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RANGELAND IMPROVEMENT ACT

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2006 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Bradley T. Johnson

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Senate Sponsor: Thomas V. Hatch

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             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
             17      fund;
             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:
             26          None
             27      Other Special Clauses:
             28          None
             29      Utah Code Sections Affected:


             30      AMENDS:
             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
             34      ENACTS:
             35          4-20-1.5, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             36          4-20-1.6, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             37      REPEALS:
             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
             42     
             43      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             44          Section 1. Section 4-20-1 is amended to read:
             45     
CHAPTER 20. RANGELAND IMPROVEMENT ACT

             46           4-20-1. Title -- Definitions.
             47          (1) This chapter is known as the "Rangeland Improvement Act."
             48          (2) As used in this chapter:
             49          [(1) "Advisory board" means a group of stockmen duly elected by the owners of
             50      livestock within a particular grazing district and appointed by the Secretary of Interior to act
             51      under oath in an advisory capacity within that district in the administration of the Taylor
             52      Grazing Act;]
             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.
             56          [(2)] (b) "Fees" mean the revenue collected by the United States Secretary of Interior
             57      from assessments on livestock using public lands[;].


             58          (c) "Fund" means the Rangeland Improvement Fund created in Section 4-20-2 .
             59          [(3)] (d) "Grazing district" means [a convenient] an administrative unit of [public]
             60      land:
             61          (i) designated by the [Secretary of Interior] commissioner as being valuable for grazing
             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 .
             68          [(4)] (e) "Public lands" mean vacant, unappropriated, reserved, and unreserved federal
             69      lands[; and].
             70          (f) "Regional board" means a regional grazing advisory board whose members are
             71      appointed under Section 4-20-1.6 .
             72          [(5)] (g) "Sales" or "leases" mean the sale or lease, respectively, of isolated or
             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
             103      service.
             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) [All funds] all monies received by the state from [fees or from sales or leases
             141      collected by] the United States Secretary of Interior under the Taylor Grazing Act, 43 U.S.C.


             142      Section 315 et seq., [shall be deposited with the state treasurer.] for sales, leases, and fees;
             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 [state treasurer] department shall [determine]:
             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[.]; and
             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 [funds] department shall:
             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 [shall be distributed pro rata to
             159      each school district] based upon the amount of revenue generated from the sale or lease of
             160      public lands within [such] the district[. All revenue]; and
             161          (ii) ensure that all monies generated from the sale or lease of public lands within a
             162      [particular] school district [shall be] are credited and deposited to the general school fund of
             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
             169      (2).


             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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