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S.J.R. 15





Chief Sponsor: Scott K. Jenkins

House Sponsor: Kevin S. Garn

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This joint resolution of the Legislature gives the Legislative Management Committee
             10      items of study it may assign to the appropriate interim committee.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This resolution:
             13          .    gives the Legislative Management Committee items of study it may assign to the
             14      appropriate interim committee during the 2010 legislative interim;
             15          .    directs interim committees assigned these studies to study and make
             16      recommendations for legislative action to the 59th Legislature before the 2011
             17      Annual General Session; and
             18          .    suggests that the Legislative Management Committee, in approving studies, give
             19      consideration to the available time of legislators and the budget and capacity of staff
             20      to respond to the assigned studies.
             21      Special Clauses:
             22          None
             24      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             25          WHEREAS, the Legislative Management Committee is created by law as a permanent
             26      committee to receive and assign matters for the interim study by committees of the Legislature;
             27      and

             28          WHEREAS, the 58th Legislature has determined that certain legislative issues require
             29      additional investigation and study:
             30          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislative Management Committee
             31      is given the following items of study to assign to the appropriate interim committee with the
             32      duty to study and make recommendations for legislative action to the 59th Legislature before
             33      the 2011 Annual General Session.
             34          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislative Management Committee, in
             35      making study assignments from this list and in approving study requests for individual
             36      committees, give consideration to the available time of legislators and the budget and capacity
             37      of staff to respond adequately to the number and complexity of the assignments given.
             38          1. Alcohol Licensing - to study alcohol licensing by the Department of Alcoholic
             39      Beverage Control.
             40          2. Alcohol Storage - to study the refrigerated storage of heavy beers.
             41          3. Alcoholic Beverage Control Act and Restaurant Licenses - to study restaurant
             42      related licenses issued by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission (H.B. 223).
             43          4. Annuities - to study issues related to annuity regulation.
             44          5. Anti-discrimination in Housing and the Workplace - to study whether and how to
             45      provide for protections against discrimination in the workplace and housing based on sexual
             46      orientation.
             47          6. Armed Guard Licensure - to study whether armed guard licensure should be moved
             48      from the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing to the Bureau of Criminal
             49      Identification.
             50          7. Commodities - to study commodity money issues.
             51          8. Common Interest Ownership - to study the repealing and enacting of laws related to
             52      common interest ownership (H.B. 399).
             53          9. Construction Licenses - to study potential amendments to construction license laws.
             54          10. Construction Registry and Liens - to study issues related to the Utah Mechanics'
             55      Lien law, the lien recovery fund, and the state construction registry.
             56          11. Continuing Education Requirements - to study the number of hours of continuing
             57      education needed to retain a trade license.
             58          12. Contractor Database - to study issues related to the independent contractor

             59      database.
             60          13. Contractor Licensing - to study issues related to independent contractor licensing.
             61          14. Credit Scores and Auto Insurance Rates - to study the use of credit scores in
             62      determining auto insurance rates.
             63          15. Disclosure of Methamphetamine Contaminated Property - to study whether to
             64      require an owner or lessor who obtains information that would lead a reasonable person to
             65      believe that property is or may be contaminated from methamphetamines to exercise
             66      reasonable diligence to determine whether the property is contaminated to require the owner or
             67      lessor to report the contamination (H.B. 190).
             68          16. Disproportionate Rental Fee - to study whether to prohibit municipalities from
             69      excluding landlords from participating in a good landlord program, under which the landlord
             70      qualifies for a disproportionate rental fee reduction, based on the landlord accepting tenants
             71      with no more than one felony conviction (H.B. 220).
             72          17. Gender Rating in the Individual Insurance Market - to study whether removing the
             73      gender rating raises premiums in the individual insurance market, what the gender gap
             74      premiums look like in Utah, and the results and lessons to be learned from states that have
             75      disallowed gender rating.
             76          18. Handyman Code - to study needed revisions to the state's current handyman code.
             77          19. Holding Construction Funds in Trust - to study whether to require contractors and
             78      subcontractors to hold construction funds in trust (H.B. 272).
             79          20. Housing and Employment Protections - to study the consequences of
             80      implementing certain local ordinances on a state level that give specific protections in
             81      employment and housing to LGBT individuals.
             82          21. Impact of Misclassifying Workers as Independent Contractors - to study the
             83      misclassification of workers as independent contractors rather than employees to determine the
             84      prevalence of the practice in Utah and the impact on the state of:
             85      a. workers being denied the protections and benefits of employee status, like workers'
             86      compensation insurance coverage;
             87      b. employers failing to make Social Security, Medicare, and unemployment insurance
             88      payments and ignoring labor standards like paying overtime, minimum wages, or other
             89      employee benefits; and

