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MINUTES OF THE SENATE GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS &

POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS STANDING COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 20, 2009, 8:00 A.M.

ROOM 415 STATE CAPITOL



Members Present:        Sen. Peter C. Knudson, Chair
                Sen. Greg Bell
                Sen. John Greiner
                Sen. Scott K. Jenkins
                Sen. Dan Liljenquist
                Sen. Scott D. McCoy
                Sen. Luz Robles


Staff Present:             Rich North, Policy Analyst
                 Jean Butler, Committee Secretary

Public Speakers:        Susan Kuziak, Utah Education Association, (UEA)
                Jodi Hoffman, Utah League of Cities and Towns, Land Use Task
                Force, (ULCT) (LUTF)
                Anna Clare Shepherd, Concerned Citizen
                Dennis Kellen, Executive Director, Dept of Alcohol Beverage Control , (DABC)

A list of visitors and a copy of handouts are filed with the committee minutes.    

Committee Chair Knudson called the meeting to order at 8:04 a.m.


     Approval of Minutes

    MOTION
: Sen. Jenkins moved the committee approval the minutes of the 02/18/09
    meeting.

    The motion passed 5 - 0 - 2 with Sens Robles and McCoy absent for the vote.

1.      SB0156 Gifts and Meal Provisions for Public Officials (G. Bell)

     MOTION: Sen. Bell moved to amend SB156 as follows:

1.    Page 7, Lines 201 through 203 :    

             201          (C) an expenditure made for food or beverage
{   including the public official's name   } , if

             202      the aggregate daily expenditures benefitting the public official are greater than [$50; and]

$25
             203      unless the food or beverage is provided in connection with an event to which:

2.    Page 9, Lines 273 through 274 :    

             273          (b) Notwithstanding Subsection (1)(a), "gift" includes

  :

    (i)  
admission to a sporting,

             274      recreational, or artistic event whether as a spectator or a participant
  ; and

    (ii) cash  
.


    The motion passed 5 - 0 - 2 with Sens. Robles and McCoy absent for the vote.

    Sen. Bell further discussed the amended bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Liljenquist moved to pass the bill out favorably with the amendments.

    The motion passed 5 - 0 - 2 with Sens. Robles and Mc Coy absent for the vote.

2.     SB0162 Use of Campaign Funds Amendments (J. Valentine)

    Sen. Valentine presented the following amendments SB0162:

1.    Page 2, Lines 42 through 44 :    

             42          (4)
{   A   }        (a) Except as provided in Subsection (4)(b) and Section 20A-11- 402, a       person who is no longer a state office candidate may not expend or transfer the

             43      monies in a campaign account in a manner that would cause the former state office candidate to
             44      recognize the monies as taxable income under federal tax law.
    
  (b) A person who is no longer a state office candidate may transfer the monies in a campaign account in a manner that would cause the former state office candidate to recognize the monies as taxable income under federal tax law if the transfer is made to a campaign account for federal office.      


2.    Page 2, Line 58 through Page 3, Line 60 :    

             58          (5)
{   A   }        (a) Except as provided in Subsection (5)(b) and Section 20A-11- 402, a       person who is no longer a legislative office candidate may not expend or transfer

             59      the monies in a campaign account in a manner that would cause the former legislative office
             60      candidate to recognize the monies as taxable income under federal tax law.
  (b) A person who is no longer a legislative office candidate may transfer the monies in a campaign account in a manner that would cause the former legislative

office candidate to recognize the monies as taxable income under federal tax law if the transfer is made to a campaign account for federal office.      



3.    Page 3, Lines 76 through 78 :    

             76          (4)
  (a) Except as provided in Subsection (4)(b), a            {   A   } person who is no longer an officeholder may not expend or transfer the monies in

             77      a campaign account in a manner that would cause the former officeholder to recognize the
             78      monies as taxable income under federal tax law.
    
  (b) A person who is no longer an officeholder may transfer the monies in a campaign account in a manner that would cause the former officeholder to recognize the monies as taxable income under federal tax law if the transfer is made to a campaign account for federal office.      


4.    Page 4, Lines 94 through 96 :    

             94          (5)
{   A   }        (a) Except as provided in Subsection (5)(a) and Section 20A-11- 402, a       person who is no longer a school board candidate may not expend or transfer the

             95      monies in a campaign account in a manner that would cause the former school board candidate
             96      to recognize the monies as taxable income under federal tax law.
  (b) A person who is no longer a school board candidate may transfer the monies in a campaign account in a manner that would cause the former school board candidate to recognize the monies as taxable income under federal tax law if the transfer is made to a campaign account for federal office.      


    MOTION: Senator Jenkins moved the amendment be adopted.

    The motion passed 5 - 0 - 2 with Sens. Robles and Greiner absent for the vote.

    Sen. Valentine presented an overview of the bill and its amendments.

    Susan Kuziak, (UEA) spoke to the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Liljenquist moved with bill be passed out favorable as amended.

    The motion passed with a 4 - 1 - 2 vote. Sens. Robles and Greiner were absent for the
    vote, and Sen. Jenkins voted against the bill.

3.     SB0084 Impact Fees Revisions (G. Bell)

     MOTION: Sen. Bell moved that SB0084 be replaced with 1st Sub.
    S.B. 84.




    The motion passed 6 - 0 - 1 with Sen. Greiner absent for the vote.

    Sen. Bell presented the new bill.

    Jodi Hoffmann, ULCT, spoke for the bill.

    Anna Clare Shepherd, Concerned Citizen, presented a question to Sen. Bell.

     MOTION: Sen. Bell moved the substitute bill be passed out favorably.

    The motion passed 6 - 0 - 1 with Sen. Greiner absent for the vote.

4.     SB0209 Land Use, Development, and Management Act Amendments (G. Bell)

    Sen Bell asked Jodi Hoffman, Land Use Task Force, to assist in presenting the bill and to
    answer questions.

     MOTION: Sen. Greiner moved to pass the bill out favorably.
    
    The motion passed unanimously with a 7 - 0 - 0 vote.

5.     SB0106S01 Alcoholic Beverage Control Act Restrictions (S. McCoy)

    Sen. McCoy presented the bill.

    Dennis Kellen, DABC, spoke for the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Robles moved the bill be passed out favorably.

    The bill passed unanimously with a 7 - 0 - 0 vote.

6.      HB0118 Joint Resolution Expressing Support for and Recognizing the Value of     Locally Elected Officials (D. Aagard)

    Rep. Aagard presented the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Greiner moved the bill be passed out favorably.

    The motion passed out unanimously with a 7 - 0 - vote.

    MOTION: Sen. Greiner moved the meeting be adjourned.

    The motion passed unanimously with a 7 - 0 - 0.



    Chair Knudson adjourned the meeting at 3:15 p.m.


    Minutes were prepared by Jean Butler, Committee Secretary.




            ___________________________________________
             Senator Peter Knudson, Committee Chair