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H.B. 36 Enrolled

             1     

CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE DATABASE - REPORTING

             2     
CONVICTIONS FOR DRIVING UNDER THE

             3     
INFLUENCE OR IMPAIRED DRIVING

             4     
2010 GENERAL SESSION

             5     
STATE OF UTAH

             6     
Chief Sponsor: Bradley M. Daw

             7     
Senate Sponsor: Curtis S. Bramble

             8      Cosponsors:
             9      Trisha S. BeckPaul RayF. Jay Seegmiller              10     
             11      LONG TITLE
             12      General Description:
             13          This bill amends provisions of the Traffic Code and the Utah Controlled Substances
             14      Act to provide for notification to a practitioner when a person is convicted of a crime
             15      for driving under the influence of, or impaired driving under the influence of, a
             16      controlled substance that the practitioner may have prescribed to that person.
             17      Highlighted Provisions:
             18          This bill:
             19          .    requires a court to report certain information to the Division of Occupational and
             20      Professional Licensing (DOPL) when a person is convicted of driving under the
             21      influence or of impaired driving, if there is evidence that the person's driving was
             22      under the influence of, or impaired by, a prescribed controlled substance;
             23          .    requires that, when DOPL receives a report described in the preceding paragraph,
             24      DOPL must notify each practitioner who may have written a prescription for the
             25      controlled substance of the conviction and certain information relating to the
             26      conviction;
             27          .    requires DOPL to increase the licensing fee for manufacturing, producing,
             28      distributing, dispensing, administering, or conducting research to pay the startup
             29      and ongoing costs of DOPL for complying with the requirements of the preceding


             30      paragraph; and
             31          .    makes technical changes.
             32      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             33          None
             34      Other Special Clauses:
             35          This bill coordinates with H.B. 28 and H.B. 36 by providing technical amendments.
             36          This bill coordinates with H.B. 36, H.B. 28, and H.B. 35 by providing technical
             37      amendments.
             38      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             39      AMENDS:
             40          41-6a-502, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2005, Chapter 91 and renumbered and
             41      amended by Laws of Utah 2005, Chapter 2
             42          41-6a-502.5, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 201
             43      ENACTS:
             44          58-37-7.9, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             45      Utah Code Sections Affected by Coordination Clause:
             46          58-37f-702, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             47          58-37f-703, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             48     
             49      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             50          Section 1. Section 41-6a-502 is amended to read:
             51           41-6a-502. Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or a combination of
             52      both or with specified or unsafe blood alcohol concentration -- Reporting of convictions.
             53          (1) A person may not operate or be in actual physical control of a vehicle within this
             54      state if the person:
             55          (a) has sufficient alcohol in the person's body that a subsequent chemical test shows
             56      that the person has a blood or breath alcohol concentration of .08 grams or greater at the time
             57      of the test;


             58          (b) is under the influence of alcohol, any drug, or the combined influence of alcohol
             59      and any drug to a degree that renders the person incapable of safely operating a vehicle; or
             60          (c) has a blood or breath alcohol concentration of .08 grams or greater at the time of
             61      operation or actual physical control.
             62          (2) Alcohol concentration in the blood shall be based upon grams of alcohol per 100
             63      milliliters of blood, and alcohol concentration in the breath shall be based upon grams of
             64      alcohol per 210 liters of breath.
             65          (3) A violation of this section includes a violation under a local ordinance similar to
             66      this section adopted in compliance with Section 41-6a-510 .
             67          (4) Beginning on July 1, 2012, a court shall, monthly, send to the Division of
             68      Occupational and Professional Licensing, created in Section 58-1-103 , a report containing the
             69      name, case number, and, if known, the date of birth of each person convicted during the
             70      preceding month of a violation of this section for whom there is evidence that the person was
             71      driving under the influence, in whole or in part, of a prescribed controlled substance.
             72          Section 2. Section 41-6a-502.5 is amended to read:
             73           41-6a-502.5. Impaired driving -- Penalty -- Reporting of convictions --
             74      Sentencing requirements.
             75          (1) With the agreement of the prosecutor, a plea to a class B misdemeanor violation of
             76      Section 41-6a-502 committed on or after July 1, 2008, may be entered as a conviction of
             77      impaired driving under this section if:
             78          (a) the defendant completes court ordered probation requirements; or
             79          (b) (i) the prosecutor agrees as part of a negotiated plea; and
             80          (ii) the court finds the plea to be in the interest of justice.
             81          (2) A conviction entered under this section is a class B misdemeanor.
             82          (3) (a) (i) If the entry of an impaired driving plea is based on successful completion of
             83      probation under Subsection (1)(a), the court shall enter the conviction at the time of the plea.
             84          (ii) If the defendant fails to appear before the court and establish successful
             85      completion of the court ordered probation requirements under Subsection (1)(a), the court


