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MINUTES OF THE
HOUSE GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS STANDING COMMITTEE
ROOM 20, HOUSE OFFICE BUILDING, STATE CAPITOL COMPLEX
February 26, 2010



MEMBERS PRESENT:    Rep. Craig Frank, Chair
        Rep. Keith Grover, Vice Chair
        Rep. Douglas C. Aagard
        Rep. Jim Bird
        Rep. Ben Ferry
        Rep. Neil A. Hansen
        Rep. Neal B. Hendrickson
        Rep. John Mathis
        Rep. Larry B. Wiley                    
        
MEMBERS ABSENT:    Rep. Ron Bigelow
        
STAFF PRESENT:    Benjamin N. Christensen, Policy Analyst
        Karen Mitchell, Committee Secretary

Note:    A list of visitors and copy of handouts are filed with committee minutes.

Rep. Grover called the meeting to order at 8:01 a.m.

MOTION:    Rep. Frank moved to approve the minutes of the February 24, 2009 meeting.
        The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Ferry, Rep. Hendrickson, Rep. Mathis,         and Rep. Wiley absent for the vote.

H.B. 363    Municipal Election Amendments (Rep. C. Frank)

Rep. Frank explained the bill to the committee and provided a handout.

Spoke in favor of the bill:    Lincoln Shurtz, Utah League of Cities and Towns

MOTION:    Rep. Aagard moved to pass the bill with a favorable recommendation. The motion         passed unanimously with Rep. Mathis and Rep. Wiley absent for the vote.

MOTION:    Rep. Frank moved to place H.B. 363 on the Consent Calendar. The motion passed         unanimously with Rep. Mathis and Rep. Wiley absent for the vote.

H.B. 185    Animal Euthanasia Standards (Rep. F.J. Seegmiller)

MOTION:    Rep. Hansen moved to adopt 1st Substitute H.B. 185. The motion passed                  unanimously with Rep. Mathis and Rep. Wiley absent for the vote.


Rep. Seegmiller explained 1st Substitute H.B. 185 to the committee and provided a handout.

Rep. Hansen declared a conflict of interest.

Spoke in favor of the bill:    Dr. Drew Allen, Utah Veterinary Medical Association

Spoke in opposition to the bill:    Tug Getling, UACOA, UCASH, NWAS
                    Kelly Davis, West Valley Animal Shelter
                    Pam Rasmussen, South Jordan Animal Control
                    Rich Bergen, Sandy City

MOTION:    Rep. Hansen moved to amend 1st Substitute H.B. 185 as follows:


1.    Page 2, Lines 34 through 38 :    

             34          (2) If an animal shelter must euthanize an animal, the animal shelter shall euthanize the
             35      animal by lethal injection
{   , unless:   }        or carbon monoxide chamber.      

             36          
{   (a) the animal presents a danger to staff performing the euthanization; or

             37          (b) a restraint required for lethal injection will cause undue stress on the animal.  
}

             38          (3) (a) If an animal is euthanized under Subsection (2)
{   (a) or (b)   } in a carbon monoxide


2.    Page 2, Line 54 through Page 3, Line 58 :    

             54          (2) If an animal shelter must euthanize an animal, the animal shelter shall euthanize the
             55      animal by lethal injection
{   , unless:   }        or carbon monoxide chamber.      

             56          
{   (a) the animal presents a danger to staff performing the euthanization; or

             57          (b) a restraint required for lethal injection will cause undue stress on the animal.  
}

             58          (3) (a) If an animal is euthanized under Subsection (2)
{   (a) or (b)   } in a carbon monoxide


The motion to amend the substitute passed unanimously.

MOTION:    Rep. Hansen moved to pass 1st Substitute H.B. 185 as amended with a favorable              recommendation. The motion passed unanimously.



H.B. 321    Bond Election Notification Revisions (Rep. G. Hughes)

Rep. Hughes explained the bill to the committee.

Spoke in favor of the bill:    Rep. Sheryl Allen (Handout)
                Tim Leffel, Murray City School District
                Royce VanTassell, Utah taxpayers Assoc.
                Jon Bronson, Zions Bank

MOTION:    Rep. Frank moved to amend the bill as follows:


1.    Page 4, Line 102 :    

             102     
"NOTICE [OF PROPERTY TAX INCREASE DUE TO BOND ISSUANCE]
  OF
PROPERTY TAX CHANGE  
:



SUBSTITUTE
MOTION:    Rep. Ferry moved to amend the amendment as follows:


1.    Page 4, Line 102 :    

             102     
"NOTICE [OF PROPERTY TAX INCREASE DUE TO BOND ISSUANCE]
  OF
PROPERTY TAX CHANGE AND/OR BOND ISSUANCE  
:




The substitute motion passed unanimously.

MOTION:    Rep. Hansen moved to pass H.B. 321 as amended with a favorable                  recommendation. The motion passed unanimously.

1st Sub. S.B. 89    Legal Notice Amendments (Sen. S. Urquhart) (Rep. J. Dougall)

Sen. Urquhart explained the bill to the committee.

MOTION:    Rep. Frank moved to pass S.B. 89 with a favorable recommendation. The motion         passed unanimously.

MOTION:    Rep. Hansen moved to place S.B. 89 on the Consent Calendar. The motion passed         unanimously with Rep. Aagard absent for the vote.





2nd Sub. S.B. 275    Removing Signature from Initiative and Referendum Petition (Sen. H. Stephenson) (Rep. C. Wimmer)

Sen. Stephenson explained the bill to the committee.

Spoke in favor of the bill:    Dalane England, Eagle Forum
                Susan Edwards, Citizen
                Stan Rasmussen, Sutherland Institute

Spoke in opposition to the bill:    Alice Steiner, Citizen

MOTION:    Rep. Frank moved to pass 2nd Sub. S.B. 275 with a favorable recommendation.              The motion passed with Rep. Hansen voting in opposition.

MOTION:    Rep. Hendrickson moved to adjourn. The motion passed unanimously.

Rep. Grover adjourned the meeting at 9:43 a.m.

    







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                    Rep. Craig A. Frank, Chair