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H.B. 188 Enrolled





Sponsor: Bradley T. Johnson

                  This act modifies the Natural Resources Code by deleting provisions that allow citizens of
                  the state who are 62 years or older admission to state parks without charge.
                  This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
                      63-11-17, as last amended by Chapter 37, Laws of Utah 1999
                  Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
                      Section 1. Section 63-11-17 is amended to read:
                       63-11-17. Powers and duties of Board and Division of Parks and Recreation.
                      (1) (a) The board may make rules:
                      (i) governing the use of the state park system;
                      (ii) to protect state parks and their natural and cultural resources from misuse or
                  damage, including watersheds, plants, wildlife, and park amenities; and
                      (iii) to provide for public safety and preserve the peace within state parks.
                      (b) To accomplish the purposes stated in Subsection (1)(a), the board may enact rules
                      (i) close or partially close state parks; or
                      (ii) establish use or access restrictions within state parks.
                      (c) Rules made under Subsection (1) may not have the effect of preventing the transfer
                  of livestock along a livestock highway established in accordance with Section 72-3-112 .
                      (2) The Division of Wildlife Resources shall retain the power and jurisdiction
                  conferred upon it by law within state parks and on property controlled by the Division of Parks
                  and Recreation with reference to fish and game.
                      (3) The Division of Parks and Recreation shall permit multiple use of state parks and
                  property controlled by it for purposes such as grazing, fishing and hunting, mining, and the
                  development and utilization of water and other natural resources.

                      (4) (a) The division may acquire real and personal property in the name of the state by all
                  legal and proper means, including purchase, gift, devise, eminent domain, lease, exchange, or
                  otherwise, subject to the approval of the executive director and the governor.
                      (b) As used in this section, "real property" includes land under water, upland, and all
                  other property commonly or legally defined as real property.
                      (c) In acquiring any real or personal property, the credit of the state may not be pledged
                  without the consent of the legislature.
                      (5) (a) Before acquiring any real property, the division shall notify the county legislative
                  body of the county where the property is situated of its intention to acquire the property.
                      (b) If the county legislative body requests a hearing within ten days of receipt of the
                  notice, the board shall hold a public hearing in the county concerning the matter.
                      (6) Acceptance of gifts or devises of land or other property shall be at the discretion of
                  the division, subject to the approval of the executive director of the Department of Natural
                  Resources and the governor.
                      (7) Acquisition of property by eminent domain shall be in the manner authorized by Title
                  78, Chapter 34, Eminent Domain.
                      (8) (a) The Division of Parks and Recreation may make charges for special services and
                  use of facilities, the income from which shall be available for park and recreation purposes.
                      (b) The division may conduct and operate those services necessary for the comfort and
                  convenience of the public.
                      (c) The board shall adopt appropriate rules governing the collection of charges under this
                  Subsection (8).
                      [(9) The director of the division shall establish procedures for the issuance of permits
                  without charge to citizens of the state 62 years or older which shall be nontransferable, and shall
                  entitle the permittee and any person accompanying the permittee in a single, private,
                  noncommercial vehicle to general admission without charge to any state park.]
                      [(10)] (9) (a) The division may lease or rent concessions of all lawful kinds and nature in
                  state parks and property to persons, partnerships, and corporations for a valuable consideration

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                  upon the recommendation of the board.
                      (b) The division shall comply with Title 63, Chapter 56, Utah Procurement Code, in
                  selecting concessionaires.
                      [(11)] (10) The division shall proceed without delay to negotiate with the federal
                  government concerning the Weber Basin and other recreation and reclamation projects.

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