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Second Substitute S.B. 272

Senator Jerry W. Stevenson proposes the following substitute bill:


             1     
AMENDMENTS TO TRANSPORTATION PROVISIONS

             2     
2010 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

             4     
Chief Sponsor: Jerry W. Stevenson

             5     
House Sponsor: Bradley G. Last

             6     
             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies provisions relating to Public Transit Districts.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    provides definitions;
             13          .    provides that a public transit district may:
             14              .    establish, finance, participate as a limited partner or member in a development
             15      with limited liabilities, construct, improve, maintain, or operate a
             16      transit-oriented development or transit-supportive development; and
             17              .    assist in a transit-oriented development or transit-supportive development in
             18      connection with the economic development of areas in proximity to a
             19      right-of-way, rail line, station, platform, switchyard, terminal, or parking lot;
             20          .    provides that a public transit district may only assist in the economic development
             21      of certain areas in certain ways and on no more than five transit-oriented
             22      developments or transit-supportive development;
             23          .    provides that a public transit district may not invest in a transit-oriented
             24      development or a transit-support development as a limited partner or other limited
             25      liability unless certain circumstances apply;


             26          .    increases the number of members on the board of trustees of a public transit district
             27      with more than 200,000 people residing within the boundaries of the public transit
             28      district and amends apportionment provisions relating to the board of trustees;
             29          .    repeals certain term limitation requirements for board of trustees members;
             30          .    authorizes a board of trustees to appoint a chief executive officer in place of or in
             31      addition to a general manager and allows the board of trustees to allocate duties
             32      between the general manager and the chief executive officer;
             33          .    repeals certain public notice requirements relating to a public transit district bidding
             34      certain construction projects;
             35          .    amends provisions relating to criminal background checks for public transit district
             36      employees;
             37          .    exempts a public transit pass issued by a public transit district from the requirement
             38      that a document may only be issued to a United States Citizen, a national, or a legal
             39      permanent resident alien; and
             40          .    makes technical changes.
             41      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             42          None
             43      Other Special Clauses:
             44          This bill provides an immediate effective date.
             45      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             46      AMENDS:
             47          17B-2a-802, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 364
             48          17B-2a-804, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 360
             49          17B-2a-807, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 364
             50          17B-2a-808, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 39
             51          17B-2a-810, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 39
             52          17B-2a-811, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapter 329
             53          17B-2a-818, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 13
             54          17B-2a-825, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 364
             55          63G-11-102, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 315
             56     


             57      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             58          Section 1. Section 17B-2a-802 is amended to read:
             59           17B-2a-802. Definitions.
             60          As used in this part:
             61          (1) "Appointing entity" means the person, county, unincorporated area of a county, or
             62      municipality appointing a member to a public transit district board of trustees.
             63          (2) (a) "Chief executive officer" means a person appointed by the board of trustees to
             64      serve as chief executive officer.
             65          (b) "Chief executive officer" shall enjoy all the rights, duties, and responsibilities
             66      defined in Sections 17B-2a-810 and 17B-2a-811 and includes all rights, duties, and
             67      responsibilities assigned to the general manager but prescribed by the board of trustees to be
             68      fulfilled by the chief executive officer.
             69          [(2)] (3) "Department" means the Department of Transportation created in Section
             70      72-1-201 .
             71          (4) (a) "General manager" means a person appointed by the board of trustees to serve
             72      as general manager.
             73          (b) "General manager" shall enjoy all the rights, duties, and responsibilities defined in
             74      Sections 17B-2a-810 and 17B-2a-811 prescribed by the board of trustees.
             75          [(3)] (5) (a) "Locally elected public official" means a person who holds an elected
             76      position with a county or municipality.
             77          (b) "Locally elected public official" does not include a person who holds an elected
             78      position if the elected position is not with a county or municipality.
             79          [(4)] (6) "Multicounty district" means a public transit district located in more than one
             80      county.
             81          [(5)] (7) "Operator" means a public entity or other person engaged in the transportation
             82      of passengers for hire.
             83          [(6)] (8) "Public transit" means the transportation of passengers only and their
             84      incidental baggage by means other than:
             85          (a) chartered bus;
             86          (b) sightseeing bus;
             87          (c) taxi; or