             86      shall enter an amended conviction of Section 41-6a-502 .
             87          (iii) The date of entry of the amended order under Subsection (3)(a)(ii) is the date of
             88      conviction.
             89          (b) The court may enter a conviction of impaired driving immediately under
             90      Subsection (1)(b).
             91          (4) For purposes of Section 76-3-402 , the entry of a plea to a class B misdemeanor
             92      violation of Section 41-6a-502 as impaired driving under this section is a reduction of one
             93      degree.
             94          (5) (a) The court shall notify the Driver License Division of each conviction entered
             95      under this section.
             96          (b) Beginning on July 1, 2012, a court shall, monthly, send to the Division of
             97      Occupational and Professional Licensing, created in Section 58-1-103 , a report containing the
             98      name, case number, and, if known, the date of birth of each person convicted during the
             99      preceding month of a violation of this section for whom there is evidence that the person was
             100      driving while impaired, in whole or in part, by a prescribed controlled substance.
             101          (6) (a) The provisions in Subsections 41-6a-505 (1), (2), and (3) that require a
             102      sentencing court to order a convicted person to participate in a screening, an assessment, or an
             103      educational series, or obtain substance abuse treatment or do a combination of those things,
             104      apply to a conviction entered under this section.
             105          (b) The court shall render the same order regarding screening, assessment, an
             106      educational series, or substance abuse treatment in connection with a first, second, or
             107      subsequent conviction under this section as the court would render in connection with
             108      applying respectively, the first, second, or subsequent conviction requirements of Subsection
             109      41-6a-505 (1), (2), or (3).
             110          (7) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (7)(b), a report authorized by Section
             111      53-3-104 may not contain any evidence of a conviction for impaired driving in this state if the
             112      reporting court notifies the Driver License Division that the defendant is participating in or has
             113      successfully completed the program of a driving under the influence court.


             114          (b) The provisions of Subsection (7)(a) do not apply to a report concerning:
             115          (i) a CDL license holder; or
             116          (ii) a violation that occurred in a commercial motor vehicle.
             117          Section 3. Section 58-37-7.9 is enacted to read:
             118          58-37-7.9. Reporting certain convictions to practitioners.
             119          (1) The definitions in Subsection 58-37-7.5 (1) apply to this section.
             120          (2) Beginning on July 1, 2012, if the division receives a report from a court under
             121      Subsection 41-6a-502 (4) or 41-6a-502.5 (5)(b) relating to a conviction for driving under the
             122      influence of, or while impaired by, a prescribed controlled substance, the division shall:
             123          (a) attempt to identify, through the database, each practitioner who may have
             124      prescribed the controlled substance to the convicted person; and
             125          (b) provide each practitioner identified under Subsection (2)(a) with:
             126          (i) a copy of the information provided by the court; and
             127          (ii) the information obtained from the database that led the division to determine that
             128      the practitioner receiving the information may have prescribed the controlled substance to the
             129      convicted person.
             130          (3) It is the intent of the Legislature that the information provided under Subsection
             131      (2)(b) is provided for the purpose of assisting the practitioner in:
             132          (a) discussing the manner in which the controlled substance may impact the convicted
             133      person's driving;
             134          (b) advising the convicted person on measures that may be taken to avoid adverse
             135      impacts of the controlled substance on future driving; and
             136          (c) making decisions regarding future prescriptions written for the convicted person.
             137          (4) Beginning on July 1, 2010, the division shall, in accordance with Section
             138      63J-1-504 , increase the licensing fee described in Subsection 58-37-6 (1)(b) to pay the startup
             139      and ongoing costs of the division for complying with the requirements of this section.
             140          Section 4. Coordinating H.B. 36 with H.B. 28 -- Technical amendments.
             141          (1) If this H.B. 36 and H.B. 28, Controlled Substance Database Amendments, both


