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S.B. 133






Sponsor: Leonard M. Blackham

             6      This act modifies the Public Utilities Title to reauthorize the Energy Policy Task Force
             7      and make technical changes.
             8      This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
             9      AMENDS:
             10          63-55b-154, as last amended by Chapter 196, Laws of Utah 2000
             11      ENACTS:
             12          54-7-12.6, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             13      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             14          Section 1. Section 54-7-12.6 is enacted to read:
             15          54-7-12.6. Energy Policy Task Force -- Commission to work with task force.
             16          (1) (a) There is created the Energy Policy Task Force consisting of the following
             17      members:
             18          (i) five members of the Senate appointed by the president of the Senate, no more than
             19      three of whom may be from the same political party; and
             20          (ii) seven members of the House of Representatives appointed by the speaker of the
             21      House of Representatives, no more than five of whom may be from the same political party.
             22          (b) (i) The president of the Senate shall designate a member of the Senate appointed
             23      under Subsection (1)(a)(i) as a cochair of the task force.
             24          (ii) The speaker of the House of Representatives shall designate a member of the
             25      House of Representatives appointed under Subsection (1)(a)(ii) as a cochair of the task force.
             26          (c) In conducting its business, the task force shall comply with the rules of legislative
             27      interim committees.

             28          (d) The task force may meet as often as twice a month, if the chairs determine that the
             29      meetings are needed.
             30          (e) Salaries and expenses of the members of the task force shall be paid in accordance
             31      with Section 36-2-2 and Legislative Joint Rule 15.03.
             32          (f) The Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel shall provide staff support
             33      to the task force.
             34          (2) The task force shall:
             35          (a) study energy needs of the state;
             36          (b) monitor federal and other states' efforts to address energy needs;
             37          (c) study potential Utah, federal, and other states:
             38          (i) conservation efforts; or
             39          (ii) demand side management activities;
             40          (d) study potential ways the state could develop, facilitate, or promote generation,
             41      exploration, or transportation of new energy to serve the needs of the state; and
             42          (e) make recommendations to the Legislature regarding what legislation, if any, is
             43      needed to ensure that the energy needs of the state are met.
             44          (3) In addition to the assistance of the commission under Subsection (5), the task force
             45      may request assistance from public and private resources as part of its activities.
             46          (4) The task force shall report at least annually to the Public Utilities and Technology
             47      Interim Committee.
             48          (5) To assist the task force in the task force's duties under this section, the commission
             49      shall, as directed by the task force, work with the task force including providing the task force
             50      with reports.
             51          Section 2. Section 63-55b-154 is amended to read:
             52           63-55b-154. Repeal dates -- Title 54.
             53          [Sections 54-7-12.5 and 54-7-12.7 are] Section 54-7-12.6 is repealed November 30,
             54      [2002] 2004.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 1-23-03 8:03 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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