             88          (d) other vehicle not on an individual passenger fare paying basis.
             89          [(7)] (9) "Transit facility" means a transit vehicle, transit station, depot, passenger
             90      loading or unloading zone, parking lot, or other facility:
             91          (a) leased by or operated by or on behalf of a public transit district; and
             92          (b) related to the public transit services provided by the district, including:
             93          (i) railway or other right-of-way;
             94          (ii) railway line; and
             95          (iii) a reasonable area immediately adjacent to a designated stop on a route traveled by
             96      a transit vehicle.
             97          (10) "Transit-oriented development" means a mixed-use residential or commercial area
             98      that is designed to maximize access to public transit.
             99          [(8)] (11) "Transit vehicle" means a passenger bus, coach, railcar, van, or other vehicle
             100      operated as public transportation by a public transit district.
             101          Section 2. Section 17B-2a-804 is amended to read:
             102           17B-2a-804. Additional public transit district powers.
             103          (1) In addition to the powers conferred on a public transit district under Section
             104      17B-1-103 , a public transit district may:
             105          (a) provide a public transit system for the transportation of passengers and their
             106      incidental baggage;
             107          (b) notwithstanding Subsection 17B-1-103 (2)(g) and subject to Section 17B-2a-817 ,
             108      levy and collect property taxes only for the purpose of paying:
             109          (i) principal and interest of bonded indebtedness of the public transit district; or
             110          (ii) a final judgment against the public transit district if:
             111          (A) the amount of the judgment exceeds the amount of any collectable insurance or
             112      indemnity policy; and
             113          (B) the district is required by a final court order to levy a tax to pay the judgment;
             114          (c) insure against:
             115          (i) loss of revenues from damage to or destruction of some or all of a public transit
             116      system from any cause;
             117          (ii) public liability;
             118          (iii) property damage; or


             119          (iv) any other type of event, act, or omission;
             120          (d) acquire, contract for, lease, construct, own, operate, control, or use:
             121          (i) a right-of-way, rail line, monorail, bus line, station, platform, switchyard, terminal,
             122      parking lot, or any other facility necessary or convenient for public transit service; or
             123          (ii) any structure necessary for access by persons and vehicles;
             124          (e) (i) hire, lease, or contract for the supplying or management of a facility, operation,
             125      equipment, service, employee, or management staff of an operator; and
             126          (ii) provide for a sublease or subcontract by the operator upon terms that are in the
             127      public interest;
             128          (f) operate feeder bus lines and other feeder services as necessary;
             129          (g) accept a grant, contribution, or loan, directly through the sale of securities or
             130      equipment trust certificates or otherwise, from the United States, or from a department,
             131      instrumentality, or agency of the United States, to:
             132          (i) establish, finance, participate as a limited partner or member in a development with
             133      limited liabilities in accordance with Subsection (1)(l), construct, improve, maintain, or operate
             134      transit facilities [and], equipment, and transit-oriented developments or transit-supportive
             135      developments; or
             136          (ii) study and plan transit facilities in accordance with any legislation passed by
             137      Congress;
             138          (h) cooperate with and enter into an agreement with the state or an agency of the state
             139      to establish transit facilities and equipment or to study or plan transit facilities;
             140          (i) issue bonds as provided in and subject to Chapter 1, Part 11, Local District Bonds,
             141      to carry out the purposes of the district;
             142          (j) from bond proceeds or any other available funds, reimburse the state or an agency of
             143      the state for an advance or contribution from the state or state agency; [and]
             144          (k) do anything necessary to avail itself of any aid, assistance, or cooperation available
             145      under federal law, including complying with labor standards and making arrangements for
             146      employees required by the United States or a department, instrumentality, or agency of the
             147      United States[.]; and
             148          (l) subject to the restriction in Subsection (2), assist in a transit-oriented development
             149      or a transit-supportive development in connection with the economic development of areas in


             150      proximity to a right-of-way, rail line, station, platform, switchyard, terminal, or parking lot, by:
             151          (i) investing in a project as a limited partner or a member, with limited liabilities; or
             152          (ii) subordinating an ownership interest in real property owned by the public transit
             153      district.
             154          (2) (a) A public transit district may only assist in the economic development of areas
             155      under Subsection (1)(l):
             156          (i) in the manner described in Subsection (1)(l)(i) or (ii); and
             157          (ii) on no more than five transit-oriented developments or transit-supportive
             158      developments selected by the board of trustees.
             159          (b) A public transit district may not invest in a transit-oriented development or
             160      transit-supportive development as a limited partner or other limited liability entity under the
             161      provisions of Subsection (1)(l)(i), unless the partners, developer, or other investor in the entity,
             162      makes an equity contribution equal to no less than 25% of the appraised value of the property
             163      to be contributed by the public transit district.
             164          [(2)] (3) A public transit district may be funded from any combination of federal, state,
             165      or local funds.
             166          [(3)] (4) A public transit district may not acquire property by eminent domain.
             167          Section 3. Section 17B-2a-807 is amended to read:
             168           17B-2a-807. Public transit district board of trustees -- Appointment --
             169      Apportionment -- Qualifications -- Quorum -- Compensation -- Terms.
             170          (1) (a) If 200,000 people or fewer reside within the boundaries of a public transit
             171      district, the board of trustees shall consist of members appointed by the legislative bodies of
             172      each municipality, county, or unincorporated area within any county on the basis of one
             173      member for each full unit of regularly scheduled passenger routes proposed to be served by the
             174      district in each municipality or unincorporated area within any county in the following calendar
             175      year.
             176          (b) For purposes of determining membership under Subsection (1)(a), the number of
             177      service miles comprising a unit shall be determined jointly by the legislative bodies of the
             178      municipalities or counties comprising the district.
             179          (c) The board of trustees of a public transit district under this Subsection (1) may
             180      include a member that is a commissioner on the Transportation Commission created in Section


