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First Substitute H.B. 178

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Representative Eric K. Hutchings proposes the following substitute bill:


             1     
BUREAU OF CRIMINAL IDENTIFICATION

             2     
FEE AMENDMENTS

             3     
2010 GENERAL SESSION

             4     
STATE OF UTAH

             5     
Chief Sponsor: Eric K. Hutchings

             6     
Senate Sponsor: Jon J. Greiner

             7     
             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill modifies fees charged for services provided by the Bureau of Criminal
             11      Identification.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    adds an application fee for a certificate of eligibility for expungement of $25; and
             15          .    changes the Bureau of Criminal Identification fees for:
             16              .    fingerprint cards from $15 to $20;
             17              .    name check from $10 to $15;
             18              .    issuance of a certificate of eligibility for expungement from $25 to $56 unless
             19      exempted in Subsection 77-18-10(6); and
             20              .    right of access service and an individual's criminal history report from $10 to
             21      $15.
             22      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             23          None
             24      Other Special Clauses:
             25          This bill coordinates with H.B. 21, Expungement Revisions, by providing technical


             26      amendments.
             27      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             28      AMENDS:
             29          53-10-108, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 183
             30          53-10-202.5, as enacted by Laws of Utah 1999, Chapter 227
             31          77-18-11, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 183
             32      Utah Code Sections Affected by Coordination Clause:
             33      AMENDS:
             34          53-10-202.5, as enacted by Laws of Utah 1999, Chapter 227
             35     
             36      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             37          Section 1. Section 53-10-108 is amended to read:
             38           53-10-108. Restrictions on access, use, and contents of division records -- Limited
             39      use of records for employment purposes -- Challenging accuracy of records -- Usage fees
             40      -- Missing children records.
             41          (1) Dissemination of information from a criminal history record or warrant of arrest
             42      information from division files is limited to:
             43          (a) criminal justice agencies for purposes of administration of criminal justice and for
             44      employment screening by criminal justice agencies;
             45          (b) noncriminal justice agencies or individuals for any purpose authorized by statute,
             46      executive order, court rule, court order, or local ordinance;
             47          (c) agencies or individuals for the purpose of obtaining required clearances connected
             48      with foreign travel or obtaining citizenship;
             49          (d) (i) agencies or individuals pursuant to a specific agreement with a criminal justice
             50      agency to provide services required for the administration of criminal justice; and
             51          (ii) the agreement shall specifically authorize access to data, limit the use of the data to
             52      purposes for which given, and ensure the security and confidentiality of the data;
             53          (e) agencies or individuals for the purpose of a preplacement adoptive study, in
             54      accordance with the requirements of Sections 78B-6-128 and 78B-6-130 ;
             55          (f) (i) agencies and individuals as the commissioner authorizes for the express purpose
             56      of research, evaluative, or statistical activities pursuant to an agreement with a criminal justice


             57      agency; and
             58          (ii) private security agencies through guidelines established by the commissioner for
             59      employment background checks for their own employees and prospective employees;
             60          (g) a qualifying entity for employment background checks for their own employees and
             61      persons who have applied for employment with the qualifying entity; and
             62          (h) other agencies and individuals as the commissioner authorizes and finds necessary
             63      for protection of life and property and for offender identification, apprehension, and
             64      prosecution pursuant to an agreement.
             65          (2) An agreement under Subsection (1)(f) or (1)(h) shall specifically authorize access
             66      to data, limit the use of data to research, evaluative, or statistical purposes, preserve the
             67      anonymity of individuals to whom the information relates, and ensure the confidentiality and
             68      security of the data.
             69          (3) (a) Before requesting information under Subsection (1)(g), a qualifying entity must
             70      obtain a signed waiver from the person whose information is requested.
             71          (b) The waiver must notify the signee:
             72          (i) that a criminal history background check will be conducted;
             73          (ii) who will see the information; and
             74          (iii) how the information will be used.
             75          (c) Information received by a qualifying entity under Subsection (1)(g) may only be:
             76          (i) available to persons involved in the hiring or background investigation of the
             77      employee; and
             78          (ii) used for the purpose of assisting in making an employment or promotion decision.
             79          (d) A person who disseminates or uses information obtained from the division under
             80      Subsection (1)(g) for purposes other than those specified under Subsection (3)(c), in addition to
             81      any penalties provided under this section, is subject to civil liability.
             82          (e) A qualifying entity that obtains information under Subsection (1)(g) shall provide
             83      the employee or employment applicant an opportunity to:
             84          (i) review the information received as provided under Subsection (8); and
             85          (ii) respond to any information received.
             86          (f) In accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the
             87      division may make rules to implement this Subsection (3).


