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H.B. 32

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AMENDMENTS TO AGENCY RULEMAKING

             2     
REGARDING CRIMINAL PENALTIES

             3     
2009 GENERAL SESSION

             4     
STATE OF UTAH

             5     
Chief Sponsor: Ben C. Ferry

             6     
Senate Sponsor: Howard A. Stephenson

             7     
             8      LONG TITLE
             9      Committee Note:
             10          The Administrative Rules Review Committee recommended this bill.
             11      General Description:
             12          This bill modifies various statutory provisions regarding rulemaking authority by
             13      repealing statutory provisions that authorize certain state agencies to determine by
             14      administrative rule what conduct constitutes a criminal penalty.
             15      Highlighted Provisions:
             16          This bill:
             17          .    repeals certain statutory grants of administrative rulemaking authority to the
             18      Department of Health, the Department of Insurance, the Labor Commission, and the
             19      Department of Natural Resources that determine what conduct constitutes a
             20      criminal penalty; and
             21          .    makes technical changes.
             22      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             23          None
             24      Other Special Clauses:
             25          None
             26      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             27      AMENDS:


             28          23-13-11, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1995, Chapter 211
             29          23-20-3, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1995, Chapter 211
             30          26-21-16, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1997, Chapter 209
             31          26-23-6, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1995, Chapter 202
             32          31A-2-308, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapter 309
             33          34-23-402, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1997, Chapter 375
             34          34A-2-407, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 382
             35          34A-2-801, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapters 90 and 382
             36          54-7-15, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 382
             37          61-1-21, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2001, Chapter 149
             38          61-1-24, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1991, Chapter 161
             39      ENACTS:
             40          23-21-7, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             41      REPEALS AND REENACTS:
             42          63-11-17.3, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1997, Chapter 315
             43      REPEALS:
             44          73-18b-3, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1997, Chapter 276
             45     
             46      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             47          Section 1. Section 23-13-11 is amended to read:
             48           23-13-11. Violations.
             49          Except as otherwise provided in this title:
             50          (1) [Unless otherwise provided,] a violation of any provision of this title is a class B
             51      misdemeanor[.]; and
             52          (2) [A] a violation of any rule or proclamation of the Wildlife Board [is a class C
             53      misdemeanor] is an infraction.
             54          Section 2. Section 23-20-3 is amended to read:
             55           23-20-3. Taking, transporting, selling, or purchasing protected wildlife illegal
             56      except as authorized -- Penalty.
             57          (1) Except as provided in this title or a rule, proclamation, or order of the Wildlife
             58      Board, a person may not:


             59          [(a) take or permit his dog to take:]
             60          [(i) protected wildlife or their parts;]
             61          [(ii) an occupied nest of protected wildlife; or]
             62          [(iii) an egg of protected wildlife;]
             63          [(b) transport, ship, or cause to be shipped protected wildlife or their parts;]
             64          [(c) sell or purchase protected wildlife or their parts; or]
             65          [(d) possess protected wildlife or their parts unaccompanied by a valid license, permit,
             66      tag, certificate of registration, bill of sale, or invoice.]
             67          (a) take protected wildlife or its parts;
             68          (b) collect, import, possess, transport, propagate, store, donate, transfer, or export
             69      protected wildlife or its parts;
             70          (c) take, possess, sell, purchase, barter, donate, or trade protected wildlife or its parts
             71      without having previously procured the necessary licenses, permits, tags, stamps, certificates of
             72      registration, authorizations, and receipts required in this title or a rule, proclamation, or order of
             73      the Wildlife Board;
             74          (d) take protected wildlife with any weapon, ammunition, implement, tool, device, or
             75      any part of any of these not specifically authorized in this title or a rule, proclamation, or order
             76      of the Wildlife Board;
             77          (e) possess while in pursuit of protected wildlife any weapon, ammunition, implement,
             78      tool, device, or any part of any of these not specifically authorized in this title or a rule,
             79      proclamation, or order of the Wildlife Board;
             80          (f) take protected wildlife using any method, means, process, or practice not
             81      specifically authorized in this title or a rule, proclamation, or order of the Wildlife Board;
             82          (g) take protected wildlife outside the season dates, location boundaries, and daily time
             83      frames established in rule, proclamation, or order of the Wildlife Board;
             84          (h) take protected wildlife in excess of the bag and possession limits established in
             85      rule, proclamation, or order of the Wildlife Board;
             86          (i) take protected wildlife in an area closed to hunting, trapping, or fishing by rule,
             87      proclamation, or order of the Wildlife Board, or by executive order of the division director
             88      pursuant to Subsection 23-14-8 (4);
             89          (j) practice falconry or capture, possess, or use birds in falconry;


