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H.B. 54





Sponsor: Carl R. Saunders

             5      This act modifies provision related to tobacco. The act removes the limitation on money
             6      spent enforcing the prohibition of tobacco sales to minors. The act makes technical
             7      amendments.
             8      This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
             9      AMENDS:
             10          63-97-401, as enacted by Chapter 284, Laws of Utah 2000
             11      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             12          Section 1. Section 63-97-401 is amended to read:
             13           63-97-401. Requirements for tobacco programs.
             14          (1) To be eligible to receive funding under this chapter for a tobacco prevention, reduction,
             15      cessation, or control program, an organization, whether private, governmental, or
             16      quasi-governmental, shall:
             17          (a) submit a request to the Department of Health containing the following information:
             18          (i) for media campaigns to prevent or reduce smoking, the request shall demonstrate sound
             19      management and periodic evaluation of the campaign's relevance to the intended audience,
             20      particularly in campaigns directed toward youth, including audience awareness of the campaign
             21      and recollection of the main message;
             22          (ii) for school-based education programs to prevent and reduce youth smoking, the request
             23      shall describe how the program will be effective in preventing and reducing youth smoking;
             24          (iii) for community-based programs to prevent and reduce smoking, the request shall
             25      demonstrate that the proposed program:
             26          (A) has a comprehensive strategy with a clear mission and goals;
             27          (B) provides for committed, caring, and professional leadership; and

             28          (C) if directed toward youth:
             29          (I) offers youth-centered activities in youth accessible facilities;
             30          (II) is culturally sensitive, inclusive, and diverse;
             31          (III) involves youth in the planning, delivery, and evaluation of services that affect them;
             32      and
             33          (IV) offers a positive focus that is inclusive of all youth; and
             34          (iv) for enforcement, control, and compliance program, the request shall demonstrate that
             35      the proposed program can reasonably be expected to reduce the extent to which tobacco products
             36      are available to individuals under the age of 19;
             37          (b) agree, by contract, to file an annual written report with the Department of Health. The
             38      report shall contain the following:
             39          (i) the amount funded;
             40          (ii) the amount expended;
             41          (iii) a description of the program or campaign and the number of adults and youth who
             42      participated;
             43          (iv) specific elements of the program or campaign meeting the applicable criteria set forth
             44      in Subsection (1)(a); and
             45          (v) a statement concerning the success and effectiveness of the program or campaign;
             46          (c) agree, by contract, to not use any funds received under this chapter directly or
             47      indirectly, to:
             48          (i) engage in any lobbying or political activity, including the support of, or opposition to,
             49      candidates, ballot questions, referenda, or similar activities; or
             50          (ii) engage in litigation with any tobacco manufacturer, retailer, or distributor, except to
             51      enforce:
             52          (A) the provisions of the Master Settlement Agreement;
             53          (B) Title 26, Chapter 38, Utah Clean Air Act;
             54          (C) Title 26, Chapter 42, Civil Penalties for Tobacco Sales to Underaged Persons; and
             55          (D) Title 77, Chapter 39, Sale of Tobacco and Alcohol to Underaged Persons[, in an
             56      amount not to exceed the state level of funding in fiscal year 1999-2000 for enforcement of Title
             57      77, Chapter 39]; and
             58          (d) agree, by contract, to repay the funds provided under this chapter if the organization:

             59          (i) fails to file a timely report as required by Subsection (1)(b); or
             60          (ii) uses any portion of the funds in violation of Subsection (1)(c).
             61          (2) The Department of Health shall review and evaluate the success and effectiveness of
             62      any program or campaign that receives funding pursuant to a request submitted under Subsection
             63      (1). The review and evaluation:
             64          (a) shall include a comparison of annual smoking trends;
             65          (b) may be conducted by an independent evaluator; and
             66          (c) may be paid for by funds appropriated from the account for that purpose.
             67          (3) The Department of Health shall annually report to the Health and Human Services
             68      Appropriations Subcommittee on the reviews conducted pursuant to Subsection (2).
             69          (4) An organization that fails to comply with the contract requirements set forth in
             70      Subsection (1) shall:
             71          (a) repay the state as provided in Subsection (1)(d); and
             72          (b) be disqualified from receiving funds under this chapter in any subsequent fiscal year.
             73          (5) The attorney general shall be responsible for recovering funds that are required to be
             74      repaid to the state under this section.
             75          (6) Nothing in this section may be construed as applying to funds that are not appropriated
             76      under this chapter.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 11-14-01 1:52 PM

A limited legal review of this legislation raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

Committee Note

The Health and Human Services Interim Committee recommended this bill.

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