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Fourth Substitute S.B. 2002

Representative Chad E. Bennion proposes the following substitute bill:


             1     
CONGRESSIONAL THREE MEMBER PLAN

             2     
2001 SECOND SPECIAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

             4     
Sponsor: Michael G. Waddoups

             5      This act modifies statutory provisions governing United States Congressional districts. This
             6      act eliminates current boundaries and establishes new boundaries. This act establishes
             7      certain maps as the legal boundaries of Congressional districts and establishes procedures
             8      for addressing omissions and uncertain boundaries. This act takes effect January 1, 2002
             9      for purposes of nominating and electing representatives to the Congress of the United States
             10      and January 1, 2003 for all other purposes.
             11      This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
             12      ENACTS:
             13          20A-13-104, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             14      REPEALS AND REENACTS:
             15          20A-13-101, as enacted by Chapter 1, Laws of Utah 1995
             16          20A-13-102, as last amended by Chapter 79, Laws of Utah 1996
             17          20A-13-103, as enacted by Chapter 1, Laws of Utah 1995
             18      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             19          Section 1. Section 20A-13-101 is repealed and reenacted to read:
             20          20A-13-101. Representatives to the United States Congress -- Three representative
             21      districts -- When elected -- District boundaries.
             22          (1) (a) The state of Utah is divided into three districts for the election of representatives
             23      to the Congress of the United States, with one member to be elected from each Congressional
             24      district.
             25          (b) At the general election to be held in 2002, and biennially thereafter, one representative


             26      from each Congressional district shall be elected to serve in the Congress of the United States.
             27          (2) (a) The Legislature adopts the official census population figures and maps of the
             28      Bureau of the Census of the United States Department of Commerce developed in connection with
             29      the taking of the 2000 national decennial census as the official data for establishing Congressional
             30      district boundaries.
             31          (b) The numbers and boundaries of the Congressional districts are designated and
             32      established by the maps attached to the bill that enacts this section.
             33          Section 2. Section 20A-13-102 is repealed and reenacted to read:
             34          20A-13-102. Official maps of Congressional districts.
             35          (1) (a) The Legislature shall file copies of the official maps enacted by the Legislature, and
             36      any other relevant materials, with the lieutenant governor's office.
             37          (b) The legal boundaries of Utah's Congressional districts are contained in the official
             38      maps on file with the lieutenant governor's office.
             39          (2) When questions of interpretation of Congressional district boundaries arise, the official
             40      maps on file in the lieutenant governor's office shall serve as the indication of the legislative intent
             41      in drawing the Congressional district boundaries.
             42          (3) (a) Each county clerk shall obtain copies of the official maps for the clerk's county
             43      from the lieutenant governor's office.
             44          (b) Each county clerk shall establish voting precincts and polling places within each
             45      Congressional district according to the procedures and requirements of Section 20A-5-303 .
             46          (4) Maps identifying the boundaries for Congressional districts may be viewed on the
             47      Internet at the lieutenant governor's website.
             48          Section 3. Section 20A-13-103 is repealed and reenacted to read:
             49          20A-13-103. Omissions from maps -- How resolved.
             50          (1) If any area of the state is omitted from a Congressional district in the maps enacted by
             51      the Legislature, the county clerk of the affected county, upon discovery of the omission, shall
             52      attach the area to the appropriate Congressional district according to the requirements of
             53      Subsections (2) and (3).
             54          (2) If the area is surrounded by a Congressional district, the area shall be attached to that
             55      district.
             56          (3) If the area is contiguous to two districts, the area shall be attached to the district that


             57      has the least population, as determined by the official census population figures and maps of the
             58      Bureau of Census of the United States Department of Commerce developed in connection with the
             59      taking of the 2000 national decennial census.
             60          (4) Any attachment made under Subsection (1) shall be certified in writing and filed with
             61      the lieutenant governor.
             62          Section 4. Section 20A-13-104 is enacted to read:
             63          20A-13-104. Uncertain boundaries -- How resolved.
             64          (1) As used in this section, "affected party" means:
             65          (a) a representative whose Congressional district boundary is uncertain because the
             66      identifying feature used to establish the district boundary has been removed, modified, or is unable
             67      to be identified or who is uncertain about whether or not he or another person resides in a
             68      particular Congressional district;
             69          (b) a candidate for Congressional representative whose Congressional district boundary
             70      is uncertain because the identifying feature used to establish the district boundary has been
             71      removed, modified, or is unable to be identified or who is uncertain about whether or not he or
             72      another person resides in a particular Congressional district; or
             73          (c) a person who is uncertain about which Congressional district contains the person's
             74      residence because the identifying feature used to establish the district boundary has been removed,
             75      modified, or is unable to be identified.
             76          (2) (a) An affected party may file a written request petitioning the lieutenant governor to
             77      determine:
             78          (i) the precise location of the Congressional district boundary;
             79          (ii) the number of the Congressional district in which a person resides; or
             80          (iii) both Subsections (2)(a)(i) and (ii).
             81          (b) In order to make the determination required by Subsection (2)(a), the lieutenant
             82      governor shall review the official maps and obtain and review other relevant data such as census
             83      block and tract descriptions, aerial photographs, aerial maps, or other data about the area.
             84          (c) Within five days of receipt of the request, the lieutenant governor shall review the
             85      maps, obtain and review any relevant data, and make a determination.
             86          (d) When the lieutenant governor determines the location of the Congressional district
             87      boundary, the lieutenant governor shall:


             88          (i) prepare a certification identifying the appropriate boundary and attaching a map, if
             89      necessary; and
             90          (ii) send a copy of the certification to the affected party and the county clerk of the affected
             91      county.
             92          (e) If the lieutenant governor determines the number of the Congressional district in which
             93      a particular person resides, the lieutenant governor shall send a letter identifying that district by
             94      number to:
             95          (i) the person;
             96          (ii) the affected party who filed the petition, if different than the person whose
             97      Congressional district number was identified; and
             98          (iii) the county clerk of the affected county.
             99          Section 5. Effective date.
             100          This act takes effect on January 1, 2002 for purposes of nominating and electing
             101      representatives to the Congress of the United States and on January 1, 2003 for all other purposes.


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