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H.B. 145 Enrolled
7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill modifies the Rangeland Improvement Act, formerly known as the Taylor
10 Grazing Act.
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 . creates the State Grazing Advisory Board;
14 . creates regional grazing advisory boards;
15 . establishes board membership and duties;
16 . creates the Rangeland Improvement Fund, which is a restricted special revenue
18 . establishes fund sources and allows distributions of fund monies;
19 . designates the Department of Agriculture and Food as the fund administrator;
20 . repeals the requirement that advisory board treasurers file a surety bond with the
21 state treasurer;
22 . repeals provisions requiring distribution of certain funds to counties;
23 . modifies definitions; and
24 . makes technical changes.
25 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
27 Other Special Clauses:
29 Utah Code Sections Affected:
31 4-20-1, as enacted by Chapter 2, Laws of Utah 1979
32 4-20-2, as last amended by Chapter 30, Laws of Utah 1992
33 4-20-3, as enacted by Chapter 2, Laws of Utah 1979
35 4-20-1.5, Utah Code Annotated 1953
36 4-20-1.6, Utah Code Annotated 1953
38 4-20-4, as enacted by Chapter 2, Laws of Utah 1979
39 4-20-5, as enacted by Chapter 2, Laws of Utah 1979
40 4-20-6, as enacted by Chapter 2, Laws of Utah 1979
41 4-20-7, as enacted by Chapter 2, Laws of Utah 1979
43 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
44 Section 1. Section 4-20-1 is amended to read:
46 4-20-1. Title -- Definitions.
47 (1) This chapter is known as the "Rangeland Improvement Act."
48 (2) As used in this chapter:
53 (a) "Cooperative weed management association" means a multigovernmental
54 association cooperating together to control noxious weeds in a geographic area that includes
55 some portion of Utah.
57 from assessments on livestock using public lands[
58 (c) "Fund" means the Rangeland Improvement Fund created in Section 4-20-2 .
61 (i) designated by the [
62 and for raising forage crops; and
63 (ii) which consists of any combination of the following:
64 (A) public land;
65 (B) private land;
66 (C) state land; and
67 (D) school and institutional trust land as defined in Section 53C-1-103 .
70 (f) "Regional board" means a regional grazing advisory board whose members are
71 appointed under Section 4-20-1.6 .
73 disconnected tracts of public lands by the United States Secretary of Interior.
74 (h) "State board" means the State Grazing Advisory Board created under Section
75 4-20-1.5 .
76 Section 2. Section 4-20-1.5 is enacted to read:
77 4-20-1.5. State Grazing Advisory Board -- Duties.
78 (1) (a) There is created within the department the State Grazing Advisory Board.
79 (b) The commissioner shall appoint the following members:
80 (i) one member from each regional board;
81 (ii) one member from the Soil Conservation Commission created in Section 4-18-4 ;
82 (iii) one representative of the Department of Natural Resources;
83 (iv) two livestock producers at-large; and
84 (v) one representative of the oil, gas, or mining industry.
85 (2) The term of office for a state board member is four years.
86 (3) Members of the state board shall elect a chair, who shall serve for two years.
87 (4) (a) (i) Members who are not government employees of the state or local
88 government shall receive no compensation or benefits for their services, but may receive per
89 diem and expenses incurred in the performance of the member's official duties at the rates
90 established by the Division of Finance under Sections 63A-3-106 and 63A-3-107 .
91 (ii) Members may decline to receive per diem and expenses for their service.
92 (b) (i) State government officer and employee members who do not receive salary, per
93 diem, or expenses from their agency for their service may receive per diem and expenses
94 incurred in the performance of their official duties from the board at the rates established by the
95 Division of Finance under Sections 63A-3-106 and 63A-3-107 .
96 (ii) State government officer and employee members may decline to receive per diem
97 and expenses for their service.
98 (c) (i) Local government members who do not receive salary, per diem, or expenses
99 from the entity that they represent for their service may receive per diem and expenses incurred
100 in the performance of their official duties at the rates established by the Division of Finance
101 under Sections 63A-3-106 and 63A-3-107 .
