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MINUTES OF THE SENATE
TRANSPORTATION & PUBLIC UTILITIES & TECHNOLOGY
STANDING COMMITTEE
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2010, 4:10 P.M.
ROOM 215, SENATE BUILDING, STATE CAPITOL COMPLEX


Members Present:     Sen. Steve Urquhart, Chair
            Sen. Brent Goodfellow
            Sen. David Hinkins
            Sen. Karen Mayne
            Sen. Jerry Stevenson
            Sen. Kevin Van Tassell

Members Excused:    Sen. Peter Knudson
            
Staff Present:        Leif Elder, Policy Analyst
            Karen C. Allred, Secretary
            
Public Speakers Present:     Bruce Jones, General Counsel, Utah Transit Authority
            Lincoln Shurtz, Utah League of Cities and Towns
            Ryan Davies, President and CEO, Renewable Energy Development     Company
            Michelle Beck, Utah Office of Consumer Services
            Bart Blackstock, Executive Vice President, Insure-Rite

A list of visitors and a copy of handouts are filed with the committee minutes.

Committee Chair Urquhart called the meeting to order at 4:31 P.M.

Approval of Minutes

    MOTION:
Sen. Van Tassell moved to approve the minutes of the February 19, 2010 meeting.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Mayne absent for the vote.

MOTION: Sen. Van Tassell moved that S.B. 47, S.B. 153, and S.B. 176 be held.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Mayne absent for the vote.

1.     S.B. 272 -- Amendments to Transportation Provisions

    Sen. Stevenson introduced and explained the bill.



    Bruce Jones, General Counsel, Utah Transit Authority; and Lincoln Shurtz, Utah League of Cities and Towns spoke in favor of the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Van Tassell moved to pass S.B. 272 out of committee with a favorable recommendation.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Mayne absent for the vote.

2.     S.B. 131 -- Energy Cost Recovery and Renewable Energy Provisions

    Sen. Hinkins introduced and explained the bill.

    Ryan Davies, President and CEO, Renewable Energy Development Corporation (REDCO), spoke in favor of the bill.

Sen. Stevenson assumed the Chair.

Chair Urquhart resumed the Chair.

    MOTION: Sen. Goodfellow moved to send S.B. 131 back to Rules for interim study.

    Michelle Beck, Utah Office of Consumer Services spoke to the bill.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Mayne absent for the vote.

3.     H.B. 261 -- Financial Responsibility of Motor Vehicle Owners and Operators Act Amendments

    Rep. Greenwood introduced and explained the bill.

     MOTION: Chair Urquhart moved to adopt the following amendment:

1.    Page 1, Line 20
    House Committee Amendments
    2-8-2010 :
    

             20      immediate possession H. [.] ;
{   and   }       

    .     provides that a peace officer may not cite or arrest a person for violating the requirement to have evidence of owner's or operator's security for the vehicle in the person's immediate possession if the Uninsured Motorist Identification Database Program information indicates that the vehicle or driver is insured; and  


2.    Page 4, Lines 90 through 92 :    

             90          (c)
  (i)       Evidence of owner's or operator's security from the Uninsured Motorist


             91
     Identification Database Program described under Subsection (2)(b)(vi) supercedes any
             92      evidence of owner's or operator's security described under Subsection (2)(b)(i)(D) or (E).
    
  (ii) A peace officer may not cite or arrest a person for a violation of Subsection (2)(a) if the Uninsured Motorist Identification Database Program created under Title 41, Chapter 12a, Part 8, information indicates that the vehicle or driver is insured.      


    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Mayne absent for the vote.

    Bart Blackstock, Executive Vice President, Insure-Rite, spoke in favor of the bill.

    MOTION: Sen. Goodfellow moved to pass H.B. 261 out of committee with a favorable recommendation.

    The motion passed unanimously.

     MOTION: Sen. Van Tassell moved to place H.B. 261 on the Consent Calendar.

    The motion passed unanimously.

MOTION:
Sen. Van Tassell moved to adjourn.

    The motion passed unanimously.

    Chair Urquhart adjourned the meeting at 5:13 P.M.

    Minutes reported by Karen C. Secretary.

    





Sen. Steve Urquhart, Committee Chair