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S.B. 239






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          This bill coordinates with H.B.136, Illegal Drug Activity Reporting Hotline Through
             29      the Office of the Attorney General, merging substantive amendments.
             30      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             31      ENACTS:
             32          67-5-1.5, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             33          67-5-26, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             35      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             36          Section 1. Section 67-5-1.5 is enacted to read:
             37          67-5-1.5. Special duties -- Employment of staff.
             38          (1) The attorney general may undertake special duties and projects as follows:
             39          (a) employment of child protection services investigators under Section 67-5-16 ;
             40          (b) employment of an Obscenity and Pornography Complaints Ombudsman under
             41      Section 67-5-18 ;
             42          (c) administration of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force under Section
             43      67-5-20 ;
             44          (d) administration of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) unit under Section
             45      67-5-21 ;
             46          (e) administration of the Identity Theft Reporting Information System (IRIS) Program
             47      under Section 67-5-22 ;
             48          (f) administration of the Attorney General Crime and Violence Prevention Fund under
             49      Section 67-5-24 ; and
             50          (g) administration of the Safety Net Initiative as provided under Section 67-5-26 .
             51          (2) As permitted by the provisions of this chapter, the attorney general may employ or
             52      contract with investigators, prosecutors, and necessary support staff to fulfill the special duties
             53      undertaken under this section.
             54          Section 2. Section 67-5-26 is enacted to read:
             55          67-5-26. Safety Net Initiative -- Task force -- Staff.
             56          (1) As used in this section, "individuals in underserved communities" means men,
             57      women, and children living in culturally isolated communities of Utah and northern Arizona
             58      who may lack access to justice, safety, and services.

             59          (2) There is created within the Office of the Attorney General the Safety Net Initiative
             60      to:
             61          (a) address and prevent the crimes of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking,
             62      incest, and child abuse relating to individuals in underserved communities; and
             63          (b) implement strategies to increase awareness and to reduce risk factors in order to
             64      improve the safety and well-being of individuals in underserved communities.
             65          (3) There is created within the Office of the Attorney General the Safety Net Task
             66      Force, which is a statewide multi-disciplinary and multi-jurisdictional task force focused on
             67      accomplishing the following objectives:
             68          (a) coordinating with government agencies, non-profit organizations, and interested
             69      individuals in order to work to provide open communication with individuals in underserved
             70      communities; and
             71          (b) coordinating efforts to give individuals in underserved communities equal access to
             72      justice, safety, and services.
             73          (4) The attorney general may employ or contract with individuals, entities, and support
             74      staff necessary to administer the duties required by this section.
             75          Section 3. Coordinating S.B. 239 with H.B. 136 -- Merging substantive
             76      amendments.
             77          If this S.B. 239 and H.B. 136, Illegal Drug Activity Reporting Hotline Through the
             78      Office of the Attorney General, both pass, it is the intent of the Legislature that the Office of
             79      Legislative Research and General Counsel, in preparing the Utah Code database for
             80      publication:
             81          (1) insert a new Subsection (g) to read as follows in Subsection 67-5-1.5 (1):
             82          "(g) administration of the Online Illegal Drug Activity Reporting System as provided
             83      under Section 67-5-26 ;"
             84          (2) renumber the existing Subsection (1)(g) to (1)(h); and
             85          (3) correct all internal cross references.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 2-12-08 12:26 PM

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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