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S.B. 85 Enrolled
This bill modifies provisions of the Political Activities of Public Entities Act.
. clarifies the definition of "public entity" and "public official"; and
. provides that public officials who violate the act are guilty of a class B misdemeanor.
Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
Other Special Clauses:
Utah Code Sections Affected:
20A-11-1202, as last amended by Chapter 297, Laws of Utah 1996
20A-11-1204, Utah Code Annotated 1953
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
Section 1. Section 20A-11-1202 is amended to read:
As used in this chapter:
(1) "Ballot proposition" means constitutional amendments, initiatives, referenda, judicial
retention questions, opinion questions, bond approvals, or other questions submitted to the
voters for their approval or rejection.
(2) (a) "Commercial interlocal cooperation agency" means an interlocal cooperation
agency that receives its revenues from conduct of its commercial operations.
(b) "Commercial interlocal cooperation agency" does not mean an interlocal cooperation
agency that receives some or all of its revenues from:
(i) government appropriations;
(iii) government fees imposed for regulatory or revenue raising purposes; or
(iv) interest earned on public funds or other returns on investment of public funds.
(3) "Expenditure" means:
(a) a purchase, payment, donation, distribution, loan, advance, deposit, gift of money, or
anything of value made for political purposes;
(b) an express, legally enforceable contract, promise, or agreement to make any purchase,
payment, donation, distribution, loan, advance, deposit, gift of money, or anything of value for
(c) a transfer of funds between a public entity and a candidate's personal campaign
(d) a transfer of funds between a public entity and a political issues committee; or
(e) goods or services provided to or for the benefit of a candidate, a candidate's personal
campaign committee, or a political issues committee for political purposes at less than fair market
(4) "Governmental interlocal cooperation agency" means an interlocal cooperation agency
that receives some or all of its revenues from:
(a) government appropriations;
(c) government fees imposed for regulatory or revenue raising purposes; or
(d) interest earned on public funds or other returns on investment of public funds.
(5) (a) "Influence" means to campaign or advocate for or against a ballot proposition.
(b) "Influence" does not mean providing a brief statement about a public entity's position
on a ballot proposition and the reason for that position.
(6) "Interlocal cooperation agency" means an entity created by interlocal agreement under
the authority of Title 11, Chapter 13, Interlocal [
(7) (a) "Political issues committee" means an entity, or any group of individuals or entities
within or outside this state, that solicits or receives contributions from any other person, group, or
entity and makes expenditures from these contributions to influence, or to intend to influence,
directly or indirectly, any person to assist in placing a ballot proposition on the ballot, to assist in
keeping a ballot proposition off the ballot, or to refrain from voting or to vote for or to vote
against any ballot proposition.
(b) "Political issues committee" does not mean an entity that provides goods or services
to an individual or committee in the regular course of its business at the same price that would be
provided to the general public.
(8) "Political purposes" means an act done with the intent or in a way to influence or
intend to influence, directly or indirectly, any person to refrain from voting or to vote for or
against any candidate for public office at any caucus, political convention, primary, or election.
(9) (a) "Public entity" includes the state, each state agency, each county, municipality,
school district, special district, [
administrative subunit of each of them.
(b) "Public entity" does not include a commercial interlocal cooperation agency.
(c) "Public entity" includes local health departments created under Title 26, Chapter 1,
Local Health Departments.
(10) (a) "Public funds" means any monies received by a public entity from appropriations,
taxes, fees, interest, or other returns on investment.
(b) "Public funds" does not include monies donated to a public entity by a person or
(11) (a) "Public official" means an elected or appointed member of government with
authority to make or determine public policy.
(b) "Public official" includes the person or group that:
(i) has supervisory authority over the personnel and affairs of a public entity; and
(ii) approves the expenditure of funds for the public entity.
(12) "Special district" means each entity created under the authority of Title 17A, Special
(13) (a) "State agency" means each department, commission, board, council, agency,
institution, officer, corporation, fund, division, office, committee, authority, laboratory, library,
unit, bureau, panel, or other administrative unit of the state.
(b) "State agency" includes the legislative branch, the Board of Regents, the institutional
councils of each higher education institution, and each higher education institution.
Section 2. Section 20A-11-1204 is enacted to read:
20A-11-1204. Criminal penalty.
Each public official who violates this part is guilty of a class B misdemeanor.
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