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MINUTES OF THE SENATE GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS & POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS

STANDING COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2005

ROOM W020, WEST OFFICE BUILDING, CAPITOL BUILDING



Members Present:        Sen. Parley G. Hellewell, Chair
                Sen. Allen M. Christensen
                 Sen. Karen Hale    
                 Sen. Bill Hickman

Member Absent:        Sen. Gene Davis
        
Staff Present:             Phillip Dean, Policy Analyst
                 Nedra Duzett, Secretary
    
Public Speakers Present:    Arie Van De Graaff, Utah Assn. of Counties
                Fraser Nelson, Director, Disability Law Center
                Scott Hogensen, Weber County Elections Administrator
                Rozan Mitchell, Asst. Elections Manager, Salt Lake County
                Mike Mower, Governor's Office
                John Bennett, Governor's Office of Planning & Budget
                Eric Johnson, Utah Public Employee Association
                Steve Burns, Student
                Todd Bingham, Utah Farm Bureau Federation
                Jocelyan Straight, CLEAR Project
                Randy Knight, Utah American Legion
                Robyn Allred

A list of visitors and a copy of handouts are filed with the committee minutes.    

Committee Chair Hellewell called the meeting to order at 4:03 p.m.

1.    S.B. 67 Election Law - Voter Requirements (M. Madsen)

    Sen. Madsen explained the bill.

    The following spoke in opposition to the bill:

        Arie Van DeGraff, Utah Assn. of Counties
        Fraser Nelson, Director, Disability Law Center
        Scott Hogensen, Weber County Elections Administrator
        Rozan Mitchell, Asst. Elections Manager, Salt Lake County

     MOTION: Sen. Hickman moved to pass the bill with a favorable recommendation.



    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Hale absent for the vote.

2.    S.B. 231 Compensation of Lieutenant Governor and Other State Officers
     (M. Madsen)

    Sen. Madsen explained the bill.

    M ike Mower, Governor's Office, spoke in support of the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Christensen moved to pass the bill with a favorable recommendation.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Hale absent for the vote.

3.    H.B. 211S01 Integrity of Election Results Amendments (J. Dougall)

    At the request of the sponsor, this bill was not considered.

4.    H.B. 238 Utah Technology Commission Membership (J. Dougall)

    At the request of the sponsor, this bill was not considered.

5.    H.B. 128 Compensation of Executive Officers (L. Christensen)

    Rep. Christensen explained the bill.

     MOTION: Sen Hickman moved to amend the bill as follows:


1.    Page 1, Lines 8 through 11
    House Floor Amendments
    2-21-2005 :
    

             8          This bill establishes a salary for the attorney general on July 1,
{   2009   }        2005       .

             9      Highlighted Provisions:
             10          This bill:
             11          .    provides that the attorney general's salary on July 1,
{   2009   }        2005       is 95% of the governor's


2.    Page 2, Lines 30 through 30a


    House Floor Amendments
    2-21-2005 :
    

             30          (b) Beginning July 1,
{   2009   }        2005       , the annual salary of the attorney general shall be H. the

             30a      greater of .H 95% of
    

    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Hale absent for the vote.
    
     MOTION: Sen. Christensen moved to pass the bill as amended.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Hale absent for the vote.
    
6.    S.B. 66 Procurement Code Bidding and Contractual Amendments (E. Mayne)

    Sen. Mayne explained the bill and then requested the bill be sent to Interim Study.

     MOTION: Sen. Christensen moved to return the bill to the Rules Committee for interim study.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Hale absent for the vote.
    
7.    H.B. 109 Information Technology Governance Amendments - (D. Clark)

    Rep. Clark explained the bill and asked that the fourth amendment to the bill be adopted.

     MOTION: Sen. Hickman moved to adopt the fourth amendment on the bill.


1.    Page 50, Lines 1522 through 1523
    House Committee Amendments
    2-11-2005 :
    

             1522          (v) institutions of higher education H. ;
             1522a          (vi) independent entities as defined in Section 63E-1-102; and
             1522b          (vii)
{   the state auditor's office   }        elective constitutional offices of the executive department which includes:

    (A) the state auditor;
    (B) the state treasurer; and


    (C) the attorney general  
.H .

             1523          (8) "Executive branch strategic plan" means the executive branch strategic plan created




2.    Page 67, Lines 2073 through 2073a
    House Committee Amendments
    2-11-2005 :
    

             2073          (f) an independent entity as defined in Section 63E-1-102 H. ; and
             2073a          (g)
{   the state auditor's office   }        an elective constitutional officer of the executive department as defined in Subsection 63F-1-102(7)(b)       .H .



    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Hale absent for the vote.
    
    The following spoke in opposition to the bill:

        Eric Johnson, Utah Public Employee Association
        Steve Burns, Student

    MOTION:
Sen. Hickman moved to pass the bill as amended with a favorable recommendation.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Hale absent for the vote.

8.    H.B. 226 Changes to Quality Growth Commission
(C. Buttars)

    Rep. Buttars explained the bill.

    Todd Bingham, Utah Farm Bureau Federation, spoke in support of the bill.

    MOTION: Sen. Hickman moved to pass the bill with a favorable recommendation.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Hale absent for the vote.

9.    H.B. 142 Issues Submitted to Voters (G. Hughes)


    This bill was not considered.

10.    H.B. 266 Changes to Quality Growth Commission (Rep. Butttars)

    Rep. Buttars explained the bill.

    John Bennett, Governor's Office of Planning & Budget, commented that the commission is generally supportive of the bill although there were some concerns.

    Tom Bingham, Utah Farm Bureau Federation spoke in support of the bill.

    Jocelyan Straight, CLEAR Project, spoke in opposition to the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Hickman moved to pass the bill with a favorable recommendation.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Hale absent for the vote.

11.    H.B. 250 Capitol Complex Space (J. Alexander)

     MOTION: Sen. Hickman moved to pass the bill with a favorable recommendation.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Hale absent for the vote.

12.    H.C.R. 14 Concurrent Resolution Honoring America's Military War Dogs
     (S. Mascaro)

    Rep. Mascaro and Randy Knight, Utah American Legion, explained the bill.


     MOTION: Sen. Christensen moved to pass the bill with a favorable recommendation.
    
    The motion passed with Sen Hale absent for the vote.

13.    H.B. 346 Schools for the Deaf and the Blind Salary Adjustments (K. Morgan)

    Rep. Morgan explained the bill.

    Robyn Allred, School for the Deaf and the Blind, spoke in support of the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Hale moved to pass the bill with a favorable recommendation.



    The motion passed unanimously.

     MOTION: Sen. Hickman moved to adjourn.

    The motion passed unanimously.

Sen. Hellewell adjourned the meeting at 5:20 p.m.

Minutes reported by Nedra Duzett, Secretary



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Sen. Parley G. Hellewell, Committee Chair