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5 AN ACT RELATING TO DAMAGE TO UNDERGROUND UTILITY FACILITIES;
6 AMENDING THE DEFINITION OF UNDERGROUND FACILITY TO INCLUDE A SEWER
8 This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
10 54-8a-2, as last amended by Chapter 198, Laws of Utah 1998
11 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
12 Section 1. Section 54-8a-2 is amended to read:
13 54-8a-2. Definitions.
14 As used in this chapter:
15 (1) "Association" means two or more operators organized to receive notification of
16 excavation activities in a specified area, as provided by Section 54-8a-9 .
17 (2) "Emergency" means an occurrence necessitating immediate action to prevent or
18 mitigate loss of, or damage to, life, health, property, or essential public services.
19 (3) "Excavate" or "excavation" means an operation in which earth, rock, or other material
20 on or below the ground is moved or displaced by tools, equipment, or explosives.
21 (4) "Excavator" means any person or entity that excavates or conducts excavation
23 (5) "48 hours" means a 48-hour period occurring during business days which includes any
24 day except Saturday, Sunday, or a legal holiday.
25 (6) "Location request assignment" means a number assigned to a proposed excavation by
26 an association or operator upon receiving notice of the proposed excavation from the excavator.
27 (7) (a) "Operator" means a person or entity which owns, operates, or maintains
28 underground facilities.
29 (b) "Operator" does not include an owner of real property where underground facilities are:
30 (i) located solely within the property;
31 (ii) used exclusively to furnish services on the property; and
32 (iii) maintained under the operation and control of that owner.
33 (8) "Person" includes individuals, government entities, corporations, partnerships,
34 associations, and companies and their trustees, receivers, assignees, and personal representatives.
35 (9) (a) "Underground facility" means personal property that is buried or placed below
36 ground level for use in the storage or conveyance of any of the following:
42 transmission to subscribers of video or other programming;
48 (b) "Underground facility" includes a sewer lateral that runs from an operator's main sewer
49 line and connects to a home, commercial building, or other structure whether or not the sewer
50 lateral is owned, operated, or maintained by the operator.
Legislative Review Note
as of 2-19-99 8:26 AM
A limited legal review of this legislation raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.