             90      c. law-abiding businesses who properly classify workers as employees yet have higher costs,
             91      being subjected to unfair competition from businesses who achieve low costs by intentionally
             92      misclassifying their workers.
             93          22. Insurance Code - to study the organization and terminology of the state's Insurance
             94      Code.
             95          23. Laser Centers - to study the regulation of laser centers.
             96          24. Laws Governing Building Contractors - to study and address the need for stronger
             97      laws governing building contractors, the over-use of B-100 general contractor licenses in lieu
             98      of qualified specialty trade licenses, and the increase in companies classifying their workers as
             99      "independent contractors" or using other methods to avoid paying fair wages, workers'
             100      compensation insurance, and payroll taxes.
             101          25. Limited Liability Companies - to study LLC's under the Uniform Law format.
             102          26. Mechanical Contractors - to study potential modifications to mechanical contractor
             103      licensing laws.
             104          27. Mechanics' Lien Laws - to study mechanics lien laws to determine whether
             105      charges are necessary to protect homeowners from liens even though the general contractor is
             106      paid in full.
             107          28. Merging Business Entities - to study consistency in the process of merging various
             108      business entities.
             109          29. Pharmacy Benefit Managers - to study the licensure and regulation of pharmacy
             110      benefit managers (H.B. 135).
             111          30. Professional Engineer Continuing Education - to study whether licensed
             112      professional engineers are keeping up with continuing education units and practicing with a
             113      license.
             114          31. Protecting Identity of Children - to study how to provide a mechanism for freezing
             115      the credit information of a child (H.B. 387).
             116          32. Real Property Sales Information - to study whether a buyer in a real property sale
             117      should have to provide information relating to the sale to the Multicounty Appraisal Trust
             118      (H.B. 61 and H.J.R. 7).
             119          33. Seismic Requirements - to study seismic requirements for condominium
             120      conversion projects.

             121          34. Special Event Alcohol Sales - to study whether to extend the hours for alcohol
             122      sales for special events.
             123          35. Workers' Compensation Death Benefits - to study and review workers'
             124      compensation death benefits for a surviving spouse, with an analysis of dependency.
             125          36. School Fee and Supplies - to study amendments to the Utah Constitution
             126      regarding school fees and supplies (H.J.R. 25).
             127          37. 12th Grade - to study accelerated high school graduation and increasing the rigor
             128      of high school graduation requirements.
             129          38. Board Elimination - to study the elimination of the Board of Regents.
             130          39. Board of Regents Governance Issues - to study whether to choose representatives
             131      on the Board of Regents from all regions of the state, and whether the Regents system is the
             132      most effective way to govern higher education.
             133          40. Career Status Requirements - to study the career status requirements of school
             134      district employees.
             135          41. District Funding - to study funding for small school districts.
             136          42. Early Graduation - to study whether to provide incentives for early graduation.
             137          43. Education Levies - to study the consolidation of education levies.
             138          44. Environmental Design Standards for Schools - to study whether the Utah Board of
             139      Education should build schools to the energy and environmental design rating system (LEED)
             140      or comparable system.
             141          45. Extended Year Schedules - to study the feasibility of extending school calendars
             142      and schedules to increase the enrollment capacity of school buildings.
             143          46. Fundamental Computing Concepts Credit - to study the teaching of higher level
             144      technology education classes like fundamental computing concepts so that the .5 credit
             145      required in computer technology curriculum does not include keyboarding, but is strictly in
             146      computing concepts.
             147          47. Gun Safety Education - to study whether to provide education on gun safety to
             148      Utah's children.
             149          48. Hazing Policies - to study issues related to hazing policies for higher education
             150      (H.B. 410).
             151          49. Higher Education Governance - to study Board of Regents governance of higher

             152      education.
             153          50. Higher Education Program Approval - to study and make recommendations
             154      regarding whether the authority to approve academic programs should be moved from the State
             155      Board of Regents to higher education institution boards of trustees in order to be more
             156      responsive to regional needs.
             157          51. Impact of Decreased Education Funding - to study and determine whether
             158      decreases in per pupil spending in Utah schools negatively affects Utah students' test scores and
             159      hampers their competitiveness for future employment and education.
             160          52. Impact of Tax Cuts on Education Funding - to study and determine whether
             161      income and property tax cuts and diversions are harming Utah's higher and public education
             162      funding system.
             163          53. Labor Law Related to Schools - to study why state school districts are exempt
             164      from national and state labor laws.
             165          54. Math Education - to study strengthening the math curriculum and math teacher
             166      preparation.
             167          55. Online Education Access - to study how to provide better access to online
             168      education courses for K-12 students.
             169          56. Payment for Online Courses - to study whether to require school districts to pay
             170      for online courses from qualified providers.
             171          57. Public School Innovations - to study how to provide greater flexibility to public
             172      schools to meet the educational needs of students, including an innovation plan (H.B. 268).
             173          58. Renewable Energy Class - to study the teaching of a class in math/science or
             174      career technology education on how renewable energy generates electricity to prepare students
             175      for potential future employment in this area.
             176          59. Replacing Criterion Reference Tests (CRT) - to study whether to replace Criterion
             177      Reference Tests with ACT tests, starting with pre-ACT in eighth grade.
             178          60. School District Allocation of IT Budget - to study the disparity between
             179      maintenance and salary versus hardware and software; the disparity, within the hardware
             180      budget, between administrative overhead and resources actually dedicated to instruction; and
             181      the disparity between pay and benefits between school district employment and industry/market
             182      standards.

