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H.B. 190

This document includes House Committee Amendments incorporated into the bill on Mon, Feb 22, 2010 at 12:19 PM by lerror. --> This document includes House Floor Amendments incorporated into the bill on Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 12:44 PM by jeyring. --> This document includes House Floor Amendments incorporated into the bill on Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 3:42 PM by jeyring. -->              1     

DISCLOSURE OF METHAMPHETAMINE

             2     
CONTAMINATED PROPERTY ACT

             3     
AMENDMENTS

             4     
2010 GENERAL SESSION

             5     
STATE OF UTAH

             6     
Chief Sponsor: Steven R. Mascaro

             7     
Senate Sponsor: D. Chris Buttars

             8     
             9      LONG TITLE
             10      General Description:
             11          This bill modifies provisions of the Disclosure of Methamphetamine Contaminated
             12      Property Act.
             13      Highlighted Provisions:
             14          This bill:
             15          .    modifies the definition of "owner";
             16      H. [     .    requires an owner or lessor who obtains information that would lead a reasonable
             17      person to believe that property is or may be contaminated from methamphetamines
             18      to exercise reasonable diligence to determine whether the property is contaminated;
             18a      H. . explains the reasonable diligence required; .H
] .H

             19          .    modifies a provision allowing an owner or lessor to report methamphetamine
             20      contamination to require rather than allow the owner or lessor to report the
             21      contamination; and
             22          .    makes a technical change.
             23      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             24          None
             25      Other Special Clauses:
             26          None
             27      Utah Code Sections Affected:


             28      AMENDS:
             29          57-27-102, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 194
             30          57-27-201, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 194
             31     
             32      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             33          Section 1. Section 57-27-102 is amended to read:
             34           57-27-102. Definitions.
             35          As used in this chapter:
             36          (1) "Contaminated" or "contamination" is as defined in Section 19-6-902 .
             37          (2) "Decontaminated" or "decontamination" is as defined in Section 19-6-902 .
             38      (3) (a) "Owner" means the holder of a legal or equitable title or interest in real property H. .
             39      [ or an agent of the holder of legal or equitable title or interest. ] .H
             40          (b) "Owner" includes a shareholder, partner, operator, or other legal entity.
             41          (4) "Real estate professional" means a licensee under Title 61, Chapter 2, Division of
             42      Real Estate.
             43          Section 2. Section 57-27-201 is amended to read:
             44           57-27-201. Disclosure of contaminated property required.
             45          (1) (a) Subject to Section 57-1-37 , if an owner or lessor of real property has actual
             46      knowledge that the property is currently contaminated from the use, storage, or manufacture of
             47      methamphetamines, the owner or lessor shall, in a real property lease, conveyance, or other
             48      transaction related to the contaminated property, disclose that the property is contaminated.
             49           H. [ (b) H. (i) .H If, in the ordinary course of business, an owner or lessor obtains H.
             49a      reliable and credible .H information that H. , considering all relevant circumstances, .H
             50      would lead a reasonable person to believe that the property is or may be contaminated from the
             51      use, storage, or manufacture of methamphetamines, the owner or lessor shall exercise
             52      reasonable diligence to determine whether the property is contaminated.
             52a      H. (ii) The reasonable diligence that an owner is required to exercise under Subsection
             52b      (1)(b)(i) is the diligence that is reasonable under all the circumstances, and may include, but
             52c      does not require in all situations, professional examination or testing of the property to
             52d      determine whether the property is contaminated.
] .H

             53          (2) (a) If an owner's or lessor's real property is contaminated from the use, storage, or
             54      manufacture of methamphetamines, the owner or lessor [may] shall report the contaminated
             55      property to a government agency responsible for monitoring the decontamination process and
             56      documenting that the test results meet decontamination standards.
             57          (b) Notwithstanding Subsection (2)(a), an owner or lessor whose contaminated
             58      property is reported in a police action related to the manufacturing of methamphetamines [shall



             59      be] is subject to the provisions of Title 19, Chapter 6, Part 9, Illegal Drug Operations Site
             60      Reporting and Decontamination Act.
             61          (3) (a) A person may file a civil action to enforce this chapter.
             62          (b) A court may award a prevailing party damages, court costs, and reasonable attorney
             63      fees for an action filed under this chapter.




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