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H.B. 180






Chief Sponsor: David Clark

Senate Sponsor: Stephen H. Urquhart

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill amends provisions of the Utah Workforce Service Code and the Office of
             11      State Debt Collection.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    allows the Office of State Debt Collection to enter into written agreements with
             15      other government agencies to obtain information for the purpose of collecting state
             16      accounts receivable;
             17          .    provides that certain written agreements between the Office of State Debt
             18      Collection and the Unemployment Insurance Division may be used in court;
             19          .    allows the Unemployment Insurance Division to share information with the Office
             20      of State Debt Collection for the purpose of collecting state accounts receivables;
             21      and
             22          .    makes technical changes.
             23      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             24          None
             25      Other Special Clauses:
             26          None
             27      Utah Code Sections Affected:

             28      AMENDS:
             29          35A-4-312, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 349
             30          35A-7-107, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 382
             31          63A-8-201, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 183
             33      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             34          Section 1. Section 35A-4-312 is amended to read:
             35           35A-4-312. Records.
             36          (1) (a) An employing unit shall keep true and accurate work records containing any
             37      information the department may prescribe by rule.
             38          (b) A record shall be open to inspection and subject to being copied by the division or
             39      its authorized representatives at a reasonable time and as often as may be necessary.
             40          (c) An employing unit shall make a record available in the state for three years after the
             41      calendar year in which the services are rendered.
             42          (2) The division may require from an employing unit a sworn or unsworn report with
             43      respect to a person employed by the employing unit that the division considers necessary for
             44      the effective administration of this chapter.
             45          (3) Except as provided in this section or in Sections 35A-4-103 and 35A-4-106 ,
             46      information obtained under this chapter or obtained from an individual may not be published or
             47      open to public inspection in any manner revealing the employing unit's or individual's identity.
             48          (4) (a) The information obtained by the division under this section may not be used in
             49      court or admitted into evidence in an action or proceeding, except:
             50          (i) in an action or proceeding arising out of this chapter;
             51          (ii) if the Labor Commission enters into a written agreement with the division under
             52      Subsection (6)(b), in an action or proceeding by the Labor Commission to enforce:
             53          (A) Title 34, Chapter 23, Employment of Minors;
             54          (B) Title 34, Chapter 28, Payment of Wages;
             55          (C) Title 34, Chapter 40, Utah Minimum Wage Act; or
             56          (D) Title 34A, Utah Labor Code; [or]
             57          (iii) under the terms of a court order obtained under Subsection 63G-2-202 (7) and
             58      Section 63G-2-207 [.]; or

             59          (iv) under the terms of a written agreement between the Office of State Debt Collection
             60      and the division as provided in Subsection (5).
             61          (b) The information obtained by the division under this section shall be disclosed to:
             62          (i) a party to an unemployment insurance hearing before an administrative law judge of
             63      the department or a review by the Workforce Appeals Board to the extent necessary for the
             64      proper presentation of the party's case; or
             65          (ii) an employer, upon request in writing for any information concerning a claim for a
             66      benefit with respect to a former employee of the employer.
             67          (5) The information obtained by the division under this section may be disclosed to:
             68          (a) an employee of the department in the performance of the employee's duties in
             69      administering this chapter or other programs of the department;
             70          (b) an employee of the Labor Commission for the purpose of carrying out the programs
             71      administered by the Labor Commission;
             72          (c) an employee of the Department of Commerce for the purpose of carrying out the
             73      programs administered by the Department of Commerce;
             74          (d) an employee of the governor's office or another state governmental agency
             75      administratively responsible for statewide economic development, to the extent necessary for
             76      economic development policy analysis and formulation;
             77          (e) an employee of another governmental agency that is specifically identified and
             78      authorized by federal or state law to receive the information for the purposes stated in the law
             79      authorizing the employee of the agency to receive the information;
             80          (f) an employee of a governmental agency or workers' compensation insurer to the
             81      extent the information will aid in:
             82          (i) the detection or avoidance of duplicate, inconsistent, or fraudulent claims against:
             83          (A) a workers' compensation program; or
             84          (B) public assistance funds; or
             85          (ii) the recovery of overpayments of workers' compensation or public assistance funds;
             86          (g) an employee of a law enforcement agency to the extent the disclosure is necessary
             87      to avoid a significant risk to public safety or in aid of a felony criminal investigation;
             88          (h) an employee of the State Tax Commission or the Internal Revenue Service for the
             89      purposes of:

             90          (i) audit verification or simplification;
             91          (ii) state or federal tax compliance;
             92          (iii) verification of a code or classification of the:
             93          (A) 1987 Standard Industrial Classification Manual of the federal Executive Office of
             94      the President, Office of Management and Budget; or
             95          (B) 2002 North American Industry Classification System of the federal Executive
             96      Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget; and
             97          (iv) statistics;
             98          (i) an employee or contractor of the department or an educational institution, or other
             99      governmental entity engaged in workforce investment and development activities under the
             100      Workforce Investment Act of 1998 for the purpose of:
             101          (i) coordinating services with the department;
             102          (ii) evaluating the effectiveness of those activities; and
             103          (iii) measuring performance;
             104          (j) an employee of the Governor's Office of Economic Development, for the purpose of
             105      periodically publishing in the Directory of Business and Industry, the name, address, telephone
             106      number, number of employees by range, code or classification of an employer, and type of
             107      ownership of Utah employers;
             108          (k) the public for any purpose following a written waiver by all interested parties of
             109      their rights to nondisclosure;
             110          (l) an individual whose wage data is submitted to the department by an employer, so
             111      long as no information other than the individual's wage data and the identity of the employer
             112      who submitted the information is provided to the individual; [or]
             113          (m) an employee of the Insurance Department for the purpose of administering Title
             114      31A, Chapter 40, Professional Employer Organization Licensing Act[.]; or
             115          (n) an employee of the Office of State Debt Collection for the purpose of collecting
             116      state accounts receivable as provided in Section 63A-8-201 .
             117          (6) Disclosure of private information under Subsection (4)(a)(ii) or Subsection (5),
             118      with the exception of Subsections (5)(a) and (g), shall be made only if:
             119          (a) the division determines that the disclosure will not have a negative effect on:
             120          (i) the willingness of employers to report wage and employment information; or

             121          (ii) the willingness of individuals to file claims for unemployment benefits; and
             122          (b) the agency enters into a written agreement with the division in accordance with
             123      rules made by the department.
             124          (7) (a) The employees of a division of the department other than the Workforce
             125      Development and Information Division and the Unemployment Insurance Division or an
             126      agency receiving private information from the division under this chapter are subject to the
             127      same requirements of privacy and confidentiality and to the same penalties for misuse or
             128      improper disclosure of the information as employees of the division.
             129          (b) Use of private information obtained from the department by a person[,] or for a
             130      purpose other than one authorized in Subsection (4) or (5) violates Subsection 76-8-1301 (4).
             131          Section 2. Section 35A-7-107 is amended to read:
             132           35A-7-107. Use and access to the registry records.
             133          (1) (a) The records of the registry shall be maintained as private records under Section
             134      63G-2-202 .
             135          (b) In addition to those persons granted access to private records under Sections
             136      63G-2-202 and 63G-2-206 , state or federal agencies may access data from the registry for the
             137      following purposes:
             138          (i) the Office of Recovery Services for use related to locating, establishing, and
             139      enforcing child, medical, and spousal support obligations and other services;
             140          (ii) state agencies which use financial information in determining eligibility for public
             141      assistance programs; [and]
             142          (iii) state agencies which use financial information in collecting state accounts
             143      receivable; and
             144          [(iii)] (iv) federal agencies responsible for periodic matches of new hire registry
             145      information with federal data bases.
             146          (2) Information that is received under this chapter shall be kept by the department for at
             147      least six months.
             148          Section 3. Section 63A-8-201 is amended to read:
             149           63A-8-201. Office of State Debt Collection created -- Duties.
             150          (1) The state and each state agency shall comply with the requirements of this chapter
             151      and any rules established by the Office of State Debt Collection.

             152          (2) There is created the Office of State Debt Collection in the Department of
             153      Administrative Services.
             154          (3) The office shall:
             155          (a) have overall responsibility for collecting and managing state receivables;
             156          (b) develop consistent policies governing the collection and management of state
             157      receivables;
             158          (c) oversee and monitor state receivables to ensure that state agencies are:
             159          (i) implementing all appropriate collection methods;
             160          (ii) following established receivables guidelines; and
             161          (iii) accounting for and reporting receivables in the appropriate manner;
             162          (d) develop policies, procedures, and guidelines for accounting, reporting, and
             163      collecting money owed to the state;
             164          (e) provide information, training, and technical assistance to [all] each state [agencies]
             165      agency on various collection-related topics;
             166          (f) write an inclusive receivables management and collection manual for use by [all]
             167      each state [agencies] agency;
             168          (g) prepare quarterly and annual reports of the state's receivables;
             169          (h) create or coordinate a state accounts receivable database;
             170          (i) develop reasonable criteria to gauge state agencies' efforts in maintaining an
             171      effective accounts receivable program;
             172          (j) identify [those] any state [agencies] agency that [are] is not making satisfactory
             173      progress toward implementing collection techniques and improving accounts receivable
             174      collections;
             175          (k) coordinate information, systems, and procedures between each state [agencies]
             176      agency to maximize the collection of past-due accounts receivable;
             177          (l) establish an automated cash receipt process between each state [agencies] agency;
             178          (m) establish procedures for writing off accounts receivable for accounting and
             179      collection purposes;
             180          (n) establish standard time limits after which an agency will delegate responsibility to
             181      collect state receivables to the office or its designee;
             182          (o) be a real party in interest for an account receivable referred to the office by any

