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H.B. 245





Chief Sponsor: Gage Froerer

Senate Sponsor: ____________

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

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

             59          (iii) comply with any conditions attached to the financial aid of the project;
             60          (j) lease, rent, sell, or lease with the option to purchase any dwellings, lands, buildings,
             61      structures, or facilities embraced in [any] a project;
             62          (k) subject to the limitations contained in this part with respect to the rental or charges
             63      for dwellings in housing projects, establish and revise the rents or charges [therefor] for the
             64      dwellings;
             65          (l) own, hold, and improve real or personal property;
             66          (m) purchase, lease, obtain options upon, acquire by gift, grant, bequest, devise, or
             67      otherwise any real or personal property or any interest in it;
             68          (n) sell, lease, exchange, transfer, assign, pledge, or dispose of any [real] or personal
             69      property or any interest in it;
             70          (o) make loans for the provision of housing for occupancy by persons of medium and
             71      low income;
             72          (p) make loans or grants for the development and construction of accessible housing;
             73          (q) insure or provide for the insurance, in stock or mutual companies, of [any] real or
             74      personal property or operations of the authority against any risks or hazards;
             75          (r) procure or agree to the procurement of government insurance or guarantees of the
             76      payment of any bonds, in whole or in part, issued by the authority, including the power to pay
             77      premiums on [any] the insurance;
             78          (s) invest [any funds] money held in reserves, sinking funds, or any funds not required
             79      for immediate disbursement in property or securities in which savings banks may legally invest
             80      [funds] money subject to their control;
             81          (t) redeem its bonds at the redemption price established or purchase its bonds at less
             82      than redemption price, with all bonds [so] that are redeemed or purchased to be canceled;
             83          (u) within its area of operation, determine where blighted areas exist or where there is
             84      unsafe, insanitary, or overcrowded housing;
             85          (v) make studies and recommendations relating to the problem of clearing, replanning,
             86      and reconstructing blighted areas, and the problem of eliminating unsafe, insanitary, or
             87      overcrowded housing and providing dwelling accommodations and maintaining a wholesome
             88      living environment for persons of medium and low income, and cooperate with any public
             89      body or the private sector in action taken in connection with those problems;

             90          (w) acting through one or more commissioners or other persons designated by the
             91      authority, conduct examinations and investigations and hear testimony and take proof under
             92      oath at public or private hearings on any matter material for its information;
             93          (x) administer oaths, issue subpoenas requiring the attendance of witnesses or the
             94      production of books and papers, and issue commissions for the examination of witnesses
             95      outside the state who are unable to appear before the authority or are excused from attendance;
             96          (y) make available to appropriate agencies, including those charged with the duty of
             97      abating or requiring the correction of nuisances or like conditions or of demolishing unsafe or
             98      insanitary structures within its area of operation, its findings and recommendations with regard
             99      to any building or property where conditions exist that are dangerous to the public health,
             100      morals, safety, or welfare; and
             101          (z) exercise all or any part or combination of the powers granted under this part.
             102          (3) (a) If there are two or more housing authorities established within a county of the
             103      first or second class, then those housing authorities shall centralize their housing choice
             104      voucher waiting lists.
             105          (b) As used in Subsection (3)(a), "housing choice voucher waiting lists" means a list of
             106      eligible families and individuals compiled by a housing authority in administering the federal
             107      government's housing assistance program, which enables low-income families, the elderly, and
             108      the disabled to secure decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market.
             109          [(3)] (4) No provision of law with respect to the acquisition, operation, or disposition
             110      of property by other public bodies is applicable to an authority unless the Legislature
             111      specifically states that it is.

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