             181      72-1-301 and appointed as provided in Subsection (11), who shall serve as a nonvoting, ex
             182      officio member.
             183          (d) Members appointed under this Subsection (1) shall be appointed and added to the
             184      board or omitted from the board at the time scheduled routes are changed, or as municipalities,
             185      counties, or unincorporated areas of counties annex to or withdraw from the district using the
             186      same appointment procedures.
             187          (e) For purposes of appointing members under this Subsection (1), municipalities,
             188      counties, and unincorporated areas of counties in which regularly scheduled passenger routes
             189      proposed to be served by the district in the following calendar year is less than a full unit, as
             190      defined in Subsection (1)(b), may combine with any other similarly situated municipality or
             191      unincorporated area to form a whole unit and may appoint one member for each whole unit
             192      formed.
             193          (2) (a) Subject to Section 17B-2a-807.5 , if more than 200,000 people reside within the
             194      boundaries of a public transit district, the board of trustees shall consist of:
             195          (i) [10] 11 members:
             196          (A) appointed as described under this Subsection (2); or
             197          (B) retained in accordance with Section 17B-2a-807.5 ;
             198          (ii) three members appointed as described in Subsection (4); and
             199          (iii) one voting member appointed as provided in Subsection (11).
             200          (b) Except as provided in Subsections (2)(c) and (d), the board shall apportion voting
             201      members to each county within the district using an average of:
             202          (i) the proportion of population included in the district and residing within each county,
             203      rounded to the nearest [1/10] 1/11 of the total transit district population; and
             204          (ii) the cumulative proportion of transit sales and use tax collected from areas included
             205      in the district and within each county, rounded to the nearest [1/10] 1/11 of the total cumulative
             206      transit sales and use tax collected for the transit district.
             207          (c) The board shall join an entire or partial county not apportioned a voting member
             208      under this Subsection (2) with an adjacent county for representation. The combined
             209      apportionment basis included in the district of both counties shall be used for the
             210      apportionment.
             211          (d) (i) If rounding to the nearest [1/10] 1/11 of the total public transit district


             212      apportionment basis under Subsection (2)(b) results in an apportionment of more than [10] 11
             213      members, the county or combination of counties with the smallest additional fraction of a
             214      whole member proportion shall have one less member apportioned to it.
             215          (ii) If rounding to the nearest [1/10] 1/11 of the total public transit district
             216      apportionment basis under Subsection (2)(b) results in an apportionment of less than [10] 11
             217      members, the county or combination of counties with the largest additional fraction of a whole
             218      member proportion shall have one more member apportioned to it.
             219          (e) If the population in the unincorporated area of a county is at least [1/10 of the
             220      district's population] 140,000, the county executive, with the advice and consent of the county
             221      legislative body, shall appoint one voting member to represent [each 1/10 of] the [district's]
             222      population within a county's unincorporated area [population].
             223          (f) If a municipality's population is at least 160,000, the chief municipal executive,
             224      with the advice and consent of the municipal legislative body, shall appoint one voting member
             225      to represent the population within a municipality.
             226          (g) (i) The number of voting members appointed from a county and municipalities
             227      within a county under Subsections (2)(e) and (f) shall be subtracted from the county's total
             228      voting member apportionment under this Subsection (2).
             229          (ii) Notwithstanding Subsections (2)(l) and (10), no more than one voting member
             230      appointed by an appointing entity may be a locally elected public official.
             231          (h) If the entire county is within the district, the remaining voting members for the
             232      county shall represent the county or combination of counties, if Subsection (2)(c) applies, or
             233      the municipalities within the county.
             234          (i) If the entire county is not within the district, and the county is not joined with
             235      another county under Subsection (2)(c), the remaining voting members for the county shall
             236      represent a municipality or combination of municipalities.
             237          (j) (i) Except as provided under Subsections (2)(e) and (f), voting members
             238      representing counties, combinations of counties if Subsection (2)(c) applies, or municipalities
             239      within the county shall be designated and appointed by a simple majority of the chief
             240      executives of the municipalities within the county or combinations of counties if Subsection
             241      (2)(c) applies.
             242          (ii) The appointments shall be made by joint written agreement of the appointing


             243      municipalities, with the consent and approval of the county legislative body of the county that
             244      has at least [1/10] 1/11 of the district's apportionment basis.
             245          (k) Voting members representing a municipality or combination of municipalities shall
             246      be designated and appointed by the chief executive officer of the municipality or simple
             247      majority of chief executive officers of municipalities with the consent of the legislative body of
             248      the municipality or municipalities.
             249          (l) The appointment of voting members shall be made without regard to partisan
             250      political affiliation from among citizens in the community.
             251          (m) Each voting member shall be a bona fide resident of the municipality, county, or
             252      unincorporated area or areas which the voting member is to represent for at least six months
             253      before the date of appointment, and must continue in that residency to remain qualified to serve
             254      as a voting member.
             255          (n) (i) All population figures used under this section shall be derived from the most
             256      recent official census or census estimate of the United States Bureau of the Census.
             257          (ii) If population estimates are not available from the United States Bureau of Census,
             258      population figures shall be derived from the estimate from the Utah Population Estimates
             259      Committee.
             260          (iii) All transit sales and use tax totals shall be obtained from the State Tax
             261      Commission.
             262          (o) (i) The board shall be apportioned as provided under this section in conjunction
             263      with the decennial United States Census Bureau report every 10 years.
             264          (ii) Within 120 days following the receipt of the population estimates under this
             265      Subsection (2)(o), the district shall reapportion representation on the board of trustees in
             266      accordance with this section.
             267          (iii) The board shall adopt by resolution a schedule reflecting the current and proposed
             268      apportionment.
             269          (iv) Upon adoption of the resolution, the board shall forward a copy of the resolution to
             270      each of its constituent entities as defined under Section 17B-1-701 .
             271          (v) The appointing entities gaining a new board member shall appoint a new member
             272      within 30 days following receipt of the resolution.
             273          (vi) The appointing entities losing a board member shall inform the board of which


