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S.B. 164 Enrolled
This act modifies provisions related to security procedures at state institutions of higher
education by allowing the State Board of Regents to authorize institutions of higher
education to establish no more than one hearing room at each institution as secure areas as
prescribed in Section 76-8-311.1. The act makes technical changes and provides an effective
This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
53B-3-103, as last amended by Chapter 116, Laws of Utah 1997
76-8-311.1, as last amended by Chapter 97, Laws of Utah 1999
76-10-523.5, as enacted by Chapter 164, Laws of Utah 1996
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
Section 1. Section 53B-3-103 is amended to read:
53B-3-103. Power of board to adopt rules and enact regulations.
(1) The board may enact regulations governing the conduct of university and college
students, faculty, and employees.
(2) (a) The board may:
(i) enact and authorize higher education institutions to enact traffic, parking, and related
regulations governing all individuals on campuses and other facilities owned or controlled by the
institutions or the board[
(ii) authorize higher education institutions to establish no more than one secure area at
each institution as a hearing room as prescribed in Section 76-8-311.1 , but not otherwise restrict
the lawful possession or carrying of firearms.
(b) In addition to the requirements and penalty prescribed in Subsections 76-8-311.1(3),
(4), (5), and (6), the board shall make rules to ensure that:
(i) reasonable means such as mechanical, electronic, x-ray, or similar devices are used to
detect firearms, ammunition, or dangerous weapons contained in the personal property of or on the
person of any individual attempting to enter a secure area hearing room;
(ii) an individual required or requested to attend a hearing in a secure area hearing room is
notified in writing of the requirements related to entering a secured area hearing room under this
Subsection (2)(b) and Section 76-8-311.1 ;
(iii) the restriction of firearms, ammunition, or dangerous weapons in the secure area hearing
room is in effect only during the time the secure area hearing room is in use for hearings and for a
reasonable time before and after its use; and
(iv) reasonable space limitations are applied to the secure area hearing room as warranted
by the number of individuals involved in a typical hearing.
(3) The board and institutions may enforce these rules and regulations in any reasonable
manner, including the assessment of fees, fines, and forfeitures, the collection of which may be by
withholding from moneys owed the violator, the imposition of probation, suspension, or expulsion
from the institution, the revocation of privileges, the refusal to issue certificates, degrees, and
diplomas, through judicial process or any reasonable combination of these alternatives.
Section 2. Section 76-8-311.1 is amended to read:
76-8-311.1. Secure areas -- Items prohibited -- Penalty.
(1) In addition to the definitions in Section 76-10-501 , as used in this section:
(a) "Correctional facility" has the same meaning as defined in Section 76-8-311.3 .
(b) "Explosive" has the same meaning as defined for "explosive, chemical, or incendiary
device" defined in Section 76-10-306 .
(c) "Law enforcement facility" means a facility which is owned, leased, or operated by a law
(d) "Mental health facility" has the same meaning as defined in Section 62A-12-202 .
(e) (i) "Secure area" means any area into which certain persons are restricted from
transporting any firearm, ammunition, dangerous weapon, or explosive.
(ii) A "secure area" may not include any area normally accessible to the public.
(2) (a) A person in charge of a correctional, law enforcement, or mental health facility may
establish secure areas within the facility and may prohibit or control by rule any firearm,
ammunition, dangerous weapon, or explosive.
(b) Subsections (2)(a), (3), (4), (5), and (6) apply to higher education secure area hearing
rooms referred to in Subsections 53B-3-103 (2)(a)(ii) and (b).
(3) At least one notice shall be prominently displayed at each entrance to an area in which
a firearm, ammunition, dangerous weapon, or explosive is restricted.
(4) (a) Provisions shall be made to provide a secure weapons storage area so that persons
entering the secure area may store their weapons prior to entering the secure area.
(b) The entity operating the facility shall be responsible for weapons while they are stored
in the storage area.
(5) It is a defense to any prosecution under this section that the accused, in committing the
act made criminal by this section, acted in conformity with the facility's rule or policy established
pursuant to this section.
(6) (a) Any person who knowingly or intentionally transports into a secure area of a facility
any firearm, ammunition, or dangerous weapon is guilty of a third degree felony.
(b) Any person violates Section 76-10-306 who knowingly or intentionally transports,
possesses, distributes, or sells any explosive in a secure area of a facility.
Section 3. Section 76-10-523.5 is amended to read:
76-10-523.5. Compliance with rules for secure facilities.
Any person, including a person licensed to carry a concealed firearm under Title 53, Chapter
5, Part 7, Concealed Weapons, shall comply with any rule established for secure facilities pursuant
to Sections 53B-3-103 , 76-8-311.1 , 76-8-311.3 , and 78-7-6 and shall be subject to any penalty
provided in those sections.
Section 4. Effective date.
If approved by two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, this act takes effect upon
approval by the governor, or the day following the constitutional time limit of Utah Constitution
Article VII, Section 8, without the governor's signature, or in the case of a veto, the date of veto
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