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H.B. 170






Sponsor: Katherine M. Bryson

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill clarifies the nature of the relationship between the attorney general's office and
             10      state agencies that the attorney general's office represents.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    provides that the attorney general is the attorney and the state agency is the client;
             14          .    requires that the attorney general must comply with certain Rules of Professional
             15      Responsibility; and
             16          .    makes technical corrections.
             17      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             18          None
             19      Other Special Clauses:
             20          None
             21      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             22      AMENDS:
             23          67-5-3, as last amended by Chapter 76, Laws of Utah 1982
             25      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             26          Section 1. Section 67-5-3 is amended to read:
             27           67-5-3. Performance of legal services for agencies -- Billing -- "Agency" defined.

             28          (1) As used in this chapter, "agency" means any department, division, agency,
             29      commission, board, council, committee, authority, institution, or other entity within the state
             30      government of Utah.
             31          (2) The attorney general may assign his legal assistants to perform legal services for
             32      any agency of state government. [He]
             33          (3) (a) The attorney general shall bill [that] each agency for the legal services
             34      performed, if [(1)]:
             35          (i) the agency [so billed] receives federal funds to pay for the legal services [rendered,]
             36      performed; or [if (2)]
             37          (ii) the agency collects funds from any other source in the form of fees, costs, interest,
             38      fines, penalties, forfeitures, or other proceeds reserved or designated for the payment of legal
             39      fees sufficient to pay for all or a portion of the legal services [rendered; however, the]
             40      performed.
             41          (b) The agency may deduct any unreimbursed costs and expenses incurred by the
             42      agency in connection with the legal services [rendered] performed. [As used in this act
             43      "agency" means any department, division, agency, commission, board, council, committee,
             44      authority, institution, or other entity within the state government of Utah.]
             45          (4) (a) In performing legal services for an agency under authority of this section, the
             46      attorney general is the attorney and the agency is the client.
             47          (b) In its representation of the agency, the attorney general and his legal assistants shall
             48      comply with the requirements of Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 1.2.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 1-21-04 3:37 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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