AGENDA

 

GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS INTERIM COMMITTEE

UTAH LEGISLATURE

 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 • 9:00 a.m. • Room 20 House Building

 

 

1.   Committee Business

 

·         Call to order

·         Approval of the minutes of the­­­­­­ May 20, 2015, meeting

 

2.   Report from the Commission on Federalism

Section 63c-4a-303 requires the Commission on Federalism to report to the committee on: 1) action taken by the commission; and 2) action taken by, or communication received from certain public officials in response to a request or inquiry made, or other action taken, by the commission.

 

·         Sen. Wayne L. Niederhauser, Chair, Commission on Federalism

·         Committee discussion

 

3.   Report from the Department of Veterans' and Military Affairs

Section 71-8-3 requires the Executive Director of the Department of Veterans' and Military Affairs to report to the committee on: 1) all services provided to veterans; 2) all services provided by third parties through the Veterans' Assistance Registry, and 3) the coordination of veterans' services by government entities with the department.

 

·        Gary Harter, Executive Director, Department of Veterans' and Military Affairs

·        Committee discussion

 

4.   Draft Legislation "School District Participation in Risk Management Fund"

At its May interim meeting, the committee voted to open a committee bill file to remove the repeal date and committee review requirement for Section 63A-4-204, which authorizes the Risk Management Fund to provide coverage to any public school district that chooses to participate.

 

·         Presentation by staff: Christine Gilbert

·         Committee discussion and possible action

 

5.   Plurality in the 50 States

A primary election ballot may include more than two individuals seeking their party's nomination for the same office, this creates the possibility that a candidate could win the primary election without receiving a majority vote. The committee will study how other states address the issue of plurality.

 

·         Presentation by committee staff – Brian Bean

·         Committee discussion

 

 

 

 

6.   Legislative Solutions for Plurality  

Several possible solutions are available to resolve the issue of a candidate being nominated by a plurality; each guest will present a different solution and how it might work in the state.   

 

A)   Ranked Choice Voting

o   Rep. Marc Roberts

o   Committee discussion

 

B)   Party Choice

o   Rep. Marc Roberts

o   Committee discussion

 

C)   Runoff Elections

o   Sen. Curtis Bramble

o   Committee discussion

 

7.    Plurality's Implications for State Election Administration

The committee will discuss the administrative and statutory implications of adopting different solutions to the issue of a candidate being nominated by a plurality.

 

·         Mark Thomas, Director of Elections, Office of the Lieutenant Governor

·         Committee discussion

 

 8. Other Items/Adjourn