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H.B. 311






Chief Sponsor: Bradley T. Johnson

Senate Sponsor: Michael G. Waddoups

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill modifies provisions pertaining to the unlawful destruction of antiquities.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    provides that a prohibition against the destruction of antiquities without the
             14      landowner's consent applies to antiquities on state lands or private lands;
             15          .    defines "landowner" to include the School and Institutional Trust Lands
             16      Administration with respect to lands upon which the School and Institutional Trust
             17      Lands Administration has imposed a restrictive deed covenant; and
             18          .    modifies the definition of "state lands" to include lands sold by the School and
             19      Institutional Trust Lands Administration subject to a restrictive deed covenant.
             20      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             21          None
             22      Other Special Clauses:
             23          None
             24      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             25      AMENDS:
             26          76-6-901, as enacted by Chapter 277, Laws of Utah 1990
             27          76-6-902, as last amended by Chapter 51, Laws of Utah 1999

             29      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             30          Section 1. Section 76-6-901 is amended to read:
             31           76-6-901. Definitions.
             32          As used in this part:
             33          (1) "Antiquities" means:
             34          (a) all material remains and their associations, recoverable through excavation or
             35      surface collection, that provide information pertaining to the historic or prehistoric peoples in
             36      the state; and
             37          (b) vertebrate fossils and other exceptional fossils and fossil sites designated as state
             38      landmarks.
             39          (2) "Landowner" includes the School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration with
             40      respect to lands sold by the School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration and upon
             41      which a restrictive deed covenant has been imposed by the School and Institutional Trust Lands
             42      Administration.
             43          [(2)] (3) "Persons" means an individual, corporation, partnership, trust, institution,
             44      association, or any other private entity or any officer, employee, agent, department, or
             45      instrumentality of the United States, of any Native American tribe, or of any state or political
             46      subdivision of any state.
             47          [(3)] (4) "State lands" means all lands owned by:
             48          (a) Utah, including [all lands owned by political subdivisions, and] school and
             49      institutional trust lands and lands sold by the School and Institutional Trust Lands
             50      Administration subject to a restrictive deed covenant for the protection of antiquities; and
             51          (b) political subdivisions.
             52          Section 2. Section 76-6-902 is amended to read:
             53           76-6-902. Prohibitions.
             54          (1) It is unlawful for any person to intentionally alter, remove, injure, or destroy
             55      antiquities from state lands or private lands without the landowner's consent.
             56          (2) It is unlawful to intentionally reproduce, rework, or forge any antiquities or make
             57      any object, whether copies or not, or falsely label, describe, identify, or offer for sale or
             58      exchange any object with the intent to represent the object as original and genuine, nor may any

             59      person offer any object for sale or exchange that was collected or excavated in violation of this
             60      chapter.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 1-17-06 6:42 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

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