             183          61. School Nutrition and Activity - to study physical activity and nutrition in schools.
             184          62. School Property Tax Equalization - to study whether to repeal the requirement to
             185      impose and distribute certain school capital outlay property tax revenues in school districts
             186      within a first class county or divided school district (S.B. 87).
             187          63. School Seismic Hazard Inventory - to study whether to require a school district or
             188      charter school to conduct a seismic evaluation of each facility used by the district or a charter
             189      school and to create a Public School Seismic Safety Committee (S.B. 72).
             190          64. Student Funding - to study the funding of students, not institutions of higher
             191      education.
             192          65. Student Loans for Teachers - to study student loan payment assistance for veteran
             193      teachers, including tax incentives or assistance through the education system.
             194          66. Teacher Immunity - to study whether to grant teachers partial immunity for actions
             195      at school.
             196          67. Teacher Salary Levels - to study whether to make full-time classroom teachers the
             197      highest paid employees of a school district.
             198          68. Veterinary Medicine Program - to study the establishment of a professional
             199      veterinary medicine program at USU.
             200          69. Access to Government Records - to study whether a governmental employee's
             201      salary should be a public record under GRAMA (1st Sub. H.B. 266).
             202          70. Addresses on State Forms - to study state forms to determine how many have a
             203      line for mailing addresses or P.O. boxes.
             204          71. Agriculture Sustainability - to study ways to promote sustainability, including
             205      requiring counties to establish an Agriculture Sustainability Investment Fund (H.B. 102).
             206          72. Assisted Housing Waiting Lists - to study the merger of assisted housing waiting
             207      lists in counties with more than one housing authority.
             208          73. Ballot Proposition Withdrawal - to study a process to allow sponsors of initiative
             209      and referendum petitions to withdraw their application.
             210          74. Bariatric Surgery Coverage - to study whether PEHP can develop a coverage
             211      benefit for bariatric surgery that would incur only the same or less cost to the program.
             212          75. Bonding Requirements in State Employment - to study the removal of bonding
             213      requirements for certain state officers.

             214          76. Building Utilization and Cost Assessment - to study a building utilization and cost
             215      assessment, performed by the Office of the Legislative Fiscal Analyst, for leased and owned
             216      state and higher education buildings.
             217          77. Campaign Contribution Information Requirements - to study the requirement for
             218      disclosure of employment data for a person making a campaign contribution.
             219          78. Campaign Contribution Limits - to study whether campaign contribution limits
             220      should be implemented and what impact contribution limits have on legislative races.
             221          79. Candidate Vacancies - to study issues related to candidate vacancies.
             222          80. Compact Agreement on Presidential Election - to study whether to enact an
             223      agreement among the states to elect the President of the United States by national popular vote
             224      (H.B. 297).
             225          81. Conflict between Statute and Constitution Regarding Referendums - to study
             226      whether Utah Code Subsection 20A-7-601(3)(b), which appears to conflict with Utah
             227      Constitution Article VI, Section 2(b)(ii) regarding referendums, should be amended.
             228          82. Daylight Savings - to study the elimination of Daylight Savings Time.
             229          83. Donating State Property - to study and evaluate state surplus laws to determine
             230      whether to donate state computer systems to non-profit organizations.
             231          84. Elected Officials' Funds - to study whether Utah Code Section 52-5-201 is still
             232      necessary with all of the other financial disclosure requirements of Utah Code Title 20A,
             233      Chapter 11, Campaign and Financial Reporting Requirements.
             234          85. Election Administration by County Clerks - to study whether to require that county
             235      clerks administer all elections including state, county, municipality, school district, local
             236      district, and special district elections to reduce costs and improve election efficiency, expertise,
             237      uniformity, integrity, and voter convenience.
             238          86. Election Code Changes Related to Federal Legislation - to study whether the
             239      election code should be modified to reflect the changes made by the Military and Overseas
             240      Voter Empowerment Act.
             241          87. Election Code Violation Amendments - to study whether to change the election
             242      code to include a process for a person to restore the person's right to vote, and whether there
             243      should be a penalty if a person who has forfeited the person's right to vote still votes.
             244          88. Election Day Registration - to study the potential merits of election day

