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February 5, 2008
MEMBERS PRESENT: Rep. John Dougall, Chair
Rep. Roger Barrus
Rep. Tim M. Cosgrove
Rep. Wayne A. Harper
Rep. Gregory H. Hughes
Rep. Christine Johnson
Rep. Bradley G. Last
Rep. Roz McGee
Rep. Carol Spackman Moss
Rep. Merlynn T. Newbold
Rep. Aaron Tilton
Rep. Carl Wimmer
MEMBERS ABSENT: Rep. Craig A. Frank, Vice Chair
Rep. Gordon E. Snow
STAFF: Bryant Howe, Assistant Director
Rosemary Young, Secretary
Note: A list of visitors and a copy of handouts are filed with the committee minutes.
Rep. Dougall called the meeting to order at 8:40 a.m.
MOTION: Rep. McGee moved to approve the minutes of the February 1, 2008 meeting. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Johnson, Rep. Moss, and Rep. Newbold absent for the vote.
Rep. Dougall relinquished the chair to Rep. Harper.
H.B. 58 Severance Tax Amendments (Rep. J. Dougall)
MOTION: Rep. Dougall moved to adopt 1st Substitute H.B. 58. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Johnson, Rep. Moss, and Rep. Newbold absent for the vote.
Rep. Dougall introduced the substitute bill and explained it to the committee. The following individuals spoke in favor of the bill:
Keith Prescott Utah Tax Review Commission
Mark Buchi Utah Tax Review Commission
Allison Rowland Voices for Utah Children
MOTION: Rep. Hughes moved to transmit with a favorable recommendation 1st Sub HB 58. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Moss absent for the vote.
H.B. 69 Repeal of Board Leeway for Reading Improvement (Rep. J. Dougall)
MOTION: Rep. Dougall moved to amend HB 69 as follows:
1. Page 3, Lines 77 through 80 :
78 distribute K-3 Student Program funds
(a) provide qualifying school districts that have necessarily existent small schools, as defined in Section 53A-17a-109, a base amount; and
(b) allocate the remaining funds
in an amount proportionate to the current year fall
79 enrollment in grades kindergarten through grade 3[
80 charter school.
The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Moss absent for the vote.
Rep. Dougall introduced the amended bill and explained it to the committee. Courtney White , Utah Education Association, spoke to the bill; and Ron Mortensen, Citizens Coalition for Tax Fairness, spoke in favor of the bill.
MOTION: Rep. Wimmer moved to transmit HB 69 as amended with a favorable recommenda- tion. The motion passed with Rep. Cosgrove voting against and Rep. Moss absent for the vote.
Rep. Harper relinquished the chair to Rep. Dougall.
H.B. 155 Property Tax - Residential Exemption (Rep. G. Froerer)
Rep. Froerer introduced the bill and explained it to the committee with the assistance of Rebecca Rockwell, Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel. Brent Gardner, Utah Association of Counties, spoke to the bill; and Bert Hulet, citizen from Bountiful, spoke in favor of the bill.
MOTION: Rep. Hughes moved to hold the bill and place it at the top of the next agenda. The motion passed unanimously.
MOTION: Rep. Wimmer moved to adjourn. The motion passed unanimously.
Rep. Dougall adjourned the meeting at 9:36 a.m.
Rep. John Dougall, Chair