             274      member currently serving on the board will step down:
             275          (A) upon appointment of a new member under Subsection (2)(o)(v); or
             276          (B) in accordance with Section 17B-2a-807.5 .
             277          (3) Upon the completion of an annexation to a public transit district under Chapter 1,
             278      Part 4, Annexation, the annexed area shall have a representative on the board of trustees on the
             279      same basis as if the area had been included in the district as originally organized.
             280          (4) In addition to the voting members appointed in accordance with Subsection (2), the
             281      board shall consist of three voting members appointed as follows:
             282          (a) one member appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives;
             283          (b) one member appointed by the president of the Senate; and
             284          (c) one member appointed by the governor.
             285          (5) (a) Except as provided in Section 17B-2a-807.5 , the terms of office of the voting
             286      members of the board shall be four years or until a successor is appointed, qualified, seated,
             287      and has taken the oath of office.
             288          (b) [(i)] A voting member may not be appointed for more than three successive full
             289      terms [regardless of the appointing entity that appoints the voting member].
             290          [(ii) A person:]
             291          [(A) may serve no more than 12 years on a public transit district board of trustees
             292      described in Subsection (2)(a) regardless of the appointing entity that appoints the member;
             293      and]
             294          [(B) that has served 12 years on a public transit district board of trustees described in
             295      Subsection (2)(a) is ineligible for reappointment to a public transit board of trustees described
             296      in Subsection (2)(a).]
             297          (6) (a) Vacancies for voting members shall be filled by the official appointing the
             298      member creating the vacancy for the unexpired term, unless the official fails to fill the vacancy
             299      within 90 days.
             300          (b) If the appointing official under Subsection (1) does not fill the vacancy within 90
             301      days, the board of trustees of the authority shall fill the vacancy.
             302          (c) If the appointing official under Subsection (2) does not fill the vacancy within 90
             303      days, the governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall fill the vacancy.
             304          (7) (a) Each voting member may cast one vote on all questions, orders, resolutions, and


             305      ordinances coming before the board of trustees.
             306          (b) A majority of all voting members of the board of trustees are a quorum for the
             307      transaction of business.
             308          (c) The affirmative vote of a majority of all voting members present at any meeting at
             309      which a quorum was initially present shall be necessary and, except as otherwise provided, is
             310      sufficient to carry any order, resolution, ordinance, or proposition before the board of trustees.
             311          (8) Each public transit district shall pay to each voting member:
             312          (a) an attendance fee of $50 per board or committee meeting attended, not to exceed
             313      $200 in any calendar month to any voting member; and
             314          (b) reasonable mileage and expenses necessarily incurred to attend board or committee
             315      meetings.
             316          (9) (a) Members of the initial board of trustees shall convene at the time and place
             317      fixed by the chief executive officer of the entity initiating the proceedings.
             318          (b) The board of trustees shall elect from its voting membership a chair, vice chair, and
             319      secretary.
             320          (c) The members elected under Subsection (9)(b) shall serve for a period of two years
             321      or until their successors shall be elected and qualified.
             322          (d) On or after January 1, 2011, a locally elected public official is not eligible to serve
             323      as the chair, vice chair, or secretary of the board of trustees.
             324          (10) Except as otherwise authorized under Subsection (2)(g) and Section
             325      17B-2a-807.5 , at the time of a voting member's appointment or during a voting member's
             326      tenure in office, a voting member may not hold any employment, except as an independent
             327      contractor or locally elected public official, with a county or municipality within the district.
             328          (11) The Transportation Commission created in Section 72-1-301 :
             329          (a) for a public transit district serving a population of 200,000 people or fewer, may
             330      appoint a commissioner of the Transportation Commission to serve on the board of trustees as
             331      a nonvoting, ex officio member; and
             332          (b) for a public transit district serving a population of more than 200,000 people, shall
             333      appoint a commissioner of the Transportation Commission to serve on the board of trustees as
             334      a voting member.
             335          (12) (a) (i) Each member of the board of trustees of a public transit district is subject to


