MINUTES OF THE

SENATE GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS AND POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS

STANDING COMMITTEE

Room 415, Utah State Capitol

March 7, 2014

 

 

 

Members Present: Sen. Margaret Dayton, Chair

Sen. Lyle W. Hillyard

Sen. Brian E. Shiozawa

Sen. Kevin T. Van Tassell

 

Members Excused: President Wayne L. Niederhauser

Sen. Luz Robles

 

Members Absent: Sen. Daniel W. Thatcher

 

Staff Present: Rich North, Policy Analyst

Karen C. Allred, Committee Secretary

 

NOTE: A list of visitors and a copy of handouts are filed with the committee minutes.

 

 

Chair Dayton called the meeting to order at 8:11 a.m.

 

MOTION: Sen. Van Tassell moved to approve the minutes of the March 5, 2014 meeting. The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Hillyard absent for the vote.

 

H.B. 193 Appropriations and Budgeting Amendments (J. Anderegg)

 

Rep. Anderegg explained the bill to the committee.

 

MOTION: Sen. Van Tassell moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Shiozawa absent for the vote.

 

S.B. 267 Governmental Immunity Act Amendments (T. Weiler)

 

Sen. Weiler explained the bill to the committee.

 

MOTION: Sen. Van Tassell moved to replace the bill with 1st Sub. S.B. 267. The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Shiozawa absent for the vote.

 

Spoke against the bill: Lynn Pace, Utah League of Cities and Towns

Adam Trupp, Association for Counties

 

 

 

Spoke for the bill: Steve Sullivan, Attorney, Robert J. DeBry

Roger Griffith, Attorney, Gregory & Swapp

 

MOTION: Sen. Van Tassell moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Sen. Van Tassell assumed the Chair.

 

H.B. 414 Legislative Subpoena Amendments (J. Dunnigan)

 

Rep. Dunnigan explained the bill to the committee.

 

Spoke to the bill: Tom Vaughn, Staff, Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

 

MOTION: Sen. Shiozawa moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed unanimously.

 

S.B. 274 Water Jurisdiction Amendments (M. Dayton)

 

Sen. Dayton explained the bill to the committee.

 

MOTION: Sen. Dayton moved to replace the bill with 1st Sub. S.B. 274. The motion passed unanimously.

 

MOTION: Sen. Dayton moved to amend the bill as follows:

 

1.      Page 3, Line 63: Delete contract security company and reinstate

business or entity

 

The motion passed unanimously.

 

Spoke to the bill: Kent Jones, State Engineer

Randy Parker, Chief Executive Officer, Farm Bureau Federation

 

MOTION: Sen. Dayton moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Sen. Dayton resumed the Chair.

 

1st Sub. H.B. 120 Continuing Education on Federalism (K. Ivory)

 

Rep. Ivory explained the bill to the committee.

 

Spoke for the bill: Leland Pollock, Commissioner, Garfield County

Darren Bushman, Commissioner, Piute County

Gayle Ruzicka, Utah Eagle Forum

 

Mark Whitney, Commissioner, Beaver County

Randy Parker, Chief Executive Officer, State Farm Bureau Federation

Marianne Christensen, Utah Eagle Forum

 

MOTION: Sen. Van Tassell moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Hillyard absent for the vote.

 

H.C.R. 5 Concurrent Resolution to Protect State Funds (R. Spendlove)

 

Rep. Spendlove explained the bill to the committee.

 

Spoke for the bill: Marianne Christensen, Utah Eagle Forum

 

MOTION: Sen. Van Tassell moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Hillyard absent for the vote.

 

H.B. 333 Payroll Services Amedment (R. Spendlove)

 

Rep. Spendlove explained the bill to the committee.

 

MOTION: Sen. Van Tassell moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Hillyard absent for the vote.

 

H.B. 200 Unlawful Removal or Vandalism of Campaign Signs (E. Hutchings)

 

Rep. Hutchings explained the bill to the committee.

 

MOTION: Sen. Van Tassell moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Hillyard absent for the vote.

 

MOTION: Sen. Van Tassell moved to place the bill on the Consent Calendar. The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Hillyard absent for the vote.

 

2nd Sub. H.B. 262 Local Governing Body Voting Amendments (K. Powell)

 

Rep. Powell explained the bill to the committee.

 

MOTION: Sen. Van Tassell moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Hillyard absent for the vote.

 

MOTION: Sen Van Tassell moved to place the bill on the Consent Calendar. The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Hillyard absent for the vote.

 

 

 

 

MOTION: Sen. Van Tassell moved to adjourn. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Chair Dayton adjourned the meeting at 9:29 a.m.

 

 

 

 

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Sen. Margaret Dayton, Chair