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S.B. 144 Enrolled






Chief Sponsor: Scott K. Jenkins

House Sponsor: Kevin S. Garn

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill requires legislative approval of certain interstate agreements.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    provides definitions;
             14          .    requires legislative approval of certain interstate agreements entered into on or after
             15      May 5, 2008; and
             16          .    provides certain exceptions.
             17      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             18          None
             19      Other Special Clauses:
             20          This bill coordinates with H.B. 63, Recodification of Title 63 State Affairs in General,
             21      by providing technical renumbering.
             22      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             23      ENACTS:
             24          63-8a-101, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             25          63-8a-102, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             26          63-8a-201, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             27          63-8a-202, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             28          63-8a-203, Utah Code Annotated 1953

             30      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             31          Section 1. Section 63-8a-101 is enacted to read:

Part 1. General Provisions

             34          63-8a-101. Title.
             35          This chapter is known as "Interstate Compacts and Agreements."
             36          Section 2. Section 63-8a-102 is enacted to read:
             37          63-8a-102. Definitions.
             38          As used in this chapter:
             39          (1) "Agency head" means a cabinet officer, an elected official, an executive director, or
             40      a board or commission vested with the authority to administer or make policy for a state
             41      agency.
             42          (2) "Executive officer" means:
             43          (a) the governor;
             44          (b) the lieutenant governor;
             45          (c) the attorney general;
             46          (d) the state treasurer;
             47          (e) the state auditor;
             48          (f) agency head; or
             49          (g) any other person or entity vested with the authority to enter into an agreement on
             50      behalf of the state.
             51          (3) "Interstate agreement" means any agreement that is entered into between this state
             52      and:
             53          (a) one or more other states;
             54          (b) an Indian tribe as defined in Section 9-9-402 ; or
             55          (c) a foreign government.
             56          (4) (a) "Significant interstate agreement" means an interstate agreement that:
             57          (i) could or would require a statute or rule change in order to implement the agreement

             58      or to conform to its provisions or requirements;
             59          (ii) could or would require the state to expend more than $50,000 in order to implement
             60      the agreement or to conform to its provisions or requirements; or
             61          (iii) would legally bind the state to a new or substantially different policy in order to
             62      implement the agreement or to conform to its provisions or requirements.
             63          (b) "Significant interstate agreement" includes an interstate compact, whether or not the
             64      compact requires federal congressional approval.
             65          (c) "Significant interstate agreement" does not mean:
             66          (i) an agreement entered into by the governor dealing with extradition or other matters
             67      dealing with incarceration; or
             68          (ii) an agreement entered into by an executive officer under authority that:
             69          (A) is granted by the Legislature; and
             70          (B) explicitly authorizes the executive officer to enter into the agreement.
             71          (5) (a) "State agency" means:
             72          (i) each department, commission, board, council, agency, institution, officer,
             73      corporation, fund, division, office, committee, authority, hospital, laboratory, library, unit,
             74      bureau, panel, program, or other instrumentality of the state; and
             75          (ii) each state public education entity.
             76          (b) "State agency" does not mean:
             77          (i) a legislative branch agency;
             78          (ii) an independent agency;
             79          (iii) a state institution of higher education as defined in Section 53B-3-102 ;
             80          (iv) a county, municipality, school district, local district, or special service district; or
             81          (v) any administrative subdivision of a county, municipality, school district, local
             82      district, or special service district.
             83          Section 3. Section 63-8a-201 is enacted to read:
Part 2. Legislative Approval of Interstate Agreements

             85          63-8a-201. Approval of significant interstate agreements -- Validity.

             86          (1) (a) Before legally binding the state by executing a significant interstate agreement,
             87      an executive officer shall:
             88          (i) submit the proposed significant interstate agreement to the governor for the
             89      governor's written approval or rejection; and
             90          (ii) if the governor approves the significant interstate agreement, submit the significant
             91      interstate agreement to the Legislature for the Legislature's approval or rejection by means of:
             92          (A) a concurrent resolution approving or rejecting the agreement; or
             93          (B) enacting the agreement into law.
             94          (b) (i) If the Legislature approves the agreement as required by this section, the
             95      executive officer may execute the significant interstate agreement.
             96          (ii) If the Legislature rejects the agreement, the executive officer may not execute the
             97      significant interstate agreement.
             98          (2) If an executive officer executes a significant interstate agreement without obtaining
             99      the governor's approval or the Legislature's approval as required by Subsection (1), the
             100      agreement is void ab initio.
             101          (3) The requirements of this section do not apply to a significant interstate agreement
             102      that is entered into:
             103          (a) before May 5, 2008; or
             104          (b) by a state institution of higher education as defined in Section 53B-3-102 .
             105          Section 4. Section 63-8a-202 is enacted to read:
             106          63-8a-202. Other interstate agreements.
             107          Notwithstanding the provisions of this chapter, the Legislature may enact legislation
             108      prohibiting the enactment of an interstate agreement even if the agreement is not a significant
             109      interstate agreement as defined in this chapter.
             110          Section 5. Section 63-8a-203 is enacted to read:
             111          63-8a-203. Application of chapter in emergencies.
             112          (1) Notwithstanding the requirements of Section 63-8a-201 , an executive officer may
             113      enter into a significant interstate agreement on a temporary basis without legislative approval

             114      during:
             115          (a) an emergency or major disaster declared by the President of the United States of
             116      America; or
             117          (b) a state of emergency declared by the governor under Section 63-5a-5 .
             118          (2) If a significant interstate agreement is entered into without legislative approval
             119      under Subsection (1), the executive officer entering into the agreement shall provide notice of
             120      the execution of the agreement to the Legislature at the next meeting of the Executive
             121      Appropriations Subcommittee of the Legislature and shall comply with the requirements of
             122      Section 63-8a-201 to thereafter obtain the approval of the Legislature.
             123          Section 6. Coordinating S.B. 144 with H.B. 63 -- Technical renumbering.
             124          If this S.B. 144 and H.B. 63, Recodification of Title 63 State Affairs in General, both
             125      pass, it is the intent of the Legislature that the Office of Legislative Research and General
             126      Counsel, in preparing the Utah Code database for publication, renumber Sections 63-8a-101
             127      through 63-8a-203 to 63G-11-101 through 63G-11-203 and change all internal references.

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