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H.B. 489 Enrolled





Chief Sponsor: Gage Froerer

Senate Sponsor: Stuart C. Reid

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill provides for the creation of a uniform online application for the housing choice
             10      voucher program when there are two or more housing authorities in a first or second
             11      class county.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    provides that if there are two or more housing authorities established in a county of
             15      the first or second class, then those authorities shall create a uniform online
             16      application for their housing choice voucher program with links to each of the
             17      housing authorities within the county; and
             18          .    makes certain technical changes.
             19      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             20          None
             21      Other Special Clauses:
             22          None
             23      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             24      AMENDS:
             25          9-4-609, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2003, Chapter 95
             27      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             28          Section 1. Section 9-4-609 is amended to read:
             29           9-4-609. Powers of housing authority.

             30          (1) Each authority [shall have] has perpetual succession and all the powers necessary
             31      [or convenient] to carry out and effectuate the purposes and provisions of this part.
             32          (2) [Any] An authority may:
             33          (a) sue and be sued;
             34          (b) have a seal and alter it;
             35          (c) make and execute contracts and other instruments necessary [or convenient] to the
             36      exercise of its powers;
             37          (d) make, amend, and repeal bylaws and rules;
             38          (e) within its area of operation, prepare, carry out, and operate projects and provide for
             39      the acquisition, construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, improvement, extension, alteration
             40      or repair of any project;
             41          (f) undertake and carry out studies and analyses of housing needs within its area of
             42      operation and ways of meeting [these] those needs, including data with respect to population
             43      and family groups and its distribution according to income groups, the amount and quality of
             44      available housing, including accessible housing, and its distribution according to rentals and
             45      sales prices, employment, wages and other factors affecting the local housing needs and
             46      meeting these needs;
             47          (g) (i) make the results of studies and analyses available to the public and the building,
             48      housing, and supply industries; and
             49          (ii) engage in research and disseminate information on housing programs;
             50          (h) utilize, contract with, act through, assist, and cooperate or deal with any person,
             51      agency, institution, or organization, public or private, for the provision of services, privileges,
             52      works, or facilities, or in connection with its projects;
             53          (i) notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this part or in any other
             54      provision of law[,]:
             55          (i) agree to any conditions attached to federal financial assistance relating to the
             56      determination of prevailing salaries or wages or payment of not less than prevailing salaries or
             57      wages or compliance with labor standards in the development or administration of projects[,];

             58          (ii) include in any contract awarded or entered into in connection with a project
             59      stipulations requiring that the contractor and all subcontractors comply with requirements as to
             60      minimum salaries or wages and maximum hours of labor[,]; and
             61          (iii) comply with any conditions attached to the financial aid of the project;
             62          (j) lease, rent, sell, or lease with the option to purchase any dwellings, lands, buildings,
             63      structures, or facilities embraced in [any] a project;
             64          (k) subject to the limitations contained in this part with respect to the rental or charges
             65      for dwellings in housing projects, establish and revise the rents or charges [therefor] for the
             66      dwellings;
             67          (l) own, hold, and improve real or personal property;
             68          (m) purchase, lease, obtain options upon, acquire by gift, grant, bequest, devise, or
             69      otherwise any real or personal property or any interest in it;
             70          (n) sell, lease, exchange, transfer, assign, pledge, or dispose of [any] real or personal
             71      property or any interest in it;
             72          (o) make loans for the provision of housing for occupancy by persons of medium and
             73      low income;
             74          (p) make loans or grants for the development and construction of accessible housing;
             75          (q) insure or provide for the insurance, in stock or mutual companies, of [any] real or
             76      personal property or operations of the authority against any risks or hazards;
             77          (r) procure or agree to the procurement of government insurance or guarantees of the
             78      payment of any bonds, in whole or in part, issued by the authority, including the power to pay
             79      premiums on [any] the insurance;
             80          (s) invest [any funds] money held in reserves, sinking funds, or any funds not required
             81      for immediate disbursement in property or securities in which savings banks may legally invest
             82      [funds] money subject to their control;
             83          (t) redeem its bonds at the redemption price established or purchase its bonds at less
             84      than redemption price, with all bonds [so] that are redeemed or purchased to be canceled;
             85          (u) within its area of operation, determine where blighted areas exist or where there is

             86      unsafe, insanitary, or overcrowded housing;
             87          (v) make studies and recommendations relating to the problem of clearing, replanning,
             88      and reconstructing blighted areas, and the problem of eliminating unsafe, insanitary, or
             89      overcrowded housing and providing dwelling accommodations and maintaining a wholesome
             90      living environment for persons of medium and low income, and cooperate with any public
             91      body or the private sector in action taken in connection with those problems;
             92          (w) acting through one or more commissioners or other persons designated by the
             93      authority, conduct examinations and investigations and hear testimony and take proof under
             94      oath at public or private hearings on any matter material for its information;
             95          (x) administer oaths, issue subpoenas requiring the attendance of witnesses or the
             96      production of books and papers, and issue commissions for the examination of witnesses
             97      outside the state who are unable to appear before the authority or are excused from attendance;
             98          (y) make available to appropriate agencies, including those charged with the duty of
             99      abating or requiring the correction of nuisances or like conditions or of demolishing unsafe or
             100      insanitary structures within its area of operation, its findings and recommendations with regard
             101      to any building or property where conditions exist that are dangerous to the public health,
             102      morals, safety, or welfare; and
             103          (z) exercise all or any part or combination of the powers granted under this part.
             104          (3) (a) If there are two or more housing authorities established within a county of the
             105      first or second class, then those housing authorities shall create a uniform online application for
             106      the housing choice voucher program with links to each of the housing authorities within the
             107      county.
             108          (b) As used in Subsection (3)(a), "housing choice voucher program" means the federal
             109      government's housing assistance program administered by a housing authority, which enables
             110      low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to secure decent, safe, and sanitary housing
             111      in the private market.
             112          [(3)] (4) No provision of law with respect to the acquisition, operation, or disposition
             113      of property by other public bodies is applicable to an authority unless the Legislature

             114      specifically states that it is.

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