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S.B. 64






Chief Sponsor: Howard A. Stephenson

House Sponsor: Ben C. Ferry

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill allows the Administrative Rules Review Committee to review appropriations
             11      made by the Legislature.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    allows the committee to review the use of funds appropriated by the Legislature to
             15      ensure that any expressed legislative intent language is followed;
             16          .    addresses the committee's use of interim committee rules; and
             17          .    makes technical changes.
             18      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             19          None
             20      Other Special Clauses:
             21          None
             22      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             23      AMENDS:
             24          63G-3-501, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 382
             26      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             27          Section 1. Section 63G-3-501 is amended to read:

             28           63G-3-501. Administrative Rules Review Committee.
             29          (1) (a) There is created an Administrative Rules Review Committee of ten permanent
             30      members and four ex officio members.
             31          (b) (i) The committee's permanent members shall be composed of five members of the
             32      Senate, appointed by the president of the Senate, and five members of the House, appointed by
             33      the speaker of the House, with no more than three senators and three representatives from the
             34      same political party.
             35          (ii) (A) The permanent members shall convene at least once each month as a
             36      committee to review new agency rules, amendments to existing agency rules, and repeals of
             37      existing agency rules.
             38          (B) Meetings may be suspended at the discretion of the committee chairs.
             39          (iii) Members shall serve for two-year terms or until their successors are appointed.
             40          (iv) (A) A vacancy exists whenever a committee member ceases to be a member of the
             41      Legislature, or when a member resigns from the committee.
             42          (B) Vacancies shall be filled by the appointing authority, and the replacement shall
             43      serve out the unexpired term.
             44          (c) When the committee reviews existing rules, the committee's permanent members
             45      shall invite the Senate and House chairmen of the standing committee and the Senate and
             46      House chairmen of the appropriation subcommittee that have jurisdiction over the agency
             47      whose existing rules are being reviewed to participate as nonvoting, ex officio members with
             48      the committee.
             49          (d) Three representatives and three senators from the permanent members are a quorum
             50      for the transaction of business at any meeting.
             51          (2) Each agency rule as defined in Section 63G-3-102 shall be submitted to the
             52      committee at the same time public notice is given under Section 63G-3-301 .
             53          (3) (a) The committee shall exercise continuous oversight of the process of rulemaking.
             54          (b) The committee shall examine rules submitted by each agency to determine:
             55          (i) whether [or not] they are authorized by statute;
             56          (ii) whether [or not] they comply with legislative intent;
             57          (iii) their impact on the economy and the government operations of the state and local
             58      political subdivisions; and

             59          (iv) their impact on affected persons.
             60          (c) (i) To carry out these duties, the committee may examine any other issues that it
             61      considers necessary.
             62          (ii) The committee may also notify and refer rules to the chairmen of the interim
             63      committee which has jurisdiction over a particular agency when the committee determines that
             64      an issue involved in an agency's rules may be more appropriately addressed by that committee.
             65          (d) In reviewing the rules, the committee shall follow generally accepted principles of
             66      statutory construction.
             67          (4) The committee may request that the Office of the Legislative Fiscal Analyst prepare
             68      a fiscal note on any rule.
             69          (5) In order to accomplish its oversight functions and its functions under Subsection
             70      (8), the committee has all the powers granted to legislative interim committees as set forth in
             71      Section 36-12-11 .
             72          (6) (a) The committee may prepare written findings of its review of each rule and may
             73      include any recommendations, including legislative action.
             74          (b) The committee shall provide to the agency that enacted the rule:
             75          (i) its findings, if any; and
             76          (ii) a request that the agency notify the committee of any changes it makes in the rule.
             77          (c) The committee shall provide its findings to any member of the Legislature and to
             78      any person affected by the rule who requests the findings.
             79          (d) The committee shall provide its findings to the presiding officers of both the House
             80      and the Senate, Senate and House chairs of the standing committee, and the Senate and House
             81      chairs of the Appropriation Subcommittee that have jurisdiction over the agency whose rules
             82      are the subject of the findings.
             83          (7) (a) The committee may submit a report on its review of state agency rules to each
             84      member of the Legislature at each regular session.
             85          (b) The report shall include:
             86          (i) the findings and recommendations made by the committee under Subsection (6);
             87          (ii) any action taken by an agency in response to committee recommendations; and
             88          (iii) any recommendations by the committee for legislation.
             89          (8) (a) Independent of its power to review administrative rules, the committee may

             90      review any appropriation made by the Legislature, whether in an appropriations bill or
             91      otherwise, to ensure that the entity to which the funds were appropriated complies with any
             92      expressed legislative intent concerning the appropriation.
             93          (b) If the committee finds that an entity has not complied with any expressed
             94      legislative intent concerning an appropriation, the committee shall report the finding to the
             95      Legislature's Executive Appropriations Committee.
             96          (c) Before November 30, 2011, the committee shall review whether it is advisable to
             97      continue reviewing appropriations under this Subsection (8).

Legislative Review Note
    as of 1-19-09 11:37 AM

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