             245      registration.
             246          89. Elections, Campaign Finance, and Lobbying Enforcement Commission - to study
             247      the creation and jurisdiction of an Elections, Campaign Finance, and Lobbying Enforcement
             248      Commission.
             249          90. Email Communications - to study issues related to email communications and the
             250      Open and Public Meetings Act (H.B. 415).
             251          91. Ethics Act - to study, review, and update the Public Officers and Employers Ethics
             252      Act.
             253          92. Local Option Funding - to study local option funding alternatives for urban centers
             254      that receive significant commuter or tourist influx and whether additional revenue options are
             255      desirable to assist with associated transportation, public safety, or other costs.
             256          93. Municipal Disincorporation - to study changes to statutory provisions governing
             257      the disincorporation of a municipality (H.B. 218).
             258          94. Municipal Election Amendments - to study whether a municipality should be
             259      required to hold an election if, after the write-in period, candidates on the ballot are unopposed.
             260          95. Non-partisan County Election Code Amendments - to study whether the election
             261      code should be changed to address the issues raised by non-partisan county governments.
             262          96. Online Voter Registration - to study online registration and registration updates for
             263      voting.
             264          97. Redistricting by Other States - to study how other states conduct and implement
             265      the redistricting process.
             266          98. Sole Source Procurement - to study effective ways to provide for competition in a
             267      streamlined manner when only one provider may be qualified to perform a government service
             268      (S.B. 190).
             269          99. State Construction Apprenticeships - to study whether to require that a percentage
             270      of state construction projects include journeyman apprenticeships.
             271          100. Surplus State Vehicle Sales - to study whether to privatize the sale of surplus
             272      state vehicles.
             273          101. Use of Electronic Signatures for Petitions - to study whether electronic signatures
             274      should be used for initiative and referendum petitions (both statewide and local), political party
             275      petitions, and certificate of nomination petitions.

             276          102. Voter Engagement - to study ways to improve voter engagement in Utah (H.B.
             277      244, H.B. 368, H.B. 164).
             278          103. Voting by Mail - to study expanding the option for governmental entities to use
             279      voting by mail in elections (H.B. 358).
             280          104. Water Banking - to study the banking of water rights administered by a local
             281      district (H.B. 84).
             282          105. Access to Medicaid Benefits - to study how to lower the asset level for pregnant
             283      women to become eligible for Medicaid benefits.
             284          106. Behavioral Treatment System Improvement - to study the delivery of a more
             285      effective treatment system to address the behavioral health treatment needs of children and
             286      youth in the custody of the state.
             287          107. Child Care Licensing - to study the licensing of child care services.
             288          108. Children's Mental Health - to study and consider proposals for consolidating and
             289      coordinating administrative functions within the Department of Human Services and identify
             290      the services necessary to develop an effective home and community-based system of care for
             291      children's mental health.
             292          109. Community-based Mental Health Service Costs - to study how the costs of
             293      community-based mental health services compare to similar services provided in the
             294      correctional system and in-patient treatment.
             295          110. Debt Collection Related to Medical Treatment - to study bad debt collection for
             296      treatment provided subject to the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act.
             297          111. Division of Child and Family Services Efficiencies - to study potential
             298      efficiencies in delivering services in the Division of Child and Family Services.
             299          112. End of Life Care - to study issues related to end of life care associated with
             300      Medicaid.
             301          113. Health Care Budgeting Methods - to study and identify a budgeting method to
             302      remove the double counting in Medicaid due to transfers between the Department of Health
             303      and other state agencies.
             304          114. Health Care Mandates Versus Free Market Solutions - to study government
             305      mandates on modified community ratings, coverage, and licensing, and free market
             306      alternatives.