             336      recall at any time by the legislative body of the county or municipality from which the member
             337      is appointed.
             338          (ii) Each recall of a board of trustees member shall be made in the same manner as the
             339      original appointment.
             340          (iii) The legislative body recalling a board of trustees member shall provide written
             341      notice to the member being recalled.
             342          (b) Upon providing written notice to the board of trustees, a member of the board may
             343      resign from the board of trustees.
             344          (c) Except as provided in Section 17B-2a-807.5 , if a board member is recalled or
             345      resigns under this Subsection (12), the vacancy shall be filled as provided in Subsection (6).
             346          Section 4. Section 17B-2a-808 is amended to read:
             347           17B-2a-808. Public transit district board of trustees powers and duties --
             348      Adoption of ordinances, resolutions, or orders -- Effective date of ordinances.
             349          (1) The powers and duties of a board of trustees of a public transit district stated in this
             350      section are in addition to the powers and duties stated in Section 17B-1-301 .
             351          (2) The board of trustees of each public transit district shall:
             352          (a) appoint and fix the salary of a general manager, a chief executive officer, or both, as
             353      provided in Section 17B-2a-811 ;
             354          (b) determine the transit facilities that the district should acquire or construct;
             355          (c) supervise and regulate each transit facility that the district owns and operates,
             356      including:
             357          (i) fixing rates, fares, rentals, and charges and any classifications of rates, fares, rentals,
             358      and charges; and
             359          (ii) making and enforcing rules, regulations, contracts, practices, and schedules for or
             360      in connection with a transit facility that the district owns or controls;
             361          (d) control the investment of all funds assigned to the district for investment, including
             362      funds:
             363          (i) held as part of a district's retirement system; and
             364          (ii) invested in accordance with the participating employees' designation or direction
             365      pursuant to an employee deferred compensation plan established and operated in compliance
             366      with Section 457 of the Internal Revenue Code;


             367          (e) invest all funds according to the procedures and requirements of Title 51, Chapter
             368      7, State Money Management Act;
             369          (f) if a custodian is appointed under Subsection (3)(d), pay the fees for the custodian's
             370      services from the interest earnings of the investment fund for which the custodian is appointed;
             371          (g) (i) cause an annual audit of all district books and accounts to be made by an
             372      independent certified public accountant;
             373          (ii) as soon as practicable after the close of each fiscal year, submit to the chief
             374      administrative officer and legislative body of each county and municipality with territory
             375      within the district a financial report showing:
             376          (A) the result of district operations during the preceding fiscal year; and
             377          (B) the district's financial status on the final day of the fiscal year; and
             378          (iii) supply copies of the report under Subsection (2)(g)(ii) to the general public upon
             379      request in a quantity that the board considers appropriate;
             380          (h) report at least annually to the Transportation Commission created in Section
             381      72-1-301 the district's short-term and long-range public transit plans, including the transit
             382      portions of applicable regional transportation plans adopted by a metropolitan planning
             383      organization established under 23 U.S.C. Sec. 134;
             384          (i) direct the internal auditor appointed under Section 17B-2a-810 to conduct audits
             385      that the board of trustees determines to be the most critical to the success of the organization;
             386      and
             387          (j) hear audit reports for audits conducted in accordance with Subsection (2)(i).
             388          (3) A board of trustees of a public transit district may:
             389          (a) subject to Subsection (5), make and pass ordinances, resolutions, and orders that
             390      are:
             391          (i) not repugnant to the United States Constitution, the Utah Constitution, or the
             392      provisions of this part; and
             393          (ii) necessary for:
             394          (A) the government and management of the affairs of the district;
             395          (B) the execution of district powers; and
             396          (C) carrying into effect the provisions of this part;
             397          (b) provide by resolution, under terms and conditions the board considers fit, for the


             398      payment of demands against the district without prior specific approval by the board, if the
             399      payment is:
             400          (i) for a purpose for which the expenditure has been previously approved by the board;
             401          (ii) in an amount no greater than the amount authorized; and
             402          (iii) approved by the general manager or other officer or deputy as the board prescribes;
             403          (c) (i) hold public hearings and subpoena witnesses; and
             404          (ii) appoint district officers to conduct a hearing and require the officers to make
             405      findings and conclusions and report them to the board; and
             406          (d) appoint a custodian for the funds and securities under its control, subject to
             407      Subsection (2)(f).
             408          (4) A member of the board of trustees of a public transit district or a hearing officer
             409      designated by the board may administer oaths and affirmations in a district investigation or
             410      proceeding.
             411          (5) (a) The vote of the board of trustees on each ordinance shall be by roll call vote
             412      with each affirmative and negative vote recorded.
             413          (b) (i) Subject to Subsection (5)(b)(ii), the board of trustees may adopt a resolution or
             414      order by voice vote.
             415          (ii) The vote of the board of trustees on a resolution or order shall be by roll call vote if
             416      a member of the board so demands.
             417          (c) (i) Except as provided in Subsection (5)(c)(ii), the board of trustees of a public
             418      transit district may not adopt an ordinance unless it is:
             419          (A) introduced at least a day before the board of trustees adopts it; or
             420          (B) mailed by registered mail, postage prepaid, to each member of the board of trustees
             421      at least five days before the day upon which the ordinance is presented for adoption.
             422          (ii) Subsection (5)(c)(i) does not apply if the ordinance is adopted by a unanimous vote
             423      of all board members present at a meeting at which at least 3/4 of all board members are
             424      present.
             425          (d) Each ordinance adopted by a public transit district's board of trustees shall take
             426      effect upon adoption, unless the ordinance provides otherwise.
             427          Section 5. Section 17B-2a-810 is amended to read:
             428           17B-2a-810. Officers of a public transit district.