             90          (k) take any wildlife from an airplane or any other airborne vehicle or device or any
             91      motorized terrestrial or aquatic vehicle, including snowmobiles and other recreational vehicles;
             92          (l) hold in captivity at any time any live protected wildlife;
             93          (m) use or permit a dog or other domestic or trained animal to take protected wildlife;
             94          (n) remove, damage, or destroy an occupied nest of protected wildlife;
             95          (o) release captured or captive wildlife into the wild;
             96          (p) use spotlighting to take protected wildlife;
             97          (q) employ or use a means of concealment or camouflage while taking protected
             98      wildlife which is prohibited in this title or a rule, proclamation, or order of the Wildlife Board;
             99          (r) possess or use bait or other attractant to take protected wildlife which is prohibited
             100      in this title or a rule, proclamation, or order of the Wildlife Board;
             101          (s) use any decoy or recorded or electronically amplified call which is prohibited in this
             102      title or a rule, proclamation, or order of the Wildlife Board to take protected wildlife;
             103          (t) commercially harvest protected wildlife, including brine shrimp and brine shrimp
             104      eggs;
             105          (u) utilize protected wildlife for commercial purposes or financial gain;
             106          (v) enter, establish, or hold a contest or tournament involving the taking of protected
             107      wildlife;
             108          (w) operate or participate in a commercial hunting area as described in Section
             109      23-17-6; or
             110          (x) operate or participate in a cooperative wildlife management unit as defined in
             111      Section 23-23-2 .
             112          (2) Possession of protected wildlife without a valid license, permit, tag, certificate of
             113      registration, bill of sale, or invoice is prima facie evidence that the protected wildlife was
             114      illegally taken and is illegally held in possession.
             115          (3) A person is guilty of a class B misdemeanor if [he] the person:
             116          (a) violates any provision of Subsection (1); and
             117          (b) does so with criminal negligence as defined in Subsection 76-2-103 (4).
             118          Section 3. Section 23-21-7 is enacted to read:
             119          23-21-7. Unlawful uses and activities on division lands.
             120          (1) Except as authorized by statute, rule, contractual agreement, special use permit,


             121      certificate of registration, or public notice, a person may not on division land:
             122          (a) remove, extract, use, consume, or destroy any improvement or cultural or historic
             123      resource;
             124          (b) remove, extract, use, consume, or destroy any sand, gravel, cinder, ornamental rock,
             125      or other common mineral resource, or vegetation resource;
             126          (c) allow livestock to graze;
             127          (d) remove any plant or portion of a plant for commercial gain purposes;
             128          (e) enter, use, or occupy division land that is posted against entry, use, or occupancy;
             129          (f) enter, use, or occupy division land as part of a group of more than 25 people;
             130          (g) enter, use, or occupy division land while engaged in or part of an organized event;
             131          (h) use, occupy, destroy, move, or construct any structure, including fences, water
             132      control devices, roads, survey and section markers, or signs;
             133          (i) prohibit, prevent, or obstruct public entry on division lands when public entry is
             134      authorized by the division;
             135          (j) attempt to manage or control division lands in a manner inconsistent with division
             136      management plans, rules, or policies;
             137          (k) solicit, promote, negotiate, barter, sell, or trade any product or service on, or
             138      obtained from, division lands for commercial gain;
             139          (l) park a motor vehicle or trailer or camp for more than 14 consecutive days unless the
             140      area is posted for a different duration;
             141          (m) light a fire without taking adequate precaution to prevent spreading of the fire or
             142      leave a fire unattended;
             143          (n) use fireworks, explosives, poisons, herbicides, insecticides, or pesticides;
             144          (o) use motorized vehicles of any kind except as authorized by declaration,
             145      management plan, or posting; or
             146          (p) use division lands for any purpose that violates applicable land use restrictions
             147      imposed by statute, rule, or by the division.
             148          (2) A person or entity which unlawfully uses division lands is liable for damages in the
             149      amount of:
             150          (a) the value of the resource removed, destroyed, or extracted;
             151          (b) the amount of damage caused; and


