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S.B. 239 Enrolled






Chief Sponsor: Curtis S. Bramble

House Sponsor: Rebecca D. Lockhart

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill modifies provisions in the Attorney General chapter and establishes the Safety
             11      Net Initiative and task force within the Office of the Attorney General.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    authorizes the attorney general to employ investigators, prosecutors, and necessary
             15      support staff to administer special duties assigned to the attorney general;
             16          .    provides definitions;
             17          .    creates the Safety Net Initiative within the Office of the Attorney General to
             18      facilitate communication and coordinate efforts to provide services to men, women,
             19      and children who may be subject to crimes including domestic violence, sexual
             20      abuse, or maltreatment in certain communities;
             21          .    establishes the Safety Net Initiative Task Force;
             22          .    permits the attorney general to hire support staff to administer the Safety Net
             23      Initiative and task force; 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      ENACTS:
             31          67-5-1.5, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             32          67-5-26, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             34      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             35          Section 1. Section 67-5-1.5 is enacted to read:
             36          67-5-1.5. Special duties -- Employment of staff.
             37          (1) The attorney general may undertake special duties and projects as follows:
             38          (a) employment of child protection services investigators under Section 67-5-16 ;
             39          (b) employment of an Obscenity and Pornography Complaints Ombudsman under
             40      Section 67-5-18 ;
             41          (c) administration of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force under Section
             42      67-5-20 ;
             43          (d) administration of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) unit under Section
             44      67-5-21 ;
             45          (e) administration of the Identity Theft Reporting Information System (IRIS) Program
             46      under Section 67-5-22 ;
             47          (f) administration of the Attorney General Crime and Violence Prevention Fund under
             48      Section 67-5-24 ; and
             49          (g) administration of the Safety Net Initiative as provided under Section 67-5-26 .
             50          (2) As permitted by the provisions of this chapter, the attorney general may employ or
             51      contract with investigators, prosecutors, and necessary support staff to fulfill the special duties
             52      undertaken under this section.
             53          Section 2. Section 67-5-26 is enacted to read:
             54          67-5-26. Safety Net Initiative -- Task force -- Staff.
             55          (1) As used in this section, "individuals in underserved communities" means men,
             56      women, and children living in culturally isolated communities of Utah and northern Arizona
             57      who may lack access to justice, safety, and services.

             58          (2) There is created within the Office of the Attorney General the Safety Net Initiative
             59      to:
             60          (a) address and prevent the crimes of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, incest,
             61      and child abuse relating to individuals in underserved communities; and
             62          (b) implement strategies to increase awareness and to reduce risk factors in order to
             63      improve the safety and well-being of individuals in underserved communities.
             64          (3) There is created within the Office of the Attorney General the Safety Net Task
             65      Force, which is a statewide multi-disciplinary and multi-jurisdictional task force focused on
             66      accomplishing the following objectives:
             67          (a) coordinating with government agencies, non-profit organizations, and interested
             68      individuals in order to work to provide open communication with individuals in underserved
             69      communities; and
             70          (b) coordinating efforts to give individuals in underserved communities equal access to
             71      justice, safety, and services.
             72          (4) The attorney general may employ or contract with individuals, entities, and support
             73      staff necessary to administer the duties required by this section.

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