             429          (1) (a) The officers of a public transit district shall consist of:
             430          (i) the members of the board of trustees;
             431          (ii) a [president] chair and vice [president] chair, appointed by the board of trustees,
             432      subject to Subsection (1)[(b)](c);
             433          (iii) a secretary, appointed by the board of trustees;
             434          (iv) a general manager, appointed by the board of trustees as provided in Section
             435      17B-2a-811 [;], whose duties may be allocated by the board of trustees, at the board of trustees'
             436      discretion, to a chief executive officer, or both;
             437          (v) a chief executive officer appointed by the board of trustees, as provided in Section
             438      17B-2a-811 ;
             439          [(v)] (vi) a general counsel, appointed by the board of trustees, subject to Subsection
             440      (1)[(c)](d);
             441          [(vi)] (vii) a treasurer, appointed as provided in Section 17B-1-633 ;
             442          [(vii)] (viii) a comptroller, appointed by the board of trustees, subject to Subsection
             443      (1)[(d)](e);
             444          [(viii)] (ix) an internal auditor, appointed by the board of trustees, subject to
             445      Subsection (1)[(e)](f); and
             446          [(ix)] (x) other officers, assistants, and deputies that the board of trustees considers
             447      necessary.
             448          (b) The board of trustees may, at its discretion, appoint a president, who shall also be
             449      considered an officer of a public transit district.
             450          [(b)] (c) The district [president] chair and vice [president] chair shall be members of
             451      the board of trustees.
             452          [(c)] (d) The person appointed as general counsel shall:
             453          (i) be admitted to practice law in the state; and
             454          (ii) have been actively engaged in the practice of law for at least seven years next
             455      preceding the appointment.
             456          [(d)] (e) The person appointed as comptroller shall have been actively engaged in the
             457      practice of accounting for at least seven years next preceding the appointment.
             458          [(e)] (f) The person appointed as internal auditor shall be a licensed certified internal
             459      auditor or certified public accountant with at least five years experience in the auditing or


             460      public accounting profession, or the equivalent, prior to appointment.
             461          (2) (a) The district's general manager or chief executive officer, as the board prescribes,
             462      shall appoint all officers and employees not specified in Subsection (1).
             463          (b) Each officer and employee appointed by the district's general manager or chief
             464      executive officer serves at the pleasure of the appointing general manager or chief executive
             465      officer.
             466          (3) The board of trustees shall by ordinance or resolution fix the compensation of all
             467      district officers and employees, except as otherwise provided in this part.
             468          (4) (a) Each officer appointed by the board of trustees or by the district's general
             469      manager or chief executive officer shall take the oath of office specified in Utah Constitution
             470      Article IV, Section 10.
             471          (b) Each oath under Subsection (4)(a) shall be subscribed and filed with the district
             472      secretary no later than 15 days after the commencement of the officer's term of office.
             473          Section 6. Section 17B-2a-811 is amended to read:
             474           17B-2a-811. General manager or chief executive officer of a public transit
             475      district.
             476          (1) (a) The board of trustees of a public transit district shall appoint a person as a
             477      general manager.
             478          (b) The board of trustees of a public transit district may, at its discretion, appoint a
             479      person as a chief executive officer.
             480          (c) The board of trustees of a public transit district shall allocate the responsibilities
             481      defined in Subsection (2) between the general manager and the chief executive officer, if the
             482      board of trustees appoints a chief executive officer.
             483          (d) The chief executive officer shall have the same rights allocated to the general
             484      manager under Subsections (3) and (4).
             485          [(b)] (e) The appointment of a general manager, chief executive officer, or both, shall
             486      be by the affirmative vote of a majority of all members of the board of trustees.
             487          [(c)] (f) The board's appointment of a person as general manager, chief executive
             488      officer, or both, shall be based on the person's qualifications, with special reference to the
             489      person's actual experience in or knowledge of accepted practices with respect to the duties of
             490      the office.


