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INUTES OF THE HOUSE BUSINESS AND LABOR
STANDING COMMITTEE
Room 450, State Capitol, Utah State Capitol Complex
February 23, 2009

Members Present:    Rep. Jim Dunnigan, Chair
            Rep. Patrick Painter, Vice Chair                    
            Rep. Jackie Biskupski            
            Rep. Stephen Clark
            Rep. Susan Duckworth            
            Rep. Gage Froerer         
            Rep. Kevin Garn
            
Rep. Francis Gibson
            
Rep. Neil Hansen
            
Rep. Brian King
            
Rep. Todd Kiser
            Rep. Michael Morley    
            Rep. Brent Wallis
            Rep. Curt Webb
             
Staff Present:    Phil Dean, Policy Analyst            
            Linda Error, Committee Secretary

Note:        List of visitors and a copy of handouts are filed with committee minutes .

Rep. Dunnigan called the meeting to order at 4:40 p.m.

MOTION:    Rep. Painter moved to approve the minutes of the February 20, 2009 meeting. The motion passed unanimously, with Rep. Biskupski, Rep. Clark, Rep. Duckworth, Rep. Gibson, and Rep. Morley absent for the vote.

H.B. 402    Enforcement of Carbon Monoxide Detector Requirements (Rep. K. Garn)

Rep. Garn presented the bill to the committee.

Spoke to the bill:    Scott Marsell, building official, Sandy City

MOTION:    Rep. Froerer moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed unanimously, with Rep. Biskupski, Rep. Clark, Rep. Duckworth, and Rep. Morley absent for the vote.

MOTION:    Rep. Garn moved to place H.B. 402 on the Consent Calendar. The motion passed unanimously, with Rep. Biskupski, Rep. Clark, Rep. Duckworth, and Rep Morley absent for the vote.


S.B. 139    Employer Election Retirement Amendments (Sen. C. Bramble)

Rep. Garn presented the bill to the committee.

MOTION:    Rep. Hansen moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed unanimously, with Rep. Biskupski and Rep. Morley absent for the vote.

MOTION:    Rep. Garn moved to place S.B. 139 on the Consent Calendar. The motion passed unanimously, with Rep. Biskupski and Rep. Morley absent for the vote.

H.B. 347    Alcoholic Beverage Control Act Modifications (Rep. G. Hughes)

Rep. Hughes presented the bill to the committee with the assistance of Tani Downing, General Counsel for the Governor and Earl Dorius, Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

MOTION:    Rep. Biskupski moved to amend the bill as follows:

1.    Page 72, Lines 2200 through 2201 :    

             2200          (23) (a) A social on-premise liquor license may not be transferred from one location to
             2201      another
{   person   }        location       , without prior written approval of the commission.


2.    Page 72, Lines 2207 through 2208 :    

             2207          (24) Subject to Subsections (22) and (23), a social on-premise liquor licensee may not
  temporarily      

             2208      rent or otherwise
  temporarily       lease its premises to a person unless:


3.    Page 77, Lines 2367 through 2376 :    

             2367          (c) If after the conversions under Subsection (1) and the allocation under Subsection
             2368      (2)(a), there are social on-premise liquor licenses that may be issued by the commission, if a
             2369      restaurant liquor licensee renews its license under this section as of September 30, 2009:
             2370          (i) the restaurant liquor licensee may request converting its license to a class 1 social
             2371      on-premise liquor license;
             2372          (ii) notwithstanding the renewal fee required under Section 32A-4-102 , the restaurant
             2373      liquor licensee shall pay a renewal fee of $1,600; and
             2374          (iii) effective
{   October   }        November       1, 2009, if the restaurant liquor

licensee qualifies as a class 1


             2375      social on-premise liquor licensee, the department shall automatically convert the restaurant
             2376      liquor license to a class 1 social on-premise liquor license.

4.    Page 105, Lines 3249 through 3250 :    

             3249          [(39)] (32) A private club license may not be transferred from one location to another
             3250     
{   person   }        location       , without prior written approval of the commission.


5.    Page 106, Lines 3256 through 3257 :    

             3256          (34) Subject to Subsections (31)
{   through   }        and       (33), a private club licensee may not        temporarily       rent or

             3257      otherwise
  temporarily       lease its premises to a person unless:


The motion to amend passed unanimously, with Rep. Garn and Rep. Kiser absent for the vote.

Spoke for the bill:        Art Cazares, Bombara Restaurant
                Danny Richardson, Utah Tourism Industry Coalition
                Melva Sine, Utah Restaurant Association
                Tom Guinney, Gastronomy
                Mark Livingston, Utah Hospitality Association
            

Spoke against the bill:    Jeff Novak, Coalition for Ethics and Accountability in Government
                Jaynie Brown, MADD of Utah
                Laura Bunker, Citizens for Families
                Will Muhs, citizen, Ogden, Utah
                Kris Kimball, United Women's Forum
                Sally Brinton, mother and grandmother

Spoke to the bill:        Rep. Curtis Oda, Utah House of Representatives

MOTION:    Rep. Painter moved to amend the bill as follows:

1. Page 33, Line 973:    after "than" delete "48" and insert "24"





SUBSTITUTE
MOTION:    Rep. Hansen moved to amend the bill as follows:

6.    Page 32, Lines 971 through 975 :    

             971          (i) used by the social on-premise liquor licensee only for purposes of verifying proof
             972      of age in accordance with this section; and
             973          (ii) retained by the social on-premise liquor licensee for no more than
{   48 hours   }        seven calendar days       from

             974      close of business of the day on which the social on-premise liquor licensee obtains the
             975      information.