             152          (c) whichever is greater of:
             153          (i) the value of any losses or expenses caused as a result of interference with authorized
             154      activities; or
             155          (ii) the consideration which would have been charged by the division for use of the
             156      land during the period of trespass.
             157          (3) This section does not apply to division employees or division volunteers while
             158      acting in the lawful performance of their duties.
             159          (4) Except as otherwise provided by statute, the criminal penalty for a violation of any
             160      provision of this section is prescribed in Section 23-13-11 .
             161          Section 4. Section 26-21-16 is amended to read:
             162           26-21-16. Operating facility in violation of chapter a misdemeanor.
             163          [(1) Any] In addition to the penalties in Section 26-23-6 , any person owning,
             164      establishing, conducting, maintaining, managing, or operating a health care facility in violation
             165      of this chapter [or rules of the committee] is guilty of a class A misdemeanor.
             166          [(2) This section takes precedence over Section 26-23-6 .]
             167          Section 5. Section 26-23-6 is amended to read:
             168           26-23-6. Criminal and civil penalties and liability for violations.
             169          (1) (a) Any person, association, or corporation, or the officers of any of them, who
             170      violates any provision of this chapter or lawful orders[, or rules adopted under this chapter by
             171      the department: (a) shall be assessed, in a civil proceeding, a penalty not to exceed the sum of
             172      $5,000; or (b)] of the department or a local health department in a criminal proceeding is guilty
             173      of a class B misdemeanor for the first violation, and for any subsequent similar violation
             174      within two years, is guilty of a class A misdemeanor, except this section does not establish the
             175      criminal penalty for violation of Section 26-23-5.5 .
             176          (b) Conviction in a criminal proceeding does not preclude the department or a local
             177      health department from assessment of any civil penalty, administrative civil money penalty or
             178      to deny, revoke, condition, or refuse to renew a permit, license, or certificate or to seek other
             179      injunctive or equitable remedies.
             180          (2) Any person, association, or corporation, or the officers of any of them, who violates
             181      any provision of this title or lawful orders of the department or a local health department, or
             182      rules adopted under this title by the department:


             183          (a) shall be assessed, in a judicial civil proceeding, a penalty not to exceed the sum of
             184      $10,000 per violation; or
             185          (b) in an administrative action in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 4, Administrative
             186      Procedures Act, or similar procedures adopted by local or county government, a penalty not to
             187      exceed the sum of $10,000 per violation.
             188          (3) Assessment of any civil penalty or administrative penalty does not preclude the
             189      department or a local health department from seeking criminal penalties or to deny, revoke,
             190      impose conditions on, or refuse to renew a permit, license, or certificate or to seek other
             191      injunctive or equitable remedies.
             192          [(2)] (4) In addition to any penalties imposed under Subsection (1), the person,
             193      association, or corporation, or the officers of any of them is liable for any expense incurred by
             194      the department in removing or abating any health or sanitation violations, including any
             195      nuisance, source of filth, cause of sickness, or dead animal.
             196          [(3) Assessment or conviction under this chapter or any other public health law does
             197      not relieve the person assessed or convicted from civil liability for any act which was also a
             198      violation of the public health laws.]
             199          [(4)] (5) Each day of violation of [this chapter] a provision of this title, lawful orders of
             200      the department or a local health department, or rules adopted by the department under it [may
             201      be] is a separate violation.
             202          Section 6. Section 31A-2-308 is amended to read:
             203           31A-2-308. Enforcement penalties and procedures.
             204          (1) (a) A person who violates any insurance statute or rule or any order issued under
             205      Subsection 31A-2-201 (4) shall forfeit to the state twice the amount of any profit gained from
             206      the violation, in addition to any other forfeiture or penalty imposed.
             207          (b) (i) The commissioner may order an individual producer, limited line producer,
             208      customer service representative, managing general agent, reinsurance intermediary, adjuster, or
             209      insurance consultant who violates an insurance statute or rule to forfeit to the state not more
             210      than $2,500 for each violation.
             211          (ii) The commissioner may order any other person who violates an insurance statute or
             212      rule to forfeit to the state not more than $5,000 for each violation.
             213          (c) (i) The commissioner may order an individual producer, limited line producer,


             214      customer service representative, managing general agent, reinsurance intermediary, adjuster, or
             215      insurance consultant who violates an order issued under Subsection 31A-2-201 (4) to forfeit to
             216      the state not more than $2,500 for each violation. Each day the violation continues is a
             217      separate violation.
             218          (ii) The commissioner may order any other person who violates an order issued under
             219      Subsection 31A-2-201 (4) to forfeit to the state not more than $5,000 for each violation. Each
             220      day the violation continues is a separate violation.
             221          (d) The commissioner may accept or compromise any forfeiture under this Subsection
             222      (1) until after a complaint is filed under Subsection (2). After the filing of the complaint, only
             223      the attorney general may compromise the forfeiture.
             224          (2) When a person fails to comply with an order issued under Subsection
             225      31A-2-201 (4), including a forfeiture order, the commissioner may file an action in any court of
             226      competent jurisdiction or obtain a court order or judgment:
             227          (a) enforcing the commissioner's order;
             228          (b) (i) directing compliance with the commissioner's order and restraining further
             229      violation of the order; and
             230          (ii) subjecting the person ordered to the procedures and sanctions available to the court
             231      for punishing contempt if the failure to comply continues; or
             232          (c) imposing a forfeiture in an amount the court considers just, up to $10,000 for each
             233      day the failure to comply continues after the filing of the complaint until judgment is rendered.
             234          (3) (a) The Utah Rules of Civil Procedure govern actions brought under Subsection (2),
             235      except that the commissioner may file a complaint seeking a court-ordered forfeiture under
             236      Subsection (2)(c) no sooner than two weeks after giving written notice of the commissioner's
             237      intention to proceed under Subsection (2)(c).
             238          (b) The commissioner's order issued under Subsection 31A-2-201 (4) may contain a
             239      notice of intention to seek a court-ordered forfeiture if the commissioner's order is disobeyed.
             240          (4) If, after a court order is issued under Subsection (2), the person fails to comply with
             241      the commissioner's order or judgment:
             242          (a) the commissioner may certify the fact of the failure to the court by affidavit; and
             243          (b) the court may, after a hearing following at least five days written notice to the
             244      parties subject to the order or judgment, amend the order or judgment to add the forfeiture or


