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MINUTES OF THE SENATE
TRANSPORTATION & PUBLIC UTILITIES & TECHNOLOGY
STANDING COMMITTEE
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2009, 2:00 P.M.
ROOM 215, SENATE BUILDING, STATE CAPITOL COMPLEX


Members Present:     Sen. Steve Urquhart, Chair
            Sen. David Hinkins
            Sen. Sheldon Killpack
            Sen. Peter Knudson
            Sen. Brent Goodfellow
            Sen. Karen Mayne

Members Absent:        Sen. Kevin VanTassell
            
Staff Present:        Leif Elder, Policy Analyst
            Cami Deavila, Secretary
            
Public Speakers Present:     Brent Gardner, Utah Association of Counties
            Sam Klemm, Wasatch Front Regional Counsel
            Kim Gibb, Driver License Division
            Art Brown, President, MADD
            Jim Olsen, President, Utah Food Industry Association

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

Committee Chair Urquhart called the meeting to order at 2:08 p.m.

1.      SB0052, New Motor Vehicle Franchise Amendments (S. Killpack)

    S.B. 52 was not considered.

2.    SB0057, Local Option Transportation Corridor Preservation Fund Amendments
    (R. Okerlund)

    Sen. Okerlund introduced the bill.

    Mr. Gardner and Mr. Klemm spoke to the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Goodfellow moved to amend S.B. 57, Local Option Transportation Corridor Preservation Fund Amendments, as follows:


1.    Page 1, Lines 18 through 20 :    



             18          .    requires the department to
  annually       allocate the interest earned on fund monies to each

             19      county based on the proportionate amount of interest earned on each county's
             20      allocation of funds on an average monthly balance basis; and

2.    Page 3, Lines 67 through 69 :    

             67          (e) The department shall
  annually       allocate the interest earned on fund monies to each county

             68      based on the proportionate amount of interest earned on each county's allocation of funds under
             69      Subsection (4)(d) on an average monthly balance basis.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sens. Hinkins and Killpack absent for the vote.

     MOTION: Sen. Goodfellow moved to pass S.B. 57, Local Option Transportation Corridor Preservation Fund Amendments, as amended, out of committee with a favorable recommendation.

    The motion passed unanimously.

     MOTION: Sen. Killpack moved to place S.B. 57, Local Option Transportation Corridor Preservation Fund Amendments, on the consent calendar.

    The motion passed unanimously.

3.    HB0021, Amendments to Driver License Sanction Requirements (R. Greenwood)

    Rep. Greenwood introduced the bill.

    Ms. Gibb spoke for the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Hinkins moved to pass H.B. 21, Amendments to Driver License Sanction Requirements, out of committee with a favorable recommendation.

    The motion passed unanimously.

4.    HCR001, Concurrent Resolution on Certification of Compressed Natural Gas Vehicles
    (J. Draxler)

    Rep. Draxler introduced the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Knudson moved to pass H.C.R. 1, Concurrent Resolution on Certification

of Compressed Natural Gas Vehicles, out of committee with a favorable recommendation.

    The motion passed unanimously.

     MOTION: Sen. Knudson moved to place H.C.R. 1, Concurrent Resolution on Certification of Compressed Natural Gas Vehicles, on the consent calendar.

    The motion passed unanimously.

     MOTION: Sen. Killpack moved to recess.

    The motion passed unanimously and the meeting recessed at 2:40 p.m.

    Committee Chair Urquhart reconvened the meeting at 2:50 p.m.

5.    SB0147, Driver License Revisions (L. Hillyard)

    Sen. Hillyard introduced the bill.

    Mr. Brown spoke to the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Knudson moved to replace S.B. 147, Driver License Revisions, with 1st Sub. S.B. 147, Driver License Revisions.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Goodfellow absent for the vote.

     MOTION: Sen. Hinkins moved to pass 1st Sub. S.B. 147, Driver License Revisions, out of committee with a favorable recommendation.

    The motion passed unanimoulsy with Sen. Goodfellow absent for the vote.

6.    SB0149, Prohibition of Text Messaging or Electronic Mail Communication While Driving (L. Hillyard)

    Sen. Hillyard introduced the bill.

    Mr. Olsen spoke for the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Knudson moved to amend S.B. 149, Prohibition of Text Messaging or Electronic Mail Communication While Driving, as follows:

1.    Page 2, Lines 29 through 32 :    

             29          .    provides that a judge or justice may

{   recommend   }        order       that a person's driver license be


             30
     suspended for three months upon conviction of the prohibition on using a wireless
             31      communication device for text messaging or electronic mail communication while
             32      operating a motor vehicle;

2.    Page 3, Lines 81 through 83 :    

             81          (a) the person has also inflicted serious bodily injury upon another as a proximate
             82      result of using a wireless communication device for text messaging or electronic mail
             83      communication while operating a motor vehicle on a highway in this state;
{   and   }


3.    Page 5, Lines 129 through 132 :    

             129          (5) Upon a conviction of the prohibition on using a wireless communication device for
             130      text messaging or electronic mail communication while operating a motor vehicle under
             131      Section 41-6a-1716 , a judge or justice may
{   recommend   }        order       a suspension of the convicted person's

             132      license for a period of three months.

4.    Page 9, Lines 248 through 251 :    

             248          (b) Criminal homicide is automobile homicide, a third degree felony, if the person
             249      operates a motor vehicle in a negligent manner
{   causing the death of another and was   }        while       using a

             250      wireless communication device for text messaging or electronic mail communication at the
             251      time of operation
  causing the death of another       .


5.    Page 9, Lines 254 through 257 :    

             254          (b) Criminal homicide is automobile homicide, a second degree felony, if the person
             255      operates a motor vehicle in a criminally negligent manner
{   causing the death of another and was   }        while      

             256      using a wireless communication device for text messaging or electronic mail communication at
             257      the time of operation
  causing the death of another       .



    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Goodfellow absent for the vote.

     MOTION: Sen. Mayne moved to pass S.B. 149, Prohibition of Text Messaging or Electronic Mail Communication While Driving, as amended, out of committee with a favorable recommendation.



    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Goodfellow absent for the vote.

Approval of Minutes

     MOTION: Sen. Knudson moved to approve the minutes of February 4, 2009 meeting.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Goodfellow absent for the vote.

     MOTION: Sen. Killpack moved to adjourn.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Goodfellow absent for the vote.

    Sen. Urquhart adjourned the meeting at 3:30 p.m.

    Minutes were reported by Cami Deavila.

    






Sen. Steve Urquhart, Committee Chair