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MINUTES OF THE HOUSE BUSINESS AND LABOR
STANDING COMMITTEE
Room W010, West Office Building, State Capitol Complex
February 1, 2008


Members Present:    Rep. Stephen D. Clark, Chair            
            Rep. Jim Dunnigan, Vice Chair
            Rep. Carl W. Duckworth            
            Rep. Jackie Biskupski
            Rep. Ben Ferry
            Rep. Gage Froerer
            Rep. Kevin Garn
            Rep. Neil A Hansen
            Rep. Todd E. Kiser
            Rep. Michael T. Morley
            Rep. Paul Neuenschwander
            Rep. Mark Walker

Members Absent:    Rep. David Clark        
             
Staff Present:    Allison Nicholson, Policy Analyst            
            Linda Error, Committee Secretary

Note:        List of visitors and a copy of handouts are filed with committee minutes .

Chair S. Clark called the meeting to order at 2:00 p.m.

MOTION:    Rep. Hansen moved to approve the minutes of the January 30, 2008 meeting. The motion passed unanimously, with Rep. Biskupski, Rep. Ferry, Rep. Kiser, Rep. Morley, and Rep. Walker absent for the vote.

Chair S. Clark announced to the committee that H.B. 89 Antidiscrimination Act Amendments will be sent to interim for further study.

S.B. 27    Trustees Sale - Process for Excess Proceeds (Sen. G. Davis)

Rep. Garn introduced the bill to the committee.

MOTION:    Rep. Neuenschwander moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed unanimously, with Rep. Ferry, Rep. Morley, and Rep. Walker absent for the vote.

S.B. 30    Consumer Sales Practice Act Amendments (Sen. P. Jones)

Sen. Jones introduced the bill to the committee.



Spoke for the bill:    Kevin Olsen, Director, Division of Consumer Protection

MOTION:    Rep. Biskupski moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed unanimously, with Rep. Ferry, Rep. Morley, and Rep. Walker absent for the vote.

MOTION:    Rep. Garn moved to place S.B. 30 on the Consent Calendar. The motion passed unanimously, with Rep. Ferry, Rep. Morley, and Rep. Walker absent for the vote.

H.B. 159    Professional Employer Organization Licensing Act (Rep. J. Dunnigan)

Rep. Dunnigan introduced the bill to the committee with the assistance of Adam Peer, National Association of Professional Employer Organizations. (handout)

Spoke for the bill:    Rick Bartholomew, CEO, A Plus Benefits

MOTION:    Rep. Ferry moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed unanimously, with Rep. Kiser and Rep. Morley absent for the vote.

H.B. 342    Insurance Code Amendments (Rep. J. Dunnigan)

Rep. Dunngan introduced the bill to the committee with the assistance of Suzette Green-Wright, Utah Insurance Department.

Spoke for the bill:    Elizabeth Garbe, Utah Health Policy Project
            Kelly Atkinson, Utah Health Insurance Association
            
Spoke to the bill:    Brian King, Utah Association for Justice

MOTION:    Rep. Biskupski moved to amend the bill as follows:

1.    Page 43, Line 1326 through Page 44, Line 1339 :    

             1326          (1)
{   [   } (a)      {   ]   }      {   There   }        Subject to Subsection (1)(b), there       is created within the department the Title and Escrow Commission that

             1327      is comprised of five members appointed by the governor with the consent of the Senate as
             1328      follows:
             1329          
{   [   } (i)      {   ]   }      {   (a)   } four members shall each:

             1330          
{   [   } (A)      {   ]   }      {   (i)   } be or have been licensed under the title insurance line of authority; [and]

             1331          
{   [   } (B)      {   ]   }      {   (ii)   } as of the day on which the member is appointed, be or have been licensed


             1332
     with the search or escrow subline of authority for at least five years; and
             1333          
{   (iii)   }        (C)       as of the day on which the member is appointed, not be from the same county as

             1334      another member appointed under this Subsection (1)(a)
  (i)       ; and

             1335          
{   [   } (ii)      {   ]   }      {   (b)   } one member shall be a member of the general public from any county in the

             1336      state.
             1337          
{   [   } (b) No more than one commission member may be appointed from      {   :   }      {   ]   }

             1338          [(i) any county in the state; or]
             1339          
{   [   }      {   (ii) any   }        a       single company.      {   ]   }


The motion to amend passed unanimously, with Rep. Kiser and Rep. Morley absent for the vote.

MOTION:    Rep. Biskupski moved to amend the bill as follows:

1.    Page 52, Lines 1582 through 1584 :    

             1582          (4)
{   A   }        Except for a bank, savings and loan association, industrial bank, or credit union, a       service contract provider may not sell, or be the obligated party for:

             1583          (a) a guaranteed asset protection waiver;
{   or   }

             1584          (b) a debt cancellation agreement
{   .   }        ; or

(c) a debt suspension agreement  


The motion to amend passed unanimously, with Rep. Froerer and Rep. Morley absent for the vote.

