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First Substitute S.B. 267

Senator D. Chris Buttars proposes the following substitute bill:


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LOCAL GOVERNMENT AUTHORITY

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AMENDMENTS

             3     
2008 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: D. Chris Buttars

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House Sponsor: ____________

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             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill modifies provisions relating to the authority of a county or municipal
             11      legislative body.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    prohibits county and municipal legislative bodies, mayors of municipalities, and
             15      county executives, from creating or establishing a registry or any other means to
             16      define, identify, or recognize a domestic partnership, civil union, or other domestic
             17      relationship other than marriage for any purpose;
             18          .    invalidates any ordinance, resolution, rule, regulation, or other action of a county or
             19      municipal legislative body in violation of the prohibition; and
             20          .    provides an exception.
             21      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             22          None
             23      Other Special Clauses:
             24          None
             25      Utah Code Sections Affected:


             26      AMENDS:
             27          10-8-84, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2000, Chapter 323
             28          17-53-201, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2001, Chapter 241
             29          17-53-301, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2001, Chapter 241
             30      ENACTS:
             31          10-3-405, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             32     
             33      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             34          Section 1. Section 10-3-405 is enacted to read:
             35          10-3-405. Mayor action creating domestic relationship registry prohibited.
             36          (1) A mayor of a municipality may not by executive order or any other means create or
             37      maintain a registry or other means that defines, identifies, or recognizes a domestic partnership,
             38      civil union, or other domestic relationship other than marriage for any purpose, including to:
             39          (a) establish, recognize, or administer a right of use and access to a public building or
             40      facility;
             41          (b) grant a right to health care visitation; and
             42          (c) grand any other right or benefit.
             43          (2) An executive order or other rule, regulation, or other action of a mayor in violation
             44      of Subsection (1) is void.
             45          (3) An executive order or other action by a mayor that makes health care benefits
             46      generally available to all public employees and an approved additional named insured,
             47      including a financially dependent adult designee, does not violate Subsection (1) or (2) if the
             48      executive order or other action does not:
             49          (a) otherwise violate public policy; or
             50          (b) define or establish a separate and distinct category of citizens or domestic
             51      relationships other than marriage and recognized family associations involving blood relatives.
             52          Section 2. Section 10-8-84 is amended to read:
             53           10-8-84. Ordinances, rules, and regulations -- Passage -- Penalties.
             54          (1) [The] (a) Subject to Subsection (1)(b), a municipal legislative body may pass all
             55      ordinances and rules, and make all regulations, not repugnant to law, necessary for carrying
             56      into effect or discharging all powers and duties conferred by this chapter, and as are necessary


             57      and proper to provide for the safety and preserve the health, and promote the prosperity,
             58      improve the morals, peace and good order, comfort, and convenience of the city and its
             59      inhabitants, and for the protection of property in the city.
             60          (b) (i) A municipal legislative body may not create or maintain a registry or other
             61      means that defines, identifies, or recognizes a domestic partnership, civil union, or other
             62      domestic relationship other than marriage for any purpose, including to:
             63          (A) establish, recognize, or administer a right of use and access to a public building or
             64      facility;
             65          (B) grant a right to health care visitation; and
             66          (C) grant any other right or benefit.
             67          (ii) An ordinance, resolution, rule, regulation, or other action of a municipal legislative
             68      body in violation of Subsection (1)(b)(i) is void.
             69          (iii) An ordinance, resolution, rule, regulation, or other action by a municipal
             70      legislative body that makes health care benefits generally available to all public employees and
             71      an approved additional named insured, including a financially dependent adult designee, does
             72      not violate Subsection (1)(b)(i) or (ii) if the ordinance, resolution, rule, regulation, or other
             73      action does not:
             74          (A) otherwise violate public policy; or
             75          (B) define or establish a separate and distinct category of citizens or domestic
             76      relationships other than marriage and recognized family associations involving blood relatives.
             77          (2) The municipal legislative body may enforce obedience to the ordinances with fines
             78      or penalties in accordance with Section 10-3-703 .
             79          Section 3. Section 17-53-201 is amended to read:
             80           17-53-201. General powers, duties, and functions of county legislative body.
             81          (1) Except as expressly provided otherwise in statute, each county legislative body
             82      shall exercise all legislative powers, have all legislative duties, and perform all legislative
             83      functions of the county, including those enumerated in this part.
             84          (2) A county legislative body may take any action required by law and necessary to the
             85      full discharge of its duties, even though the action is not expressly authorized by statute.
             86          (3) (a) A county legislative body may not create or maintain a registry or other means
             87      to define, identify, or recognize a domestic partnership, civil union, or other domestic


             88      relationship other than marriage for any purpose, including:
             89          (i) establishing, recognizing, or administering a right of use and access to a public
             90      building or facility;
             91          (ii) granting a right to health care visitation; and
             92          (iii) granting any other right or benefit.
             93          (b) An ordinance, resolution, rule, regulation, or other action of a county legislative
             94      body in violation of Subsection (3)(a) is void.
             95          (iii) An ordinance, resolution, rule, regulation, or other action by a county legislative
             96      body that makes health care benefits generally available to all public employees and an
             97      approved additional named insured, including a financially dependent adult designee, does not
             98      violate Subsection (1)(b)(i) or (ii) if the ordinance, resolution, rule, regulation, or other action
             99      does not:
             100          (A) otherwise violate public policy; or
             101          (B) define or establish a separate and distinct category of citizens or domestic
             102      relationships other than marriage and recognized family associations involving blood relatives.
             103          Section 4. Section 17-53-301 is amended to read:
             104           17-53-301. General powers, duties, and functions of county executive.
             105          (1) The elected county executive is the chief executive officer of the county.
             106          (2) Except as expressly provided otherwise in statute and except as contrary to the
             107      powers, duties, and functions of other county officers expressly provided for in Chapters 16,
             108      17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, and 24, each county executive shall exercise all executive powers,
             109      have all executive duties, and perform all executive functions of the county, including those
             110      enumerated in this part.
             111          (3) [A] (a) Subject to Subsection (3)(b), a county executive may take any action
             112      required by law and necessary to the full discharge of the executive's duties, even though the
             113      action is not expressly authorized in statute.
             114          (b) (i) A county executive may not by executive order or any other means create or
             115      maintain a registry or other means that defines, identifies, or recognizes a domestic partnership,
             116      civil union, or other domestic relationship other than marriage for any purpose, including to:
             117          (A) establish, recognize, or administer a right of use and access to a public building or
             118      facility;


             119          (B) grant a right to health care visitation; and
             120          (C) grand any other right or benefit.
             121          (ii) An executive order or other rule, regulation, or other action of a county executive
             122      in violation of Subsection (3)(b)(i) is void.
             123          (iii) An executive order or other action by a county executive that makes health care
             124      benefits generally available to all public employees and an approved additional named insured,
             125      including a financially dependent adult designee, does not violate Subsection (3)(b)(i) or (ii) if
             126      the executive order or other action does not:
             127          (A) otherwise violate public policy; or
             128          (B) define or establish a separate and distinct category of citizens or domestic
             129      relationships other than marriage and recognized family associations involving blood relatives.


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