             183      state agency; and
             184          (p) allocate money collected for judgments registered under Section 77-18-6 in
             185      accordance with Sections 51-9-402 , 63A-8-302 , and 78A-5-110 .
             186          (4) The office may:
             187          (a) recommend to the Legislature new laws to enhance collection of past-due accounts
             188      by state agencies;
             189          (b) collect accounts receivables for higher education entities, if the higher education
             190      entity agrees;
             191          (c) prepare a request for proposal for consulting services to:
             192          (i) analyze the state's receivable management and collection efforts; and
             193          (ii) identify improvements needed to further enhance the state's effectiveness in
             194      collecting its receivables;
             195          (d) contract with private or state agencies to collect past-due accounts;
             196          (e) perform other appropriate and cost-effective coordinating work directly related to
             197      collection of state receivables;
             198          (f) obtain access to records of any state agency that are necessary to the duties of the
             199      office by following the procedures and requirements of Section 63G-2-206 ;
             200          (g) collect interest and fees related to the collection of receivables under this chapter,
             201      and establish, by following the procedures and requirements of Section 63J-1-504 :
             202          (i) a fee to cover the administrative costs of collection, on accounts administered by the
             203      office;
             204          (ii) a late penalty fee that may not be more than 10% of the account receivable on
             205      accounts administered by the office;
             206          (iii) an interest charge that is:
             207          (A) the postjudgment interest rate established by Section 15-1-4 in judgments
             208      established by the courts; or
             209          (B) not more than 2% above the prime rate as of July 1 of each fiscal year for accounts
             210      receivable for which no court judgment has been entered; and
             211          (iv) fees to collect accounts receivable for higher education;
             212          (h) collect reasonable attorney fees and reasonable costs of collection that are related to
             213      the collection of receivables under this chapter;

             214          (i) make rules that allow accounts receivable to be collected over a reasonable period
             215      of time and under certain conditions with credit cards;
             216          (j) file a satisfaction of judgment in the district court by following the procedures and
             217      requirements of the Utah Rules of Civil Procedure;
             218          (k) ensure that judgments for which the office is the judgment creditor are renewed, as
             219      necessary; [and]
             220          (l) notwithstanding Section 63G-2-206 , share records obtained under Subsection (4)(f)
             221      with private sector vendors under contract with the state to assist state agencies in collecting
             222      debts owed to the state agencies without changing the classification of any private, controlled,
             223      or protected record into a public record[.]; and
             224          (m) enter into written agreements with other governmental agencies to obtain
             225      information for the purpose of collecting state accounts receivable.
             226          (5) The office shall ensure that:
             227          (a) a record obtained by the office or a private sector vendor as referred to in
             228      Subsection (4)(l):
             229          (i) is used only for the limited purpose of collecting accounts receivable; and
             230          (ii) is subject to federal, state, and local agency records restrictions; and
             231          (b) any person employed by, or formerly employed by, the office or a private sector
             232      vendor as referred to in Subsection (4)(l) is subject to:
             233          (i) the same duty of confidentiality with respect to the record imposed by law on
             234      officers and employees of the state agency from which the record was obtained; and
             235          (ii) any civil or criminal penalties imposed by law for violations of lawful access to a
             236      private, controlled, or protected record.
             237          (6) (a) The office shall collect accounts receivable ordered by the district court as a
             238      result of prosecution for a criminal offense that have been transferred to the office under
             239      Subsection 76-3-201.1 (5)(h) or (8).
             240          (b) The office may not assess the interest charge established by the office under
             241      Subsection (4) on an account receivable subject to the postjudgment interest rate established by
             242      Section 15-1-4 .
             243          (7) The office shall require a state [agencies] agency to:
             244          (a) transfer collection responsibilities to the office or its designee according to time

             245      limits established by the office;
             246          (b) make annual progress towards implementing collection techniques and improved
             247      accounts receivable collections;
             248          (c) use the state's accounts receivable system or develop systems that are adequate to
             249      properly account for and report their receivables;
             250          (d) develop and implement internal policies and procedures that comply with the
             251      collections policies and guidelines established by the office;
             252          (e) provide internal accounts receivable training to staff involved in [their] the
             253      management and collection of receivables as a supplement to statewide training;
             254          (f) bill for and make initial collection efforts of its receivables up to the time the
             255      accounts must be transferred; and
             256          (g) submit quarterly receivable reports to the office that identify the age, collection
             257      status, and funding source of each receivable.
             258          (8) The office shall use the information provided by the agencies and any additional
             259      information from the office's records to compile a one-page summary report of each agency.
             260          (9) The summary shall include:
             261          (a) the type of revenue that is owed to the agency;
             262          (b) any attempted collection activity; and
             263          (c) any costs incurred in the collection process.
             264          (10) The office shall annually provide copies of each agency's summary to the governor
             265      and to the Legislature.

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