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MINUTES OF THE
HOUSE GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS STANDING COMMITTEE
ROOM 405, STATE CAPITOL BUILDING
FEBRUARY 5, 2002



MEMBERS PRESENT:    Rep. Craig W. Buttars, Chair
        Rep. David Clark, Vice Chair
        Rep. Ron Bigelow
        Rep. DeMar “Bud” Bowman
        Rep. Afton B. Bradshaw
        Rep. Don E. Bush
        Rep. Carl W. Duckworth
        Rep. Neil A. Hansen
        Rep. Neal B. Hendrickson
        Rep. Patricia W. Jones
        Rep. Rebecca Lockhart    
        
STAFF PRESENT:    John Cannon, Research Analyst
        Sylvia Newton, Committee Secretary
        
VISITORS:        List filed with committee minutes.


Rep. Buttars called the meeting to order at 3:51 p.m.

MOTION:    Rep. Hendrickson moved to approve the minutes of the January 31, 2002 meeting. The motion passed unanimously with Rep.Bradshaw, Rep. Bush, Rep. Duckworth and Rep. Clark absent for the vote.


H.B. 289    Independent Entity Privatization Amendments (M. Stephens)

Rep. Ron Bigelow introduced H.B. 289 and explained it to the committee. He was assisted by Duane Blackley of Utah Technology Finance Corporation.

George Sutton, general counsel to Utah Technology Finance Corporation, responded to questions of committee members.

MOTION:    Rep. Lockhart moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Bradshaw and Rep. Duckworth absent for the vote.


H.B. 179    Designation of State Building (G. Way)

Rep. Way introduced H.B. 179 and explained it to the committee.



Spoke in favor of the bill:    Raylene Ireland, Director, Department of Administrative Services

MOTION:    Rep. Bowman moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed with Rep. Hansen voting in opposition and Rep. Duckworth absent for the vote.


H.J.R. 19    Joint Rules Resolution Requiring Certain Special Session Procedures (C. Bennion)

Rep. Bennion introduced H.J.R. 19 and explained it to the committee.

Spoke in favor of the resolution:    Cassie Dippo, Common Cause of Utah
                    Sandy Peck, League of Women Voters

MOTION:    Rep. Jones moved to pass the resolution out favorably. The motion passed unanimously.


H.B. 178    Memorial Plaque of George E. Wahlen in the Capitol (G. Adair)

Rep. Adair introduced H.B. 178 and explained it to the committee.

Spoke in favor of the bill:    Terry Schow, Division of Veterans Affairs

MOTION:    Rep. Clark moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed unanimously.


H.B. 124    Debt Collection Amendments (S. Allen)

MOTION:    Rep. Bush moved to adopt in title and body 1st Substitute H.B. 124. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Hansen absent for the vote.

Rep. Allen introduced 1st Substitute H.B. 124 and explained it to the committee.

Spoke in favor of the bill:    Raylene Ireland, Director, Department of Administrative Services
                Gwen Anderson, Director, Office of State Debt Collection
                Roger Autrey, Utah Association of Collectors

MOTION:    Rep. Lockhart moved to pass the substitute bill out favorably. The motion passed unanimously.

MOTION:    Rep. Bradshaw moved to place the bill on the Consent Calendar. The motion failed with Rep. Bigelow and Rep. Hendrickson voting in opposition.


H.B. 98    Amendments to Whistle Blowers Statute (N. Hansen)

MOTION:    Rep. Hansen moved to amend the bill as follows:

1.    Page 1, line 27:    After "employee" insert ", or a person acting on his behalf,"

2.    Page 2, line 29:    After "engaged" insert "or intended to engage"

3.    Page 2, line 30:    Delete "subsequently"

The motion to amend passed unanimously.

Rep. Hansen introduced the amended H.B. 98 and explained it to the committee. He was assisted by Mont Evans, representing the Utah Public Employees Association.

Spoke in favor of the bill:    Roger Hoole, attorney
                Fred Van Der Veur, Utah Public Employees Association

Spoke against the bill:    Alan Edwards, Director, Risk Management
                Shawn Guzman, Utah Association of Counties

MOTION:    Rep. Bowman moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed with Rep. Bush, Rep. Lockhart, Rep. Clark, and Rep. Buttars voting in opposition. Rep. Bigelow and Rep. Bradshaw were absent for the vote.

S.B. 61    Government Records Access and Management - Records Related to Explosives (B. Wright)

Rep. Rebecca Lockhart introduced S.B. 61 and explained it to the committee.

MOTION:    Rep. Bush moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Bigelow, Rep. Bradshaw, and Rep. Hendrickson absent for the vote.

MOTION:    Rep. Bowman moved to adjourn. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Bigelow, Rep. Bradshaw, and Rep. Hendrickson absent for the vote.

The meeting adjourned at 4:21 p.m.




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                        Rep. Craig W. Buttars, Chair