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S.B. 99





Chief Sponsor: David L. Thomas

House Sponsor: Brad L. Dee

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies provisions relating to counties.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    provides that a county recorder does not violate the law by placing certain
             13      information on a document;
             14          .    modifies provisions related to county recorder fees;
             15          .    requires a person's typed or printed name on a recorded document to appear just
             16      beneath the person's signature;
             17          .    modifies a notice requirement related to subdivision plats that include a public
             18      utility easement to prohibit municipal or county approval of a plat unless proof of
             19      notice to affected public utilities is provided; and
             20          .    modifies a provision related to termination of a joint tenancy, tenancy by the
             21      entirety, life estate, or determinable or conditional interest to require an affidavit to
             22      be recorded in the county recorder's officer in order to terminate the interest.
             23      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             24          None
             25      Other Special Clauses:
             26          None
             27      Utah Code Sections Affected:

             28      AMENDS:
             29          17-21-17, as last amended by Chapter 191, Laws of Utah 2002
             30          17-21-18.5, as last amended by Chapter 211, Laws of Utah 2003
             31          17-21-25, as last amended by Chapter 85, Laws of Utah 1999
             32          54-3-27, as enacted by Chapter 64, Laws of Utah 2004
             33          57-1-5.1, as enacted by Chapter 320, Laws of Utah 2000
             35      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             36          Section 1. Section 17-21-17 is amended to read:
             37           17-21-17. Prohibited acts.
             38          (1) Upon acceptance of an instrument entitled to be recorded, the recorder may not:
             39          (a) record the instrument in any manner other than the manner required by this chapter;
             40      or
             41          (b) alter, change, obliterate, or insert any new matter in any instrument of record.
             42          [(2) It is not a prohibited act under this section when a recorder denies access to:]
             43          (2) A recorder does not violate this section by:
             44          (a) denying access to:
             45          [(a)] (i) an instrument of record that has been classified as private under Section
             46      63-2-302 ; or
             47          [(b)] (ii) a portion of an instrument of record that has been classified as private under
             48      Section 63-2-302 [.]; or
             49          (b) placing an endorsement, reference, or other note on a document in the course of the
             50      recorder's work.
             51          Section 2. Section 17-21-18.5 is amended to read:
             52           17-21-18.5. Fees of county recorder.
             53          (1) The county recorder shall receive the following fees:
             54          (a) for [receiving, entering, and filing] recording any instrument, [paper, or notice,] not
             55      otherwise provided for, other than bonds of public officers, $10;
             56          (b) for recording any instrument, [paper, or notice,] including those provided for under
             57      Title 70A, Uniform Commercial Code, other than bonds of public officers, and not otherwise
             58      provided for, $10 for the first page[, if the page is not larger than 8-1/2 inches x 14 inches in

             59      size,] and $2 for each additional page, and if [any] an instrument[, paper, or notice] contains
             60      more than one description, $1 for each additional description;
             61          (c) for recording [any instrument in which] a right-of-way [is described, which is]
             62      connected with or [is] appurtenant to any tract of land described in the instrument, $1, but if the
             63      instrument contains a description of more than one right-of-way, $1 for each additional
             64      right-of-way, and if [any] an instrument contains more than two names for either the first or
             65      second party, or the plaintiffs or defendants, $1 for each additional name[, $1];
             66          (d) for recording[, indexing, and abstracting] mining location notices[, and recording,
             67      indexing,] and [abstracting] affidavits of labor affecting mining claims, $10 for the first page
             68      [if that page is not larger than 8-1/2 inches by 14 inches in size,] and $2 for each additional
             69      page; and
             70          (e) for a location notice, affidavit, or proof of labor which contains names of more than
             71      two signers, $1 for each additional name, and for an affidavit or proof of labor which contains
             72      more than one mining claim, $1 for each additional mining claim.
             73          (2) (a) Each county recorder shall record the mining rules of the several mining
             74      districts in each county without fee.
             75          (b) Certified copies of these records shall be received in all tribunals and before all
             76      officers of this state as prima facie evidence of the rules.
             77          (3) The county recorder shall receive the following fees:
             78          (a) for copies of any record or document, a reasonable fee as determined by the county
             79      legislative body;
             80          (b) for each certificate under seal, $5;
             81          (c) for recording any plat [of a subdivision into lots and blocks, $1 for each lot, and],
             82      $30 for each sheet and $1 for each lot or unit designation;
             83          [(d) for recording any other plat or map, $30 for each sheet and $1 for each lot or unit
             84      designation;]
             85          [(e)] (d) for taking and certifying acknowledgments, including seal, $5 for one name
             86      and $2 for each additional name;
             87          [(f)] (e) for recording any license issued by the Division of Occupational and
             88      Professional Licensing, $10; and
             89          [(g)] (f) for [filing of] recording a federal tax lien, $10, and for the discharge of the

