Staff, Sen. Betsy Johnson.  Further clarifies.

120

Sen. Prozanski

Remarks on changes between the draft and the rough e-mail version they received.

129

Helm

Discussion the main changes from the draft version.

132

Sen. Johnson

Observes the changes to the sunset clause.

137

Callens

Notes the fiscal impact on the -3 amendments.  Questions if the changes in the -6 amendments would affect the fiscal.

147

Sen. Johnson

Feels the scope has been narrowed in the -6 amendments, so the fiscal would likely be less than with the -3 amendments.

157

Bob Rooney

Offers his observation that the -6 amendments will decrease the fiscal expenditure.

165

Chair Verger

States they would ordinarily have them return, but since this is the last committee meeting they need to take action at this time.

171

Sen. Metsger

Advocates the adoption of -6 amendments, with the understanding that Sen. Johnson will continue to address needed changes as the measure moves through the process.

174

Sen. Prozanski

Notes he will be voting to move this measure forward.  Observes he will need to evaluate the amendments more closely to determine his floor vote.

190

Sen. Whitsett

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 680-6 amendments dated 5/6/05.

193

 

VOTE:  4-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 - B. Starr

 

Chair Verger

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

195

Sen. Whitsett

MOTION:  Moves SB 680 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation and the SUBSEQUENT REFERRAL to the committee on Ways and Means BE RESCINDED.

200

 

VOTE:  4-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 - B. Starr

 

Chair Verger

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. JOHNSON will lead discussion on the floor.

203

Sen. Johnson

Thanks the committee for their patience.

207

Chair Verger

Closes work session on SB 680.  Opens a public hearing on HB 2068.

HB 2068 – PUBLIC HEARING

217

Bob Hidley

Director, Oregon Department of Aviation.

220

John Wilson

Business Manager, Oregon Department of Aviation.

226

Hidley

Explains the provisions of HB 2068.  Presents a list of Aircraft Registration Findings (EXHIBIT F).

255

Sen. Prozanski

Asks about the inspection process.

260

Hidley

Replies.

278

Callens

Discusses the details of HB 2068.

290

Chair Verger

Observes the size of the task before them.

296

Hidley

Describes the spot-checking process of examining aircraft.

307

Chair Verger

Notes the difficulty of inspecting private aircraft and privately owned airstrips.

314

Hidley

Talks about the number of privately owned airstrips and aircraft.

317

Chair Verger

Wonders if they have a master list of Oregon aircraft.

320

Hidley

Describes difficulty with the database and the need to find and register unregistered aircraft.

332

Sen. Whitsett

Considers how many registered aircraft may not even exist anymore.

338

Hidley

Estimates the amount of unregistered aircraft.

344

Sen. Whitsett

Points out that many of the aircraft may no longer exist.

345

Hidley

Agrees.

355

Chair Verger

Closes public hearing on HB 2068.  Opens a work session on HB 2068

HB 2068  – WORK SESSION

370

Sen. Whitsett

MOTION:  Moves HB 2068A to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

370

Sen. Prozanski

Asks if they will require a renewal process to prevent having to do this again.

375

Hidley

Talks about annual renewal notices.

390

 

VOTE:  4-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 - B. Starr

 

Chair Verger

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. PROZANSKI will lead discussion on the floor.

395

Chair Verger

Closes the work session on HB 2068.  Adjourns the committee at 4:15 p.m.

 

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

  1. HB 2116, -1 amendment, Sen. Bruce Starr, 10p
  2. HB 2116, -2 amendment, Sen. Bruce Starr, 1 pp
  3. SB 481, -1 amendment, staff, 1 p
  4. SB 680, -6 draft amendment, Sen. Betsy Johnson, 6 pp
  5. SB 640, -16 amendment, staff, 10 pp
  6. HB 2068, Aircraft Registration Findings, Bob Hidley, 1 p