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S.B. 21 Enrolled






Chief Sponsor: Dennis E. Stowell

House Sponsor: Stephen D. Clark

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill modifies provisions relating to the Department of Health and local health
             11      department responsibilities.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    modifies responsibilities of the Department of Health and local health departments
             15      with respect to their interrelationship;
             16          .    requires the Department of Health to establish a committee consisting of
             17      Department of Health and local health department representatives;
             18          .    provides for the responsibilities of the committee;
             19          .    provides a process for processing applications for federal grants and establishing
             20      the goals and budget for federal grants; and
             21          .    allows the Department of Health to use federal grant money to pay certain
             22      administrative costs.
             23      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             24          None
             25      Other Special Clauses:
             26          This bill takes effect July 1, 2010.
             27      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             28      AMENDS:
             29          26-1-4, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1991, Chapters 112 and 269

             31      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             32          Section 1. Section 26-1-4 is amended to read:
             33           26-1-4. Department of Health created -- Policymaking responsibilities --
             34      Consultation with local health departments -- Committee to evaluate health policies and
             35      to review federal grants -- Committee responsibilities.
             36          (1) There is created the Department of Health, which has all of the policymaking
             37      functions, regulatory and enforcement powers, rights, duties, and responsibilities of the
             38      Division of Health, the Board of Health, the State Health Planning Development Agency, and
             39      the Office of Health Care Financing. Unless otherwise specifically provided, when reference
             40      is made in any statute of this state to the Board of Health, the Division of Health, the State
             41      Health Planning Development Agency, or the Office of Health Care Financing, it refers to the
             42      department. The department shall assume all of the policymaking functions, powers, rights,
             43      duties, and responsibilities over the division, agency, and office previously vested in the
             44      Department of Human Services and its executive director.
             45          (2) [(a)] In establishing public health policy [which directly affects local health
             46      departments, as defined in Title 26A, Chapter 1, Part 1], the department shall [cooperate]
             47      consult with the local health departments established under Title 26A, Chapter 1, Local Health
             48      Departments.
             49          [(b) The department shall establish by rule procedures for developing its policies,
             50      which ensure that local health departments are given opportunity to comment and provide
             51      input on any new policy of the department and on any proposed changes in existing policies
             52      which affect local health departments.]
             53          [(c) The department shall also provide a mechanism for review of its existing policies
             54      which affect local health departments, and for consideration of policy changes proposed by
             55      local health departments.]
             56          (3) (a) As used in this Subsection (3):
             57          (i) "Committee" means the committee established under Subsection (3)(b).

             58          (ii) "Exempt application" means an application for a federal grant that meets the
             59      criteria established under Subsection (3)(c)(iii).
             60          (iii) "Expedited application" means an application for a federal grant that meets the
             61      criteria established under Subsection (3)(c)(iv).
             62          (iv) "Federal grant" means a grant from the federal government that could provide
             63      funds for local health departments to help them fulfill their duties and responsibilities.
             64          (v) "Reviewable application" means an application for a federal grant that is not an
             65      exempt application.
             66          (b) The department shall establish a committee consisting of:
             67          (i) the executive director, or the executive director's designee;
             68          (ii) two representatives of the department, appointed by the executive director; and
             69          (iii) three representatives of local health departments, appointed by all local health
             70      departments.
             71          (c) The committee shall:
             72          (i) evaluate:
             73          (A) the allocation of public health resources between the department and local health
             74      departments; and
             75          (B) policies that affect local health departments;
             76          (ii) consider policy changes proposed by the department or local health departments;
             77          (iii) establish criteria by which an application for a federal grant may be judged to
             78      determine whether it should be exempt from the requirements under Subsection (3)(d); and
             79          (iv) establish criteria by which an application for a federal grant may be judged to
             80      determine whether committee review under Subsection (3)(d)(i) should be delayed until after
             81      the application is submitted because the application is required to be submitted under a
             82      timetable that makes committee review before it is submitted impracticable if the submission
             83      deadline is to be met.
             84          (d) (i) The committee shall review the goals and budget for each reviewable
             85      application:

             86          (A) before the application is submitted, except for an expedited application; and
             87          (B) for an expedited application, after the application is submitted but before funds
             88      from the federal grant for which the application was submitted are disbursed or encumbered.
             89          (ii) Funds from a federal grant pursuant to a reviewable application may not be
             90      disbursed or encumbered before the goals and budget for the federal grant are established by:
             91          (A) a two-thirds vote of the committee, following the committee review under
             92      Subsection (3)(d)(i); or
             93          (B) if two-thirds of the committee cannot agree on the goals and budget, the chair of
             94      the health advisory council, after consultation with the committee in a manner that the
             95      committee determines.
             96          (e) An exempt application is exempt from the requirements of Subsection (3)(d).
             97          (f) The committee shall report to the Legislature's Health and Human Services
             98      Appropriations Subcommittee and Political Subdivisions Interim Committee by November 30
             99      of each year regarding implementation of this Subsection (3).
             100          (g) The department may use money from a federal grant to pay administrative costs
             101      incurred in implementing this Subsection (3).
             102          Section 2. Effective date.
             103          This bill takes effect July 1, 2010.

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