             245      forfeitures, as prescribed in Subsection (2)(c), until the person complies.
             246          (5) (a) The proceeds of all forfeitures under this section, including collection expenses,
             247      shall be paid into the General Fund.
             248          (b) The expenses of collection shall be credited to the department's budget.
             249          (c) The attorney general's budget shall be credited to the extent the department
             250      reimburses the attorney general's office for its collection expenses under this section.
             251          (6) (a) Forfeitures and judgments under this section bear interest at the rate charged by
             252      the United States Internal Revenue Service for past due taxes on the:
             253          (i) date of entry of the commissioner's order under Subsection (1); or
             254          (ii) date of judgment under Subsection (2).
             255          (b) Interest accrues from the later of the dates described in Subsection (6)(a) until the
             256      forfeiture and accrued interest are fully paid.
             257          (7) A forfeiture may not be imposed under Subsection (2)(c) if:
             258          (a) at the time the forfeiture action is commenced, the person was in compliance with
             259      the commissioner's order; or
             260          (b) the violation of the order occurred during the order's suspension.
             261          (8) The commissioner may seek an injunction as an alternative to issuing an order
             262      under Subsection 31A-2-201 (4).
             263          (9) (a) A person is guilty of a class B misdemeanor if that person:
             264          (i) intentionally violates:
             265          (A) an insurance statute [or rule] of this state; or
             266          (B) an order issued under Subsection 31A-2-201 (4);
             267          (ii) intentionally permits a person over whom that person has authority to violate:
             268          (A) an insurance statute [or rule] of this state; or
             269          (B) an order issued under Subsection 31A-2-201 (4); or
             270          (iii) intentionally aids any person in violating:
             271          (A) an insurance statute [or rule] of this state; or
             272          (B) an order issued under Subsection 31A-2-201 (4).
             273          (b) Unless a specific criminal penalty is provided elsewhere in this title, the person may
             274      be fined not more than:
             275          (i) $10,000 if a corporation; or


             276          (ii) $5,000 if a person other than a corporation.
             277          (c) If the person is an individual, the person may, in addition, be imprisoned for up to
             278      one year.
             279          (d) As used in this Subsection (9), "intentionally" has the same meaning as under
             280      Subsection 76-2-103 (1).
             281          (10) (a) A person who knowingly and intentionally violates Section 31A-4-102 ,
             282      31A-8a-208 , 31A-15-105 , 31A-23a-116 , or 31A-31-111 is guilty of a felony as provided in this
             283      Subsection (10).
             284          (b) When the value of the property, money, or other things obtained or sought to be
             285      obtained in violation of Subsection (10)(a):
             286          (i) is less than $5,000, a person is guilty of a third degree felony; or
             287          (ii) is or exceeds $5,000, a person is guilty of a second degree felony.
             288          (11) (a) After a hearing, the commissioner may, in whole or in part, revoke, suspend,
             289      place on probation, limit, or refuse to renew the licensee's license or certificate of authority:
             290          (i) when a licensee of the department, other than a domestic insurer:
             291          (A) persistently or substantially violates the insurance law; or
             292          (B) violates an order of the commissioner under Subsection 31A-2-201 (4);
             293          (ii) if there are grounds for delinquency proceedings against the licensee under Section
             294      31A-27a-207 ; or
             295          (iii) if the licensee's methods and practices in the conduct of the licensee's business
             296      endanger, or the licensee's financial resources are inadequate to safeguard, the legitimate
             297      interests of the licensee's customers and the public.
             298          (b) Additional license termination or probation provisions for licensees other than
             299      insurers are set forth in Sections 31A-19a-303 , 31A-19a-304 , 31A-23a-111 , 31A-23a-112 ,
             300      31A-25-208 , 31A-25-209 , 31A-26-213 , 31A-26-214 , 31A-35-501 , and 31A-35-503 .
             301          (12) The enforcement penalties and procedures set forth in this section are not
             302      exclusive, but are cumulative of other rights and remedies the commissioner has pursuant to
             303      applicable law.
             304          Section 7. Section 34-23-402 is amended to read:
             305           34-23-402. Violation -- Criminal penalty.
             306          (1) The commission may prosecute a misdemeanor criminal action in the name of the


