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MINUTES OF THE SENATE
TRANSPORTATION & PUBLIC UTILITIES & TECHNOLOGY
STANDING COMMITTEE
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 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:     Dave Gessell, Utah Hospital Association
            Wayne Jones, Executive Director, Independent Auto Dealers                 Association
            Jeff Richards, Attorney, Rocky Mountain Power
            Joe Dunbeck, Attorney, Heber Light and Power
            Read Hellewell, Attorney, Kirton & McConkie
            Mike Christensen, Property Owner

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

Committee Chair Urquhart called the meeting to order at 4:39 P.M.

1.     S.B. 170 -- Suspension of Driving Privileges

    Sen. Hillyard introduced and explained the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Goodfellow moved to pass S.B. 170 out of committee with a favorable recommendation.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Van Tassell absent for the vote.

2.     S.B. 273 -- Hospital Assessments

    Sen. Hillyard introduced and explained the bill.


    Dave Gessell, Utah Hospital Association spoke in favor of the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Mayne moved to pass S.B. 273 out of committee with a favorable recommendation.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Van Tassell absent for the vote.

3.     S.B. 220 -- Vehicle Impound Amendment

    Sen. Greiner introduced and explained the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Goodfellow moved to pass S.B. 220 out of committee with a favorable recommendation.

    The motion passed unanimously.

     MOTION: Sen. Goodfellow moved to place S.B. 220 on the Consent Calendar.

4.     1st Sub. H.B. 378 -- Motor Vehicle Insurance Requirements

    Sen. Van Tassell introduced and explained the bill.

    Wayne Jones, Executive Director, Independent Auto Dealers Association, spoke in favor of the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Goodfellow moved to pass 1st Sub. H.B. 378 out of committee with a favorable recommendation.

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

     MOTION: Sen. Van Tassell moved to place 1st Sub. H.B. 378 on the Consent Calendar.

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

5.     S.B. 227 -- Interlocal Energy Amendments

    Sen. Van Tassell introduced and explained the bill.

    Jeff Richards, Attorney, Rocky Mountain Power and Joe Dunbeck, Attorney, Heber Light and Power, spoke in favor of the bill.

    Reed Hellewell, Attorney, Kirton & McConkie, and Mike Christensen, Property Owner spoke in opposition of the bill.

    Sen. Bramble further explained the bill.



     MOTION: Sen. Van Tassell moved to adopt the following amendment:

1.    Page 5, Line 143 through Page 6, Line 162 :    

             143      if
  :

(i)  
the energy services interlocal entity:

             144          
{   (i)   }        (A)       enters into a written agreement with each public utility holding a certificate of

             145      public convenience and necessity issued by the Public Service Commission for the energy
             146      services interlocal entity to be responsible to provide electric service in the
  agreed upon       geographic area

             147      outside the municipal boundaries of the members of the energy services interlocal entity;
  and      

             148          
{   (ii)   }        (B)       obtains a franchise agreement, with the legislative body of the county or other

             149      governmental entity for the geographic area in which the energy services interlocal entity
             150      provides service outside the municipal boundaries of its members; and
             151          
{   (iii)   }        (ii) each public utility described in Subsection (7)(a)(i)(A)       applies for and obtains from the Public Service Commission approval of the

             152      agreement specified in Subsection (7)(a)
{   (ii)   }        (i)(A)       .

             153          (b) (i) The Public Service Commission shall approve an agreement described in
             154      Subsection (7)(a)(ii) unless it determines, based upon substantial evidence, that the agreement
             155      is contrary to the public interest.
             156          (ii) In approving an agreement, the
{   commission   }        Public Service Commission       shall also amend the certificate of

             157      public convenience and necessity of any public utility described in Subsection (7)(a)(i) to
             158      delete from the geographic area specified in the certificate or certificates of the public utility
             159      the geographic area that the energy services interlocal entity has agreed to serve.
             160          (c) In providing retail electric service to customers outside of the municipal boundaries
             161      of its members, but not within the municipal boundaries of another municipality
  that grants a franchise agreement in accordance with Subsection (7)(a)(i)(B)       , an energy

             162      services interlocal entity shall comply with the following:

     MOTION: Sen. Goodfellow moved to pass S.B. 227 out of committee with a favorable recommendation.


    The motion passed unanimously.

MOTION: Sen. Van Tassell moved to approve the minutes of the February 24, 2010 meeting.

    The motion passed unanimously.

MOTION: Sen. Van Tassell moved to adjourn.

    The motion passed unanimously

Chair Urquhart adjourned the meeting at 5:25 P.M.

Minutes reported by Karen C. Secretary.
    





Sen. Steve Urquhart, Committee Chair