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H.B. 137 Enrolled

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TRANSPORTATION CHANGES

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2011 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Kenneth W. Sumsion

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Senate Sponsor: Mark B. Madsen

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             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies State Lands and the Transportation Code by amending provisions
             10      relating to the construction of highway facilities over sovereign lands.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    provides that Division of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands may not issue a lease for
             14      the construction of a highway facility over sovereign lakebed lands unless the
             15      applicant for the lease submits an approval for the construction of the highway
             16      facility from the Transportation Commission with the application for the lease;
             17          .    specifies requirements for a lease for the construction of a highway facility over
             18      sovereign lakebed lands;
             19          .    requires the Transportation Commission to review and approve plans for the
             20      construction of a highway facility over sovereign lakebed lands;
             21          .    specifies requirements for an application for approval from the Transportation
             22      Commission to construct a highway facility over sovereign lakebed lands;
             23          .    grants the Transportation Commission rulemaking authority to establish minimum
             24      guidelines for an application to construct a highway facility over sovereign lakebed
             25      lands;
             26          .    requires the private entity, as part of an approval for the construction of a highway
             27      facility over sovereign lakebed lands, to enter an agreement with the Department of
             28      Transportation authorizing the department to assure the safety of the design,
             29      construction, operation, and maintenance of the facility; and


             30          .    makes technical changes.
             31      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             32          None
             33      Other Special Clauses:
             34          None
             35      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             36      AMENDS:
             37          65A-7-5, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1997, Chapter 10
             38          65A-10-1, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1994, Chapter 294
             39          72-1-303, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 364
             40      ENACTS:
             41          72-6-301, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             42          72-6-302, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             43          72-6-303, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             44     
             45      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             46          Section 1. Section 65A-7-5 is amended to read:
             47           65A-7-5. Surface leases -- Procedures for issuing leases -- Leases for the
             48      construction of a highway facility.
             49          (1) The division may issue surface leases of state lands for any period up to 99 years.
             50          (2) This section does not apply to leases for oil and gas, grazing, or mining purposes.
             51          (3) The division shall disclose any known geologic hazard affecting leased property.
             52          (4) (a) (i) Surface leases may be entered into by negotiation, public auction, or other
             53      public competitive bidding process as determined by rules of the division.
             54          (ii) Requests for proposals (RFP) on state lands may be offered by the division after
             55      public notice.
             56          (b) (i) A notice of an invitation for bids or a public auction shall, prior to the auction or
             57      acceptance of a bid, be published at least once a week for three consecutive weeks in one or


             58      more newspapers of general circulation in the county in which the lease is offered.
             59          (ii) The notice shall be sent, by certified mail, at least 30 days prior to the auction or
             60      acceptance of a bid, to each person who owns property adjoining the state lands offered for
             61      lease.
             62          (c) (i) Surface leases entered into through negotiation shall be published in the manner
             63      set forth in Subsection (4)(b) 30 days prior to final approval.
             64          (ii) The notice shall include, at a minimum, a general description of the lands proposed
             65      for lease and the type of lease.
             66          (5) (a) The division may not issue a lease for the construction of a highway facility
             67      over sovereign lakebed lands unless the applicant for the lease submits an approval for the
             68      construction of a highway facility over sovereign lakebed lands from the Transportation
             69      Commission in accordance with Section 72-6-303 with the application for the lease.
             70          (b) The division shall consider the information and analysis provided by the
             71      Transportation Commission under Section 72-6-303 when making its determination as to
             72      whether to issue a lease for the construction of a highway facility over sovereign lakebed lands.
             73          (c) A lease for the construction of a highway facility over sovereign lakebed lands:
             74          (i) may include an option to renew the lease upon expiration; and
             75          (ii) shall include a provision that requires that at the termination of the lease:
             76          (A) the ownership of the highway facility shall revert to the state;
             77          (B) the highway facility shall be in a state of proper maintenance as outlined in the
             78      agreement under Subsection 72-6-303 (4)(e) and determined by the Department of
             79      Transportation; and
             80          (C) the highway facility shall be returned to the Department of Transportation in
             81      satisfactory condition at no further cost to the Department of Transportation, in a condition of
             82      good repair.
             83          (d) The requirements under this Subsection (5) apply to all pending and future
             84      applications for a lease for the construction of a highway facility over sovereign lakebed lands.
             85          Section 2. Section 65A-10-1 is amended to read:


             86           65A-10-1. Authority of division to manage sovereign lands.
             87          (1) The division is the management authority for sovereign lands, and may exchange,
             88      sell, or lease sovereign lands but only in the quantities and for the purposes as serve the public
             89      interest and do not interfere with the public trust.
             90          (2) Nothing in this section shall be construed as asserting state ownership of the beds
             91      of nonnavigable lakes, bays, rivers, or streams.
             92          (3) A lease for the construction of a highway facility over sovereign lakebed lands shall
             93      comply with the requirements described in Subsection 65A-7-5 (5).
             94          Section 3. Section 72-1-303 is amended to read:
             95           72-1-303. Duties of commission.
             96          (1) The commission has the following duties:
             97          (a) determining priorities and funding levels of projects in the state transportation
             98      systems for each fiscal year based on project lists compiled by the department;
             99          (b) determining additions and deletions to state highways under Chapter 4, Designation
             100      of State Highways Act;
             101          (c) holding public hearings and otherwise providing for public input in transportation
             102      matters;
             103          (d) making policies and rules in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah
             104      Administrative Rulemaking Act, necessary to perform the commission's duties described under
             105      this section;
             106          (e) in accordance with Section 63G-4-301 , reviewing orders issued by the executive
             107      director in adjudicative proceedings held in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 4,
             108      Administrative Procedures Act;
             109          (f) advising the department in state transportation systems policy;
             110          (g) approving settlement agreements of condemnation cases subject to Section
             111      63G-10-401 ;
             112          (h) in accordance with Section 17B-2a-807 , appointing a commissioner to serve as a
             113      nonvoting, ex officio member or a voting member on the board of trustees of a public transit


