MINUTES OF THE
HOUSE GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS STANDING COMMITTEE
Room 30, House Building
January 27, 2015
Members Present: Rep. Jack Draxler, Chair
Rep. Brad Daw, Vice Chair
Rep. Patrice Arent
Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck
Rep. Fred Cox
Rep. Keith Grover
Rep. Merrill Nelson
Rep. Lee Perry
Rep. Dean Sanpei
Rep. Val Peterson
Staff Present: Mr. Brian Bean, Policy Analyst
Ms. Kathy Gessel, Committee Secretary
Ms. Linda Error, Committee Secretary
Note: A list of visitors and handouts are filed with committee minutes.
Chair Draxler called the meeting to order at 2:06 p.m.
H.B. 51 Voter Eligibility Amendments (Rep. R. C. Webb)
Rep. Webb explained the bill with the assistance of Kate Black, Alta Town Clerk and Cameron Diehl, Utah League of City and Towns. Mr. Diehl distributed a handout, "HB-51 Voter Eligibility Amendments", to the committee.
Spoke to the bill: Marina Lowe, ACLU
MOTION: Rep. Nelson moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed with Rep. Arent and Rep. Chavez-Houck voting in opposition.
H.B. 60 Campaign Finance Amendments (Rep. Brian S. King)
Rep. King explained the bill.
Spoke for the bill: Marco Diaz, citizen
Carrie Butler, citizen
Ashley Hoopes, citizen
Jenn Gonnelly, League of Women Voters
Maryann Martindale, Alliance for a Better Utah
A handout, "Poll: Utahns Want Campaign Finance Limits" was distributed to the committee.
MOTION: Rep. Chavez-Houck moved to hold the bill. The motion passed unanimously.
H.B. 70 Posting Political Signs on Public Property (Rep. B. Daw)
Rep. Daw explained the bill.
Spoke for the bill: Cameron Diehl, Utah League of Cities and Towns
MOTION: Rep. Peterson moved to pass bill out favorably. The motion passed unanimously.
H.B. 97 Election of Officials of New Municipality (Rep. J. Cox)
Rep. Cox explained the bill.
MOTION: Rep. Peterson moved to pass bill out favorably. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Grover absent for the vote.
H.B. 91 Campaign Contributions Amendments (Rep. K. Powell)
Rep. Powell explained the bill. A handout, "Campaign Contributions Amendments", was distributed.
Spoke for the bill: Mark Thomas, Lt. Governors Office.
MOTION: Rep. Daw moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Grover absent for the vote.
MOTION: Rep. Sanpei moved to adjourn the meeting. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Grover absent for the vote.
Chair Draxler adjourned the meeting at 4:07 p.m.
Rep. Jack Draxler, Chair