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H.J.R. 12 Enrolled

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JOINT RESOLUTION ON JOINT RULES CHANGES

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2011 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Wayne A. Harper

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Senate Sponsor: Margaret Dayton

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             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This resolution of the Legislature modifies joint rules.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This resolution:
             12          .    modifies provisions governing the reservation of bill numbers;
             13          .    modifies the Code of Official Conduct;
             14          .    eliminates, in legislative rule, ethics training for lobbyists; and
             15          .    makes technical changes.
             16      Special Clauses:
             17          None
             18      Legislative Rules Affected:
             19      AMENDS:
             20          JR4-2-502
             21          JR6-1-102
             22          JR6-1-301
             23     
             24      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             25          Section 1. JR4-2-502 is amended to read:
             26           JR4-2-502. Reservation of Bill Numbers.
             27          (1) In annual general legislative sessions occurring in odd-numbered years:
             28          (a) House Bill 1 is reserved for the State Agency and Higher Education Base Budget
             29      bill and Senate Bill 1 is reserved for the [Minimum School Program] Public Education Base


             30      Budget Amendments bill;
             31          (b) House Bill 2 is reserved for the [Minimum School Program] Public Education
             32      Budget Amendments bill and Senate Bill 2 is reserved for the New Fiscal Year Supplemental
             33      Appropriations Act; and
             34          (c) House Bill 3 is reserved for the Current Fiscal Year Supplemental Appropriations
             35      bill, and Senate Bill 3 is reserved for the Appropriations Adjustments bill.
             36          (2) In annual general legislative sessions occurring in even-numbered years:
             37          (a) House Bill 1 is reserved for the [Minimum School Program] Public Education Base
             38      Budget Amendments bill and Senate Bill 1 is reserved for the State Agency and Higher
             39      Education Base Budget bill;
             40          (b) House Bill 2 is reserved for the New Fiscal Year Supplemental Appropriations Act
             41      and Senate Bill 2 is reserved for the [Minimum School Program] Public Education Budget
             42      Amendments bill; and
             43          (c) House Bill 3 is reserved for the Appropriations Adjustments bill, and Senate Bill 3
             44      is reserved for the Current Fiscal Year Supplemental Appropriations bill.
             45          (3) In each annual general legislative session, House Bills 4 through 9 and Senate Bills
             46      4 through 9 are reserved for other appropriations and funding bills.
             47          Section 2. JR6-1-102 is amended to read:
             48           JR6-1-102. Code of Official Conduct.
             49          (1) Each legislator shall comply with the guidelines established in Subsection (2).
             50          (2) In judging members of its house charged with an ethical violation, the Senate and
             51      House Ethics Committees shall consider whether or not the member has violated any of the
             52      following guidelines:
             53          (a) Members of the Senate and House shall not engage in any employment or other
             54      activity that would destroy or impair their independence of judgment.
             55          (b) Members of the Senate and House shall not be paid by a person, as defined in
             56      JR6-1-202, to lobby, consult, or to further the interests of any legislation or legislative matter.
             57          (c) Members of the Senate and House shall not exercise any undue influence on any


             58      governmental entity. "Undue influence" means deceit or threat of violence.
             59          (d) Members of the Senate and House shall not engage in any activity that would be an
             60      abuse of official position or a violation of trust.
             61          (e) Members of the Senate and House [may engage in business or professional activity
             62      in competition with others, but] shall not use any nonpublic information obtained by reason of
             63      their official position to gain advantage over any business or professional competition for
             64      activities with the state and its political subdivisions.
             65          (f) Members of the Senate and House shall not engage in any business relationship or
             66      activity that would require the disclosure of confidential information obtained because of their
             67      official position.
             68          (g) Members of the Senate and House shall not use their official position to secure
             69      privileges for themselves or others.
             70          (h) While in session, members of the Senate and House shall disclose any conflict of
             71      interest on any legislation or legislative matter as provided in JR6-1-201.
             72          (i) Members of the Senate and House may accept small gifts, awards, or contributions
             73      if these favors do not influence them in the discharge of official duties.
             74          (j) Except as provided in Subsection (3), members of the Senate and the House may
             75      engage in business or professional activities with the state or its political subdivisions if the
             76      activities are entered into under the same conditions and in the same manner applicable to any
             77      private citizen or company engaged in similar activities.
             78          (k) Legislators may enter into transactions with the state by contract by following the
             79      procedures and requirements of Title [63] 63G, Chapter [56] 6, Utah Procurement Code.
             80          (3) (a) As also required by Section 36-19-1 , a legislator, member of the legislator's
             81      household, or client may not be a party to or have an interest in the profits or benefits of a state
             82      contract when the state contract is the direct result of a bill sponsored by the legislator, unless
             83      the contract is let in compliance with state procurement policies and is open to the general
             84      public.
             85          (b) Besides the penalties authorized by these rules, Section 36-19-1 also provides that


             86      any person violating this section is guilty of a class B misdemeanor.
             87          Section 3. JR6-1-301 is amended to read:
             88           JR6-1-301. Ethics Training Course -- Internet Availability -- Content --
             89      Participation Tracking.
             90          (1) The Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel shall develop and
             91      maintain an ethics training course for members of the Legislature [and lobbyists].
             92          (2) The ethics training course shall include training materials and exercises that are
             93      available on the Internet to legislators[, lobbyists,] and to the public.
             94          (3) The ethics training course shall be designed to assist legislators [and lobbyists] in
             95      understanding and complying with current ethical and campaign finance requirements under
             96      state law, legislative rules, and federal law.
             97          (4) The ethics training course shall include provisions for verifying when a legislator
             98      [or lobbyist] has successfully completed key training exercises.
             99          (5) A legislator [or lobbyist] shall successfully complete the key training exercises of
             100      the ethics training course once each year or as directed by the Legislative Management
             101      Committee.
             102          [(6) A lobbyist who does not complete the training required by this rule is subject to an
             103      ethics complaint under Senate or House rule.]


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