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First Substitute H.B. 286

This document includes House Committee Amendments incorporated into the bill on Wed, Mar 3, 2010 at 4:19 PM by lerror. -->

Representative Julie Fisher proposes the following substitute bill:




Chief Sponsor: Julie Fisher

Senate Sponsor: Curtis S. Bramble

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies the Utah State Retirement and Insurance Benefit Act by requiring the
             10      Retirement office to prevent the investment of retirement funds in Iran's petroleum
             11      sector.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    requires the Retirement Office to include data designed to explain the extent to
             15      which public fund investments in scrutinized companies are being prevented;
             16          .    requires the Retirement Office to prevent the investment of public funds in a
             17      scrutinized company by adjusting future investment practices within the office and
             18      by stipulating in future investment management contracts, that no new investments
             19      may be made H. into direct holdings .H in a scrutinized company; and
             20          .    making technical changes.
             21      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             22          None
             23      Other Special Clauses:
             24          This bill takes effect on July 1, 2010.
             25      Utah Code Sections Affected:

             26      AMENDS:
             27          49-11-306, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 54
             29      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             30          Section 1. Section 49-11-306 is amended to read:
             31           49-11-306. Definitions -- Scrutinized Companies Investment Report -- Content --
             32      Reporting -- Exceptions.
             33          (1) As used in this section:
             34          (a) "Active business operations" means all business operations that are not inactive
             35      business operations.
             36          (b) (i) "Business operations" means investing, with actual knowledge on or after
             37      August 5, 1996, in Iran's petroleum sector which investment directly and significantly
             38      contributes to the enhancement of Iran's ability to develop the petroleum resources of Iran.
             39          (ii) "Business operations" does not include the retail sale of gasoline and related
             40      consumer products.
             41          (c) "Company" means any foreign sole proprietorship, organization, association,
             42      corporation, partnership, joint venture, limited partnership, limited liability partnership, limited
             43      liability company, or any other foreign entity or business association, including all
             44      wholly-owned subsidiaries, majority-owned subsidiaries or parent companies or affiliates of
             45      these entities or business associations, that exists for the purpose of making a profit.
             46          (d) "Direct holdings" means all publicly traded equity securities of a company that are
             47      held directly by the public fund or in an account or fund in which the public fund owns all
             48      shares or interests.
             49          (e) "Inactive business operations" means the continued holding or renewal of rights to
             50      property previously operated for the purpose of generating revenues but not presently deployed
             51      for that purpose.
             52          (f) "Iran" means the Islamic Republic of Iran.
             53          (g) "Petroleum resources" means petroleum or natural gas.
             54          (h) "Public fund" means the Utah State Retirement Investment Fund created under
             55      Section 49-11-301 .
             56          (i) "Scrutinized business operations" means any active business operations that:

             57          (i) are subject to or liable for sanctions under Public Law 104-172, the Iran Sanctions
             58      Act of 1996, as amended; and
             59          (ii) involve the maintenance of:
             60          (A) the company's existing assets or investments in Iran; or
             61          (B) the deployment of new investments to Iran that meet or exceed the threshold
             62      referred to in Public Law 104-172, the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996, as amended.
             63          (j) "Scrutinized company" means any company engaging in scrutinized business
             64      operations.
             65          (2) (a) The Utah State Retirement Office shall identify those scrutinized companies in
             66      which the public fund has direct holdings. In making the determination, the board shall review
             67      and rely on publicly available information regarding companies with business operations in
             68      Iran, including information provided by nonprofit organizations, research firms, international
             69      organizations, and government entities.
             70          (b) The office shall assemble a list of all identified scrutinized companies H. under
             70a      Subsection (2)(a) .H .
             71          (c) The office shall update the list, on an annual basis, with information provided and
             72      received from those entities listed in Subsection (2)(a).
             73          (3) The office shall prepare an annual report of public fund investments H. into direct
             73a      holdings .H in scrutinized
             74      companies.
             75          (4) The report shall include amounts and other data and statistics designed to explain
             76      the past and current extent to which public fund investments H. into direct holdings .H in
             76a      scrutinized companies:
             77          (a) are present[.]; and
             78          (b) are being prevented under Subsection (6).
             79          (5) The report shall be provided to the governor, the board, the president of the Senate,
             80      the speaker of the House of Representatives, and to each member and staff of the Retirement
             81      and Independent Entities Committee created under Section 63E-1-201 .
             82          (6) Beginning, July 1, 2010, using the most current list assembled under Subsection
             83      (2), the office shall prevent the investment of public funds H. into direct holdings .H in a
             83a      scrutinized company:
             84          (a) for public funds managed within the office, by not investing H. in direct holdings .H              84a      in a scrutinized
             85      company; and
             86          (b) for public funds managed by contract by a professional investment manager:
             87          (i) for existing contracts, by requesting that no more investments be made H. into direct
             87a      holdings .H in a

             88      scrutinized company; and
             89          (ii) for future contracts, by stipulating in the contract that no new investments may be
             90      made H. into direct holdings .H in a scrutinized company.
             91          [(6)] (7) The provisions of this section do not apply to:
             92          (a) monies invested in a defined contribution plan as defined under Section 49-11-102 ;
             93      or
             94          (b) investments in a company that is primarily engaged in:
             95          (i) supplying goods or services intended to relieve human suffering in Iran; or
             96          (ii) promoting health, education, religious, welfare, or journalistic activities in Iran.
             97          Section 2. Effective date.
             98          This bill takes effect on July 1, 2010.

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