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S.B. 202





Sponsor: Michael G. Waddoups

             5      This act modifies the Government Records Access and Management Act regarding
             6      private information by providing that peace officers in specified classifications are
             7      "at-risk government employees" regarding specified personal information. This act
             8      takes effect July 1, 2003.
             9      This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
             10      AMENDS:
             11          63-2-302.5 (Effective 07/01/03), as enacted by Chapter 191, Laws of Utah 2002
             12      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             13          Section 1. Section 63-2-302.5 (Effective 07/01/03) is amended to read:
             14           63-2-302.5 (Effective 07/01/03). Private information concerning certain
             15      government employees.
             16          (1) As used in this section:
             17          (a) "At-risk government employee" means a current or former:
             18          (i) peace officer as specified in Section [ 53-13-104 ] 53-13-102 ;
             19          (ii) supreme court justice;
             20          (iii) judge of an appellate, district, or juvenile court;
             21          (iv) justice court judge;
             22          (v) judge authorized by Title 39, Chapter 6, Utah Code of Military Justice;
             23          (vi) federal judge;
             24          (vii) federal magistrate judge;
             25          (viii) judge authorized by Armed Forces, Title 10, United States Code;
             26          (ix) United States Attorney;
             27          (x) Assistant United States Attorney;

             28          (xi) a prosecutor appointed pursuant to Armed Forces, Title 10, United States Code;
             29          (xii) a law enforcement official as defined in Section 53-5-711 ; or
             30          (xiii) a prosecutor authorized by Title 39, Chapter 6, Utah Code of Military Justice.
             31          (b) "Family member" means the spouse, child, sibling, parent, or grandparent of an
             32      at-risk government employee who is living with the employee.
             33          (2) (a) Pursuant to Subsection 63-2-302 (1)(g), an at-risk government employee may
             34      file a written application that:
             35          (i) gives notice of the employee's status to each agency of a government entity holding
             36      a record or a part of a record that would disclose the employee's or the employee's family
             37      member's home address, home telephone number, Social Security number, insurance coverage,
             38      marital status, or payroll deductions; and
             39          (ii) requests that the government agency classify those records or parts of records
             40      private.
             41          (b) An at-risk government employee desiring to file an application under this section
             42      may request assistance from the government agency to identify the individual records
             43      containing the private information specified in Subsection (2)(a)(i).
             44          (c) Each government agency shall develop a form that:
             45          (i) requires the at-risk government employee to provide evidence of qualifying
             46      employment;
             47          (ii) requires the at-risk government employee to designate each specific record or part
             48      of a record containing the employee's home address, home telephone number, Social Security
             49      number, insurance coverage, marital status, or payroll deductions that the applicant desires to
             50      be classified as private; and
             51          (iii) affirmatively requests that the government entity holding those records classify
             52      them as private.
             53          (3) A county recorder, county treasurer, county auditor, or a county tax assessor may
             54      fully satisfy the requirements of this section by:
             55          (a) providing a method for the assessment roll and index and the tax roll and index that
             56      will block public access to the home address, home telephone number, situs address, and Social
             57      Security number; and
             58          (b) providing the at-risk government employee requesting the classification with a

             59      disclaimer informing the employee that the employee may not receive official announcements
             60      affecting the employee's property, including notices about proposed annexations,
             61      incorporations, or zoning modifications.
             62          (4) A government agency holding records of an at-risk government employee classified
             63      as private under this section may release the record or part of the record if:
             64          (a) the employee or former employee gives written consent;
             65          (b) a court orders release of the records; or
             66          (c) the government agency receives a certified death certificate for the employee or
             67      former employee.
             68          (5) (a) If the government agency holding the private record receives a subpoena for the
             69      records, the government agency shall attempt to notify the at-risk government employee or
             70      former employee by mailing a copy of the subpoena to the employee's last-known mailing
             71      address together with a request that the employee either:
             72          (i) authorize release of the record; or
             73          (ii) within ten days of the date that the copy and request are mailed, deliver to the
             74      government agency holding the private record a copy of a motion to quash filed with the court
             75      who issued the subpoena.
             76          (b) The government agency shall comply with the subpoena if the government agency
             77      has:
             78          (i) received permission from the at-risk government employee or former employee to
             79      comply with the subpoena;
             80          (ii) has not received a copy of a motion to quash within ten days of the date that the
             81      copy of the subpoena was mailed; or
             82          (iii) receives a court order requiring release of the records.
             83          Section 2. Effective date.
             84          This act takes effect on July 1, 2003.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 2-4-03 11:44 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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