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H.B. 188





Sponsor: Bradley T. Johnson

             5      This act modifies the Natural Resources Code by deleting provisions that allow citizens of
             6      the state who are 62 years or older admission to state parks without charge.
             7      This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
             8      AMENDS:
             9          63-11-17, as last amended by Chapter 37, Laws of Utah 1999
             10      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             11          Section 1. Section 63-11-17 is amended to read:
             12           63-11-17. Powers and duties of Board and Division of Parks and Recreation.
             13          (1) (a) The board may make rules:
             14          (i) governing the use of the state park system;
             15          (ii) to protect state parks and their natural and cultural resources from misuse or
             16      damage, including watersheds, plants, wildlife, and park amenities; and
             17          (iii) to provide for public safety and preserve the peace within state parks.
             18          (b) To accomplish the purposes stated in Subsection (1)(a), the board may enact rules
             19      that:
             20          (i) close or partially close state parks; or
             21          (ii) establish use or access restrictions within state parks.
             22          (c) Rules made under Subsection (1) may not have the effect of preventing the transfer
             23      of livestock along a livestock highway established in accordance with Section 72-3-112 .
             24          (2) The Division of Wildlife Resources shall retain the power and jurisdiction
             25      conferred upon it by law within state parks and on property controlled by the Division of Parks
             26      and Recreation with reference to fish and game.
             27          (3) The Division of Parks and Recreation shall permit multiple use of state parks and

             28      property controlled by it for purposes such as grazing, fishing and hunting, mining, and the
             29      development and utilization of water and other natural resources.
             30          (4) (a) The division may acquire real and personal property in the name of the state by
             31      all legal and proper means, including purchase, gift, devise, eminent domain, lease, exchange,
             32      or otherwise, subject to the approval of the executive director and the governor.
             33          (b) As used in this section, "real property" includes land under water, upland, and all
             34      other property commonly or legally defined as real property.
             35          (c) In acquiring any real or personal property, the credit of the state may not be pledged
             36      without the consent of the legislature.
             37          (5) (a) Before acquiring any real property, the division shall notify the county
             38      legislative body of the county where the property is situated of its intention to acquire the
             39      property.
             40          (b) If the county legislative body requests a hearing within ten days of receipt of the
             41      notice, the board shall hold a public hearing in the county concerning the matter.
             42          (6) Acceptance of gifts or devises of land or other property shall be at the discretion of
             43      the division, subject to the approval of the executive director of the Department of Natural
             44      Resources and the governor.
             45          (7) Acquisition of property by eminent domain shall be in the manner authorized by
             46      Title 78, Chapter 34, Eminent Domain.
             47          (8) (a) The Division of Parks and Recreation may make charges for special services
             48      and use of facilities, the income from which shall be available for park and recreation purposes.
             49          (b) The division may conduct and operate those services necessary for the comfort and
             50      convenience of the public.
             51          (c) The board shall adopt appropriate rules governing the collection of charges under
             52      this Subsection (8).
             53          [(9) The director of the division shall establish procedures for the issuance of permits
             54      without charge to citizens of the state 62 years or older which shall be nontransferable, and
             55      shall entitle the permittee and any person accompanying the permittee in a single, private,
             56      noncommercial vehicle to general admission without charge to any state park.]
             57          [(10)] (9) (a) The division may lease or rent concessions of all lawful kinds and nature
             58      in state parks and property to persons, partnerships, and corporations for a valuable

             59      consideration upon the recommendation of the board.
             60          (b) The division shall comply with Title 63, Chapter 56, Utah Procurement Code, in
             61      selecting concessionaires.
             62          [(11)] (10) The division shall proceed without delay to negotiate with the federal
             63      government concerning the Weber Basin and other recreation and reclamation projects.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 1-10-03 3:58 PM

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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