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State Land Board Meeting Summary - December 12, 2006
Consent Agenda
 
The State Land Board approved the Consent Agenda, which included:
  • Request for approval of the minutes of the Oct. 10, 2006, and November 3, 2006, State Land Board meetings;
  • Request for approval of the addition of one site (Zumwalt Prairie – Gazelle Tract), owned by The Nature Conservancy, to the Oregon Register of Natural Heritage Resources.
  • Request for approval of the release of Oregon Department of Administrative Services' mineral rights on a 146.1-acre parcel at the Mill Creek Industrial Park in Marion County.
  • Request for approval of the release of Oregon Department of Administrative Services' mineral right on a .40-acre parcel at the Alberta Street parking lot in Multnomah County. 
 
Action Items
 
The board approved the Department of State Lands' proposed legislation: 
 
LC 423 - Reducing dormancy period for certain types of unclaimed property and changing method for giving notice of impending services charges
 
This concept would change the current dormancy period of five years to three years for property held by financial institutions, insurance companies and intangible equity ownership interests (stock and related distributions) and would change the method for giving notice of impending service charges by a financial institution from certified mail to first class mail.
 
The change to the dormancy period would minimize the variety of dormancy periods for property subject to unclaimed property statutes and will relieve the holder of responsibility for maintaining the integrity of the property at an earlier point in time. The proposed dormancy period also matches the corresponding statutes in California and Washington, thereby easing the reporting burden for those holders who also report to those states.
 
Currently, the statute requires notification of assessment of a service charge be sent by certified mail to the owner.Changing this to first class would reduce the expense to the holder while still providing protection to the owner. Other conditions for imposing a service charge would remain unchanged.
 
LC 657 – Removal-fill permit fee increase
 
This concept would increase fees for the state's Removal-Fill Program, provide for an annual increase of permit fees and revise the fee structure to a more equitable schedule. Additionally, the Department would be allowed to assess a fee for persons conducting certain actions under a general authorization and for emergency authorizations.
 
The Removal-Fill Program relies heavily on statutory moneys in the Common School Fund.  Fees have not been increased since 1989. Currently fees pay for only 12-15 percent of the costs of the Removal-Fill Program.  Additional support comes from statutory revenues into the Common School Fund.  This revised fee structure would move the program towards being more self-supporting.  The Common School Fund would subsidize less of this regulatory program.
 
LC 658 – Establish new fee for concurrence with wetland delineation reports
 
This concept would establish a new $350 fee for the review and concurrence of wetland determination or delineation reports.  The fee would allow DSL to add staff necessary to be able to respond to requests for reviews in a timely manner.
 
LC 825 – Water-related permit improvement process pilot project
 
This concept, requested jointly by DSL and the Office of Regulatory Streamlining, would allow various agencies to create a pilot project for processing water related permits.  The pilot project is under development by the Water-Related Permit Process Improvement Team (WRPPIT) and will address streamlining and better coordination of permitting by agencies that issue permits related to the removal-fill permit process.
 
 
Information Items
 
The board heard the following reports and updates: