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7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill addresses the acceptance of electronic signatures by a governmental agency.
10 Highlighted Provisions:
11 This bill:
11a S. . defines "state governmental agency"; .S
12 . requires a S. state .S governmental agency to adopt a policy concerning electronic
13 before the governmental agency may accept an electronic signature; and
14 . makes technical changes.
15 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
17 Other Special Clauses:
19 Utah Code Sections Affected:
21 46-4-201, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2000, Chapter 74
22 46-4-501, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 382
23 46-4-502, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2003, Chapter 20
25 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
26 Section 1. Section 46-4-201 is amended to read:
27 46-4-201. Legal recognition of electronic records, electronic signatures, and
29 (1) A record, or signature subject to Section 46-4-501 , may not be denied legal effect
30 or enforceability solely because it is in electronic form.
31 (2) A contract may not be denied legal effect or enforceability solely because an
32 electronic record was used in its formation.
33 (3) If a law requires a record to be in writing, an electronic record satisfies the law.
34 (4) [
35 signature satisfies the law.
36 Section 2. Section 46-4-501 is amended to read:
37 46-4-501. Creation and retention of electronic records and conversion of written
38 records by governmental agencies.
38a S. (1) As used in this section:
38b (a) "State governmental agency" means a state board, authority, commission, institution,
38c department, division, officer, or other state government entity, which is authorized or required
38d by law to make rules, adjudicate, grant or withhold licenses, grant or withhold relief from
38e legal obligations, or perform other similar actions or duties delegated by law.
38f (b) "State governmental agency" does not include the legislature, its committees, the political
38g subdivisions of the state, or the courts.
39a governmental agency
40 S. [
40a governmental agency
41 makes a rule, in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act,
43 (i) the types of documents, transactions, or other filings that will be accepted with an
44 electronic signature affixed; and
45 (ii) the manner and format in which the electronic signature must be affixed to the
46 document, transaction, or other filing.
47 (b) Subsection S. [
47a whether the
48 governmental agency is a party to the document, transaction, or other filing.
51 Act, make rules that:
54 (b) identify specific transactions that the agency will never conduct by electronic
56 (c) specify the manner and format in which electronic records must be created,
57 generated, sent, communicated, received, and stored, and the systems established for those
60 means, specify the type of electronic signature required, the manner and format in which the
61 electronic signature must be affixed to the electronic record, and the identity of, or criteria that
62 must be met, by any third party used by a person filing a document to facilitate the process;
63 (e) specify control processes and procedures as appropriate to ensure adequate
64 preservation, disposition, integrity, security, confidentiality, and auditability of electronic
65 records; and
66 (f) identify any other required attributes for electronic records that are specified for
67 corresponding nonelectronic records or that are reasonably necessary under the circumstances.
69 copies of those rules, and any amendments to those rules, to[
70 established by Section 63F-1-201 [
73 relating to electronic transactions that encourage and promote consistency and interoperability
74 with similar requirements adopted by other Utah government agencies, other states, the federal
75 government, and nongovernmental persons interacting with Utah governmental agencies.
76 (b) In preparing those model rules and standards, the chief information officer may
77 specify different levels of standards from which governmental agencies may choose in order to
78 implement the most appropriate standard for a particular application.
82a S. governmental .S agency to use the model
83 rules and standards prepared by the chief information officer when making rules under this
86 any S. [
87 (a) conduct transactions by electronic means; or
88 (b) use or permit the use of electronic records or electronic signatures.
91 an electronic transaction according to the standards developed by the Division of Archives
92 under Subsection 63A-12-101 (2)(e); and
93 (b) obtain approval of those schedules from the State Records Committee as required
94 by Subsection 63G-2-502 (1)(b).
95 Section 3. Section 46-4-502 is amended to read:
96 46-4-502. Providing services or information electronically -- Interpretation of
97 terms in Utah Code.
98 (1) To provide services or information electronically, a state governmental entity may
99 implement the terms listed in Subsection (2) in accordance with this section:
100 (a) when the term is used in the Utah Code; and
101 (b) if the implementation is not:
102 (i) inconsistent with the manifest intent of the Legislature; or
103 (ii) repugnant to the context of the statute.
104 (2) Subsection (1) applies to the terms listed in this Subsection (2).
105 (a) "Copy" may include an electronic version of a document.
106 (b) "Mail" may include sending a document electronically if the recipient can accept
107 and process the electronic writing.
108 (c) "Mailing address" may include an electronic mailing address capable of receiving
109 and processing an electronic writing.
110 (d) "Sign" or "signature" may include any form of electronic signature authorized by
111 the governmental agency S. [
112 (e) "Written" or "writing" may include information that is:
113 (i) inscribed on a tangible medium; or
114 (ii) (A) stored in an electronic or other medium; and
115 (B) is retrievable in a perceivable form.
Legislative Review Note
as of 1-28-11 7:46 PM