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MINUTES OF THE

HOUSE POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS

STANDING COMMITTEE

Room W125, West Office Building, Utah State Capitol Complex

Friday, February 1, 2008



MEMBERS PRESENT:    Rep. Fred R Hunsaker, Chair
                Rep. Gage Froerer, Vice Chair
                Rep. Sheryl L. Allen
                Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck
                Rep. James A. Dunnigan
                Rep. Kerry W. Gibson
                Rep. Richard A. Greenwood
                Rep. Jennifer M. Seelig
                Rep. LaWanna Lou Shurtliff
                Rep. R. Curt Webb

MEMBERS ABSENT:    Rep. Stephen H. Urquhart

STAFF PRESENT:        Joseph Wade, Policy Analyst
                Doris Donat, Committee Secretary

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

Rep. Froerer opened the meeting at 8:08 a.m.

H.B. 310    Absentee Ballot Revisions (Rep. D. Aagard)

Rep. Aagard introduced and explained the bill to the Committee.

Spoke to the bill: Pat Beckstead, Elections Director

MOTION:    Rep. Gibson moved that the Committee recommend H.B. 310 favorably. The motion passed unanimously, with Rep. Allen, Rep. Seelig, Rep. Shurtliff, and Rep. Urquhart absent for the vote.

MOTION:    At the request of the bill sponsor Rep. Aagard, Rep. Gibson moved that H.B. 310 be placed on the Consent Calendar. The motion passed unanimously, with Rep. Allen, Rep. Seelig, Rep. Shurtliff, and Rep. Urquhart absent for the vote.

S.B. 12    Election Law Modifications (Sen. P. Knudson) (Rep. D. Aagard)

Sen. Knudson introduced and explained the bill to the Committee, with the help of Michael Cragun, Deputy Chief of Staff, Lt. Governor's Office.


MOTION:    Rep. Hunsaker moved that the Committee recommend S.B. 12 favorably. The motion passed unanimously, with Rep. Seelig, Rep. Shurtliff, and Rep. Urquhart absent for the vote.

S.B. 22    Timing of Ballot Items (Sen. P. Knudson) (Rep. E. Hutchings)

Sen. Knudson introduced and explained the bill to the Committee, with the help of Michael Cragun, Deputy Chief of Staff, Lt. Governor's Office.

MOTION:    Rep. Gibson moved that the Committee recommend S.B. 22 favorably. The motion passed unanimously, with Rep. Seelig and Rep. Urquhart absent for the vote.

S.B. 23    Revision to Polling Requirements (Sen. P. Knudson) (Rep. E. Hutchings)

Sen. Knudson introduced and explained the bill to the Committee, with the help of Michael Cragun,
Deputy Chief of Staff, Lt. Governor's Office.

Spoke to the bill: Pat Beckstead, Election Director

MOTION:    Rep. Dunnigan moved that the Committee recommend S.B. 23 favorably. The motion passed unanimously, with Rep. Urquhart absent for the vote.

MOTION:    At the request of the bill sponsor Sen. Knudson, Rep. Dunnigan moved that S.B. 23 be placed on the Consent Calendar. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Urquhart absent for the vote.

MOTION:    Rep. Dunnigan moved to adjourn the meeting. The vote was unanimous. Rep. Froerer adjourned the meeting at 8:30.




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                    Rep. Fred R Hunsaker, Chair