             142      pass, and H.B. 35, Controlled Substance Database Reporting of Prescribed Controlled
             143      Substance Overdose or Poisoning, does not pass, it is the intent of the Legislature that the
             144      Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel shall prepare the Utah Code database for
             145      publication by renumbering and amending Section 58-37-7.9 to read:
             146          " 58-37f-702. Reporting certain convictions to practitioners.
             147          (1) Beginning on July 1, 2012, if the division receives a report from a court under
             148      Subsection 41-6a-502 (4) or 41-6a-502.5 (5)(b) relating to a conviction for driving under the
             149      influence of, or while impaired by, a prescribed controlled substance, the division shall:
             150          (a) attempt to identify, through the database, each practitioner who may have
             151      prescribed the controlled substance to the convicted person; and
             152          (b) provide each practitioner identified under Subsection (1)(a) with:
             153          (i) a copy of the information provided by the court; and
             154          (ii) the information obtained from the database that led the division to determine that
             155      the practitioner receiving the information may have prescribed the controlled substance to the
             156      convicted person.
             157          (2) It is the intent of the Legislature that the information provided under Subsection
             158      (1)(b) is provided for the purpose of assisting the practitioner in:
             159          (a) discussing the manner in which the controlled substance may impact the convicted
             160      person's driving;
             161          (b) advising the convicted person on measures that may be taken to avoid adverse
             162      impacts of the controlled substance on future driving; and
             163          (c) making decisions regarding future prescriptions written for the convicted person.
             164          (3) Beginning on July 1, 2010, the division shall, in accordance with Section
             165      63J-1-504 , increase the licensing fee described in Subsection 58-37-6 (1)(b) to pay the startup
             166      and ongoing costs of the division for complying with the requirements of this section."
             167          Section 5. Coordinating H.B. 36 with H.B. 28 and H.B. 35 -- Technical
             168      amendments.
             169          (1) If this H.B. 36, H.B. 28, Controlled Substance Database Amendments, and H.B.


             170      35, Controlled Substance Database - Reporting of Prescribed Controlled Substance Overdose
             171      or Poisoning, all pass, it is the intent of the Legislature that the Office of Legislative Research
             172      and General Counsel shall prepare the Utah Code database for publication by renumbering and
             173      amending Section 58-37-7.9 in this H.B. 36 to read:
             174          " 58-37f-703. Reporting certain convictions to practitioners.
             175          (1) Beginning on July 1, 2012, if the division receives a report from a court under
             176      Subsection 41-6a-502 (4) or 41-6a-502.5 (5)(b) relating to a conviction for driving under the
             177      influence of, or while impaired by, a prescribed controlled substance, the division shall:
             178          (a) attempt to identify, through the database, each practitioner who may have
             179      prescribed the controlled substance to the convicted person; and
             180          (b) provide each practitioner identified under Subsection (1)(a) with:
             181          (i) a copy of the information provided by the court; and
             182          (ii) the information obtained from the database that led the division to determine that
             183      the practitioner receiving the information may have prescribed the controlled substance to the
             184      convicted person.
             185          (2) It is the intent of the Legislature that the information provided under Subsection
             186      (1)(b) is provided for the purpose of assisting the practitioner in:
             187          (a) discussing the manner in which the controlled substance may impact the convicted
             188      person's driving;
             189          (b) advising the convicted person on measures that may be taken to avoid adverse
             190      impacts of the controlled substance on future driving; and
             191          (c) making decisions regarding future prescriptions written for the convicted person.
             192          (3) Beginning on July 1, 2010, the division shall, in accordance with Section
             193      63J-1-504 , increase the licensing fee described in Subsection 58-37-6 (1)(b) to pay the startup
             194      and ongoing costs of the division for complying with the requirements of this section."


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