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S.B. 38 Enrolled
7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill modifies the Utah Administrative Services Code by providing that certain public
10 financial information be made available on the Internet and modifies certain notice
11 requirements of the Open and Public Meetings Act.
12 Highlighted Provisions:
13 This bill:
14 . extends the date that notice of open and public meetings must be placed on the Utah
15 Public Notice Website from April 1, 2008 to October 1, 2008;
16 . prohibits a court from voiding a final action taken by a public body for failure to
17 comply with the posting written notice requirements on the Utah Public Notice
18 Website if the posting is made for a meeting that is held prior to April 1, 2009;
19 . provides for definitions;
20 . creates the Utah Public Finance Website for the purpose of providing public financial
21 information, and provides that it be administered by the Division of Finance;
22 . requires state entities to provide public financial information that will be accessed
23 through the Utah Public Finance Website;
24 . provides the required capabilities of the website, and provides for website
26 . creates the Utah Transparency Advisory Board to:
27 . advise the Division of Finance on website implementation and administration and
28 on what public financial information must be made available on the Internet; and
29 . to develop plans, make recommendations, and evaluate the cost effectiveness of
30 implementing certain information resources on the website;
31 . provides that the Division of Finance, in connection with the board, may make rules
33 . determine what public financial information must be made available on the
35 . require specific reporting obligations that are required of participating entities,
36 including the frequency and form of submission of the information; and
37 . establish minimum website capability requirements; and
38 . provides for board membership and other duties.
39 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
41 Other Special Clauses:
42 This bill provides an immediate effective date.
43 Utah Code Sections Affected:
45 52-4-202, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapters 45 and 249
46 52-4-302, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapter 249
48 63A-3-401, Utah Code Annotated 1953
49 63A-3-402, Utah Code Annotated 1953
50 63A-3-403, Utah Code Annotated 1953
51 63A-3-404, Utah Code Annotated 1953
53 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
54 Section 1. Section 52-4-202 is amended to read:
55 52-4-202. Public notice of meetings -- Emergency meetings.
56 (1) A public body shall give not less than 24 hours public notice of each meeting
57 including the meeting:
58 (a) agenda;
59 (b) date;
60 (c) time; and
61 (d) place.
62 (2) (a) In addition to the requirements under Subsection (1), a public body which holds
63 regular meetings that are scheduled in advance over the course of a year shall give public notice
64 at least once each year of its annual meeting schedule as provided in this section.
65 (b) The public notice under Subsection (2)(a) shall specify the date, time, and place of
66 the scheduled meetings.
67 (3) (a) Public notice shall be satisfied by:
68 (i) posting written notice:
69 (A) at the principal office of the public body, or if no principal office exists, at the
70 building where the meeting is to be held; and
71 (B) beginning [
72 (3)(b), on the Utah Public Notice Website created under Section 63F-1-701 ; and
73 (ii) providing notice to:
74 (A) at least one newspaper of general circulation within the geographic jurisdiction of
75 the public body; or
76 (B) a local media correspondent.
77 (b) A public body of a municipality under Title 10, Utah Municipal Code, a local district
78 under Title 17B, Limited Purpose Local Government Entities - Local Districts, a special service
79 district under Title 17A, Chapter 2, Part 13, Utah Special Service District Act, or a dependent
80 district under Title 17A, Chapter 3, Dependent Districts, is encouraged, but not required, to
81 post written notice on the Utah Public Notice Website, if the municipality or district has a
82 current annual budget of less than $1 million.
83 (c) A public body is in compliance with the provisions of Subsection (3)(a)(ii) by
84 providing notice to a newspaper or local media correspondent under the provisions of
85 Subsection 63F-1-701 (4)(d).
86 (4) A public body is encouraged to develop and use additional electronic means to
87 provide notice of its meetings under Subsection (3).
88 (5) (a) The notice requirement of Subsection (1) may be disregarded if:
89 (i) because of unforeseen circumstances it is necessary for a public body to hold an
90 emergency meeting to consider matters of an emergency or urgent nature; and
91 (ii) the public body gives the best notice practicable of:
92 (A) the time and place of the emergency meeting; and
93 (B) the topics to be considered at the emergency meeting.
94 (b) An emergency meeting of a public body may not be held unless:
95 (i) an attempt has been made to notify all the members of the public body; and
96 (ii) a majority of the members of the public body approve the meeting.
