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H.B. 229







Sponsor: Mike Thompson

             7      This act modifies the Human Services Code. This act permits custodial or noncustodial
             8      parents or their legal representatives to serve the Office of Recovery Services to obtain
             9      certain information.
             10      This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
             11      AMENDS:
             12          62A-11-304.4, as last amended by Chapter 59, Laws of Utah 2002
             13      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             14          Section 1. Section 62A-11-304.4 is amended to read:
             15           62A-11-304.4. Filing of location information -- Service of process.
             16          (1) (a) Upon the entry of an order in a proceeding to establish paternity or to establish,
             17      modify, or enforce a support order, each party shall file identifying information and shall
             18      update that information as changes occur:
             19          (i) with the court or administrative agency that conducted the proceeding; and
             20          (ii) after October 1, 1998, with the state case registry.
             21          (b) The identifying information required under Subsection (1)(a) shall include the
             22      person's social security number, driver's license number, residential and mailing addresses,
             23      telephone numbers, the name, address, and telephone number of employers, and any other data
             24      required by the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services.
             25          (c) In any subsequent child support action involving the office or between the parties,
             26      state due process requirements for notice and service of process shall be satisfied as to a party
             27      upon:

             28          (i) a sufficient showing that diligent effort has been made to ascertain the location of
             29      the party; and
             30          (ii) delivery of notice to the most recent residential or employer address filed with the
             31      court, administrative agency, or state case registry under Subsection (1)(a).
             32          (2) (a) The office shall provide individuals who are applying for or receiving services
             33      under this chapter or who are parties to cases in which services are being provided under this
             34      chapter:
             35          (i) with notice of all proceedings in which support obligations might be established or
             36      modified; and
             37          (ii) with a copy of any order establishing or modifying a child support obligation, or in
             38      the case of a petition for modification, a notice of determination that there should be no change
             39      in the amount of the child support award, within 14 days after issuance of such order or
             40      determination.
             41          (b) Notwithstanding Subsection (2)(a)(ii), notice in the case of an interstate order shall
             42      be provided in accordance with Section 78-45f-614 .
             43          (3) Service of all notices and orders under this part shall be made in accordance with
             44      Title 63, Chapter 46b, Administrative Procedures Act, the Utah Rules of Civil Procedure, or
             45      this section.
             46          (4) Consistent with Title 63, Chapter 2, Government Records Access and Management
             47      Act, the office shall adopt procedures to classify records to prohibit the unauthorized use or
             48      disclosure of information relating to a proceeding to:
             49          (a) establish paternity; or
             50          (b) establish or enforce support.
             51          (5) (a) The office shall, upon written request, provide location information available in
             52      its files on a custodial or noncustodial parent to the other party or the other party's legal counsel
             53      provided that:
             54          (i) the party seeking the information produces a copy of the parent-time order signed by
             55      the court;
             56          (ii) the information has not been safeguarded in accordance with Section 454 of the
             57      Social Security Act;
             58          (iii) the party whose location is being sought has been afforded notice in accordance

             59      with Section 62A-11-304.4 of the opportunity to contest release of the information;
             60          (iv) the party whose location is being sought has not provided the office with a copy of
             61      a protective order, a current court order prohibiting disclosure, a current court order limiting or
             62      prohibiting the requesting person's contact with the party whose location is being sought, a
             63      criminal order, or documentation of a pending proceeding for any of the above; and
             64          (v) there is no other state or federal law that would prohibit disclosure.
             65          (b) "Location information" shall consist of the current residential address of the
             66      custodial or noncustodial parent and, if different and known to the office, the current residence
             67      of any children who are the subject of the parent-time order. If there is no current residential
             68      address available, the person's place of employment and any other location information shall be
             69      disclosed.
             70          (c) For the purposes of this section, "reason to believe" under Section 454 of the Social
             71      Security Act means that the person seeking to safeguard information has provided to the office
             72      a copy of a protective order, current court order prohibiting disclosure, current court order
             73      prohibiting or limiting the requesting person's contact with the party whose location is being
             74      sought, or criminal order signed by a court of competent jurisdiction, or documentation of a
             75      pending proceeding for any of the above.
             76          (d) Neither the state, the department, the office nor its employees shall be liable for any
             77      information released in accordance with this section.
             78          (6) Custodial or noncustodial parents or their legal representatives who are denied
             79      location information in accordance with Subsection (5) may serve the Office of Recovery
             80      Services to initiate an action to obtain the information.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 1-27-03 11:16 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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