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S.B. 152





Chief Sponsor: Michael G. Waddoups

House Sponsor: David Clark

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill amends the statutory duties and powers of the Legislative Management
             10      Committee.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    provides, in statute, that the Legislative Management Committee has the authority
             14      to authorize the Legislature's initiation of, response to, intervention in, or
             15      participation in certain proceedings that involve a core interest of the Legislature.
             16      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             17          None
             18      Other Special Clauses:
             19          None
             20      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             21      AMENDS:
             22          36-12-7, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1995, Chapter 2
             24      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             25          Section 1. Section 36-12-7 is amended to read:
             26           36-12-7. Legislative Management Committee -- Duties.
             27          (1) The Senate or House Management Committee shall:

             28          (a) receive legislative resolutions directing studies on legislative matters and may
             29      assign these studies to the appropriate interim committee of its house;
             30          (b) assign to interim committees of the same house, matters of legislative study not
             31      specifically contained in a legislative resolution but considered significant to the welfare of the
             32      state;
             33          (c) receive requests from interim committees of its house for matters to be included on
             34      the study agenda of the requesting committee. Appropriate bases for denying a study include
             35      inadequate funding to properly complete the study or duplication of the work;
             36          (d) establish a budget account for interim committee day as designated by Legislative
             37      Management Committee and for all other legislative committees of its house and allocate to
             38      that account sufficient funds to adequately provide for the work of the committee; and
             39          (e) designate the time and place for periodic meetings of the interim committees.
             40          (2) To maximize the use of legislators' available time, the Senate and House
             41      Management Committees should attempt to schedule the committee meetings of their
             42      respective houses during the same one or two-day period each month. This does not preclude
             43      an interim committee from meeting at any time it determines necessary to complete its
             44      business.
             45          (3) The Legislative Management Committee shall:
             46          (a) employ, after recommendation of the appropriate subcommittee of the Legislative
             47      Management Committee, without regard to political affiliation, and subject to approval of a
             48      majority vote of both houses, persons qualified for the positions of director of the Office of
             49      Legislative Research and General Counsel, legislative fiscal analyst, legislative general
             50      counsel, and legislative auditor general. Appointments to these positions shall be for terms of
             51      six years subject to renewal under the same procedure as the original appointment. A person
             52      may be removed from any of these offices prior to the expiration of his term only by a majority
             53      vote of both houses of the Legislature or by a 2/3 vote of the management committee for such
             54      causes as inefficiency, incompetency, failure to maintain skills or adequate performance levels,
             55      insubordination, misfeasance, malfeasance, or nonfeasance in office. In the event a vacancy
             56      occurs in any of these offices after adjournment of the Legislature, the committee shall appoint
             57      an individual to fill the vacancy until such time as the person is approved or rejected by
             58      majority vote of the next session of the Legislature;

             59          (b) develop policies for personnel management, compensation, and training of all
             60      professional legislative staff;
             61          (c) develop a policy within the limits of legislative appropriation for the authorization
             62      and payment to legislators of compensation and travel expenses, including out-of-state travel;
             63          (d) approve special study budget requests of the legislative directors; and
             64          (e) assist the speaker-elect of the House of Representatives and the president-elect of
             65      the Senate, upon selection by their majority party caucus, to organize their respective houses of
             66      the Legislature and assume the direction of the operation of the Legislature in the forthcoming
             67      annual general session.
             68          (4) The Legislature delegates to the Legislative Management Committee the authority,
             69      by means of a majority vote of the committee, to initiate, respond to, intervene in, or otherwise
             70      participate in any judicial, administrative, or other proceeding on behalf of and in the name of
             71      the Legislature as a whole, in order to assert or defend an interest of the Legislature.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 1-28-09 5:07 PM

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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