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Second Substitute S.B. 272
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
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:
43 Other Special Clauses:
44 This bill provides an immediate effective date.
45 Utah Code Sections Affected:
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
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.
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.
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.
82 of passengers for hire.
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.
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.
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 [
135 developments; or
136 (ii) study and plan transit facilities in accordance with any legislation passed by
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; [
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[
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
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.
165 or local funds.
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
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
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) [
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 [
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 [
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
211 (d) (i) If rounding to the nearest [
212 apportionment basis under Subsection (2)(b) results in an apportionment of more than [
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 [
216 apportionment basis under Subsection (2)(b) results in an apportionment of less than [
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 [
221 legislative body, shall appoint one voting member to represent [
222 population within a county's unincorporated area [
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 [
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
260 (iii) All transit sales and use tax totals shall be obtained from the State Tax
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
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) [
289 terms [
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
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
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,
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
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;
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
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
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
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 [
432 subject to Subsection (1)[
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 [
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 ;
445 Subsection (1)[
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.
451 the board of trustees.
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.
457 practice of accounting for at least seven years next preceding the appointment.
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
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
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).
486 be by the affirmative vote of a majority of all members of the board of trustees.
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.
492 transit district is not required to be a resident of the state at the time of appointment.
493 (2) [
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
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
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.
539 (1) A public transit district shall comply with the applicable provisions of Title 63G,
540 Chapter 6, Utah Procurement Code.
542 shall be let as provided in:
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
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
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
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 [
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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