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First Substitute H.B. 116

Senator Terry R. Spencer proposes the following substitute bill:


             1     
LOCAL GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AMENDMENTS

             2     
2002 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

             4     
Sponsor: Mike Thompson

             5      This act modifies the Municipal Code and the County Code by allowing municipalities and
             6      counties to compel the attendance of officials at meetings. The act also amends the
             7      Municipal Officers' and Employees' Ethics Act by enacting a provision prohibiting the
             8      improper use of a municipal officer's position to initiate or maintain a cause of action.
             9      This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
             10      AMENDS:
             11          10-3-505, as enacted by Chapter 48, Laws of Utah 1977
             12          17-53-206, as renumbered and amended by Chapter 133, Laws of Utah 2000
             13      ENACTS:
             14          10-3-1313, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             15      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             16          Section 1. Section 10-3-505 is amended to read:
             17           10-3-505. Attendance.
             18          The governing body shall have the power to compel the attendance of its own members at
             19      its meetings and provide such penalties as it [deems] considers necessary for the failure to comply
             20      therewith.
             21          Section 2. Section 10-3-1313 is enacted to read:
             22          10-3-1313. Improper use of official position to initiate or maintain cause of action.
             23          (1) It is a violation of this part for any elected officer or appointed officer to initiate or
             24      maintain any cause of action in any court of competent jurisdiction by using that officer's official
             25      capacity in name or substance, or by using any property, personnel, or services of the municipality


             26      in so doing, without the advice and consent of the legislative body of that municipality.
             27          (2) A municipality may bring an action against any elected officer or appointed officer for
             28      a violation of the provisions of Subsection (1) by any or all of the following means:
             29          (a) instituting an injunction, mandamus, or any other appropriate action;
             30          (b) assessing to the officer, any costs incurred in pursuing an action to stop or prevent the
             31      violation of Subsection (1) by that officer;
             32          (c) imposing any fine, or seeking any other civil remedy in law or equity against the officer
             33      who has violated Subsection (1); or
             34          (d) recovering the costs or value of any property, personnel, or services used by the officer
             35      in filing or maintaining the cause of action in violation of Subsection (1).
             36          (3) In order to seek a remedy under Subsection (2), a municipality need only establish that
             37      the elected officer or appointed officer, without the advice and consent of the legislative body of
             38      the municipality, used:
             39          (a) that officer's title to file an action in any court of competent jurisdiction; or
             40          (b) municipal property, personnel, or resources to file, maintain, or support an action in
             41      any court of competent jurisdiction.
             42          Section 3. Section 17-53-206 is amended to read:
             43           17-53-206. Meetings to comply with open meetings law -- Records and minutes --
             44      Attendance.
             45          (1) Each meeting of the county legislative body shall comply with Title 52, Chapter 4,
             46      Open and Public Meetings.
             47          (2) The chair and clerk of the county legislative body shall sign the records and minutes
             48      of the county legislative body.
             49          (3) The county legislative body shall have the power to compel the attendance of its own
             50      members at its meetings and provide such penalties as it considers necessary for the failure to
             51      comply therewith.


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