102 (ii) Local government members may decline to receive per diem and expenses for their
104 (5) The state board shall:
105 (a) receive:
106 (i) advice and recommendations from a regional board concerning:
107 (A) management plans for public lands, state lands, and school and institutional trust
108 lands as defined in Section 53C-1-103 , within the regional board's region; and
109 (B) any issue that impacts grazing on private lands, public lands, state lands, or school
110 and institutional trust lands as defined in Section 53C-1-103 , in its region; and
111 (ii) requests for fund monies from the entities described in Subsections (5)(c)(i)
112 through (iv);
113 (b) recommend state policy positions and cooperative agency participation in federal
114 and state land management plans to the department and to the Public Lands Policy
115 Coordinating Office created under Section 63-38d-602 ; and
116 (c) advise the department on the requests and recommendations of:
117 (i) regional boards;
118 (ii) county weed control boards created under Section 4-17-4 ;
119 (iii) cooperative weed management associations; and
120 (iv) soil conservation districts created under the authority of Title 17A, Chapter 3, Part
121 8, Soil Conservation Districts.
122 Section 3. Section 4-20-1.6 is enacted to read:
123 4-20-1.6. Regional Grazing Advisory Boards -- Duties.
124 (1) The commissioner shall appoint members to a regional board for each grazing
125 district from nominations submitted by:
126 (a) the Utah Cattlemen's Association;
127 (b) the Utah Woolgrower's Association;
128 (c) the Utah Farm Bureau Federation; and
129 (d) a soil conservation district, if the soil conservation district's boundaries include
130 some portion of the grazing district.
131 (2) Regional boards:
132 (a) shall provide advice and recommendations to the state board; and
133 (b) may receive monies from the Rangeland Improvement Fund created in Section
134 4-20-2 .
135 Section 4. Section 4-20-2 is amended to read:
136 4-20-2. Rangeland Improvement Fund -- Administered by department.
137 (1) (a) There is created a restricted special revenue fund known as the "Rangeland
138 Improvement Fund."
139 (b) The fund shall consist of:
140 (i) [
142 Section 315 et seq., [
143 (ii) grants or appropriations from the state or federal government;
144 (iii) grants from private foundations; and
145 (iv) interest on fund monies.
146 (2) Any unallocated balance in the fund at the end of a fiscal year is nonlapsing.
147 (3) The [
148 (a) administer the fund;
149 (b) obtain from the United States Department of Interior the receipts collected from:
150 (i) fees in each grazing district; and
151 (ii) the receipts collected from the sale or lease of public lands[
152 (c) distribute fund monies in accordance with Section 4-20-3 .
153 Section 5. Section 4-20-3 is amended to read:
154 4-20-3. Rangeland Improvement Fund distribution.
155 (1) The department shall distribute fund monies as provided in this section.
156 (a) The [
157 (i) distribute pro rata to each school district the monies received by the state under
158 Subsection 4-20-2 (1)(b)(i) from the sale or lease of public lands [
160 public lands within [
161 (ii) ensure that all monies generated from the sale or lease of public lands within a
163 that school district.
164 (b) (i) After the commissioner approves a request from a regional board, the
165 department shall distribute pro rata to each regional board monies received by the state under
166 Subsection 4-20-2 (1)(b)(i) from fees based upon the amount of revenue generated from the
167 imposition of fees within that grazing district.
168 (ii) The regional board shall expend monies received in accordance with Subsection
170 (c) (i) The department shall distribute or expend monies received by the state under
171 Subsections 4-20-2 (1)(b)(ii) through (iv) for the purposes outlined in Subsection (2).
172 (ii) The department may require entities seeking funding from sources outlined in
173 Subsections 4-20-2 (1)(b)(ii) through (iv) to provide matching funds.
174 (2) The department shall ensure that fund distributions or expenditures under
175 Subsections (1)(b) and (c) are used for:
176 (a) range improvement and maintenance;
177 (b) the control of predatory and depredating animals;
178 (c) the control, management, or extermination of invading species, range damaging
179 organisms, and poisonous or noxious weeds;
180 (d) the purchase or lease of lands for the benefit of a grazing district;
181 (e) watershed protection, development, distribution, and improvement; and
182 (f) the general welfare of livestock grazing within a grazing district.
183 Section 6. Repealer.
184 This bill repeals:
185 Section 4-20-4, Revenue from grazing fees to be distributed pro rata to grazing
186 districts -- Basis for distribution.
187 Section 4-20-5, Grazing districts to distribute funds received pro rata to counties
188 within district -- Basis for distribution -- Advisory board to direct expenditure of funds.
189 Section 4-20-6, Advisory board treasurer to file surety bond with state treasurer --
190 Bond premium payment.
191 Section 4-20-7, State treasurer to distribute revenue to grazing districts.
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