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H.B. 254





Chief Sponsor: Richard A. Greenwood

Senate Sponsor: Peter C. Knudson

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill amends the Disaster Response and Recovery Act.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    provides an emergency declaration process within the state; and
             13          .    provides that a declaration of a local emergency provides a legal basis to request
             14      and obtain disaster assistance from other cities and counties.
             15      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             16          None
             17      Other Special Clauses:
             18          None
             19      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             20      AMENDS:
             21          63K-4-301, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 382
             23      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             24          Section 1. Section 63K-4-301 is amended to read:
             25           63K-4-301. Local emergency -- Declarations.
             26          (1) (a) A local emergency may be declared by proclamation of the chief executive
             27      officer of a political subdivision.

             28          (b) A local emergency shall not be continued or renewed for a period in excess of 30
             29      days except by or with the consent of the governing body of the political subdivision.
             30          (c) Any order or proclamation declaring, continuing, or terminating a local emergency
             31      shall be filed promptly with the office of the clerk of the affected political subdivision.
             32          (2) A declaration of a local emergency:
             33          (a) constitutes an official recognition that a disaster situation exists within the affected
             34      political subdivision;
             35          (b) provides a legal basis for requesting and obtaining mutual aid or disaster assistance
             36      from other cities, counties, or from the state or federal government [disaster assistance];
             37          (c) activates the response and recovery aspects of any and all applicable local disaster
             38      emergency plans; and
             39          (d) authorizes the furnishing of aid and assistance in relation to the proclamation.
             40          (3) A local emergency proclamation issued under this section shall state:
             41          (a) the nature of the local emergency;
             42          (b) the area or areas that are affected or threatened; and
             43          (c) the conditions which caused the emergency.
             44          (4) The emergency declaration process within the state shall be as follows:
             45          (a) a city, town, or township shall declare to the county;
             46          (b) a county shall declare to the state;
             47          (c) the state shall declare to the federal government; and
             48          (d) a tribe, as defined in Section 23-13-12.5 , shall declare as determined under the
             49      Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. 5121 et seq.

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