             491          [(d)] (g) A person appointed as general manager or chief executive officer of a public
             492      transit district is not required to be a resident of the state at the time of appointment.
             493          (2) [Each] A general manager or chief executive officer of a public transit district shall
             494      have the following responsibilities as allocated by the board of trustees:
             495          (a) be a full-time officer and devote full time to the district's business;
             496          (b) ensure that all district ordinances are enforced;
             497          (c) prepare and submit to the board of trustees, as soon as practical but not less than 45
             498      days after the end of each fiscal year, a complete report on the district's finances and
             499      administrative activities for the preceding year;
             500          (d) keep the board of trustees advised as to the district's needs;
             501          (e) prepare or cause to be prepared all plans and specifications for the construction of
             502      district works;
             503          (f) cause to be installed and maintained a system of auditing and accounting that
             504      completely shows the district's financial condition at all times; and
             505          (g) attend meetings of the board of trustees.
             506          (3) A general manager of a public transit district:
             507          (a) serves at the pleasure of the board of trustees;
             508          (b) holds office for an indefinite term;
             509          (c) may be removed by the board of trustees upon the adoption of a resolution by the
             510      affirmative vote of a majority of all members of the board, subject to Subsection (5);
             511          (d) has full charge of:
             512          (i) the acquisition, construction, maintenance, and operation of district facilities; and
             513          (ii) the administration of the district's business affairs;
             514          (e) is entitled to participate in the deliberations of the board of trustees as to any matter
             515      before the board; and
             516          (f) may not vote at a meeting of the board of trustees.
             517          (4) The board of trustees may not reduce the general manager's salary below the
             518      amount fixed at the time of original appointment unless:
             519          (a) the board adopts a resolution by a vote of a majority of all members; and
             520          (b) if the general manager demands in writing, the board gives the general manager the
             521      opportunity to be publicly heard at a meeting of the board before the final vote on the


             522      resolution reducing the general manager's salary.
             523          (5) (a) Before adopting a resolution providing for a general manager's removal as
             524      provided in Subsection (3)(c), the board shall, if the manager makes a written demand:
             525          (i) give the general manager a written statement of the reasons alleged for the general
             526      manager's removal; and
             527          (ii) allow the general manager to be publicly heard at a meeting of the board of
             528      trustees.
             529          (b) Notwithstanding Subsection (5)(a), the board of trustees of a public transit district
             530      may suspend a general manager from office pending and during a hearing under Subsection
             531      (5)(a)(ii).
             532          (6) The action of a board of trustees suspending or removing a general manager or
             533      reducing the general manager's salary is final.
             534          Section 7. Section 17B-2a-818 is amended to read:
             535           17B-2a-818. Requirements applicable to public transit district contracts.
             536          [(1) If the expenditure required to construct district facilities or works exceeds:]
             537          [(a) $25,000, the construction shall be let as provided in Title 63G, Chapter 6, Utah
             538      Procurement Code; and]
             539          (1) A public transit district shall comply with the applicable provisions of Title 63G,
             540      Chapter 6, Utah Procurement Code.
             541          [(b)] (2) If construction of a district facility or work exceeds $750,000, the construction
             542      shall be let as provided in:
             543          [(i)] (a) Title 63G, Chapter 6, Utah Procurement Code; and
             544          [(ii)] (b) Section 17B-2a-818.5 .
             545          [(2) (a) The board of trustees of a public transit district shall advertise each bid or
             546      proposal through public notice as the board determines.]
             547          [(b) A notice under Subsection (2)(a) may:]
             548          [(i) include publication in:]
             549          [(A) a newspaper of general circulation in the district;]
             550          [(B) a trade journal; or]
             551          [(C) other method determined by the board; and]
             552          [(ii) be made at least once, not less than 10 days before the expiration of the period


             553      within which bids or proposals are received.]
             554          [(3) (a) The board of trustees may, in its discretion:]
             555          [(i) reject any or all bids or proposals; and]
             556          [(ii) readvertise or give notice again.]
             557          [(b) If, after rejecting bids or proposals, the board of trustees determines and declares
             558      by a two-thirds vote of all members present that in the board's opinion the supplies, equipment,
             559      and materials may be purchased at a lower price in the open market, the board may purchase
             560      the supplies, equipment, and materials in the open market, notwithstanding any provisions
             561      requiring contracts, bids, proposals, advertisement, or notice.]
             562          [(4) The board of trustees of a public transit district may let a contract without
             563      advertising for or inviting bids if:]
             564          [(a) the board finds, upon a two-thirds vote of all members present, that a repair,
             565      alteration, or other work or the purchase of materials, supplies, equipment, or other property is
             566      of urgent necessity; or]
             567          [(b) the district's general manager certifies by affidavit that there is only one source for
             568      the required supplies, equipment, materials, or construction items.]
             569          [(5) If a public transit district retains or withholds any payment on a contract with a
             570      private contractor to construct facilities under this section, the board shall retain or withhold
             571      and release the payment as provided in Section 13-8-5 .]
             572          Section 8. Section 17B-2a-825 is amended to read:
             573           17B-2a-825. Criminal background checks authorized -- Employment eligibility.
             574          (1) A public transit district may require an individual described in Subsection (2) to:
             575          (a) submit a fingerprint card in a form acceptable to the public transit district; and
             576          (b) consent to a fingerprint background check by:
             577          (i) the Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification; and
             578          (ii) the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
             579          (2) A person shall comply with the requirements of Subsection (1) if the person:
             580          (a) is applying for or continuing employment with the public transit district:
             581          (i) working in a safety-sensitive position or other position that may affect:
             582          (A) the safety or well-being of patrons of the public transit district; or
             583          (B) the safety or security of the transit buildings, stations, platforms, railways, bus


