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MINUTES OF THE
HOUSE GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS STANDING COMMITTEE
ROOM W010, WEST OFFICE BUILDING, STATE CAPITOL COMPLEX
February 1, 2008


MEMBERS PRESENT:    Rep. Glenn A. Donnelson, Chair
        Rep. John G. Mathis, Vice Chair
        Rep. Douglas C. Aagard
        Rep. Ron Bigelow
        Rep. DeMar "Bud" Bowman
        Rep. Lorie D. Fowlke        
        Rep. Neil A. Hansen
        Rep. Neal B. Hendrickson
        Rep. Eric K. Hutchings        
        Rep. Larry B. Wiley                    
        
MEMBERS ABSENT:    Rep. Grover
        Rep. Oda
        
STAFF PRESENT:    Benjamin N. Christensen, Policy Analyst
        Karen Mitchell, Committee Secretary

Note:    A list of visitors and copy of handouts are filed with committee minutes.

Rep. Donnelson called the meeting to order at 8:33 a.m.

MOTION:    Rep. Hendrickson moved to approve the minutes of the January 28, 2008 and the
        January 29, 2008 meetings. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Bigelow, Rep. Hansen, and Rep. Hutchings absent for the vote.

H.B. 309    Election Information Amendments (Rep. J. Dougall)

Rep. Dougall explained the bill to the committee.

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

1.    Page 5, Lines 127 through 128 :    

             127          (vii) for each referendum qualified for the ballot, a
  complete       copy of the        text of the       law being submitted to

             128      the voters for their approval or rejection
  , with all new language underlined and all deleted language placed within brackets, as applicable       ;




The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Bigelow and Rep. Hutchings absent for the vote.



Spoke for the bill:    Gary Herbert, Lt. Governor
            Bryan Thompson, Utah County clerk

Spoke against the bill:    Michael J. Fox, Utah Press Assn.

MOTION:    Rep. Fowlke moved to pass the bill out favorably as amended. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Bigelow and Rep. Hutchings absent for the vote.

H.B. 338    Neutrality Required of Poll Workers (Rep. R. Chavez-Houck)

Rep. Chavez-Houck explained the bill to the committee.

Spoke for the bill:    Steve Nemeth, Citizen    

Spoke against the bill:    Bryan Thompson, Utah County Clerk

MOTION:    Rep. Hansen moved to pass the bill out favorably.

SUBSTITUTE
MOTION:    Rep. Hutchings moved to amend the bill as follows:

1.    Page 1, Lines 12 through 14 :    

             12          .    prohibits a poll worker from wearing or displaying a logo, insignia, letters, or words
             13      that disclose the poll worker's support of, opposition to, or affiliation with a
             14      candidate, political party,
  or       political issue      {   , corporation, or advocacy organization   } ;


2.    Page 2, Lines 31 through 34 :    

             31          (b) (i) A poll worker, while present at the polling place, may not wear or display, in a
             32      manner that is visible to voters, a logo, insignia, letters, or words that disclose the poll worker's
             33      support of, opposition to, or affiliation with a candidate, political party,
  or       political issue      {   ,

             34      corporation, or advocacy organization  
}
.

The motion passed with Rep. Fowlke, Rep. Hansen, and Rep. Wiley voting in opposition and Rep. Hendrickson absent for the vote.


MOTION:    Rep. Hansen moved to pass the bill our favorably.


SUBSTITUTE
MOTION:    Rep. Fowlke moved to proceed to the next agenda item. The motion passed              unanimously with Rep. Hendrickson absent for the vote.

1st Sub. S.B. 13    Candidate Residency Requirements (Sen. P. Knudson) (Rep. D. Aagard)

Sen. Knudson explained the bill to the committee.

Spoke for the bill:    Michael Cragun, Director of Elections, Lieutenant Governor's Office

MOTION:    Rep. Aagard moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed unanimously         with Rep. Hendrickson absent for the vote.

H.B. 137    State Facility Water Conservation Program (Rep. L. Wiley)

Rep. Wiley explained the bill to the committee, and distributed a handout.

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


1.    Page 3, Lines 65 through 69 :    

             65          (ii) in collaboration with the Division of Facilities Construction and Management, that
             66      establishes
{   mandatory   } design and construction standards to improve indoor and outdoor water

             67      conservation in a state facility that on or after July 1, 2008 is:
             68          (A) constructed; or
             69          (B) renovated to improve plumbing or landscaping;

The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Hendrickson absent for the vote.

Spoke for the bill:    Mark Danenhauer, Utah Rivers Council
            Dennis Strong, Utah Dept. Water Resources

MOTION:    Rep. Hansen moved to pass the bill out favorably as amended. The motion passed         unanimously with Rep. Hendrickson absent for the vote.



MOTION:    Rep. Fowlke moved to adjourn. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Hendrickson absent for the vote.

Rep. Donnelson adjourned the meeting at 9:53 a.m.

    





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                    Rep. Glenn Donnelson, Chair