April 1, 2009
Harris Hall Main Floor
Commissioner Pete Sorenson presided with Commissioners Bill Dwyer, Bill Fleenor, Rob Handy and Faye Stewart present. County Administrator Jeff Spartz, County Counsel Liane Richardson and Recording Secretary Melissa Zimmer were also present.
ORDER 09-4-1-2/In the Matter of the First Reading, Setting a Second Reading and Public Hearing Pursuant to the Consideration of the Adoption of a Policy and Rules Requiring the Nutrition Labeling of Food Items at Chain Restaurants.
Trina Laidlaw, Assistant County Counsel, explained that the best approach is to have the Board acting as the Board of Health first with a first reading and then separately have the Board of County Commissioners meet in a separate meeting for the ordinance process.
MOTION: to approve a First Reading and Setting a Second Reading and Public Hearing on April 15 at 1:30 p.m. for ORDER 09-4-1-2.
Dwyer MOVED, Fleenor SECONDED.
Kara Thalen, Public Affairs, Oregon Restaurant Association, Portland, reiterated that the ORA is not opposed to menu labeling, they are working hard at the state level to pass a menu labeling mandate. She said there has been one hearing and there will be another hearing next Monday with a possible work session. She stated it is important that this be a statewide issue because it is dealing with chains that fall across all county lines and they think the consumer should get the same information no matter where they are in the state.
Dwyer asked if the bill the Restaurant Association is promoting contains a preemption clause that preempts local governments from adopting stricter standards.
Thalen said their bill preempts the counties from passing stricter guidelines. She noted the bill currently moving does not have a preemption clause.
There being no further business, Commissioner Sorenson adjourned the meeting at 9:50 a.m.