MOTION:    Rep. Ferry moved amend the bill as follows:

1.    Page 72, Lines 2224 through 2226 :    

             2224          (3) (a) The department may [request:] require a person applying for a license
{   , for

             2225      renewal of a license,   } or for consent to engage in the business of insurance to submit to a
             2226      criminal background check as a condition of receiving a license
{   , renewal,   } or consent.


2.    Page 81, Lines 2486 through 2488 :    



             2486          (4) (a) The department may require a person applying for a license
{   , for renewal of a

             2487      license,  
} or for consent to engage in the business of insurance to submit to a criminal
             2488      background check as a condition of receiving a license
{   , renewal,   } or consent.


3.    Page 83, Lines 2557 through 2559 :    

             2557          (3) (a) The department may require a person applying for a license
{   , for renewal of a

             2558      license,  
} or for consent to engage in the business of insurance to submit to a criminal
             2559      background check as a condition of receiving a license
{   , renewal,   } or consent.


The motion to amend passed unanimously, with Rep. Froerer and Rep. Morley absent for the vote.

MOTION:    Rep. Kiser moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed unanimously.

H.B. 290    Municipal Oversight of Rental Dwellings (Rep. G. Froerer)

Rep. Froerer introduced the bill to the committee with the assistance of Paul Smith, Utah Apartment Association.

MOTION:    Rep. Froerer moved to amend the bill as follows:

1.    Page 1, Lines 21 through 22 :    

             21              
{   .    regulating the practice of submetering, ratio utility billing, or other utility cost

             22      allocation method;  
}


2.    Page 1, Lines 25 through 27 :    

             25      dwelling was constructed,
{   other than a smoke detector; or   }        except as required under the Utah Uniform Building Standards Act; and      

             26              
{   .    imposing a civil or criminal penalty on the owner of a rental dwelling for a

             27      safety device controlled by a tenant; and  
}


3.    Page 3, Lines 85 through 88 :    

             85      dwelling;
  or      


             86
         
{   (b) regulate the practice of submetering, ratio utility billing, or other utility cost

             87      allocation method;  
}

             88          
{   (c)   }        (b) except as required under Title 58, Chapter 56, Utah Uniform Building Standards Act,       require the owner of a rental dwelling to retrofit the rental dwelling with or install


4.    Page , Line 90 through Page 4, Line 92 :    

             90      constructed
{   , other than a smoke detector; or   }        .      

             91          
{   (d) impose a civil or criminal penalty on an owner of a rental dwelling for a safety

             92      device controlled by a tenant of the rental dwelling.  
}


The motion to amend passed unanimously, with Rep. Kiser absent for the vote.

MOTION:    Rep. Dunnigan moved to amend the bill as follows:

Page 1 Delete lines 15 and 16
Page 3 Reinstate the language on line 65, and renumber accordingly
Page 3 Reinstate the language on lines 81-82, and renumber accordingly

The motion to amend failed, with Rep. Dunnigan and Rep. Morley voting in favor. Rep. Garn and Rep. Hansen were absent for the vote.

MOTION:    Rep. Biskupski moved to pass the bill out favorably as amended. The motion passed, with Rep. Dunnigan voting in opposition. Rep. Garn and Rep. Hansen were absent for the vote.

Chair S. Clark relinquished the chair to Vice Chair Dunnigan.

H.C.R. 3    Concurrent Resolution - Declaring Love Your Library Week (Rep. S. Clark)

Rep. S. Clark introduced the resolution to the committee.

MOTION:    Rep. Biskupski moved to amend the bill as follows:

1.    Page 1, Lines 14 through 15 :    

             14          .    designates
{   April 13 through 19, 2008   }        one week in April       as "Love Your Library Week" in the state of


             15
     Utah, to coincide with National Library Week.

2.    Page 2, Lines 34 through 36 :    

             34          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah, the
             35      Governor concurring therein, designate
{   April 13 through 19, 2008   }        one week in April       as "Love Your Library

             36      Week" in the state of Utah, to coincide with National Library Week.

The motion to amend passed unanimously, with Rep. Garn and Rep. Hansen absent for the vote.

MOTION:    Rep. Biskupski moved to pass the resolution out favorably. The motion passed unanimously, with Rep. Garn and Rep. Hansen absent for the vote.

MOTION:    Rep. Biskupski moved to place the resolution on the Consent Calendar. The motion passed unanimously, with Rep. Garn and Rep. Hansen absent for the vote.

H.B. 128    Utah Residential Mortgage Practices Act Amendments (Rep. M. Newbold)

This bill was not heard.

MOTION:    Rep. Morley moved to adjourn the meeting. The motion passed unanimously, with Rep. Garn and Rep. Hansen absent for the vote.

Vice Chair Dunnigan adjourned the meeting at 3:35 p.m.












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                     Rep. Stephen D. Clark, Chair