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A joint resolution of the Legislature revising joint rules by changing the name of a joint
appropriations subcommittee. This resolution has an immediate effective date.
This resolution affects legislative rules as follows:
Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
Section 1. JR-3.02 is amended to read:
JR-3.02. Joint Appropriations Committee.
(1) The Joint Appropriations Committee of the Legislature consists of all the members
of the Legislature.
(2) (a) The members of the Joint Appropriations Committee shall be divided into the
(i) Capital Facilities and Administrative Services;
(ii) Commerce and Revenue;
(iii) Economic Development and Human Resources;
(iv) Executive Offices and Criminal Justice;
(v) Health and Human Services;
(vi) Higher Education;
(vii) Natural Resources;
(viii) Public Education;
(x) Transportation, Environmental Quality, and National Guard.
(b) The President of the Senate and Speaker of the House shall appoint their respective
members to each subcommittee.
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(3) (a) A majority of any committee or subcommittee constitutes a quorum for the
transaction of business.
(b) In determining a committee or subcommittee quorum, a majority is at least 50% in
one house and more than 50% in the other.
(c) In all decisions of the subcommittees, a majority vote will prevail. A majority vote is
at least 50% of the members of one house and more than 50% in the other house in attendance.
(4) (a) There shall be an Executive Appropriations Committee consisting of 18 members
(i) three members of the majority leadership of the Senate and four members of the
majority leadership of the House;
(ii) two members of the minority leadership of the Senate and three members of the
minority leadership of the House;
(iii) the chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the chair of the House
Appropriations Committee; and
(iv) (A) one member from the majority party of the Senate as appointed by the President
of the Senate or as chosen by the Senate majority caucus;
(B) two members from the minority party of the Senate as appointed by the Senate
minority leader or as chosen by the Senate minority caucus; and
(C) one member from the minority party of the House as appointed by the House
minority leader or as chosen by the House minority caucus.
(b) A member of the Executive Appropriations Committee, whose membership is
determined under Subsection (4)(a)(i) or (ii), may appoint a designee to permanently serve in that
individual's place with the approval of the Speaker or the President for any majority party
member or with the approval of the House or Senate minority party leader for any minority party
(c) In all decisions of the Executive Appropriations Committee, a majority vote prevails.
When a division is requested, that vote must include at least 50% of the members of one house
and more than 50% of the members of the other house in attendance.
(5) (a) The Executive Appropriations Committee shall meet no later than the third
Wednesday in December to:
(i) direct staff as to what revenue estimate to use in preparing budget recommendations;
(ii) decide whether or not to set aside special allocations for the end of the session;
(iii) set aside an appropriate amount for fiscal note bills;
(iv) approve the appropriate amount for each subcommittee to use in preparing its
(v) set a budget figure.
(b) The chairs of each appropriation subcommittee are invited to attend this meeting.
(6) The Office of Legislative Fiscal Analyst shall prepare revised revenue estimates in
(7) The Executive Appropriations Committee shall include in its consideration tax
collections and revenue policy, tax administration, and analysis of revenue sources.
(8) (a) With the approval of the Executive Appropriations Committee, time schedules for
subcommittee meetings will be determined so that no conflict exists with the annual general
sessions or standing committee meetings of the Legislature.
(b) Appropriations subcommittees may not meet while the Senate or House is in session
without special leave from the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate.
(9) (a) (i) It is the duty of the appropriations chair of each house to receive the reports of
the subcommittees and to forward the reports to the Executive Appropriations Committee.
(ii) The Executive Appropriations Committee shall combine the reports into a total
(b) The Executive Appropriations Committee shall establish a liaison between their
committee and each of the appropriations subcommittees.
(10) All proposed items of expenditure to be included in the final appropriations bill,
including appropriations for the Legislature and its committees and staff, shall be submitted to
one of the subcommittees named in this rule for consideration and recommendation.
(11) (a) After receiving and reviewing subcommittee reports, the Executive
Appropriations Committee may refer the report back to an appropriations subcommittee with any
guidelines the Executive Appropriations Committee considers necessary to assist the
subcommittee in producing a balanced budget.
(b) The subcommittee shall meet to review the new guidelines and report the adjustments
to the chairs of the Executive Appropriations Committee as soon as possible.
(12) (a) After receiving the reports, the appropriations chairs will report them to the
Executive Appropriations Committee.
(b) That committee shall:
(i) make any further adjustments necessary to balance the budget; and
(ii) complete all decisions necessary to draft the final appropriations bill no later than the
38th day of the annual general session.
(13) (a) During the interim, the Executive Appropriations Committee shall meet at least
every other month on the day before interim meetings on alternating months between Legislative
Management Committee meetings.
(b) The first meeting of the Executive Appropriations Committee shall be in the month
following the first meeting of the Legislative Management Committee.
(c) The appropriations subcommittee chairs may attend these meetings and provide input
regarding their budget.
(d) (i) Each year, the Executive Appropriations Committee shall:
(A) select a state agency, institution, or program to be the subject of an in-depth budget
(B) direct an appropriation subcommittee to conduct the in-depth budget review of the
agency and report back to the Executive Appropriations Committee.
(ii) In conducting the in-depth budget review, the appropriations subcommittee shall:
(A) study, in detail, the budget of the agency, institution, or program;
(B) prepare a report making recommendations for reduction or additions to the budget of
that agency, institution, or program; and
(C) present its findings and recommendations to the Executive Appropriations
Section 2. Effective date.
This resolution takes effect upon approval by a constitutional majority vote of all
members of the Senate and House of Representatives.
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