97 (6) (a) A public notice that is required to include an agenda under Subsection (1) shall
98 provide reasonable specificity to notify the public as to the topics to be considered at the
99 meeting. Each topic shall be listed under an agenda item on the meeting agenda.
100 (b) Subject to the provisions of Subsection (6)(c), and at the discretion of the presiding
101 member of the public body, a topic raised by the public may be discussed during an open
102 meeting, even if the topic raised by the public was not included in the agenda or advance public
103 notice for the meeting.
104 (c) Except as provided in Subsection (5), relating to emergency meetings, a public body
105 may not take final action on a topic in an open meeting unless the topic is:
106 (i) listed under an agenda item as required by Subsection (6)(a); and
107 (ii) included with the advance public notice required by this section.
108 Section 2. Section 52-4-302 is amended to read:
109 52-4-302. Suit to void final action -- Limitation -- Exceptions.
110 (1) (a) Any final action taken in violation of Section 52-4-201 , 52-4-202 , or 52-4-207 is
111 voidable by a court of competent jurisdiction.
112 (b) A court may not void a final action taken by a public body for failure to comply with
113 the posting written notice requirements under Subsection 52-4-202 (3)(a)(i)(B) if:
114 (i) the posting is made for a meeting that is held before April 1, 2009; or
116 52-4-202 ; and
118 technology failure.
119 (2) Except as provided under Subsection (3), a suit to void final action shall be
120 commenced within 90 days after the date of the action.
121 (3) A suit to void final action concerning the issuance of bonds, notes, or other
122 evidences of indebtedness shall be commenced within 30 days after the date of the action.
123 Section 3. Section 63A-3-401 is enacted to read:
125 63A-3-401. Definitions.
126 As used in this part:
127 (1) "Board" means the Utah Transparency Advisory Board created under Section
128 63A-3-403 .
129 (2) "Division" means the Division of Finance of the Department of Administrative
131 (3) "Participating state entity" means the state of Utah, including its executive,
132 legislative, and judicial branches, its departments, divisions, agencies, boards, commissions,
133 councils, committees, and institutions.
134 (4) "Public financial information" means records that are required to be made available
135 on the Utah Public Finance Website as required by this part.
136 Section 4. Section 63A-3-402 is enacted to read:
137 63A-3-402. Utah Public Finance Website -- Establishment and administration.
138 (1) There is created the Utah Public Finance Website to be administered by the Division
139 of Finance with the technical assistance of the Department of Technology Services.
140 (2) The Utah Public Finance Website shall:
141 (a) permit Utah taxpayers to view, understand, and track the use of taxpayer dollars by
142 making participating state entities' public financial information available on the Internet;
143 (b) allow a person who has Internet access to use the website without paying a fee;
144 (c) allow the public to search public financial information on the Utah Public Finance
145 Website using those criteria established by the board;
146 (d) provide access to financial reports, financial audits, budgets, or other financial
147 documents that are used to allocate, appropriate, spend, and account for the government funds,
148 as may be established by rule under Section 63A-3-404 ;
149 (e) have a unique and simplified website address;
150 (f) be directly accessible via a link from the main page of the official state website; and
151 (g) include other links, features, or functionality that will assist the public in obtaining
152 and reviewing public financial information, as may be established by rule under Section
153 63A-3-404 .
154 (3) The division shall be responsible for:
155 (a) establishing and maintaining the website, including the provision of equipment,
156 resources, and personnel as is necessary;
157 (b) maintaining an archive of all information posted to the website;
158 (c) coordinating and processing the receipt and posting of public financial information
159 from participating state entities; and
160 (d) providing staff support for the advisory committee.
161 (4) (a) A participating state entity shall permit the public to view the participating state
162 entity's public financial information via the website, beginning with information that is generated
163 not later than the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2008.
164 (b) Not later than May 15, 2009, the website shall:
165 (i) be operational; and
166 (ii) permit public access to participating state entities' public financial information.
