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H.B. 256 Enrolled
This act modifies the State Commissions and Councils Act to include the attorney general
as a member of the Constitutional Defense Council. The act also redefines certain duties of
This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
63C-4-101, as last amended by Chapter 279, Laws of Utah 2000
63C-4-102, as last amended by Chapter 279, Laws of Utah 2000
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
Section 1. Section 63C-4-101 is amended to read:
63C-4-101. Creation of Constitutional Defense Council.
(1) There is created the Constitutional Defense Council.
(2) The defense council shall consist of the following [
(a) the governor who shall serve as chair of the council;
(b) the president of the Senate or his designee;
(c) the speaker of the House or his designee;
(d) the minority leader of the Senate or his designee;
(e) the minority leader of the House or his designee;
(f) the attorney general or his designee;
from different counties who are selected by the Utah Association of Counties.
(3) (a) Except as required by Subsection (3)(b), the two citizen members shall serve a
four-year term beginning July 1, 1994.
(b) Notwithstanding the requirements of Subsection (3)(a), the governor shall, at the time
of appointment or reappointment, adjust the length of terms to ensure that the terms of council
members are staggered so that one citizen member of the council is appointed every two years.
(c) A citizen member is eligible for reappointment.
(4) When a vacancy occurs in the membership for any reason, the replacement shall be
appointed for the unexpired term in the same manner as the original appointment.
(5) (a) The defense council shall meet at least quarterly or more frequently as needed.
(b) The governor or any six members of the council may call a meeting of the council.
(c) Before calling a meeting, the governor or council members shall solicit items for the
agenda from other members of the council.
(d) A majority of the membership on the defense council is required for a quorum to conduct
council business. A majority vote of the quorum is required for any action taken by the defense
(6) The Office of the Attorney General shall provide staff to the defense council.
(7) (a) (i) Members who are not government employees shall receive no compensation or
benefits for their services, but may receive per diem and expenses incurred in the performance of the
member's official duties at the rates established by the Division of Finance under Sections 63A-3-106
and 63A-3-107 .
(ii) Members may decline to receive per diem and expenses for their service.
(b) (i) State government officer and employee members who do not receive salary, per diem,
or expenses from their agency for their service may receive per diem and expenses incurred in the
performance of their official duties from the council at the rates established by the Division of
Finance under Sections 63A-3-106 and 63A-3-107 .
(ii) State government officer and employee members may decline to receive per diem and
expenses for their service.
(c) (i) Local government members who do not receive salary, per diem, or expenses from
the entity that they represent for their service may receive per diem and expenses incurred in the
performance of their official duties at the rates established by the Division of Finance under Sections
63A-3-106 and 63A-3-107 .
(ii) Local government members may decline to receive per diem and expenses for their
(d) Legislators on the committee shall receive compensation and expenses as provided by
law and legislative rule.
(8) (a) The council shall be funded from the Constitutional Defense Restricted Account
created in Section 63C-4-103 .
(b) Monies appropriated for or received by the council may be expended by the governor in
consultation with the council.
Section 2. Section 63C-4-102 is amended to read:
(1) The Constitutional Defense Council is an advisory council to the governor and the
Legislature on the following types of issues:
(a) the constitutionality of unfunded federal mandates;
(b) when making recommendations to challenge the federal mandates and regulations
described in Subsections (1)(e)(i) through (v), the rationale for and effectiveness of those federal
mandates or regulations;
(c) legal and policy issues surrounding state and local government rights under R.S. 2477;
(d) legal issues relating to the rights of the School and Institutional Trust Lands
Administration and its beneficiaries; and
(e) the advisability, feasibility, estimated cost, and likelihood of success of challenging:
(i) federal court rulings that hinder the management of the state's prison system and place
undue financial hardship on the state's taxpayers;
(ii) federal laws or regulations that reduce or negate water rights or the rights of owners of
private property, or the rights and interest of state and local governments, including sovereignty
interests and the power to provide for the health, safety, and welfare, and promote the prosperity of
(iii) conflicting federal regulations or policies in land management on federal land;
(iv) federal intervention that would damage the state's mining, timber, and ranching
(v) the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency and Congress to mandate local air
quality standards and penalties; and
(vi) other issues that are relevant to Subsections (1)(a) through (e).
(2) The council chair may require the attorney general or a designee to provide testimony
on potential legal actions that would enhance the state's sovereignty or authority on issues affecting
Utah and the well-being of its citizens.
(3) The council chair may direct the attorney general to initiate and prosecute any action that
the council determines will further its purposes.
(4) (a) [
attorneys to implement the purposes and duties of the council.
in any manner considered appropriate by the attorney general to best serve the purposes of the
(c) The attorney general shall negotiate a contract for services with any attorney selected and
approved for employment under this section.
(5) The council chair shall, only with the concurrence of the council, review and approve all
claims for payments for legal services that are submitted to the council.
(6) Within five business days' notice, the council chair may [
council to cease work to be charged to the fund.
(7) The council shall submit a report on December 1 of each year to the speaker of the House
of Representatives and the president of the Senate that summarizes the council's activities.
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