MINUTES OF THE

SENATE GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS AND POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS

STANDING COMMITTEE

Room 415, Utah State Capitol

March 9, 2015

 

Members Present:†††† Sen. Margaret Dayton, Chair

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Sen. Luz Escamilla

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Sen. David P. Hinkins

††††††††††† ††††††††††† ††††††††††† Sen. Alvin B. Jackson

††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† Sen. Daniel W. Thatcher

 

Members Absent:††††† Sen. Lyle W. Hillyard

 

Staff Present: ††††††††††† Rich North, Policy Analyst

††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† Brooke Parrish, 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 4:14 p.m.

 

MOTION:Sen. Hinkins moved to approve the minutes of the March 6, 2015 meeting.The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Escamilla and Sen. Jackson absent for the vote.††††

 

S.B. 293†††††† Historic District Amendments (Sen. T. Weiler)

 

Sen. Weiler explained the bill to the committee.

 

Spoke for the bill:†††††† ††††††††††† ††††††††††† Ms. Susan Hansen Porter, citizen

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Mr. Steven Packhan, citizen

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Mr. Stanton Hansen, citizen

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Mr. Steven Hansen, citizen

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Mr. Dave Winters, citizen

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Spoke against the bill:†††††††††††††††††††††††† Mr. Lynn Pace, First Vice President, Utah League of Cities and Towns

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Mr. Charlie Luke, Salt Lake City Council, District Six

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Mr. Kirk Huffaker, Executive Director, Utah Heritage Foundation

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Ms. Tracey Harty, citizen

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Mr. Mark Stratford, Assistant Attorney, Ogden City

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Ms. Kelly White, citizen

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Ms. Lynn Pershing, citizen

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Mr. Soren Simonsen, citizen

 

MOTION:Sen. Thatcher moved to pass the bill out favorably.The motion passed with Sen. Escamilla voting in opposition.

 

1st Sub. H.B. 357††††††† Emergency Service Account Loan Amendments (Rep. C. Oda)

 

Rep. Oda explained the bill to the committee.

 

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

 

H.C.R. 10††† Concurrent Resolution on Basing and Infrastructure in Support of National and State Defense (Rep. V. Peterson)

 

Rep. Peterson explained the bill to the committee.

 

Spoke to the bill:†††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Mr. Aaron Drake, Major, Utah National Guard

†††††††††††††††††††† Mr. Brian Garrett, Chair, Salt Lake Chamber Military Affairs

 

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

 

2nd Sub. H.B. 407†††††† Scenic Byway Amendments (Rep. M. Noel)

 

Rep. Noel explained the bill to the committee.

 

MOTION:Sen. Hinkins moved to adopt the following amendment:

 

1.         Page 3, Line 84 through Page 4, Line 88:††††††††††


†††††††††††† 84††††††† (d)A state scenic byway, National Scenic Byway, or All-American Road is not

†††††††††††† 85 required to be segmented under Subsection (3)(a)(ii) if the committee demonstrates, within ††{30}††45

†††††††††††† 86 days of receiving the request, to an administrative law judge selected by agreement of the

†††††††††††† 87 owner of real property and the committee where the non-scenic area is located, that the


†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† 88property to be segmented is not a non-scenic area.

 

The motion passed unanimously.

 

Spoke for the bill:†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Ms. Vicki Varela, Director, Utah Office of Tourism

†††††††††††††††††††† Mr. Jared Johnson, Government Relations, Young Electric Sign Company

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Ms. Nancy Dalton, Utah State Scenic Byway Committee

 

Spoke against the bill:†††††††††††† ††††††††††† Mr. Jim Smith, Davis County Commissioner

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Mr. Stephen Trimble, citizen

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MOTION:Sen. Hinkins moved to pass the bill as amended out favorably.The motion passed unanimously.

 

1st Sub. H.B. 365††††††† Local Elections Amendments (Rep. M. Nelson)

 

Rep. Nelson explained the bill to the committee.

 

Spoke to the bill:†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Mr. Mark Thomas, Chief Deputy/Director of Elections, Utah Lieutenant Governorís Office

 

Spoke for the bill:†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Mr. Julian Babbitt, Executive Director, Utah Republic Party

 

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

 

H.B. 323 Resource Management Planning by Local Governments (Rep. K. Stratton)

 

Sen. Hinkins explained the bill to the committee.

 

MOTION:Sen. Hinkins moved to adopt the following amendment:

 

1.†††† Page 5, Lines 135 through 136:


†††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††† †††† 135†† [(5)] (6) Subject to Subsection 17-27a-403(2), the county may determine the

†††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††† †††† 136comprehensiveness, extent, and format of the general plan.

†††† ††(7) Nothing in this part may be construed to limit the authority of the state to manage and protect wildlife under Title 23, Wildlife Resources Code of Utah.

 

The motion passed unanimously.

 

Spoke to the bill:†††††††††††††††††††† Ms. Robin Cahoon, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

 

Spoke for the bill:†††††††††††††††††† Mr. Darin Bushman, Piute County Commissioner

†††††††††††††††††††† Mr. Andrew Jackson, Executive Director, MAG

 

MOTION:Sen. Hinkins moved to pass the bill as amended out favorably.The motion passed unanimously.

 

1st Sub. H.B. 312††††††† Reporting and Expenditure of Public Funds Amendments (Rep. S. DiCaro)

 

Rep. DiCaro explained the bill to the committee.

 

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

 

MOTION:†† Sen. Hinkins moved to adjourn.The motion passed unanimously.

 

Chair Dayton adjourned the meeting at 5:40 p.m.

 

 

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Sen. Margaret Dayton, Chair