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H.B. 315






Chief Sponsor: Kraig Powell

Senate Sponsor: Kevin T. Van Tassell

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill modifies a provision relating to the Utah Public Notice Website.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    modifies statutory requirements to publish or post notice to the Utah Public Notice
             14      Website to provide a temporary exemption for public bodies with an annual budget
             15      of less than $1,000,000.
             16      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             17          None
             18      Other Special Clauses:
             19          None
             20      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             21      AMENDS:
             22          63F-1-701, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapter 249
             24      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             25          Section 1. Section 63F-1-701 is amended to read:
             26           63F-1-701. Utah Public Notice Website -- Establishment and administration.
             27          (1) As used in this part:

             28          (a) "Division" means the Division of Archives and Records Service of the Department
             29      of Administrative Services.
             30          (b) "Public body" has the same meaning as provided under Section 52-4-103 .
             31          (c) "Website" means the Utah Public Notice Website created under this section.
             32          (2) There is created the Utah Public Notice Website to be administered by the Division
             33      of Archives and Records Service.
             34          (3) The website shall consist of an Internet website provided to assist the public to find
             35      posted public notices of a public body of the state and its political subdivisions as required
             36      under Title 52, Chapter 4, Open and Public Meetings Act, and under other state statutes or state
             37      agency rules.
             38          (4) The division, with the technical assistance of the Department of Technology
             39      Services, shall create the website which shall:
             40          (a) allow a public body, or other certified entity, to easily post any public notice
             41      information that the public body or other entity is required to post under statute;
             42          (b) allow the public to search the public notices by:
             43          (i) public body name;
             44          (ii) date of posting of the notice;
             45          (iii) date of any meeting or deadline included as part of the public notice; and
             46          (iv) any other criteria approved by the division;
             47          (c) allow the public to search and view past, archived public notices;
             48          (d) allow a person to subscribe to receive updates and notices associated with a public
             49      body or a particular type of notice;
             50          (e) be easily accessible by the public from the State of Utah home page;
             51          (f) have a unique and simplified website address;
             52          (g) be directly accessible via a link from the main page of the official state website; and
             53          (h) include other links, features, or functionality that will assist the public in obtaining
             54      and reviewing information in relation to public notices posted on the website, as may be
             55      approved by the division.
             56          (5) The division shall be responsible for:
             57          (a) establishing and maintaining the website, including the provision of equipment,
             58      resources, and personnel as is necessary;

             59          (b) providing a mechanism for public bodies or other certified entities to have access to
             60      the website for the purpose of posting and modifying notices; and
             61          (c) maintaining an archive of all notices posted to the website.
             62          (6) The timing for posting and the content of the public notices posted to the website
             63      shall be the responsibility of the public body or other entity posting the notice.
             64          (7) Notwithstanding any other provision of statute requiring the publishing or posting
             65      of a notice to the website, a public body with an annual budget of less than $1,000,000 is
             66      encouraged but not required to publish or post a notice to the website.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 2-5-10 3:17 PM

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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