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S.B. 16






Sponsor: Scott K. Jenkins

             6      Karen Hale              7     
             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill modifies financial information privacy provisions of the Judicial Code.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    provides that the Benefit Payment Control Unit and the Payment Error Prevention
             14      Unit of the Department of Workforce Services are exempt from certain financial
             15      information privacy provisions of the Judicial Code when conducting an
             16      examination of financial records as part of an official investigation.
             17      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             18          None
             19      Other Special Clauses:
             20          None
             21      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             22      AMENDS:
             23          78-27-50, as last amended by Chapter 90, Laws of Utah 2003
             25      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             26          Section 1. Section 78-27-50 is amended to read:
             27           78-27-50. Financial information privacy -- Inapplicable to certain official

             28      investigations.
             29          (1) Sections 78-27-45 through 78-27-47 do not apply when an examination of records
             30      is a part of an official investigation by:
             31          (a) local police;
             32          (b) a sheriff;
             33          (c) a peace officer;
             34          (d) a city attorney;
             35          (e) a county attorney;
             36          (f) a district attorney;
             37          (g) the attorney general;
             38          (h) the Department of Public Safety;
             39          (i) the Office of Recovery Services of the Department of Human Services;
             40          (j) the Insurance Department;
             41          (k) the Department of Commerce;
             42          (l) the Benefit Payment Control Unit or the Payment Error Prevention Unit of the
             43      Department of Workforce Services;
             44          [(l)] (m) the state auditor; or
             45          [(m)] (n) the State Tax Commission.
             46          (2) Except for the Office of Recovery Services, if a governmental entity listed in
             47      Subsection (1) seeks a record, the entity shall obtain the record as follows:
             48          (a) if the record is a nonprotected record, by request in writing that:
             49          (i) certifies that an official investigation is being conducted; and
             50          (ii) is signed by a representative of the governmental entity that is conducting the
             51      official investigation; or
             52          (b) if the record is a protected record, by obtaining:
             53          (i) a subpoena authorized by statute; or
             54          (ii) other legal process:
             55          (A) ordered by a court of competent jurisdiction; and
             56          (B) served upon the financial institution.
             57          (3) If the Office of Recovery Services seeks a record, it shall obtain the record pursuant
             58      to:

             59          (a) Subsection 62A-11-104 (7);
             60          (b) Section 62A-11-304.1 ;
             61          (c) Section 62A-11-304.5 ; or
             62          (d) Title IV, Part D of the Social Security Act as codified in 42 U.S.C. 651 et seq.
             63          (4) A financial institution may not give notice to any person named or referenced
             64      within the record disclosed pursuant to Subsection (2)(a).
             65          (5) In accordance with Section 78-27-48 , the agency conducting the official
             66      investigation that obtains a record from a financial institution under this section shall reimburse
             67      the financial institution for costs reasonably and directly incurred by the financial institution.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 12-7-04 8:44 AM

Based on a limited legal review, this legislation has not been determined to have a high
probability of being held unconstitutional.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

Interim Committee Note
    as of 12-08-04 9:49 AM

The Workforce Services and Community and Economic Development Interim Committee
recommended this bill.

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