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S.B. 232 Enrolled





Chief Sponsor: Scott K. Jenkins

House Sponsor: Curtis Oda

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill creates a procedure to implement a judicial hiring freeze.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    allows a judicial hiring freeze to be implemented during a General Fund deficit for
             13      the juvenile court, district court, appellate court, or any combination of these
             14      courts; and
             15          .    specifies that a judicial hiring freeze shall be established for a specified period of
             16      time.
             17      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             18          None
             19      Other Special Clauses:
             20          None
             21      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             22      ENACTS:
             23          78A-2-113, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             25      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             26          Section 1. Section 78A-2-113 is enacted to read:
             27          78A-2-113. Judicial hiring freeze authorized.
             28          (1) As used in this section, "General Fund budget deficit" means a situation where
             29      General Fund appropriations made by the Legislature for a fiscal year exceed the estimated

             30      revenues adopted by the Executive Appropriations Committee of the Legislature for the
             31      General Fund in that fiscal year.
             32          (2) During a General Fund budget deficit, the governor, president of the Senate,
             33      speaker of the House, and chief justice of the Supreme Court, may, by unanimous vote,
             34      implement a judicial hiring freeze for judicial vacancies for:
             35          (a) a juvenile court district with three or more juvenile court judges;
             36          (b) a district court district with three or more district court judges;
             37          (c) all appellate court judges; or
             38          (d) any combination of Subsections (2)(a) through (c).
             39          (3) In implementing a judicial hiring freeze, the governor, president of the Senate,
             40      speaker of the House, and chief justice of the Supreme Court shall:
             41          (a) establish the length of that hiring freeze; and
             42          (b) ensure that the hiring freeze lasts at least 90 days, but not longer than the last day
             43      of the annual general session of the Legislature.

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