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H.B. 421 Enrolled






Chief Sponsor: Derek E. Brown

Senate Sponsor: Wayne L. Niederhauser

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill modifies the Utah Election Code by requiring a legislative body of a county,
             11      municipality, or school district to make facilities under its control available for use by
             12      political parties.
             13      Highlighted Provisions:
             14          This bill:
             15          .    requires a legislative body of a county, municipality, or school district to make
             16      meeting facilities under its control available for political activities if the party
             17      requests use of the facility 30 calendar days in advance and the facility is not already
             18      scheduled to be in use;
             19          .    provides that the charge imposed for the use of a public facility by a political party
             20      is limited to the actual cost of custodial services and other services requested by the
             21      political party for the use of the facility;
             22          .    exempts a convention center, sports arena, or other facility at which conventions or
             23      conferences are held from the requirements of the section; and
             24          .    makes technical changes.
             25      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             26          None
             27      Other Special Clauses:
             28          None
             29      Utah Code Sections Affected:

             30      AMENDS:
             31          20A-8-404, as enacted by Laws of Utah 1997, Chapter 24
             33      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             34          Section 1. Section 20A-8-404 is amended to read:
             35           20A-8-404. Use of public meeting buildings by political parties.
             36          (1) The legislative [bodies of counties, municipalities, and school districts may] body
             37      of a county, municipality, or school district shall make all meeting facilities in buildings under
             38      its control available to registered political parties, without discrimination, to be used for
             39      political party activities[.] if:
             40          (a) the political party requests the use of the meeting facility at least 30 calendar days
             41      before the day on which the use by the political party will take place; and
             42          (b) the meeting facility is not already scheduled for another purpose at the time of the
             43      proposed use.
             44          (2) [If] Subject to the requirements of Subsection (3), when a legislative body [chooses
             45      to make] makes a meeting [facilities] facility available under Subsection (1), it may establish
             46      terms and conditions for use of [those facilities] that meeting facility.
             47          (3) The charge imposed for the use of a meeting facility described in Subsection (1) by
             48      a registered political party may not exceed the actual cost of:
             49          (a) custodial services for cleaning the meeting facility after the use by the political
             50      party; and
             51          (b) any service requested by the political party and provided by the meeting facility.
             52          (4) An entity described in Subsection (1) shall, to the extent possible, avoid scheduling
             53      an event in a government building for the same evening as an announced party caucus meeting.
             54          (5) This section does not apply to a publicly owned or operated convention center,
             55      sports arena, or other facility at which conventions, conferences, and other gatherings are held
             56      and whose primary business or function is to host such conventions, conferences, and other
             57      gatherings.


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