             88          (g) (i) The applicant fingerprint card fee under Subsection (1)(g) is [$15] $20.
             89          (ii) The name check fee under Subsection (1)(g) is [$10] $15.
             90          (iii) These fees remain in effect until changed by the division through the process under
             91      Section 63J-1-504 .
             92          (iv) Funds generated under Subsections (3)(g)(i), (3)(g)(ii), and (8)(b) shall be
             93      deposited in the General Fund as a dedicated credit by the department to cover the costs
             94      incurred in providing the information.
             95          (h) The division or its employees are not liable for defamation, invasion of privacy,
             96      negligence, or any other claim in connection with the contents of information disseminated
             97      under Subsection (1)(g).
             98          (4) (a) Any criminal history record information obtained from division files may be
             99      used only for the purposes for which it was provided and may not be further disseminated,
             100      except [that a] under Subsection (4)(b).
             101          (b) A criminal history provided to an agency pursuant to Subsection (1)(e) may be
             102      provided by the agency to the person who is the subject of the history, another licensed
             103      child-placing agency, or the attorney for the adoptive parents for the purpose of facilitating an
             104      adoption.
             105          (5) If an individual has no prior criminal convictions, criminal history record
             106      information contained in the division's computerized criminal history files may not include
             107      arrest or disposition data concerning an individual who has been acquitted, the person's charges
             108      dismissed, or when no complaint against [him] the person has been filed.
             109          (6) (a) This section does not preclude the use of the division's central computing
             110      facilities for the storage and retrieval of criminal history record information.
             111          (b) This information shall be stored so it cannot be modified, destroyed, or accessed by
             112      unauthorized agencies or individuals.
             113          (7) Direct access through remote computer terminals to criminal history record
             114      information in the division's files is limited to those agencies authorized by the commissioner
             115      under procedures designed to prevent unauthorized access to this information.
             116          (8) (a) The commissioner shall establish procedures to allow an individual right of
             117      access to review and receive a copy of the individual's criminal history report.
             118          (b) A processing fee for the right of access service, including obtaining a copy of the


             119      individual's criminal history report under Subsection (8)(a) is [$10] $15. This fee remains in
             120      effect until changed by the commissioner through the process under Section 63J-1-504 .
             121          (c) (i) The commissioner shall establish procedures for an individual to challenge the
             122      completeness and accuracy of criminal history record information contained in the division's
             123      computerized criminal history files regarding that individual.
             124          (ii) These procedures shall include provisions for amending any information found to
             125      be inaccurate or incomplete.
             126          (9) The private security agencies as provided in Subsection (1)(f)(ii):
             127          (a) shall be charged for access; and
             128          (b) shall be registered with the division according to rules made by the division under
             129      Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act.
             130          (10) Before providing information requested under this section, the division shall give
             131      priority to criminal justice agencies needs.
             132          (11) (a) Misuse of access to criminal history record information is a class B
             133      misdemeanor.
             134          (b) The commissioner shall be informed of the misuse.
             135          Section 2. Section 53-10-202.5 is amended to read:
             136           53-10-202.5. Bureau services -- Fees.
             137          (1) The bureau shall collect fees for the following services:
             138          [(1)] (a) applicant fingerprint card as determined by Section 53-10-108 ;
             139          [(2)] (b) bail enforcement licensing as determined by Section 53-11-115 ;
             140          [(3)] (c) concealed firearm permit as determined by Section 53-5-707 ;
             141          [(4)] (d) [expungement] application for and issuance of a certificate of eligibility for
             142      expungement as determined by Section 77-18-11 ;
             143          [(5)] (e) firearm purchase background check as determined by Section 76-10-526 ;
             144          [(6)] (f) name check as determined by Section 53-10-108 ;
             145          [(7)] (g) private investigator licensing as determined by Section 53-9-111 ; and
             146          [(8)] (h) right of access as determined by Section 53-10-108 .
             147           H. [ (2) Fees may be modified under Subsection (1) pursuant to Section 63J-1-504 . ] .H
             148          Section 3. Section 77-18-11 is amended to read:
             149           77-18-11. Petition -- Expungement of conviction -- Certificate of eligibility -- Fee


