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S.B. 256





Chief Sponsor: Curtis S. Bramble

House Sponsor: Gregory H. Hughes

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies the Utah Public Transit District Act by amending provisions related
             10      to transit security.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    provides that a multicounty district may employ law enforcement officers or
             14      contract with other law enforcement agencies to provide law enforcement services,
             15      rather than employing security officers;
             16          .    provides that the jurisdiction for a law enforcement officer employed by a
             17      multicounty district is limited to transit facilities and transit vehicles;
             18          .    repeals limitations on duties and liability provisions for security officers employed
             19      by a multicounty district; and
             20          .    makes technical changes.
             21      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             22          None
             23      Other Special Clauses:
             24          None
             25      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             26      AMENDS:
             27          17A-2-1062, as last amended by Chapter 21, Laws of Utah 1999

             29      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             30          Section 1. Section 17A-2-1062 is amended to read:
             31           17A-2-1062. Multicounty district may employ or contract for law enforcement
             32      officers -- Law enforcement officer status, powers, and jurisdiction.
             33          (1) The governing body of a multicounty district may employ [security] law
             34      enforcement officers or contract with [a private firm to supply security officers] other law
             35      enforcement agencies to provide law enforcement services for the district.
             36          (2) [Each security] A law enforcement officer employed or [supplied] provided by
             37      contract under Subsection (1) is a [special function] law enforcement officer under Section
             38      [ 53-13-105 ] 53-13-103 and shall be subject to the provisions of that section.
             39          [(3) The duties of a security officer under this section include:]
             40          [(a) issuing a citation for a violation of Subsection 17A-2-1061 (1);]
             41          [(b) enforcing the district's parking ordinance under Subsection 17A-2-1061 (3);]
             42          [(c) detaining a person committing a felony or misdemeanor at a transit facility until
             43      law enforcement authorities arrive, if the security officer has probable cause to believe that the
             44      person committed a felony or misdemeanor; and]
             45          [(d) security functions respecting transit facilities and preserving the security, peace,
             46      and safety of persons using transit facilities.]
             47          [(4) A person may not recover damages in an action based on a claim related to a
             48      security officer's conduct if:]
             49          [(a) the security officer had probable cause to believe that the person had committed a
             50      felony or misdemeanor at a transit facility; and]
             51          [(b) the security officer acted reasonably under the circumstances.]
             52          (3) Subject to the provisions of Section 53-13-103 , the jurisdiction of a law
             53      enforcement officer employed under this section is limited to transit facilities and transit
             54      vehicles.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 2-1-06 11:30 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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