MINUTES OF THE

SENATE GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS & POLITICAL

SUBDIVISIONS STANDING COMMITTEE

Room 415, Utah State Capital

March 2, 2016

 

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

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

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

Sen. David Hinkins

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

 

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

Staff Present:†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Ms. Megan Bolin, Policy Analyst

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Ms. Lori Brinkerhoff, 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 4:11 p.m.

 

MOTION: Sen. Hinkins moved to accept the minutes from 3/1/2016.

 

S.B. 246 ††††††Funding for Infrastructure Revisions (Sen. J. S. Adams)

Sen. Adams explained the bill to the committee.

MOTION: ††† Sen. Hinkins moved to replace S.B. 246 with 1st Sub. S.B. 246. The motion passed unanimously.

Spoke for the bill:††††††† Jeff Hill, C.P.A. Bountiful, UT

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Jay Potter, Carbon County Commissioner

Spoke to the bill:†††††††† Connor Boyack, Libertas Institute

Spoke against the bill: Tim Wagner, Utah Physicians for Healthy Utah

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Chase Thomas, Alliance for a Better Utah

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Kate Savage, Wasatch Rising Tide

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††

MOTION:††† Sen. Hinkins moved to pass 1st Sub S.B. 246 out favorably. The motion passed with Sen. Escamilla voting in opposition.

 

H.J.R. 11††††††† Joint Resolution Designating Utah as a Purple Heart State (Rep. F. Cox)

 

Rep. Cox explained the resolution to the committee.†††††

MOTION:††† Sen.Jackson moved to pass H.J.R. 11 out favorably. The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Hinkins absent for the vote.

 

MOTION:†††† Sen. Jackson moved to place H.J.R. 11 on the Consent Calendar.

 

H.B. 334 S01 Voting Revisions (Rep. B. Daw)

Rep. Daw explained the bill to the committee.

Spoke for the bill:Mark Thomas, Utah Lieutenant Governorís Office

††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††† Arie Van Degraff, Utah Association of Counties

MOTION:†††† Sen. Jackson moved to amend the bill as follows:

I.                    Page 7, Lines 190 through 195a

House Floor Amendments

2-29-2016:†††

 

††††† 190††††††† (3) (a)The lieutenant governor shall ensure that all voting equipment used [complies

††††† 191 with the requirements of this section.] in the stateĤ{ :

††††† 191a††††††††††††† (i) }Ĥis independently tested using security testing

††††† 192 protocols and standards that:

††††† 193††††††† Ĥ ††{[}(i){]}††{(A)}Ĥare generally accepted in the industry at the time the lieutenant

††††† 193a†††††† governor reviews the

††††† 194 voting equipment for certification; and

††††† 195††††††† Ĥ ††{[}(ii){]}††{(B)}Ĥmeet the requirements of Subsection (3)(b)Ĥ ††{[}.{]}††{; and

††††† 195a††††††††††††† (ii) is able to be used to cast a ranked-choice ballot. }Ĥ

 

 

 

2.         Page 7, Line 207

House Floor Amendments

2-29-2016:†††

 

†††††† 207 Commission to test voting equipment.

(d) Voting equipment used in the state may include technology that allows for ranked-choice voting.

 

The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Hinkins absent for the vote.

MOTION:††††† Sen. Jackson moved to pass 1st Sub. H.B. 334 as amended out favorably.The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Hinkins absent for the vote.

H.B. 366 ††††††† Attorney General Amendments (Rep. E. Hutchings)

 

Rep. Hutchings explained the bill to the committee.

 

MOTION:††††† Sen. Jackson moved to pass H.B. 366 out favorably.The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Hinkins absent for the vote.

 

MOTION:†††† Sen. Jackson moved to place H.B. 366 on the Consent Calendar.The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Hinkins absent for the vote.

 

H.B. 270†††††††††† Constitutional Defense Restricted Account Amendments (Rep. M. Noel)

 

Rep. Noel explained the bill to the committee.

 

††† MOTION:††††† Sen. Jackson moved to pass H.B. 270 out favorably.The motion passed††† unanimously with Sen. Hinkins absent for the vote.

 

MOTION:††Sen. Jackson move to place H.B. 270 on the Consent Calendar.The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Hinkins absent for the vote.

 

H.B. 220 ††††††† Legislative Organization Amendments (Rep. L. Christensen)††††††

Rep. Christensen explained the bill to the committee.

Spoke against the bill: †††Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††† Rep. Patrice Arent

 

MOTION:††††† Sen. Hinkins moved to pass H.B. 220 out favorably.The motion passed with Sen. Escamilla and Sen. Thatcher voting in opposition.

 

H.B. 86 S01††† Postretirement Employment Restrictions (Rep. R. Cunningham)

 

This bill was not heard.

 

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

 

Chair Dayton adjourned the meeting at 5:18 p.m.

 

 

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Sen. Margaret Dayton, Chair