             307          115. Health Care Payments - to study whether to move away from fee-for-service
             308      payments to pay for quality.
             309          116. Health Coverage for a Legal Immigrant Child - to study whether to provide
             310      Medicaid and health insurance coverage to a legal immigrant child regardless of the length of
             311      time that the child has been in the United States (2nd Sub. S.B. 44).
             312          117. Health Reform for Utah's Children - to study state health reform that covers all
             313      Utah children.
             314          118. Health Support of Law Enforcement - to study stable funding for Department of
             315      Health entities that support law enforcement missions, like the Bureau of Toxicology.
             316          119. Health Underwriting - to study health underwriting by health benefit plans and
             317      expanding the ability to exclude certain conditions from coverage.
             318          120. Hospital Emergency Department Use - to study and identify strategies for
             319      reducing inappropriate emergency department use and related costs.
             320          121. Income and Asset Testing - to study the rules and policies for income and asset
             321      testing related to Medicaid and other welfare programs.
             322          122. Individuals with Disabilities - to study options for meeting the needs of
             323      individuals with disabilities who are in crisis, medically fragile, or have significant behavior
             324      challenges.
             325          123. Infections - to study health care associated infections.
             326          124. Medicaid Family Planning Services - to study the extension of Medicaid family
             327      planning services to low income women.
             328          125. Medicaid Fraud Reporting - to study and explore ways the Department of Health,
             329      the Department of Human Services, and the Department of Workforce Services could increase
             330      public awareness of their fraud reporting systems and encourage the public to report Medicaid
             331      fraud.
             332          126. Medicaid Improvements - to study the lessons learned in Medicare that could be
             333      applied in the Medicaid program.
             334          127. Medicaid Program Coordination - to study the consolidation or improved
             335      coordination of the Medicaid program by the Department of Health, the Department of Human
             336      Services, and the Department of Workforce Services.
             337          128. Medicaid Statutes - to study and review Medicaid statutes for clarification in

             338      assigned responsibilities, desired policy direction, and agency interactions, and consider raising
             339      all the statutes relating to Medicaid from chapter level to a separate title and consolidating all
             340      related statutes within that title.
             341          129. Medical Assistance Asset Test - to study whether to prohibit the use of an asset
             342      test in determining the eligibility of a child or an independent foster care adolescent for medical
             343      assistance (H.B. 87).
             344          130. Medical Assistance Collections - to study and review a list of options for
             345      expansion in the areas of collections, such as requiring insurers to share benefit information for
             346      all medical assistance recipients to increase collections and cost avoidance.
             347          131. Medical Benefits Recovery - to study and reconsider S.B. 50, Medical Benefits
             348      Recovery Amendments, 2008 General Session, which amended the Medical Benefits Recovery
             349      Act to provide that a lien to recover medical assistance benefits provided by the state may be
             350      imposed against the real property of a person who is an inpatient in a care facility during the
             351      life of that person.
             352          132. Medical Industrial Complex - to study issues related to the Medical Industrial
             353      Complex.
             354          133. Mental Health Care Delivery - to study the development of a design for delivery
             355      of an effective community-based system of care to address the mental health needs of children,
             356      youth, and their families. The design is to be developed by the Department of Human Services,
             357      working with stakeholders in the public mental health and substance abuse treatment systems
             358      and family support advocacy organizations.
             359          134. Mental Health Pilot Project - to study the establishment of a pilot program for
             360      assertive community treatment services for people with a severe mental disorder, who are not
             361      receiving or are transitioning out of other mental health services, and to their families (H.B.
             362      198).
             363          135. Needle Disposal - to study potential needle disposal legislation.
             364          136. Nutrition Information in Restaurants - to study the posting of nutrition
             365      information on restaurant menus.
             366          137. Prematurity in Newborn Infants - to study health information issues related to
             367      prematurity of newborn infants.
             368          138. Residential Facilities for the Elderly - to study provisions relating to residential

             369      facilities for elderly persons (H.B. 401).
             370          139. Social Determinants of Health - to study the role of policy and budget planning in
             371      supporting the public and private sector partnerships needed to address the social determinants
             372      of health.
             373          140. State Agency Auditing of Local Health and Human Services - to study the
             374      effectiveness of streamlining and consolidating audit efforts by the Department of Health and
             375      the Department of Human Services and their contracted monitors on county-delivered human
             376      service programs, local public health programs, and private providers.
             377          141. State Health System Reform - to study affordability parameters, thresholds, and
             378      mechanisms needed to support the broader goals of state health system reform, including
             379      access to decent and affordable health insurance coverage for the uninsured.
             380          142. Affirmative Action - to study the status of the affirmative action effort in Utah
             381      and a potential constitutional amendment related to H.J.R. 24.
             382          143. Bail Bond Recovery - to study bail bond recovery agent requirements and equal
             383      treatment by government as proposed in H.J.R. 24.
             384          144. Committee of Correspondence on State Sovereignty - to study whether to appoint
             385      a committee of correspondence to communicate and coordinate with other states regarding
             386      state sovereignty issues.
             387          145. Costs of Death Penalty - to study the cost impact of the death penalty.
             388          146. Criminal Code - to study and comprehensively review the Utah Criminal Code.
             389          147. Employment of Pre-Sentence Report Writers - to study which agency should
             390      employ pre-sentence report writers, since they perform a quasi-court function.
             391          148. Expungement - to study substantive modifications to the expungement law.
             392          149. Fireworks - to study the regulation of fireworks.
             393          150. Fusion Centers - to study oversight of fusion centers.
             394          151. Grandparent Rights - to study the rights of grandparents when they have custody
             395      of children.
             396          152. Guardianship Appointments - to study the creation of a method within the courts
             397      for the appointment of a guardian or conservator for a minor or an incapacitated adult and the
             398      elimination of a local school board's ability to designate guardians for students within their
             399      district (H.B. 347).