             307      state. The county attorney, district attorney, or attorney general shall provide assistance in
             308      prosecutions under this section at the request of the commission.
             309          (2) It is a class B misdemeanor for a person, whether individually or as an officer,
             310      agent, or employee of any person, firm, or corporation to:
             311          (a) knowingly employ a minor or permit a minor to work in a repeated violation of this
             312      chapter;
             313          (b) refuse or knowingly neglect to furnish to the commission, any information
             314      requested by the commission under this chapter;
             315          (c) refuse access to that person's place of business or employment to the commission or
             316      its authorized representative when access has been requested in conjunction with an
             317      investigation related to this section;
             318          (d) hinder the commission or its authorized representative in the securing of any
             319      information authorized by this section;
             320          (e) refuse or knowingly omit or neglect to keep any of the records required by this
             321      chapter;
             322          (f) knowingly make any false statement, representation, or certification in any
             323      application, record, report, plan, or other document filed or required to be maintained under
             324      this chapter;
             325          (g) discharge an employee or threaten to or retaliate against an employee because:
             326          (i) the employee has testified;
             327          (ii) is about to testify; or
             328          (iii) the employer believes that the employee may testify in any investigation or
             329      proceedings relative to the enforcement of this chapter; and
             330          (h) willfully violate any [rule or] order issued under this chapter.
             331          (3) This section does not apply to violations of Section 34-23-301 .
             332          Section 8. Section 34A-2-407 is amended to read:
             333           34A-2-407. Reporting of industrial injuries -- Regulation of health care providers
             334      -- Funeral expenses.
             335          (1) As used in this section, "physician" is as defined in Section 34A-2-111 .
             336          (2) (a) Any employee sustaining an injury arising out of and in the course of
             337      employment shall provide notification to the employee's employer promptly of the injury.


             338          (b) If the employee is unable to provide the notification required by Subsection (2)(a),
             339      the following may provide notification of the injury to the employee's employer:
             340          (i) the employee's next-of-kin; or
             341          (ii) the employee's attorney.
             342          (c) An employee claiming benefits under this chapter, or Chapter 3, Utah Occupational
             343      Disease Act, shall comply with rules adopted by the commission regarding disclosure of
             344      medical records of the employee medically relevant to the industrial accident or occupational
             345      disease claim.
             346          (3) (a) An employee is barred for any claim of benefits arising from an injury if the
             347      employee fails to notify within the time period described in Subsection (3)(b):
             348          (i) the employee's employer in accordance with Subsection (2); or
             349          (ii) the division.
             350          (b) The notice required by Subsection (3)(a) shall be made within:
             351          (i) 180 days of the day on which the injury occurs; or
             352          (ii) in the case of an occupational hearing loss, the time period specified in Section
             353      34A-2-506 .
             354          (4) The following constitute notification of injury required by Subsection (2):
             355          (a) an employer's or physician's injury report filed with:
             356          (i) the division;
             357          (ii) the employer; or
             358          (iii) the employer's insurance carrier; or
             359          (b) the payment of any medical or disability benefits by:
             360          (i) the employer; or
             361          (ii) the employer's insurance carrier.
             362          (5) (a) In the form prescribed by the division, each employer shall file a report with the
             363      division of any:
             364          (i) work-related fatality; or
             365          (ii) work-related injury resulting in:
             366          (A) medical treatment;
             367          (B) loss of consciousness;
             368          (C) loss of work;


             369          (D) restriction of work; or
             370          (E) transfer to another job.
             371          (b) The employer shall file the report required by Subsection (5)(a) within seven days
             372      after:
             373          (i) the occurrence of a fatality or injury;
             374          (ii) the employer's first knowledge of the fatality or injury; or
             375          (iii) the employee's notification of the fatality or injury.
             376          (c) (i) An employer shall file a subsequent report with the division of any previously
             377      reported injury that later results in death.
             378          (ii) The subsequent report required by this Subsection (5)(c) shall be filed with the
             379      division within seven days following:
             380          (A) the death; or
             381          (B) the employer's first knowledge or notification of the death.
             382          (d) A report is not required to be filed under this Subsection (5) for minor injuries,
             383      such as cuts or scratches that require first-aid treatment only, unless:
             384          (i) a treating physician files a report with the division in accordance with Subsection
             385      (9); or
             386          (ii) a treating physician is required to file a report with the division in accordance with
             387      Subsection (9).
             388          (6) An employer required to file a report under Subsection (5) shall provide the
             389      employee with:
             390          (a) a copy of the report submitted to the division; and
             391          (b) a statement, as prepared by the division, of the employee's rights and
             392      responsibilities related to the industrial injury.
             393          (7) Each employer shall maintain a record in a manner prescribed by the [division]     
             394      commission by rule of all:
             395          (a) work-related fatalities; or
             396          (b) work-related injuries resulting in:
             397          (i) medical treatment;
             398          (ii) loss of consciousness;
             399          (iii) loss of work;


