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H.B. 223





Chief Sponsor: Stephen E. Sandstrom

Senate Sponsor: ____________

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies the Innkeeper's Rights Act to address the conditions under which an
             10      innkeeper may refuse or deny accommodations, facilities, or privileges.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    modifies the provision under which an innkeeper may refuse or deny
             14      accommodations, facilities, or privileges related to a person bringing in firearms or
             15      explosives; and
             16          .    makes technical changes.
             17      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             18          None
             19      Other Special Clauses:
             20          None
             21      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             22      AMENDS:
             23          29-2-103, as enacted by Laws of Utah 1995, Chapter 231
             25      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             26          Section 1. Section 29-2-103 is amended to read:
             27           29-2-103. Innkeeper's rights -- Liability -- Prohibition on discrimination.

             28          (1) An innkeeper may:
             29          (a) refuse or deny accommodations, facilities, or privileges of a lodging establishment
             30      to [any] a person who is:
             31          (i) unwilling or unable to pay for the accommodations and services of the lodging
             32      establishment;
             33          (ii) visibly intoxicated;
             34          (iii) creating a public nuisance;
             35          (iv) in the reasonable belief of the innkeeper, seeking accommodations for [any] an
             36      unlawful purpose, including:
             37          (A) the unlawful possession or use of a controlled [substances] substance in violation
             38      of federal or state law; or
             39          (B) use of the premises for the consumption of [alcoholic beverages by any] an
             40      alcoholic beverage by a person under 21 years of age in violation of federal or state law; or
             41          (v) in the reasonable belief of the innkeeper, bringing [in] onto the accommodations
             42      property that may be dangerous to other persons[,]:
             43          (A) including [firearms or explosives;] an explosive; and
             44          (B) except that an innkeeper may refuse or deny accommodations, facilities, or
             45      privileges to a person for bringing a firearm onto the accommodations, only for the unlawful
             46      possession or unlawful use of the firearm;
             47          (b) require a prospective guest [prior to] before check-in to demonstrate the guest's
             48      ability to pay [either]:
             49          (i) in cash[,];
             50          (ii) by credit card[,]; or
             51          (iii) with a validated check;
             52          (c) require a parent or legal guardian of a minor to:
             53          (i) promise in writing to pay [all]:
             54          (A) the guest room costs, taxes, and charges incurred by the minor at a lodging
             55      establishment; and [any damages]
             56          (B) for damage to the lodging establishment and its furnishings caused by the minor
             57      while a guest at the lodging establishment;
             58          (ii) provide an innkeeper with a valid credit card number to cover potential charges and

             59      [any] potential [damages] damage to the lodging establishment and its furnishings caused by
             60      the minor; or
             61          (iii) if a valid credit card is not an option, provide an innkeeper with:
             62          (A) an advance cash payment to cover the guest room costs and taxes for the
             63      anticipated stay of the minor; and
             64          (B) a deposit, not to exceed $500, towards the payment of [any] the charges by the
             65      minor or [any damages] for damage to the lodging establishment or its furnishings[, which
             66      deposit shall be] if the deposit is refunded to the extent not used to cover [any damages]
             67      damage as determined by the innkeeper following room inspection at check-out;
             68          (d) require a guest to produce a valid driver's license, or other identification satisfactory
             69      to the innkeeper, containing a photograph and the name and address of the guest;
             70          (e) if the guest is a minor, require a parent or guardian of the guest to register and
             71      produce the same identification required in Subsection (1)(d);
             72          (f) limit the number of persons who may occupy a guest room in the lodging
             73      establishment;
             74          (g) eject a person from a lodging establishment for any of the following reasons:
             75          (i) nonpayment of the lodging establishment's charges for accommodations or services;
             76          (ii) visible intoxication of the guest;
             77          (iii) disorderly conduct of the guest resulting in a public nuisance; or
             78          (iv) in the reasonable belief of the innkeeper [reasonably believes that], the person has
             79      violated:
             80          (A) this chapter or [any] a federal, state, or local law or regulation relating to the
             81      lodging establishment; or
             82          (B) [any] a rule of the lodging establishment posted in a conspicuous place and manner
             83      in the lodging establishment.
             84          (2) An innkeeper may not refuse or deny use of or eject a person from a lodging
             85      establishment's facilities or privileges based upon the person's race, creed, color, national
             86      origin, gender, disability, or marital status.

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