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S.B. 66 Enrolled

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MILITARY LEAVE FOR AN ELECTED OFFICIAL OF A

             2     
POLITICAL SUBDIVISION

             3     
2011 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: John L. Valentine

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House Sponsor: Christopher N. Herrod

             7      Cosponsor:Curtis S. Bramble              8     
             9      LONG TITLE
             10      General Description:
             11          This bill amends Title 20A, Election Code, to authorize an elected official of a political
             12      subdivision to take military leave.
             13      Highlighted Provisions:
             14          This bill:
             15          .    defines terms;
             16          .    authorizes an elected official of a political subdivision to take military leave;
             17          .    authorizes the governing body to:
             18              .    appoint a temporary replacement for an elected official who takes military leave;
             19              .    establish the distribution of the emoluments of the office between the elected
             20      official and the temporary replacement; and
             21              .    establish an application process; and
             22          .    makes technical changes.
             23      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             24          None
             25      Other Special Clauses:
             26          This bill provides an immediate effective date.
             27          This bill provides revisor instructions.
             28      Utah Code Sections Affected:


             29      ENACTS:
             30          20A-1-513, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             31     
             32      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             33          Section 1. Section 20A-1-513 is enacted to read:
             34     
Part 5. Candidate Vacancy and Vacancy and Temporary Absence in Elected Office

             35          20A-1-513. Temporary absence in elected office of a political subdivision for
             36      military service.
             37          (1) As used in this section:
             38          (a) "Armed forces" means:
             39          (i) the Army of the United States;
             40          (ii) the United States Navy;
             41          (iii) the United States Air Force;
             42          (iv) the Marine Corps;
             43          (v) the Coast Guard;
             44          (vi) the National Guard; or
             45          (vii) a reserve or auxiliary of an entity listed in Subsections (1)(a)(i) through (vi).
             46          (b) (i) "Elected official" is a person who holds an office of a political subdivision that
             47      is required by law to be filled by an election.
             48          (ii) "Elected official" includes a person who is appointed to fill a vacancy in an office
             49      described in Subsection (1)(b)(i).
             50          (c) (i) "Military leave" means the temporary absence from an office:
             51          (A) by an elected official called to active, full-time duty in the armed forces; and
             52          (B) for a period of time that exceeds 30 days and does not exceed 400 days.
             53          (ii) "Military leave" includes the time a person described in Subsection (1)(c)(i) spends
             54      for:
             55          (A) out processing;
             56          (B) an administrative delay;


             57          (C) accrued leave; and
             58          (D) on rest and recuperation leave program of the armed forces.
             59          (d) "Political subdivision's governing body" means:
             60          (i) for a county, city, or town, the legislative body of the county, city, or town;
             61          (ii) for a local district, the board of trustees of the local district;
             62          (iii) for a local school district, the local school board;
             63          (iv) for a special service district:
             64          (A) the legislative body of the county, city, or town that established the special service
             65      district, if no administrative control board has been appointed under Section 17D-1-301 ; or
             66          (B) the administrative control board of the special service district, if an administrative
             67      control board has been appointed under Section 17D-1-301 ; and
             68          (v) for a political subdivision not listed in Subsections (1)(d)(i) through (iv), the body
             69      that governs the affairs of the political subdivision.
             70          (e) "Temporary replacement" means the person appointed by the political subdivision's
             71      governing body in accordance with this section to exercise the powers and duties of the office
             72      of the elected official who takes military leave.
             73          (2) Except as provided by Subsection (8), an elected official creates a vacancy in the
             74      elected official's office if the elected official is called to active, full-time duty in the armed
             75      forces unless the elected official takes military leave as provided by this section.
             76          (3) Except as provided by Subsection (8), an elected official may take military leave if
             77      the elected official submits to the political subdivision's governing body written notice of the
             78      intent to take military leave and the expected duration of the military leave, by the later of:
             79          (a) 21 days before the military leave begins; or
             80          (b) the next business day after which the elected official receives an order from the
             81      armed forces calling the elected official to active, full-time duty.
             82          (4) An elected official's military leave:
             83          (a) begins the day on which the elected official begins active, full-time duty in the
             84      armed forces; and


             85          (b) ends the sooner of:
             86          (i) the expiration of the elected official's term of office; or
             87          (ii) the day on which the elected official ends active, full-time duty in the armed forces.
             88          (5) A temporary replacement shall:
             89          (a) meet the qualifications required to hold the office; and
             90          (b) be appointed:
             91          (i) before the day on which the military leave begins; and
             92          (ii) (A) in the same manner as provided by this part for a midterm vacancy if a
             93      registered political party nominated the elected official who takes military leave as a candidate
             94      for the office; or
             95          (B) by the political subdivision's governing body after submitting an application in
             96      accordance with Subsection (7)(b) if a registered political party did not nominate the elected
             97      official who takes military leave as a candidate for office.
             98          (6) (a) A temporary replacement shall exercise the powers and duties of the office for
             99      which the temporary replacement is appointed for the duration of the elected official's military
             100      leave.
             101          (b) An elected official may not exercise the powers or duties of the office while on
             102      military leave.
             103          (c) If a temporary replacement is not appointed before the day on which the military
             104      leave begins as required by Subsection (5)(b)(i), no person may exercise the powers and duties
             105      of the elected official's office during the elected official's military leave.
             106          (7) The political subdivision's governing body shall establish:
             107          (a) the distribution of the emoluments of the office between the elected official and the
             108      temporary replacement; and
             109          (b) an application form and the date by which a person shall submit the application to
             110      be considered by the political subdivision's governing body for appointment as a temporary
             111      replacement.
             112          (8) An elected official who is called to active, full-time duty in the armed forces before


             113      the effective date of this bill is on military leave.
             114          Section 2. Effective date.
             115          If approved by two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, this bill takes effect
             116      upon approval by the governor, or the day following the constitutional time limit of Utah
             117      Constitution Article VII, Section 8, without the governor's signature, or in the case of a veto,
             118      the date of veto override.
             119          Section 3. Revisor instructions.
             120          It is the intent of the Legislature that, in preparing the Utah Code database for
             121      publication, the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel shall replace the
             122      references in Subsection 20A-1-513 (8) from "the effective date of this bill" with the bill's
             123      actual effective date.


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