HOUSE COMMITTEE ON RULES, ELECTIONS, AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS

 

 

January 26, 1999 Hearing Room D

3:30 P.M. Tapes 3 - 4

 

MEMBERS PRESENT: Rep. Mark Simmons, Chair

Rep. Richard Devlin, Vice-Chair

Rep. Bruce Starr, Vice-Chair

Rep. Jason Atkinson

Rep. Chris Beck

Rep. Roger Beyer

Rep. Randall Edwards

Rep. Dan Gardener

Rep. Kevin Mannix

Rep. Kitty Piercy

Rep. Jim Welsh

Rep. Max Williams

 

MEMBER EXCUSED:

 

STAFF PRESENT: Cletus B. Moore, Jr., Administrator

Kevin E. Wells, Administrative Support

 

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD: HB 2415 Public Hearing

HB 2269 Public Hearing and Work Session

 

 

These minutes are in compliance with Senate and House Rules. Only text enclosed in quotation marks reports a speakerís exact words. For complete contents, please refer to the tapes.

 

TAPE/#

Speaker

Comments

TAPE 3, A

002

Chair Simmons

Calls the meeting to order at 3:38 p.m.

PUBLIC HEARING ON HB 2415

008

Chair Simmons

Opens Public hearing on HB 2415. Asks for staff summary on HB 2415.

011

Cletus Moore

Administrator. States that HB 2415 brings Oregon Revised Statues (ORS) up-to-code with courtís ruling on campaign finance laws.

013

Chair Simmons

Calls first witness, John DiLorenzo.

014

John DiLorenzo

Lawyer, Portland. Supports the measure. Applauds Speaker Snodgrassí efforts to take those portions of Measure 9 (1994) the Oregon Supreme Court rules unconstitutional off of the books. Reviews the Oregon Supreme Courts ruling on VanNatta v. Keisling concerning limits on campaign contributions. States that this measure brings ORS in line with the courtís ruling.

044

Chair Simmons

Asks if the Supreme Court has plans to rule on campaign finance reform.

046

DiLorenzo

Provides more information on judicial rulings.

069`

Rep. Beck

Asks if court threw out voluntary spending limits.

073

DiLorenzo

Answers that the court left those limits intact, which are tied to tax credits, and the prohibitions of personal use of campaign funds.

079

Rep. Beck

Inquires if those voluntary spending limits are going to be removed. Asks if any candidate voluntarily limited spending. Suggests that those provisions be removed as part of this bill. States that the current system works as a disincentive.

083

Chair Simmons

Asks staff to get the answer.

085

Rep. Edwards

Asks if this bill addresses the recent Supreme Court ruling on Coloradoís campaign financing laws (the Buckley Decision).

099

DiLorenzo

Answers that HB 2415 does not address that ruling, it only repeals those measures ruled unconstitutional by the Oregon Supreme Court.

095

Chair Simmons

Thanks DiLorenzo for his testimony and calls J.L. Wilson to testify.

097

J.L. Wilson

Director of Legislation, Speakerís Office. Conveys the Speakerís support of the bill. States that the bill repeals those statutes ruled unconstitutional by the Oregon Supreme Court. States that the Speaker would like committee to support this bill as well as HB 2209, which will be referred to this committee in the next week or so. Requests that the two bills be worked on together.

135

Chair Simmons

Asks for further discussion. Closes public hearing on HB 2415.

PUBLIC HEARING HB 2269

142

Chair Simmons

Opens Public Hearing on HB 2269. Asks for staff summary of bill.

150

Moore

HB 2269 re-instates The Union as the state motto, which appears on the State Seal.

155

Chair Simmons

Introduces Chet Orloff of the Oregon Historical Society.

160

Chet Orloff

Executive Director of the Oregon Historical Society (OHS). Offers history of current and proposed State mottoes. Explains the creation of the Oregon Territorial Motto, which translates as She Flies with Her Own Wings. States the motto reflected the independent nature of Oregonians. Explains the creation of the current seal with the phrase The Union in 1854. States that in 1957, for the centennial, the State Legislature officially adopted The Union as the State Motto. States that She Flies with Her Own Wings was adopted in 1987.

231

Orloff

Emphasizes that State mottoes are important, but ought not create division. States She Flies with Her Own Wings emphasizes independence. Notes The Union came at a time when it was important to be admitted as a Union or Secessionist state. Stresses The Union was a proud phrase for Oregonians of the time.

291

Rep. Mannix

Thanks Orloff for testimony. Emphasizes that 1857 that The Union was adopted over She Flies with Her Own Wings purposefully.