             400          153. Gun Free Zones - to study Utah's gun free zones.
             401          154. Incense as a Drug - to study the sale and use of incense as a drug.
             402          155. Indigent Defense - to study the Indigent Defense Act and its application to
             403      indigent defense resources.
             404          156. Law Enforcement Pay Plans - to study law enforcement officer, correctional
             405      officer, and public safety dispatch personnel pay plans (H.B. 330).
             406          157. Medicaid Fraud Control Unit - to study the return on investment for resources
             407      provided to the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the feasibility of increased
             408      recoveries if the unit is provided with more resources.
             409          158. Medicaid Fraud Enforcement Mechanisms - to study whether Utah should adopt
             410      Qui Tam provisions for enforcement of provider fraud.
             411          159. Metabolite DUI - to study metabolite DUI's where there is no impairment.
             412          160. Pepspice Regulation - to study whether to regulate the sale and use of the
             413      substance Pepspice.
             414          161. Phone Slamming - to study phone slamming and determine an appropriate
             415      penalty.
             416          162. Prescription Abuse - to study issues related to prescription drug and substance
             417      abuse.
             418          163. Renewal of Judgments - to study the establishment of a fee for renewal of
             419      judgments (H.B. 373).
             420          164. Search and Rescue Funding - to study ways to fund voluntary search and rescue
             421      efforts (S.B. 60).
             422          165. Sexual Offenses Against a Minor - to study and work with the Sentencing
             423      Commission on issues related to unlawful sexual offenses against a minor.
             424          166. Shared Parenting - to study issues related to shared parenting in divorce.
             425          167. Snuff Labeling - to study whether to ban or require specific labeling on flavored
             426      snuff.
             427          168. Unlawful Provision of Identifiable Prescription Information - to study whether to
             428      make it a class B misdemeanor to provide, sell, exchange, purchase, obtain, or use identifiable
             429      prescription information for a commercial purpose, except as may be permitted (H.B. 104).
             430          169. Utah Supreme Court Terms - to study the appointment of justices to the Utah

             431      Supreme Court on a staggered term basis so that only one comes up for retention election every
             432      two years.
             433          170. Access and Improvements to Fisheries - to study how to establish an agreement
             434      between the Division of Wildlife Resources and property owners to provide access and
             435      improvements to fisheries.
             436          171. Agriculture Services Area - to study whether to allow an agriculture services area.
             437          172. Application of Endangered Species Act - to study how to apply to the
             438      Endangered Species Act to species which are completely contained within the state and never
             439      cross state borders.
             440          173. Canal Safety - to study enacting a Canal Safety Act (1st Sub. S.B. 185).
             441          174. Duration of Deer Hunt - to study whether to change the duration of the general
             442      rifle deer hunt (H.B. 417).
             443          175. Environmental Quality Boards - to study modifying provisions to boards, and
             444      executive secretaries to boards, within the Department of Environmental Quality (S.B. 223).
             445          176. Fire Funding - to study wildland fire and School and Institutional Trust Lands
             446      Administration wildfire funding issues.
             447          177. Groundwater Protest and Studies - to study issues relating to Millard County's
             448      legal defense of its groundwater protests, and the ongoing USGS groundwater studies in Snake
             449      Valley.
             450          178. Hunting by Grazing Associations - to study whether to provide conservation
             451      hunting permits to grazing associations.
             452          179. Sand and Gravel - to study the classification of sand and gravel.
             453          180. Solid Waste Classification - to study the approval process used to determine solid
             454      waste facility classifications.
             455          181. Stream Access - to study and explore the possibility of forming cooperative
             456      fishing management units.
             457          182. Surface Owner Protection - to study procedures for an operator to follow when
             458      conducting an oil or gas operation (H.B. 309).
             459          183. Tire Recycling Fee Distribution - to study the distribution of funds from the Tire
             460      Recycling fee, and the fairness of participation and contribution to the fund.
             461          184. Waste Reduction and Recycling - to study a state waste reduction and recycling