             90      lien, $10.
             91          (4) The county may determine and collect a fee for all services not enumerated in this
             92      section.
             93          (5) A county recorder may not be required to collect a fee for services that are
             94      unrelated to the county recorder's office.
             95          Section 3. Section 17-21-25 is amended to read:
             96           17-21-25. Names of persons signing to be typed or printed on instruments
             97      presented for recording.
             98          (1) (a) [All instruments] Each instrument presented to the county recorder for recording
             99      shall have typed or printed on [them] it the [names] name of [all persons] each person whose
             100      [signatures appear] signature appears on the instrument whose [names are] name is required to
             101      be indexed.
             102          (b) The person's typed or printed name shall appear just beneath that person's signature.
             103          (2) The requirements of Subsection (1) do not affect the legality of the instrument to be
             104      recorded.
             105          Section 4. Section 54-3-27 is amended to read:
             106           54-3-27. Public utility easement.
             107          (1) As used in this section, "public utility easement" means the area on a recorded plat
             108      map or other recorded document that is dedicated to the use and installation of public utility
             109      facilities.
             110          (2) (a) A public utility easement provides a public utility with:
             111          (i) the right to install, maintain, operate, repair, remove, replace, or relocate public
             112      utility facilities; and
             113          (ii) the rights of ingress and egress within the public utility easement for public utility
             114      employees, contractors, and agents.
             115          (b) Notwithstanding Subsection (3), a public utility shall restore or repair, at the
             116      expense of the public utility, any fence, grass, soil, shrubbery, bushes, flowers, other low level
             117      vegetation, sprinkler system, irrigation system, gravel, flat concrete, or asphalt damaged or
             118      displaced from the exercise of the easement rights described in Subsection (2)(a).
             119          (3) Except as provided in Subsection (2)(b), if a property owner places improvements
             120      to land that interfere with the easement rights described in Subsection (2)(a), the property

             121      owner shall bear the risk of loss or damage to those improvements resulting from the exercise
             122      of the easement rights described in Subsection (2)(a).
             123          (4) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (4)(b), a public utility easement is
             124      nonexclusive and may be used by more than one public utility.
             125          (b) Notwithstanding Subsection (4)(a), a public utility may not:
             126          (i) interfere with any facility of another public utility within the public utility easement;
             127      or
             128          (ii) infringe on the legally required distances of separation between public utility
             129      facilities required by federal, state, or local law.
             130          (5) A subdivision plat that includes a public utility easement may not be [recorded]
             131      approved by a municipal or county legislative body or its designee unless the subdivider has
             132      provided the municipality or county with proof that each public utility [as identified by the
             133      municipality or county as holding an interest in the public utility easement] that will provide
             134      service to the subdivision has, as a courtesy, been notified [at least 14 calendar days] by the
             135      owner or the owner's agent prior to [recording] approval.
             136          Section 5. Section 57-1-5.1 is amended to read:
             137           57-1-5.1. Termination of an interest in real estate -- Affidavit.
             138          (1) [A document evidencing the termination of] To terminate joint tenancy, tenancy by
             139      the entirety, life estate, or determinable or conditional interest in real estate [may not be
             140      recorded unless it is], an affidavit that meets the requirements of Subsection (2) shall be
             141      recorded in the office of the recorder of the county in which the affected property is located.
             142          (2) [The] Each affidavit required by Subsection (1) shall:
             143          (a) cite the interest which is being terminated;
             144          (b) contain a legal description of the real property that is affected;
             145          (c) reference the entry number and the book and page of the instrument creating the
             146      interest to be terminated; and
             147          (d) if the termination is the result of a death, have attached as an exhibit, a copy of the
             148      death certificate or other document witnessing the death.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 6-14-05 10:36 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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