167 Section 5. Section 63A-3-403 is enacted to read:
168 63A-3-403. Utah Transparency Advisory Board -- Creation -- Membership --
170 (1) There is created within the division the Utah Transparency Advisory Board
171 comprised of seven members knowledgeable about public finance or providing public access to
172 public financial information as follows:
173 (a) one member designated by the director of the Division of Finance;
174 (b) one member designated by the director of the Governor's Office of Planning and
176 (c) one member appointed by the governor on advice from the Judicial Council;
177 (d) one member appointed by the governor on advice from the Legislative Fiscal
179 (e) one member of the Senate, appointed by the governor on advice from the president
180 of the Senate;
181 (f) one member of the House of Representatives, appointed by the governor on advice
182 from the speaker of the House of Representatives; and
183 (g) one member designated by the director of the Department of Technology Services.
184 (2) The board shall:
185 (a) advise the division on matters related to the implementation and administration of
186 this part;
187 (b) develop plans, make recommendations, and assist in implementing the provisions of
188 this part;
189 (c) determine what public financial information shall be provided by participating state
190 entities, provided that the public financial information:
191 (i) only includes records that:
192 (A) are classified as public under Title 63, Chapter 2, Government Records Access and
193 Management Act;
194 (B) are an accounting of monies, funds, accounts, bonds, loans, expenditures, or
195 revenues, regardless of the source; and
196 (C) are owned, held, or administered by the participating state entity that is required to
197 provide the record; and
198 (ii) is of the type or nature that should be accessible to the public via a website based on
199 considerations of:
200 (A) the cost effectiveness of providing the information;
201 (B) the value of providing the information to the public; and
202 (C) privacy and security considerations; and
203 (d) evaluate the cost effectiveness of implementing specific information resources and
204 features on the website.
205 (3) The board shall annually elect a chair and a vice chair from its members.
206 (4) (a) Each member shall serve a two year term.
207 (b) When a vacancy occurs in the membership for any reason, the replacement shall be
208 appointed for the remainder of the unexpired term.
209 (5) The board shall meet as it determines necessary to accomplish its duties.
210 (6) Reasonable notice shall be given to each member of the board prior to any meeting.
211 (7) A majority of the board constitutes a quorum for the transaction of business.
212 (8) (a) (i) Members who are not government employees shall receive no compensation
213 or benefits for their services, but may receive per diem and expenses incurred in the
214 performance of the member's official duties at the rates established by the Division of Finance
215 under Sections 63A-3-106 and 63A-3-107 .
216 (ii) Members may decline to receive per diem and expenses for their service.
217 (b) (i) State government officer and employee members who do not receive salary, per
218 diem, or expenses from their agency for their service may receive per diem and expenses
219 incurred in the performance of their official duties from the board at the rates established by the
220 Division of Finance under Sections 63A-3-106 and 63A-3-107 .
221 (ii) State government officer and employee members may decline to receive per diem
222 and expenses for their service.
223 Section 6. Section 63A-3-404 is enacted to read:
224 63A-3-404. Rulemaking authority.
225 (1) After consultation with the board, and in accordance with Title 63, Chapter 46a,
226 Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the Division of Finance shall make rules to:
227 (a) require participating state entities to provide public financial information for
228 inclusion on the Utah Public Finance Website;
229 (b) define, either uniformly for all participating state entities, or on an entity by entity
230 basis, the term "public financial information" using the standards provided in Subsection
231 63A-3-403 (2)(c); and
232 (c) establish procedures for obtaining, submitting, reporting, storing, and providing
233 public financial information on the Utah Public Finance Website, which may include a specified
234 reporting frequency and form.
235 (2) After consultation with the board, and in accordance with Title 63, Chapter 46a,
236 Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the Division of Finance may make rules to:
237 (a) require a participating state entity to list certain expenditures made by a person
238 under a contract with the entity; and
239 (b) if a list is required under Subsection (2)(a), require the following information to be
241 (i) the name of the participating state entity making the expenditure;
242 (ii) the name of the person receiving the expenditure;
243 (iii) the date of the expenditure;
244 (iv) the amount of the expenditure;
245 (v) the purpose of the expenditure;
246 (vi) the name of each party to the contract;
247 (vii) an electronic copy of the contract; or
248 (viii) any other criteria designated by rule.
249 Section 7. Effective date.
250 If approved by two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, this bill takes effect
251 upon approval by the governor, or the day following the constitutional time limit of Utah
252 Constitution Article VII, Section 8, without the governor's signature, or in the case of a veto,
253 the date of veto override.
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