             584      systems, and transit vehicles;
             585          (ii) handling personally identifiable information, financial information, or other
             586      sensitive information including personal health information;
             587          (iii) working in security-sensitive areas; or
             588          (iv) handling security-sensitive information, including information system
             589      technologies; or
             590          (b) is seeking access to designated security-sensitive areas.
             591          (3) A public transit district may use the information obtained in accordance with this
             592      section only for one or more of the following purposes:
             593          (a) to determine whether or not an individual is convicted of:
             594          (i) a felony under federal or state law within the last 10 years;
             595          (ii) a violation of a federal law, state law, or local ordinance concerning the sale,
             596      manufacture, distribution, warehousing, adulteration, or transportation of an alcoholic
             597      beverage;
             598          (iii) a crime involving moral turpitude; or
             599          (iv) two or more convictions for a violation of driving under the influence of alcohol,
             600      any drug, or the combined influence of alcohol and any drug;
             601          (b) to determine whether or not an individual has accurately disclosed the person's
             602      criminal history on an application or document filed with the public transit district;
             603          (c) to approve or deny an application for employment with the public transit district; or
             604          (d) to take disciplinary action against an employee of the public transit district,
             605      including possible termination of employment.
             606          (4) A person is not eligible for employment with a public transit district in a capacity
             607      described in Subsection (2) if the person has been convicted of any of the offenses described in
             608      Subsection (3).
             609          Section 9. Section 63G-11-102 is amended to read:
             610           63G-11-102. Creation of identity documents -- Issuance to citizens, nationals, and
             611      legal permanent resident aliens -- Exceptions.
             612          (1) The following entities may create, publish, or otherwise manufacture an
             613      identification document, identification card, or identification certificate and possess an
             614      engraved plate or other device for the printing of an identification document:


             615          (a) a federal, state, or local government agency for employee identification, which is
             616      designed to identify the bearer as an employee;
             617          (b) a federal, state, or local government agency for purposes authorized or required by
             618      law or a legitimate purpose consistent with the duties of the agency, including such documents
             619      as voter identification cards, identification cards, passports, birth certificates, and Social
             620      Security cards; and
             621          (c) a public school or state or private educational institution to identify the bearer as an
             622      administrator, faculty member, student, or employee.
             623          (2) The name of the issuing entity shall be clearly printed upon the face of the
             624      identification document.
             625          (3) Except as otherwise provided in Subsections (4) and (5) or by federal law, an entity
             626      providing an identity document, card, or certificate under Subsection (1)(b) or (c) shall issue
             627      the document, card, or certificate only to:
             628          (a) a United States citizen;
             629          (b) a national; or
             630          (c) a legal permanent resident alien.
             631          (4) (a) Subsection (3) does not apply to an applicant for an identification document
             632      who presents, in person, valid documentary evidence of the applicant's:
             633          (i) unexpired immigrant or nonimmigrant visa status for admission into the United
             634      States;
             635          (ii) pending or approved application for asylum in the United States;
             636          (iii) admission into the United States as a refugee;
             637          (iv) pending or approved application for temporary protected status in the United
             638      States;
             639          (v) approved deferred action status; or
             640          (vi) pending application for adjustment of status to legal permanent resident or
             641      conditional resident.
             642          (b) (i) An entity listed in Subsection (1)(b) or (c) may issue a Subsection (1)(b) or (c)
             643      identification document to an applicant who satisfies the requirements of Subsection (4)(a).
             644          (ii) Except as otherwise provided by federal law, the document is valid only:
             645          (A) during the period of time of the individual's authorized stay in the United States; or


             646          (B) for one year from the date of issuance if there is no definite end to the individual's
             647      period of authorized stay.
             648          (iii) An entity issuing an identification document under this Subsection (4) shall clearly
             649      indicate on the document:
             650          (A) that it is temporary; and
             651          (B) its expiration date.
             652          (c) An individual may renew a document issued under this Subsection (4) only upon
             653      presentation of valid documentary evidence that the status by which the individual originally
             654      qualified for the identification document has been extended by the United States Citizenship
             655      and Immigration Services or other authorized agency of the United States Department of
             656      Homeland Security.
             657          (5) (a) Subsection (3) does not apply to an identification document issued under
             658      Subsection (1)(c) that [is only]:
             659          (i) is only valid for use on the educational institution's campus or facility; and
             660          (ii) includes a statement of the restricted use conspicuously printed upon the face of the
             661      identification document.
             662          (b) Subsection (3) does not apply to a license certificate, driving privilege card, or
             663      identification card issued or renewed under Title 53, Chapter 3, Uniform Driver License Act.
             664          (c) Subsection (3) does not apply to a public transit pass issued by a public transit
             665      district as defined in Title 17B, Chapter 2a, Part 8, Public Transit District Act, that:
             666          (i) is only valid for use on the public transit system; and
             667          (ii) includes a statement of the restricted use conspicuously printed on the face of the
             668      public transit pass.
             669          (6) This section shall be enforced without regard to race, religion, gender, ethnicity, or
             670      national origin.
             671          Section 10. Effective date.
             672          If approved by two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, this bill takes effect
             673      upon approval by the governor, or the day following the constitutional time limit of Utah
             674      Constitution Article VII, Section 8, without the governor's signature, or in the case of a veto,
             675      the date of veto override.


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