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MINUTES OF THE

SENATE QUASI-GOVERNMENTAL ENTITIES STANDING COMMITTEE

FEBRUARY 28, 2002, 5:00 P.M.

ROOM 405, STATE CAPITOL





Members Present:        Sen. Beverly Evans
                Sen. Ron Allen
                Sen. Paula F. Julander
                Sen. John L. Valentine

Members Absent:        Sen. Al Mansell

Staff Present:            Benjamin N. Christensen, Research Analyst
                Patrice Shaffer, Secretary
                Dee S. Larsen, Associate General Counsel

Speakers List:            Rep. Ron Bigelow
                Rep. Brad King
                Rep. Becky Lockhart
                Rep. J. Morgan Philpot
                Mr. Kelly Atkinson
                Mr. Tom Bingham
                Mr. Kevin Howard
                Mr. Dix McMullin            
                Mr. Fred Vandemere

Visitor List on File.

Committee Chair Evans called the meeting to order at 5:20 p.m.

     MOTION: Sen. Allen moved to approve the minutes of the February 4, 2002 meeting.

Motion passed unanimously.

1.     H.B. 230 Retirement of Public Safety Officials (R. Bigelow)

    Rep. Bigelow explained the bill. Mr. Kevin Howard, Utah Retired Systems, gave explanation of fiscal note.

         MOTION: Sen. Julander moved to send H.B. 230 out favorably.

    The motion passed unanimously.



2.     H.B. 186S2 State Retirement Conversion Window (B. King)

    Rep. King explained the bill. Mr. Kevin Howard, Utah Retired Systems, gave information on fiscal note.

    The following spoke in favor of the bill:
        Mr. Fred Vandemere, UPEA
        Mr. Dix McMullin, South Jordan City

         MOTION: Sen. Valentine moved to amend the bill as follows:
        1.     Line 38 after “revoked” insert “by the applicant.”

    The motion passed unanimously.

         MOTION: Sen. Allen moved to send H.B. 186S2 out favorably as amended.

    The motion failed with Sen. Allen and Sen. Julander voting in favor of the motion.

3.     H.B. 254 Firemen's Civil Service Council Amendments (J. M. Philpot)

    Rep. Philpot explained the bill.

         MOTION: Sen. Valentine moved to send H.B. 254 out favorably.

    The motion passed unanimously.

4.     H.B. 105 Health Insurance Mandates - Pilot Program (R. Lockhart)

    Rep. Lockhart presented a substitute bill.

        MOTION: Sen. Julander moved to replace H.B. 105, HEALTH INSURANCE MANDATES - PILOT PROGRAM with 2nd Sub. H.B. 105, HEALTH INSURANCE MANDATES PROGRAM.

    The motion passed unanimously.

    Rep. Lockhart presented amendments to 2nd Sub. H.B. 105 Health Insurance Mandates Program.

         MOTION: Sen. Valentine moved to amend the boll as follows:


        1.     Page 1, Line 16:    After “mandate” insert”:(a)

        2.     Page 1, Line 17:    After “types” insert “of

        3.     Page 1, Line 18:    After “insurance” insert “;and
                        (b) does not mean an administrative rule imposing a mandatory obligation with respect to coverage, benefits, or providers unless that mandatory obligation was specifically imposed on policies of accident and health insurance by statute

    The motion passed unanimously.

    The following spoke in favor of the bill:
        Mr. Kelly Atkinson, Utah Health Care
        Mr. Tom Bingham, Utah Manufacturers Association
        Mr. Kevin Howard, Utah Retired Systems

         MOTION: Sen. Allen moved to send 2nd Sub. H.B. 105 Health Insurance Mandates Program out favorably as amended.

    The motion passed unanimously.

         MOTION: Sen. Valentine moved to send H.B. 186S2 for an interim study.

    The motion passed unanimously.

         MOTION: Sen. Julander moved to adjourn.
    
    The motion passed unanimously.

Sen. Evans adjourned the meeting at 5:40 p.m.

Minutes were reported by Patrice Shaffer, Secretary




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                 Sen. Beverly Evans, Committee Chair