             462      program.
             463          185. Water Authority Project - to study issues related to the Southern Nevada Water
             464      Authority Groundwater Development Project.
             465          186. Water Right Change Requests - to study modifications to the process for
             466      changing water rights (S.B. 99).
             467          187. Water Rights and River Recreation - to study water rights related to recreation on
             468      Utah rivers.
             469          188. Applying the National Electrical Code - to study whether to require the Public
             470      Service Commission, in determining provisions for electrical service connections by an
             471      electrical corporation, to use the current state adopted National Electrical Code provision, and
             472      whether to allow alternative provisions if the commission determines they are just and
             473      reasonable (H.B. 411).
             474          189. Energy Cost Recovery and Renewable Energy - to study cost recovery for various
             475      forms of energy and renewable energy goals (S.B. 131).
             476          190. Enhanced 911 Requirements - to study enhanced 911 requirements for multi-line
             477      telephone systems (S.B. 72).
             478          191. Net Metering - to study and propose potential adjustments to the net metering
             479      laws to address the higher cost of renewable energy.
             480          192. Utility Undergrounding - to study whether to provide funding for the purpose of
             481      undergrounding power lines through a local option franchise tax authority in older urbanized
             482      municipalities.
             483          193. Utilization of Department of Technology Services by State Agencies - to study
             484      the "decoupling" of the Department of Technology Services from mandatory usage by state
             485      agencies wishing to utilize other technology services from other companies or agencies through
             486      RFP.
             487          194. Administrative Fees Account - to study issues related to the Sales Tax
             488      Administrative Fees Account.
             489          195. Appeal to Utah Population Estimates Committee - to study whether to authorize a
             490      county, city, or town to appeal its population for certain sales and use tax purposes to the Utah
             491      Population Estimates Committee (H.B. 139).
             492          196. Determination of Sale Origin - to study and determine when a sale, other than a

             493      sale of tangible personal property, is in the state.
             494          197. District Taxing Authority - to study the taxing authority for water conservancy
             495      districts.
             496          198. Flat Tax - to study the impact of moving from graduated income tax brackets to a
             497      flat tax on education and the General Fund.
             498          199. Local Option Sales and Use Tax Terminology - to study the terminology used in
             499      local option sales and use taxes to refer to local governments and whether greater uniformity
             500      can be achieved in the use of the terminology.
             501          200. Localized Taxes - to study sales and use taxes within a geographic area that is
             502      smaller than a county, city, or town.
             503          201. Municipal Taxes and PILT Funding - to study a municipal services tax and
             504      Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funding.
             505          202. Property Tax Exemption - to study whether to change certain qualifications for
             506      the residential property tax exemption (H.B. 182).
             507          203. Property Tax Valuation - to study whether to change the valuation of certain
             508      property under the Property Tax Act (H.B. 322).
             509          204. Recreational Vehicle Taxes - to study tax equity on the rental of recreational
             510      vehicles.
             511          205. Special Group License Plate Regulation - to study the regulation of special group
             512      license plates by State Tax Commission rule instead of legislative action, with sunset language
             513      for those which fail to meet goals.
             514          206. Tax Increases Not Approved by Voters - to study whether to allow tax increases
             515      not approved by voters to be subject to referendum and initiative procedures.
             516          207. Tax Notice Modifications - to study whether tax notices should be modified to
             517      provide more information, including the percentage of increase or decrease, the date and type
             518      of approval, and the time and location of public hearings.
             519          208. Transmitting Local Tax Ordinances - to study whether counties, cities, and towns
             520      should be required to provide their sales and use tax ordinances to the State Tax Commission.
             521          209. Transportation Taxes - to study the taxing authority for local option sales and use
             522      taxes for transportation.
             523          210. Use Tax for Electronic Waste - to study and review a use tax to cover recycling

             524      costs up front for electronic waste, computers, cell phones, DVD players, VCR's, etc.
             525          211. Wind Farm Siting and Taxes - to study the siting of wind farms and whether to
             526      assess an excise tax on wind energy similar to the severance tax on minerals.
             527          212. Part-Time Employee Health Care Costs - to study the effects of pro rating the
             528      health care costs of part-time employees.
             529          213. Retirement Issues Related to Part-Time Employees - to study the effect of
             530      part-time employees who work full time the last few years of their careers.
             531          214. B and C Road Maintenance Funding - to study whether current B and C road
             532      funds are adequate to cover the maintenance costs of those roads.
             533          215. Class B and C Road Bids - to study bid limits for class B and class C road
             534      maintenance or construction projects.
             535          216. Contract Passenger Carriers - to study the regulation of contract passenger
             536      carriers and other provisions of H.B. 152.
             537          217. County Emissions Penalties - to study the penalties assessed by local
             538      governments on emissions testing businesses that violate emissions testing procedures,
             539      including a potential cap on penalties and fine amounts.
             540          218. Deferring Road Maintenance - to study the impact of the deferring of routine
             541      maintenance of arterial and collector roads.
             542          219. Determining Local Transportation Needs - to study and review the current means
             543      of determining the transportation needs of a community, including cost and capacity measures,
             544      and ways to improve these determinations.
             545          220. Emissions - to study statewide vehicle emissions requirements and examine the
             546      possibility of incentivizing vehicle owners in rural counties to meet emissions standards
             547      required in Wasatch Front counties.
             548          221. Emissions and Maintenance Incentives - to study whether to provide incentives to
             549      counties where an emissions inspection and maintenance program is not required or necessary
             550      to adopt similar standards as counties that have an inspection and maintenance program.
             551          222. Fair Appraisal Services for Rights-of-Way - to study fair practices for equitable
             552      and proper appraisal services when the state is in the process of acquiring rights-of-way and
             553      condemning properties for state use.
             554          223. Impact of Impound Law - to study the impact of H.B. 151, Motor Vehicle