             400          (iv) restriction of work; or
             401          (v) transfer to another job.
             402          (8) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (8)(b), an employer who refuses or neglects to
             403      make reports, to maintain records, or to file reports with the division as required by this section
             404      is:
             405          (i) guilty of a class C misdemeanor; and
             406          (ii) subject to a civil assessment:
             407          (A) imposed by the division, subject to the requirements of Title 63G, Chapter 4,
             408      Administrative Procedures Act; and
             409          (B) that may not exceed $500.
             410          (b) An employer is not subject to the civil assessment or guilty of a class C
             411      misdemeanor under this Subsection (8) if:
             412          (i) the employer submits a report later than required by this section; and
             413          (ii) the division finds that the employer has shown good cause for submitting a report
             414      later than required by this section.
             415          (c) A civil assessment collected under this Subsection (8) shall be deposited into the
             416      Uninsured Employers' Fund created in Section 34A-2-704 .
             417          (9) (a) A physician attending an injured employee shall comply with rules established
             418      by the commission regarding:
             419          (i) fees for physician's services;
             420          (ii) disclosure of medical records of the employee medically relevant to the employee's
             421      industrial accident or occupational disease claim; and
             422          (iii) reports to the division regarding:
             423          (A) the condition and treatment of an injured employee; or
             424          (B) any other matter concerning industrial cases that the physician is treating.
             425          (b) A physician who is associated with, employed by, or bills through a hospital is
             426      subject to Subsection (9)(a).
             427          (c) A hospital providing services for an injured employee is not subject to the
             428      requirements of Subsection (9)(a) except for rules made by the commission that are described
             429      in Subsection (9)(a)(ii) or (iii).
             430          (d) The commission's schedule of fees may reasonably differentiate remuneration to be


             431      paid to providers of health services based on:
             432          (i) the severity of the employee's condition;
             433          (ii) the nature of the treatment necessary; and
             434          (iii) the facilities or equipment specially required to deliver that treatment.
             435          (e) This Subsection (9) does not prohibit a contract with a provider of health services
             436      relating to the pricing of goods and services.
             437          (10) A copy of the initial report filed under Subsection (9)(a)(iii) shall be furnished to:
             438          (a) the division;
             439          (b) the employee; and
             440          (c) (i) the employer; or
             441          (ii) the employer's insurance carrier.
             442          [(11) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (11)(b), a person subject to Subsection
             443      (9)(a)(iii) who fails to comply with Subsection (9)(a)(iii) is guilty of a class C misdemeanor for
             444      each offense.]
             445          [(b) A person subject to Subsection (9)(a)(iii) is not guilty of a class C misdemeanor
             446      under this Subsection (11), if:]
             447          [(i) the person files a late report; and]
             448          [(ii) the division finds that there is good cause for submitting a late report.]
             449          [(12)] (11) (a) Subject to appellate review under Section 34A-1-303 , the commission
             450      has exclusive jurisdiction to hear and determine:
             451          (i) whether goods provided to or services rendered to an employee are compensable
             452      pursuant to this chapter or Chapter 3, Utah Occupational Disease Act, including:
             453          (A) medical, nurse, or hospital services;
             454          (B) medicines; and
             455          (C) artificial means, appliances, or prosthesis;
             456          (ii) the reasonableness of the amounts charged or paid for a good or service described
             457      in Subsection [(12)] (11)(a)(i); and
             458          (iii) collection issues related to a good or service described in Subsection [(12)]
             459      (11)(a)(i).
             460          (b) Except as provided in Subsection [(12)] (11)(a), Subsection 34A-2-211 (7), or
             461      Section 34A-2-212 , a person may not maintain a cause of action in any forum within this state


             462      other than the commission for collection or payment for goods or services described in
             463      Subsection [(12)] (11)(a) that are compensable under this chapter or Chapter 3, Utah
             464      Occupational Disease Act.
             465          Section 9. Section 34A-2-801 is amended to read:
             466           34A-2-801. Initiating adjudicative proceedings -- Procedure for review of
             467      administrative action.
             468          (1) (a) To contest an action of the employee's employer or its insurance carrier
             469      concerning a compensable industrial accident or occupational disease alleged by the employee
             470      or a dependent any of the following shall file an application for hearing with the Division of
             471      Adjudication:
             472          (i) the employee;
             473          (ii) a representative of the employee, the qualifications of whom are defined in rule by
             474      the commission; or
             475          (iii) a dependent as described in Section 34A-2-403 .
             476          (b) To appeal the imposition of a penalty or other administrative act imposed by the
             477      division on the employer or its insurance carrier for failure to comply with this chapter or
             478      Chapter 3, Utah Occupational Disease Act, any of the following shall file an application for
             479      hearing with the Division of Adjudication:
             480          (i) the employer;
             481          (ii) the insurance carrier; or
             482          (iii) a representative of either the employer or the insurance carrier, the qualifications
             483      of whom are defined in rule by the commission.
             484          (c) A person providing goods or services described in Subsections
             485      34A-2-407 [(12)](11) and 34A-3-108 (12) may file an application for hearing in accordance with
             486      Section 34A-2-407 or 34A-3-108 .
             487          (d) An attorney may file an application for hearing in accordance with Section
             488      34A-1-309 .
             489          (2) Unless a party in interest appeals the decision of an administrative law judge in
             490      accordance with Subsection (3), the decision of an administrative law judge on an application
             491      for hearing filed under Subsection (1) is a final order of the commission 30 days after the day
             492      on which the decision is issued.