305

Orloff

Agrees that The Union was intentionally adopted by Oregon as part of joining the Union.

320

Rep. Mannix

Asks if the 1987 debate that characterized The Union as "antebellum factionalism" was a fair characterization.

332

Orloff

Indicates he does not consider support of The Union factionalist.

349

Rep. Piercy

Asks if pride of being a state occurred in a time of exclusionary laws.

356

Orloff

Replies in the affirmative.

371

Rep. Beck

Wants to explore the purpose of a motto. Asks what other state mottoes are and if they are suppose to show action.

392

Orloff

Answers that mottoes vary in length and style, but believes that simpler is better.

408

Rep. Piercy

Wants to know the costs associated with the proposed change.

438

Rep. Mannix

Emphasizes that She Flies with Her Own Wings does not need to be removed as it, too, is part of State history.

Tape 4, A

034

Vice-Chair Devlin

Asks if The Union ties us to the historical context of Lincoln preserving the Union.

042

Orloff

Notes the strong connection between Lincoln and Oregon. Comments that issues of racism were common to all states at the time.

064

Chair Simmons

Asks for discussion of the mottoes with Orloff.

072

Rep. Piercy

States that she does not object to The Union per se but does not see it as an improvement. Emphasizes that She Flies with Her Own Wings is a strong and appropriate motto for Oregonians and that it will be a loss for Oregonians if the motto is changed.

091

Rep. Mannix

Shares background information. (EXHIBIT A) Explains that bill was filed for purposes of historic recognition. Reviews the historical context in which The Union was originally crafted; The Union was an evolution away from secessionist tendencies. Details how the motto was gradually accepted as the State Motto before official adoption in 1957. States that The Union is a guiding principle for Oregon.

146

Rep. Mannix

Sees The Union as a rejection of factionalism and a part of the history of the state.

154

Vice-Chair Devlin

Asks if 1987 records can be brought before committee if there is another public hearing.

162

Chair Simmons

Expresses inclination toward having a work session to allow free discussion of the issue, taking advantage of Orloffís presence. States that this is part of our heritage.

170

Rep. Edwards

Asks for the debate arguments of 1857.

178

Orloff

Explains that there was little debate over the mottoes; debate was over whether the state would be admitted as a free state or secessionist state. Comments that the seal, with The Union, was an advertisement of where Oregon stood in regard to the larger debate.

210

Rep. Williams

Asks what the ships on the seal represent.

211

Orloff

Explains one ship represents the British sailing out of Oregon in 1846. Explains the other, a Boston Schooner sailing into Oregon, represents the inward tide of immigration from the Continental U.S.

220

Rep. Williams

Emphasizes that a two word motto can be a powerful motto.

227

Rep. Beck

Agrees that a short motto is acceptable. Comments that Orloff is a great resource for the legislature. Supports the legislature appropriating more money for OHS.

253

Orloff

Emphasizes that he is not here to lobby, but to provide information. States that the society does not have a position on the issue.

265

Chair Simmons

Agrees that OHS does excellent work and appreciates it.

275

Rep. Piercy

Reviews Cecil Edwards testimony from 1987. (EXHIBIT B) Emphasizes that She Flies with Her Own Wings is a strong statement of the independent thinking Oregon and Oregonians have demonstrated over the years.

300

Rep. Atkinson

Supports OHS. Comments on the ships on the State Seal, particularly how the Boston schooner is flying a Union flag, showing the Stateís support of the Union.

313

Chair Simmons

Closes Public Hearing on HB 2269.

WORK SESSION HB 2269

321

Chair Simmons

Opens work session on HB 2269.

328

Rep. Mannix

States that it is important to work united.

336

Rep. Mannix

MOTION: Moves HB 2269 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

VOTE: 8-4

AYE: 8 - Atkinson, Beyer, Devlin, Mannix, Starr, Welsh, Williams, Simmons

NAY: 4 - Beck, Edwards, Gardner, Piercy

 

356

Chair Simmons

The motion CARRIES.

 

REP. MANNIX will lead discussion on the floor.

360

Chair Simmons

Closes meeting at 4:28 p.m.

 

Submitted By, Reviewed By,

 

 

 

Kevin E. Wells, Cletus B. Moore, Jr.,

Administrative Support Administrator

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A ñ HB 2269, written testimony, Rep. Mannix, 1 p

B - HB 2269, notes from Cecil Edwardsí testimony 1987, Rep. Piercy, 2 pp