             114      district;
             115          (i) in accordance with Section 17B-2a-808 , reviewing, at least annually, the short-term
             116      and long-range public transit plans; and
             117          (j) reviewing administrative rules made, amended, or repealed by the department.
             118          (2) (a) For projects prioritized with funding provided under Sections 72-2-124 and
             119      72-2-125 , the commission shall annually report to a committee designated by the Legislative
             120      Management Committee:
             121          (i) a prioritized list of the new transportation capacity projects in the state
             122      transportation system and the funding levels available for those projects; and
             123          (ii) the unfunded highway construction and maintenance needs within the state.
             124          (b) The committee designated by the Legislative Management Committee under
             125      Subsection (2)(a) shall:
             126          (i) review the list reported by the Transportation Commission; and
             127          (ii) make a recommendation to the Legislature on:
             128          (A) the amount of additional funding to allocate to transportation; and
             129          (B) the source of revenue for the additional funding allocation under Subsection
             130      (2)(b)(ii)(A).
             131          (3) The commission shall review and may approve plans for the construction of a
             132      highway facility over sovereign lakebed lands in accordance with Chapter 6, Part 3, Approval
             133      of Highway Facilities on Sovereign Lands Act.
             134          Section 4. Section 72-6-301 is enacted to read:
             135     
Part 3. Approval of Highway Facilities on Sovereign Lands Act

             136          72-6-301. Title.
             137          This part is known as the "Approval of Highway Facilities on Sovereign Lands Act."
             138          Section 5. Section 72-6-302 is enacted to read:
             139          72-6-302. Definitions.
             140          As used in this section:
             141          (1) "Sovereign lands" has the same meaning as defined in Section 65A-1-1 .


             142          (2) "Tollway" has the same meaning as defined in Section 72-6-118 .
             143          Section 6. Section 72-6-303 is enacted to read:
             144          72-6-303. Approval to construct highway facility over sovereign lakebed lands.
             145          (1) (a) The commission shall review and may approve a proposed plan for the
             146      construction of a highway facility over sovereign lakebed lands.
             147          (b) In accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the
             148      commission shall make rules establishing minimum guidelines for an application to construct a
             149      highway facility over sovereign lakebed lands.
             150          (2) As part of an application to lease sovereign land, a private entity seeking to obtain a
             151      lease over sovereign lakebed lands shall submit an application to the commission for approval
             152      from the commission to construct a highway facility over sovereign lakebed lands.
             153          (3) A private entity shall include in an application described in Subsection (2):
             154          (a) a map indicating the location and legal description of the highway facility and all
             155      proposed interconnections with other highway facilities;
             156          (b) a description of the highway facility, including the conceptual design of the
             157      highway facility and a statement whether the highway facility will be operated and maintained
             158      as a tollway facility;
             159          (c) a list of the major permits and approvals required for developing or operating
             160      improvements to the highway facility from local, state, or federal agencies and a projected
             161      schedule for obtaining the permits and approvals;
             162          (d) a description of the types of public utility facilities, if any, that will be crossed by
             163      the highway facility and a statement of the plans to accommodate the crossing;
             164          (e) a description of the types of public utilities used, carried, or accommodated by the
             165      highway facility and a statement of the plans to use, carry, or accommodate the public utilities;
             166          (f) an estimate of the design and construction costs of the highway facility;
             167          (g) a statement setting forth the private entity's general plans for constructing,
             168      operating, and maintaining the highway facility, including:
             169          (i) the proposed date for development, operation, or both of the highway facility;


             170          (ii) the proposed term of the lease over sovereign lakebed lands; and
             171          (iii) a demonstration by the private entity that the proposal is financially viable;
             172          (h) the names and addresses of the persons who may be contacted for further
             173      information concerning the highway facility application;
             174          (i) any other material or information that the commission requires by rules made under
             175      this section; and
             176          (j) a statement whether or how the highway facility can safely accommodate
             177      recreational fishing or other recreational activities on the highway facility.
             178          (4) The commission is not required to review an application submitted under this
             179      section if it determines that the proposal does not meet the guidelines established under this
             180      section.
             181          (5) The commission shall review an application submitted under this section and
             182      approve the application if the commission determines, based upon recommendations by the
             183      department, that:
             184          (a) construction, operation, and maintenance of the highway facility is feasible as
             185      proposed by the private entity in the application;
             186          (b) the proposed highway facility is contained anywhere within the long-range highway
             187      plan prepared by the department or by a metropolitan planning organization, including the
             188      visionary long-range highway plan;
             189          (c) the construction plan for the proposed highway facility meets the engineering and
             190      design standards specified by the commission in rules made under this section;
             191          (d) the proposed plan for the construction, operation, and maintenance of the highway
             192      facility is financially viable, including a determination that sufficient bonding or other financial
             193      assurances are in place to cover construction, operation, and maintenance of the facility; and
             194          (e) the private entity has entered an agreement with the department authorizing the
             195      department to assure the safety of the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of the
             196      facility.
             197          (6) Approval by the commission under this section does not constitute approval of the


             198      lease application by the Division of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands under Section 65A-7-5 .
             199          (7) An agreement under Subsection (5)(e):
             200          (a) shall provide compensation to the department to cover the costs of reviewing and
             201      inspecting the highway facility; and
             202          (b) may include a time within which a notice to proceed can be given.
             203          (8) The department may establish a fee in accordance with Section 63J-1-504 for
             204      reviewing applications submitted under this section.


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