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Sponsor: Bradley T. Johnson

                  Douglas C. Aagard
                  Gerry A. Adair
                  Jeff Alexander
                  Trisha S. Beck
                  Ron Bigelow
                  DeMar Bud Bowman
                  Don E. Bush
                  Craig W. Buttars
                  Margaret Dayton
                  Glenn A. Donnelson
                  Kevin S. Garn
                  James R. Gowans
                  Neil A. HansenWayne A. Harper
Neal B. Hendrickson
Kory M. Holdaway
Eric K. Hutchings
Rebecca D. Lockhart
Steven R. Mascaro
Joseph G. Murray
Brent D. Parker
Darin G. Peterson
Carl R. Saunders
Jack A. Seitz
LaWanna Lou Shurtliff
Gordon E. SnowMartin R. Stephens
Michael R. Styler
John E. Swallow
Mike Thompson
Matt Throckmorton
A. Lamont Tyler
David Ure
Stephen H. Urquhart
Peggy Wallace
Glenn L. Way
Bradley A. Winn
Max W. Young                   This act modifies the duties of the Attorney General to include pursuing legal action to
                  further the state's policy of reducing the amount of federally owned public land in the state.
                  This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
                      67-5-1, as last amended by Chapters 212 and 316, Laws of Utah 2000
                  Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
                      Section 1. Section 67-5-1 is amended to read:
                       67-5-1. General duties.
                      The attorney general shall:
                      (1) perform all duties in a manner consistent with the attorney-client relationship under
                  Section 67-5-17 ;
                      (2) except as provided in Sections 10-3-928 and 17-18-1 , attend the Supreme Court and
                  the Court of Appeals of this state, and all courts of the United States, and prosecute or defend all
                  causes to which the state, or any officer, board, or commission of the state in an official capacity
                  is a party; and take charge, as attorney, of all civil legal matters in which the state is interested;

                      (3) after judgment on any cause referred to in Subsection (2), direct the issuance of process
                  as necessary to execute the judgment;
                      (4) account for, and pay over to the proper officer, all moneys that come into the attorney
                  general's possession that belong to the state;
                      (5) keep a file of all cases in which the attorney general is required to appear, including any
                  documents and papers showing the court in which the cases have been instituted and tried, and
                  whether they are civil or criminal, and:
                      (a) if civil, the nature of the demand, the stage of proceedings, and when prosecuted to
                  judgment, a memorandum of the judgment and of any process issued whether satisfied, and if not
                  satisfied, the return of the sheriff;
                      (b) if criminal, the nature of the crime, the mode of prosecution, the stage of proceedings,
                  and when prosecuted to sentence, a memorandum of the sentence and of the execution, if the
                  sentence has been executed, if not executed, of the reason of the delay or prevention; and
                      (c) deliver this information to the attorney general's successor in office;
                      (6) exercise supervisory powers over the district and county attorneys of the state in all
                  matters pertaining to the duties of their offices, and from time to time require of them reports of the
                  condition of public business entrusted to their charge;
                      (7) give the attorney general's opinion in writing and without fee to the Legislature or either
                  house, and to any state officer, board, or commission, and to any county attorney or district attorney,
                  when required, upon any question of law relating to their respective offices;
                      (8) when required by the public service or directed by the governor, assist any district or
                  county attorney in the discharge of his duties;
                      (9) purchase in the name of the state, under the direction of the state Board of Examiners,
                  any property offered for sale under execution issued upon judgments in favor of or for the use of the
                  state, and enter satisfaction in whole or in part of the judgments as the consideration of the
                      (10) when the property of a judgment debtor in any judgment mentioned in Subsection (9)
                  has been sold under a prior judgment, or is subject to any judgment, lien, or encumbrance taking

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                  precedence of the judgment in favor of the state, redeem the property, under the direction of the state
                  Board of Examiners, from the prior judgment, lien, or encumbrance, and pay all money necessary
                  for the redemption, upon the order of the state Board of Examiners, out of any money appropriated
                  for these purposes;
                      (11) when in his opinion it is necessary for the collection or enforcement of any judgment,
                  institute and prosecute on behalf of the state any action or proceeding necessary to set aside and
                  annul all conveyances fraudulently made by the judgment debtors, and pay the cost necessary to the
                  prosecution, when allowed by the state Board of Examiners, out of any money not otherwise
                      (12) discharge the duties of a member of all official boards of which the attorney general is
                  or may be made a member by the Utah Constitution or by the laws of the state, and other duties
                  prescribed by law;
                      (13) institute and prosecute proper proceedings in any court of the state or of the United
                  States, to restrain and enjoin corporations organized under the laws of this or any other state or
                  territory from acting illegally or in excess of their corporate powers or contrary to public policy, and
                  in proper cases forfeit their corporate franchises, dissolve the corporations, and wind up their affairs;
                      (14) institute investigations for the recovery of all real or personal property that may have
                  escheated or should escheat to the state, and for that purpose, subpoena any persons before any of
                  the district courts to answer inquiries and render accounts concerning any property, examine all
                  books and papers of any corporations, and when any real or personal property is discovered that
                  should escheat to the state, institute suit in the district court of the county where the property is
                  situated for its recovery, and escheat that property to the state;
                      (15) administer the Children's Justice Center as a program to be implemented in various
                  counties pursuant to Sections 67-5b-101 through 67-5b-107 ;
                      (16) assist the Constitutional Defense Council as provided in Title 63C, Chapter 4,
                  Constitutional Defense Council;
                      (17) pursue any appropriate legal action to implement the state's public lands policy
                  established in Subsection 63C-4-105 (1);

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                      [(17)] (18) investigate and prosecute criminal violations of Title 26, Chapter 20, False
                  Claims Act, in accordance with Section 26-20-13 ; and
                      [(18)] (19) investigate and prosecute complaints of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of patients
                  at health care facilities that receive payments under the state Medicaid program.

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