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S.J.R. 14

             1     

COMMUNICATIONS DEVICE USAGE JOINT RESOLUTION

             2     
2011 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

             4     
Chief Sponsor: Curtis S. Bramble

             5     
House Sponsor: John Dougall

             6     
             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This rules resolution amends the Joint Legislative Rules to establish procedures
             10      regulating reimbursement for expenses incurred for use of communications devices.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This resolution:
             13          .    provides that the presiding officer, the majority leader, and the minority leader of
             14      each house may establish reimbursement polices and procedures for expenses
             15      incurred for approved communications devices;
             16          .    requires the Legislative Expenses Oversight Committee to ensure that procedures
             17      are established for the purpose of avoiding duplicate or improper reimbursements;
             18      and
             19          .    permits a legislator to decline to receive a reimbursement or to receive a partial or
             20      reduced reimbursement amount.
             21      Special Clauses:
             22          None
             23      Legislative Rules Affected:
             24      ENACTS:
             25          JR5-5-101
             26          JR5-5-102
             27          JR5-5-103


             28     
             29      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             30          Section 1. JR5-5-101 is enacted to read:
             31     
CHAPTER 5. COMMUNICATION DEVICE EXPENSES

             32          JR5-5-101. Reimbursement for Communications Device Expenses.
             33          (1) The presiding officer, the majority leader, and the minority leader of each house of
             34      the Legislature may establish a policy governing reimbursement for expenses related to
             35      communication devices, which policy shall include:
             36          (a) the types of communication device expenses that will be reimbursed to legislators;
             37      and
             38          (b) the process for reimbursement of communication device expenses.
             39          (2) A legislator may, pursuant to a policy adopted under Subsection (1), be reimbursed
             40      for use of a communications device that is:
             41          (a) owned by the legislator; and
             42          (b) used by the legislator in the legislator's capacity as an employee of the Legislature.
             43          Section 2. JR5-5-102 is enacted to read:
             44          JR5-5-102. Verification -- Procedures.
             45          (1) Each legislator shall provide supporting documentation for each cost or expense for
             46      which a legislator seeks reimbursement under this chapter.
             47          (2) The Legislative Expenses Oversight Committee shall ensure that procedures are
             48      established for the purpose of avoiding duplicate or improper reimbursements.
             49          Section 3. JR5-5-103 is enacted to read:
             50          JR5-5-103. Declining Reimbursement and Reduced Reimbursement.
             51          (1) A legislator may decline to request or receive reimbursement for any expense that is
             52      reimbursable under this chapter.
             53          (2) A legislator may request and receive a partial or reduced reimbursement for any
             54      expense that is reimbursable under this chapter.





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