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MINUTES OF THE HOUSE BUSINESS AND LABOR
STANDING COMMITTEE
Room 450, State Capitol, Utah State Capitol Complex

February 5, 2010

Members Present:    Rep. Jim Dunnigan, Chair
            Rep. Patrick Painter, Vice Chair                    
            Rep. Jackie Biskupski            
            Rep. Stephen Clark
            Rep. Susan Duckworth            
            Rep. Gage Froerer     
            Rep. Francis Gibson
            
Rep. Neil Hansen
            
Rep. Brian King
            
Rep. Todd Kiser
            Rep. Michael Morley    
            Rep. Brent Wallis
            Rep. Curt Webb

Members Absent:    
Rep. Kevin Garn
             
Staff Present:    Bryant Howe, Assistant Director            
            Rosemary Young, Committee Secretary

Note:        List of visitors and a copy of handouts are filed with committee minutes .

Rep. Dunnigan called the meeting to order at 2:02 p.m.

MOTION:    Rep. Painter moved to approve the minutes of meetings held Feb.2 and Feb 3, 2010. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Clark absent for the vote.

H.B. 222    Land Use Meeting Notice (Rep. T. Beck)

Rep. Beck explained the bill to the committee.

MOTION:    Rep. Gibson moved to transmit H.B. 222 with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Biskupski, Rep. Clark, Rep. Duckworth, and Rep. Froerer absent for the vote.

MOTION:    Rep. Webb moved to place H.B. 222 on the Consent Calendar. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Biskupski, Rep. Clark, Rep. Duckworth, and Rep. Froerer absent for the vote.


H.B. 118
    Economic Development Incentives Modifications (Rep. W. Harper)

MOTION:    Rep. Hansen moved to amend H.B. 118 as follows:

1.    Page , Line 121 through Page 5, Line 125 :    

             121          (5) (a)
  (i)       At the end of each fiscal year, the unrestricted, undesignated General Fund

             122      balance after the transfers of surplus of General Fund revenues described in this Subsection
             123      (5)(a) shall be earmarked to the Industrial Assistance Fund in an amount equal to 120% of any
             124      credit that has accrued under this part.
             125          
  (ii) The earmark under Subsection (5)(a)(i) shall be capped at $50,000,000, at which time no subsequent contributions may be made and any interest accrued above the $50,000,000 cap shall be deposited into the General Fund.

 
(b) The earmark required by [this] Subsection (5)(a) shall be made after the transfer of


The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Biskupski, Rep. Clark, and Rep. Froerer absent for the vote.

Rep. Harper introduced the bill and explained it to the committee assisted by Spencer Eccles, Executive Director of the Governor's Office of Economic Development. Tom Bingham, Utah Manufacturers Association, spoke in favor of the bill.

MOTION:    Rep. Duckworth moved to transmit H.B. 118 with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Clark absent for the vote.


H.B. 188    Workers' Compensation Benefits - Social Security Offset (Rep. W. Harper)

MOTION:    Rep. Painter moved to amend H.B. 188 as follows:

1.    Page 10, Line 304 through Page 11, Line 310 :    

             304          (a) the status of cases for which the Employers' Reinsurance Fund pays permanent total
             305      disability compensation;
             306          (b) the process the Labor Commission follows to facilitate the implementation of the
             307      Merrill decision
{   by the Workers' Compensation Fund and private insurers   } ;


             308
         (c) the effect, if any, of implementing the Merrill decision on:
             309          (i) the Employers' Reinsurance Fund;
             310          (ii) assessments related to workers' compensation under Sections 34A-2-202 and


The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Clark absent for the vote.

Rep. Harper introduced the bill and explained it to the committee.

MOTION:    Rep. Biskupski moved to transmit H.B. 188 with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Clark absent for the vote.

MOTION:    Rep. Biskupski moved to place H.B. 188 on the Consent Calendar. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Clark absent for the vote.


S.B. 37    Impact Fee Revisions (Sen. W. Niederhauser) (Rep. M. Morley )

Sen. Niederhauser introduced the bill and explained it to the committee. Lincoln Shurtz, Utah League of Cities and Towns, and Mike Ostermiller, Utah Property Rights Coalition and Utah Association of Realtors, spoke in favor of the bill.

MOTION:    Rep. Morley moved to transmit S.B. 37 with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Clark and Rep. Gibson absent for the vote.

MOTION:    Rep. Kiser moved to place S.B. 37 on the Consent Calendar. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Clark and Rep. Gibson absent for the vote.

H.B. 227    Licensing Eligibility (Rep. S. Sandstrom)

Rep. Sandstrom introduced the bill and explained it to the committee. The following individuals spoke in favor of the bill:

    Ronald Mortensen        Utah Coalition on Illegal Immigration
    Peter Cannon            Davis County 9/12 Project
    Charlene Booth        Citizen

The following individuals spoke against the bill:

    Lincoln Shurtz        Utah League of Cities and Towns
    Joe Reyna            Republican Hispanic Assembly


    Antonella Packard        Latin American Chamber of Commerce
    Richard Jaramillo        Hispanic Legislative Task Force
    

MOTION:    Rep. Painter moved to adjourn. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Biskupski, Rep. Clark, Rep. Duckworth, Rep. Froerer, Rep. Gibson, and Rep. Hansen absent for the vote.

Rep. Dunnigan adjourned the meeting at 3:37 p.m.









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                         Rep. James Dunnigan, Chair