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H.B. 360

This document includes House Floor Amendments incorporated into the bill on Fri, Feb 28, 2003 at 2:38 PM by bhilbert. -->              1     





Sponsor: Eric K. Hutchings

             6      This act modifies the duties of the child support guidelines advisory committee by
             7      requiring that it use Utah specific data in its determinations. h THIS ACT TAKES EFFECT
             7a      JANUARY 1, 2004. h
             8      This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
             9      AMENDS:
             10          78-45-7.13, as last amended by Chapter 233, Laws of Utah 1997
             11      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             12          Section 1. Section 78-45-7.13 is amended to read:
             13           78-45-7.13. Advisory committee -- Membership and functions.
             14          (1) On or before March 1, 1995, the governor shall appoint an advisory committee
             15      consisting of:
             16          (a) one representative recommended by the Office of Recovery Services;
             17          (b) one representative recommended by the Judicial Council;
             18          (c) two representatives recommended by the Utah State Bar Association;
             19          (d) two representatives of noncustodial parents, one male and one female, appointed by
             20      the governor;
             21          (e) two representatives of custodial parents, one male and one female, appointed by the
             22      governor; and
             23          (f) an uneven number of additional persons, not to exceed three, who represent diverse
             24      interests related to child support issues, as the governor may consider appropriate. However,
             25      none of the individuals appointed under this Subsection (1) h (f) h may be members of the Utah State
             26      Bar Association.
             27          (2) (a) Except as required by Subsection (2)(b), as terms of current committee members

             28      expire, the governor shall appoint each new member or reappointed member to a four-year
             29      term.
             30          (b) Notwithstanding the requirements of Subsection (2)(a), the governor shall, at the
             31      time of appointment or reappointment, adjust the length of terms to ensure that the terms of
             32      committee members are staggered so that approximately half of the committee is appointed
             33      every two years.
             34          (3) When a vacancy occurs in the membership for any reason, the replacement shall be
             35      appointed for the unexpired term.
             36          (4) (a) The advisory committee shall review the child support guidelines using Utah
             37      specific data to ensure their application results in the determination of appropriate child support
             38      award amounts.
             39          (b) The committee shall report to the Legislative Judiciary Interim Committee on or
             40      before October 1 in 1989 and 1991, and then on or before October 1 of every fourth year
             41      subsequently.
             42          (c) The committee's report shall include recommendations of the majority of the
             43      committee, as well as specific recommendations of individual members of the committee.
             44          (5) (a) (i) Members who are not government employees shall receive no compensation
             45      or benefits for their services, but may receive per diem and expenses incurred in the
             46      performance of the member's official duties at the rates established by the Division of Finance
             47      under Sections 63A-3-106 and 63A-3-107 .
             48          (ii) Members may decline to receive per diem and expenses for their service.
             49          (b) (i) State government officer and employee members who do not receive salary, per
             50      diem, or expenses from their agency for their service may receive per diem and expenses
             51      incurred in the performance of their official duties from the committee at the rates established
             52      by the Division of Finance under Sections 63A-3-106 and 63A-3-107 .
             53          (ii) State government officer and employee members may decline to receive per diem
             54      and expenses for their service.
             55          (6) Staff for the committee shall be provided from the existing budgets of the
             56      Department of Human Services.
             57          (7) The committee ceases to exist no later than the date the subsequent committee
             58      under this section is appointed.
             58a           h Section 2. Effective date.

             58b          THIS ACT TAKES EFFECT JANUARY 1, 2004. h

Legislative Review Note
    as of 2-10-03 7:02 AM

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

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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