             150      -- Notice -- Written evaluation -- Objections -- Hearing.
             151          (1) (a) A person convicted of a crime may petition the convicting court for an
             152      expungement of the record of conviction as provided in this section.
             153          (b) If a person has received a pardon from the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole, the
             154      person is entitled to an expungement of all pardoned crimes, subject to the exceptions under
             155      Subsection 77-18-12 (1)(a).
             156          (2) (a) The court shall require receipt of a certificate of eligibility issued by the division
             157      under Section 77-18-12 .
             158          (b) (i) The application fee for a certificate of expungement is $25.
             159          (ii) The issuance fee for each certificate of eligibility is [$25] $56, unless exempted in
             160      Subsection 77-18-10 (6). [This fee remains]
             161          (iii) These fees remain in effect until changed by the division through the process under
             162      Section 63J-1-504 .
             163          (c) Funds generated under Subsection (2)(b) shall be deposited in the General Fund as
             164      a dedicated credit by the department to cover the costs incurred in providing the information.
             165          (3) The petition and certificate of eligibility shall be filed with the court and served
             166      upon the prosecuting attorney and the Department of Corrections.
             167          (4) A victim shall receive notice of a petition for expungement if, prior to the entry of
             168      an expungement order, the victim or, in the case of a minor or a person who is incapacitated or
             169      deceased, the victim's next of kin or authorized representative, submits a written and signed
             170      request for notice to the office of the Department of Corrections in the judicial district in which
             171      the crime occurred or judgment was entered.
             172          (5) The Department of Corrections shall serve notice of the expungement request by
             173      first-class mail to the victim at the most recent address of record on file with the department.
             174      The notice shall include a copy of the petition, certificate of eligibility, and statutes and rules
             175      applicable to the petition.
             176          (6) The court in its discretion may request a written evaluation by Adult Parole and
             177      Probation of the Department of Corrections.
             178          (a) The evaluation shall include a recommendation concerning the petition for
             179      expungement.
             180          (b) If expungement is recommended, the evaluation shall include certification that the


             181      petitioner has completed all requirements of sentencing and probation or parole and state any
             182      rationale that would support or refute consideration for expungement.
             183          (c) The conclusions and recommendations contained in the evaluation shall be
             184      provided to the petitioner and the prosecuting attorney.
             185          (7) If the prosecuting attorney or a victim submits a written objection to the court
             186      concerning the petition within 30 days after service of the notice, or if the petitioner objects to
             187      the conclusions and recommendations in the evaluation within 15 days after receipt of the
             188      conclusions and recommendations, the court shall set a date for a hearing and notify the
             189      prosecuting attorney for the jurisdiction, the petitioner, and the victim of the date set for the
             190      hearing.
             191          (8) Any person who has relevant information about the petitioner may testify at the
             192      hearing.
             193          (9) The prosecuting attorney may respond to the court with a recommendation or
             194      objection within 30 days.
             195          (10) If an objection is not received under Subsection (7), the expungement may be
             196      granted without a hearing.
             197          (11) A court may not expunge a conviction of:
             198          (a) a capital felony;
             199          (b) a first degree felony;
             200          (c) a second degree forcible felony;
             201          (d) any sexual act against a minor; or
             202          (e) an offense for which a certificate of eligibility may not be issued under Section
             203      77-18-12 .
             204          Section 4. Coordinating H.B. 178 with H.B. 21 -- Technical amendments.
             205          If this H.B. 178 and H.B. 21, Expungement Revisions, both pass, it is the intent of the
             206      Legislature that the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel in preparing the Utah
             207      code database for publication modify Subsection 53-10-202.5 (1)(d) to read:
             208          "[(4)] (d) [expungement] application for and issuance of a certificate of eligibility for
             209      expungement as determined by Section [ 77-18-11 ] 77-40-106 ;".


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