             555      Revisions, 2008 General Session, including how many vehicles have been impounded due to
             556      its passage into law.
             557          224. Impact of Requests for Special Group License Plates - to study how to address
             558      the many requests for special group licenses, poor fund-raising, and the administrative burden
             559      of accommodating plate usage.
             560          225. Information on Driver Licenses and Registration - to study whether to place zip
             561      codes on driver licenses and whether to place an individual's address on the vehicle
             562      registration.
             563          226. Lane Mile Distribution Formula for Local Transportation Funding - to study the
             564      adequacy of the current lane mile distribution formula in funding transportation needs in a
             565      community and whether there is a better measure of capacity that more accurately reflects
             566      transportation need, including lane miles traveled per lane mile, an assessment of arterial roads
             567      in a community, or another measure.
             568          227. Motor Vehicle Owner or Operator Security - to study the enforcement of the
             569      requirement to have owners' or operators' security for a motor vehicle that is operated on a
             570      highway in Utah.
             571          228. Operating Bicycles and Mopeds - to study the operation of bicycles and mopeds
             572      on roadways (H.B. 424).
             573          229. Public Transit Districts - to study whether to allow public transit districts to
             574      establish, finance, and participate as a limited partner in a development with limited liabilities,
             575      to construct, improve, maintain, or operate a transit-oriented development or transit-supportive
             576      development, or to assist in the economic development of areas in proximity of transit facilities
             577      (S.B. 272).
             578          230. Railroad Crossing Amendments - to study potential changes to railroad and
             579      railroad crossing laws.
             580          231. Special Group License Plate Issues - to study funding of special group license
             581      plates, eliminating underused plates, and the approval process.
             582          232. Special Group License Plates - to study whether to place a cap on the number of
             583      special group license plates.
             584          233. Special Olympics License Plate - to study the creation of a Special Olympics
             585      License Plate.

             586          234. Surplus State Vehicles - to study privatization of the sale of surplus state
             587      vehicles.
             588          235. Tangible Personal Property Definition - to study and determine whether the
             589      definition of tangible personal property should include carpeting (S.B. 27).
             590          236. Arts and Museum Funding - to study ways to fund arts and museums in the state.
             591          237. Community Development and Renewal Agency - to study various revisions to
             592      community development and renewal agency statutes, including the allocation of 20% of tax
             593      increment for housing (S.B. 197).
             594          238. Military Installation Development Authorities - to study military installation
             595      development authorities -- what they are and the extent of their powers.
             596          239. Notification of Misuse of Information or Identity Fraud - to study Department of
             597      Workforce Services' notification of employers of practices that could constitute misuse of
             598      personal identifying information or identity fraud.
             599          240. Venture Capital - to study issues related to Utah venture capital.
             600          241. Exemptions for Cedar Band - to study whether to exempt certain transactions on
             601      Cedar Band reservation land from specified taxes imposed under state law (S.B. 207).
             602          242. Native American Economies - to study economic opportunities for Native
             603      American communities.
             604          243. Capital Outlay - to study capital outlay funding equalization.
             605          244. Government Functions and Budgeting - to study the creation of a bi-partisan task
             606      force to develop a list of core government functions and the implementation of a new system of
             607      performance and budgeting.
             608          245. State Agency Budgets - to study zero based budgets for state agencies (H.B. 392).
             609          246. Vacation Leave Policies - to study and conduct an analysis of sick and vacation
             610      leave policies versus paid time off.
             611          247. Privatizing State Parks - to study and review a report, prepared by the Department
             612      of Natural Resources' internal audit team, of the potential costs and benefits of privatizing or
             613      outsourcing state park operations, including a list of six potential park candidates likely for
             614      privatization.
             615          248. Notification of Bill Hearing Change - to study ways to alert the public when a bill
             616      posted on a committee agenda will not be heard.

             617          249. Public Meeting Agendas - to study whether to require a "tentative agenda" at least
             618      72 hours prior to a public meeting, and leaving in place the current 24-hour notice requirement
             619      for a final agenda.

Legislative Review Note
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