The substitute motion to amend passed, with Rep. Dunnigan, Rep. Froerer, Rep. Gibson, Rep. Painter, and Rep Wallis voting in opposition. Rep. Garn was absent for the vote.

MOTION:    Rep. Clark moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed, with Rep. Dunnigan, Rep. Gibson, Rep. Kiser, Rep. Morley, and Rep. Webb voting in opposition. Rep. Garn was absent for the vote.

Rep. Dunnigan relinquished the chair to Rep. Painter.

H.B. 192    Personal Injury Judgment Interest (Rep. J. Dunnigan)

Rep. Dunnigan presented the bill to the committee.

MOTION:    Rep. Gibson moved to amend the bill as follows:

1.    Page 1, Lines 9 through 17 :    

             9          This bill amends the
{   date that a plaintiff may claim   }        the       interest        rate       on      {   special   }        personal injury       damages      {   , and

             10      defines interest as simple interest and not compounded interest  
}
.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          
{   .    requires interest accrued on special damages to be simple interest, not compound

             14      interest; and  
}

             15          .    changes the
{   date from which   }        rate of       interest      {   is accrued for

special damages from the date of


             16      the occurrence of the act giving rise to the cause of the action to the date that the
             17      damage was actually incurred.  
}
  on damages for personal injury actions.      


2.    Page 2, Lines 28 through 44 :    

             28          78B-5-824. Personal injury judgments -- Interest authorized.
             29          (1) In all actions brought to recover damages for personal injuries sustained by any
             30      person, [resulting from or occasioned by the tort of any other person, corporation, association,
             31      or partnership, whether by] caused by the negligence or willful intent of [that other] another
             32      person
{   [   } , corporation, association, or partnership      {   ]   }      {   or entity   } , and whether the injury was fatal or

             33      otherwise, the plaintiff in the complaint may claim interest on special damages actually
             34      incurred
{   [   } from the date of the occurrence of the act giving rise to the cause of action      {   ]   } .

             35          (2) It is the duty of the court, in entering judgment for plaintiff in that action, to add to
             36      the amount of special damages actually incurred that are assessed by the verdict of the jury, or
             37      found by the court, prejudgment interest on that amount calculated at
{   the legal rate, as defined

             38      in Section 15-1-1  
}
  7.5% simple interest per annum       ,      {   [   } from the date of the occurrence of the act giving rise to the cause of action

             39      to the date of entering the judgment,
{   ]   } and to include it in that judgment.

             40          
{   (3) Interest claimed on any special damage shall be computed from the date the damage

             41      was actually incurred.
             42          (4) Interest under Subsections (1) and (2) shall be simple and not compounded.  
}

             43          
{   [   } (3)      {   ]   }      {   (5)   } As used in this section, "special damages actually incurred" does not include

             44      damages for future medical expenses, loss of future wages, or loss of future earning capacity.

The motion to amend passed unanimously, with Rep. Biskupski absent for the vote.


Spoke for the bill:    Steve Sullivan, Utah Association for Justice
            Chris Purcell, State Farm Insurance

MOTION:    Rep. King moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed unanimously.

MOTION:    Rep. Dunnigan moved to place H.B. 192 on the Consent Calendar. The motion passed unanimously.

Rep. Dunngan resumed the chair.

H.B. 353    Truth in Advertising Act Amendments (Rep. M. Morley)

Rep. Morley presented the bill to the committee.

Spoke for the bill:        Rose Marie Murray, United Families of Utah
                Alan Osmond, One Heart Foundation
                Gayle Ruzicka, Utah Eagle Forum

Spoke against the bill:    Dick Cornell, Utah Association of Theater Owners (handout)
                Dave Davis, Utah Retail Merchants Association
                Scott Sabey, Motion Picture Association of America

MOTION:    Rep. Garn moved to pass the bill out favorably.

SUBSTITUTE
MOTION:    Rep. Biskupski moved to adjourn the meeting. The motion failed, with Rep. Biskupski, Rep. Duckworth, Rep. Hansen, and Rep. King voting in favor. Rep. Froerer was absent for the vote.

The original motion to pass the bill out favorably passed, with Rep. Biskupski, Rep. Duckworth, and Rep. Hansen voting in opposition. Rep. Froerer was absent for the vote.

H.B. 135    Lien Revisions (Rep. B. King)

This bill was not heard.

MOTION:    Rep. Painter moved to adjourn the meeting. The motion passed unanimously, with Rep. Froerer absent for the vote.

Rep. Dunnigan adjourned the meeting at 7:50 p.m.

                        ________________________________
                         Rep. James Dunnigan, Chair