             493          (3) (a) A party in interest may appeal the decision of an administrative law judge by
             494      filing a motion for review with the Division of Adjudication within 30 days of the date the
             495      decision is issued.
             496          (b) Unless a party in interest to the appeal requests under Subsection (3)(c) that the
             497      appeal be heard by the Appeals Board, the commissioner shall hear the review.
             498          (c) A party in interest may request that an appeal be heard by the Appeals Board by
             499      filing the request with the Division of Adjudication:
             500          (i) as part of the motion for review; or
             501          (ii) if requested by a party in interest who did not file a motion for review, within 20
             502      days of the day on which the motion for review is filed with the Division of Adjudication.
             503          (d) A case appealed to the Appeals Board shall be decided by the majority vote of the
             504      Appeals Board.
             505          (4) All records on appeals shall be maintained by the Division of Adjudication. Those
             506      records shall include an appeal docket showing the receipt and disposition of the appeals on
             507      review.
             508          (5) Upon appeal, the commissioner or Appeals Board shall make its decision in
             509      accordance with Section 34A-1-303 .
             510          (6) The commissioner or Appeals Board shall promptly notify the parties to a
             511      proceeding before it of its decision, including its findings and conclusions.
             512          (7) The decision of the commissioner or Appeals Board is final unless within 30 days
             513      after the date the decision is issued further appeal is initiated under the provisions of this
             514      section or Title 63G, Chapter 4, Administrative Procedures Act.
             515          (8) (a) Within 30 days after the day on which the decision of the commissioner or
             516      Appeals Board is issued, an aggrieved party may secure judicial review by commencing an
             517      action in the court of appeals against the commissioner or Appeals Board for the review of the
             518      decision of the commissioner or Appeals Board.
             519          (b) In an action filed under Subsection (8)(a):
             520          (i) any other party to the proceeding before the commissioner or Appeals Board shall
             521      be made a party; and
             522          (ii) the commission shall be made a party.
             523          (c) A party claiming to be aggrieved may seek judicial review only if the party exhausts


             524      the party's remedies before the commission as provided by this section.
             525          (d) At the request of the court of appeals, the commission shall certify and file with the
             526      court all documents and papers and a transcript of all testimony taken in the matter together
             527      with the decision of the commissioner or Appeals Board.
             528          Section 10. Section 54-7-15 is amended to read:
             529           54-7-15. Review or rehearing by commission -- Application -- Procedure --
             530      Prerequisite to court action -- Effect of commission decisions.
             531          (1) Before seeking judicial review of the commission's action, any party, stockholder,
             532      bondholder, or other person pecuniarily interested in the public utility who is dissatisfied with
             533      an order of the commission shall meet the requirements of this section.
             534          (2) (a) After any order or decision has been made by the commission, any party to the
             535      action or proceeding, any stockholder, bondholder, or other party pecuniarily interested in the
             536      public utility affected may apply for rehearing of any matters determined in the action or
             537      proceeding.
             538          (b) An applicant may not urge or rely on any ground not set forth in the application in
             539      an appeal to any court.
             540          (c) Any application for rehearing not granted by the commission within 20 days is
             541      denied.
             542          (d) (i) If the commission grants any application for rehearing without suspending the
             543      order involved, the commission shall issue its decision on rehearing within 20 days after final
             544      submission.
             545          (ii) If the commission fails to render its decision on rehearing within 20 days, the order
             546      involved is affirmed.
             547          (e) Unless an order of the commission directs that an order is stayed or postponed, an
             548      application for review or rehearing does not excuse any corporation or person from complying
             549      with and obeying any order or decision of the commission.
             550          (3) Any order or decision on rehearing that abrogates, changes, or modifies an original
             551      order or decision has the same [force and] effect as an original order or decision, but does not
             552      affect any right, or the enforcement of any right, arising from the original order or decision
             553      unless [so] ordered by the commission.
             554          (4) An order of the commission, including a decision on rehearing:


             555          (a) [shall have binding force and] has effect only with respect to a public utility that is
             556      an actual party to the proceeding in which the order is rendered; and
             557          (b) does not determine any right, privilege, obligation, duty, constraint, burden, or
             558      responsibility with respect to a public utility that is not a party to the proceeding in which the
             559      order is rendered unless, in accordance with Subsection 63G-3-201 (6), the commission makes
             560      a rule that incorporates the one or more principles of law that:
             561          (i) are established by the order;
             562          (ii) are not in commission rules at the time of the order; and
             563          (iii) affect the right, privilege, obligation, duty, constraint, burden, or responsibility
             564      with respect to the public utility.
             565          Section 11. Section 61-1-21 is amended to read:
             566           61-1-21. Penalties for violations.
             567          (1) A person is guilty of a third degree felony who willfully violates any provision of
             568      this chapter except Sections 61-1-1 and 61-1-16 , or who willfully violates any [rule or] order
             569      under this chapter, or who willfully violates Section 61-1-16 knowing the statement made to be
             570      false or misleading in any material respect.
             571          (2) A person who willfully violates Section 61-1-1 :
             572          (a) is guilty of a third degree felony if, at the time the crime was committed, the
             573      property, money, or thing unlawfully obtained or sought to be obtained was worth less than
             574      $10,000;
             575          (b) is guilty of a second degree felony if:
             576          (i) at the time the crime was committed, the property, money, or thing unlawfully
             577      obtained or sought to be obtained was worth $10,000 or more; or
             578          (ii) (A) at the time the crime was committed, the property, money, or thing unlawfully
             579      obtained or sought to be obtained was worth less than $10,000; and
             580          (B) in connection with that violation, the violator knowingly accepted any money
             581      representing:
             582          (I) equity in a person's home;
             583          (II) a withdrawal from any individual retirement account; or
             584          (III) a withdrawal from any qualified retirement plan as defined in the Internal Revenue
             585      Code; or


             586          (c) is guilty of a second degree felony punishable by imprisonment for an indeterminate
             587      term of not less than three years or more than 15 years if:
             588          (i) at the time the crime was committed, the property, money, or thing unlawfully
             589      obtained or sought to be obtained was worth $10,000 or more; and
             590          (ii) in connection with that violation, the violator knowingly accepted any money
             591      representing:
             592          (A) equity in a person's home;
             593          (B) a withdrawal from any individual retirement account; or
             594          (C) a withdrawal from any qualified retirement plan as defined in the Internal Revenue
             595      Code.
             596          (3) [No] A person may not be imprisoned for the violation of any [rule or] order if [he]
             597      the person proves that [he] the person had no knowledge of the [rule or] order.
             598          (4) In addition to any other penalty for a criminal violation of this chapter, the
             599      sentencing judge may impose any penalty or remedy provided for in Subsection 61-1-20 (2)(b).
             600          Section 12. Section 61-1-24 is amended to read:
             601           61-1-24. Rules, forms, and orders of division.
             602          (1) (a) The division may make, amend, and rescind rules, forms, and orders when
             603      necessary to carry out the provisions of this chapter.
             604          (b) For the purpose of rules and forms, the division may classify securities, persons,
             605      and matters within its jurisdiction, and prescribe different requirements for different classes.
             606          (2) (a) The division may not make, amend, or rescind any rule, form, or order unless it
             607      finds that the action is in the public interest, for the protection of investors, and consistent with
             608      the purposes of this chapter.
             609          (b) In prescribing rules and forms, the division may cooperate with the securities
             610      administrators of the other states and the Securities and Exchange Commission to achieve
             611      maximum uniformity in the form and content of registration statements, applications, and
             612      reports wherever practicable.
             613          (3) (a) The division may prescribe:
             614          (i) the form and content of financial statements required under this chapter;
             615          (ii) the circumstances under which consolidated financial statements shall be filed; and
             616          (iii) whether or not any required financial statements shall be certified by independent


             617      public accountants.
             618          (b) All financial statements shall be prepared in accordance with generally accepted
             619      accounting principles.
             620          (4) All rules and forms of the division shall be published.
             621          (5) [No] A provision of this chapter imposing any liability [applies] does not apply to
             622      any act done or omitted in good faith in conformity with any rule, form, or order of the
             623      division, notwithstanding that the rule, form, or order may later be amended or rescinded or be
             624      determined by judicial or other authority to be invalid for any reason.
             625          [(6) The division may by rule classify specific acts as unlawful within the meaning of
             626      Sections 61-1-1 and 61-1-2 if it finds that the acts could operate as a fraud or part of a device,
             627      scheme, or artifice to defraud any person, and that the rule is not inconsistent with this chapter.]
             628          Section 13. Section 63-11-17.3 is repealed and reenacted to read:
             629          63-11-17.3. Violations of title and rules.
             630          Unless otherwise provided in this title:
             631          (1) a violation of any provision of this title is a class B misdemeanor; and
             632          (2) a violation of any rule of the Board of Parks and Recreation is an infraction.
             633          Section 14. Repealer.
             634          This bill repeals:
             635          Section 73-18b-3, Violation of regulations -- Misdemeanor.




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