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MINUTES OF THE HOUSE BUSINESS AND LABOR
STANDING COMMITTEE
Room 450, State Capitol, Utah State Capitol Complex
February 23, 2011

Members Present:    Rep. Jim Dunnigan, Chair
            Rep. Dixon Pitcher, Vice Chair
            Rep. Jim Bird        
            Rep. Jackie Biskupski            
            Rep. Derek Brown
            Rep. Susan Duckworth            
            Rep. Gage Froerer
            
Rep. Francis Gibson
            
Rep. Don Ipson             
            
Rep. Todd Kiser
            Rep. Brad Last
            Rep. Michael Morley            
            Rep. Curt Webb
            
Rep. Larry Wiley
             
Staff Present:    Bryant Howe, Assistant Director            
            Rosemary Young, Committee Secretary

Note:        List of visitors and a copy of handouts are filed with committee minutes .

Rep. Pitcher called the meeting to order at 4:26 p.m.

MOTION:    Rep. Froerer moved to approve the minutes of the February 14 and February 18, 2011 meetings. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Biskupski, Rep. Duckworth, Rep. Gibson, Rep. Ipson, Rep. Kiser, and Rep. Morley absent for the vote.

H.B. 104    Homeowner Association Amendments (Rep. R. C. Webb)

MOTION:    Rep. Webb moved to amend H.B. 104 as follows:

1.    Page 2, Lines 38 through 42 :    

             38          Section 1. Section 57-8-6.3 is enacted to read:
             39          57-8-6.3. Fee for providing information needed at closing.
             40          (1) Unless specifically authorized in the declaration, an association of unit owners may
             41      not charge a fee for providing association
  payoff       information needed in connection with the closing of

             42      a unit owner's sale of the owner's unit.



2.    Page 3, Lines 61 through 65 :    

             61          (a) the name and address of the association of unit owners;
             62          (b) the name, address, telephone number, and, if applicable, email address of the
             63      president of the association of unit owners;
             64          
{   (c) the number of condominium units within the association of unit owners;   } and

             65          
{   (d)   }        (c)       contact information for the management committee.



3.    Page 7, Lines 207 through 211 :    

             207          (a) the name and address of the association;
             208          (b) the name, address, telephone number, and, if applicable, email address of the chair
             209      of the association board;
             210          
{   (c) the number of lots within the association;   } and

             211          
{   (d)   }        (c)       contact information for the manager.



4.    Page 8, Lines 223 through 225 :    

             223          (1) Unless specifically authorized in the declaration of covenants, conditions, and
             224      restrictions, an association may not charge a fee for providing association
  payoff       information needed

             225      in connection with the closing of a lot owner's sale of the owner's lot.
The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Biskupski, Rep. Ipson, and Rep. Morley absent for the vote.

Rep. Webb explained the bill to the committee. Richard Maughan, Davis County Recorder spoke in favor of the bill.

MOTION:    Rep. Last moved to transmit H.B. 104 with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Bird, Rep. Ipson, and Rep. Morley absent for the vote.

H.B. 326    Trust Deed Foreclosure Changes (Rep. L. Christensen)

MOTION:    Rep. Brown moved to replace H.B. 326 with 1st Substitute H.B. 326. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Biskupski, Rep. Ipson, Rep. Kiser, Rep. Last, and Rep. Morley absent for the vote.


Rep. Christensen explained the bill to the committee. Abraham Bates, Wasatch Advocates, and Jeremy Roberts, citizen, spoke in favor of the bill. George Sutton, Utah Bankers Association, spoke against the bill. David Banks and Michael Morris, Zions Bank, spoke to the bill.

MOTION:    Rep. Ipson moved to hold the bill. The motion passed with Rep. Wiley voting in opposition and Rep. Gibson absent for the vote.

S.B. 87    Marketable Record Title Amendments (Sen. S. Reid) (Rep. R. Wilcox)

MOTION:    Rep. Dunnigan moved to amend S.B. 87 as follows:


1.    Page 2, Lines 32 through 38 :    

             32          (1) [any] bar a lessor or [his] the lessor's successor as a reversioner of [his] the right to
             33      possession on the expiration of any lease; [or]
             34          (2) extinguish any right, title, or interest
{   , including an easement or interest in the nature

             35      of an easement  
}
created or held for any pipeline, highway, railroad, or public utility purpose[, or
             36      any];
             37          (3) extinguish an easement or interest in the nature of an easement, the existence of
             38      which is clearly observable by physical evidence of its use; [or]
The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Duckworth and Rep. Gibson absent for the vote.

Sen. Reid explained the bill to the committee assisted by Gary Williams, Ogden City Attorney, and Paul Newton, Utah Land Title Association.

MOTION:    Rep. Dunnigan moved to transmit S.B. 87 with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Duckworth and Rep. Gibson absent for the vote.

H.B. 414    Collection Fee Amendments (Rep. B. King)

MOTION:    Rep. Froerer moved to amend H.B. 414 as follows:


1.    Page 2, Lines 52 through 57 :    

             52          (a) the actual amount a creditor is required to pay a third party debt collection agency


             53      or licensed attorney, regardless of whether that amount is a specific dollar amount or a
             54      percentage of the principal amount owed to the creditor for a debt; or
             55          (b) [40%]
{   20%   }        30%       of the principal amount owed to the creditor for a debt.

             56          (4) An obligation to pay a collection fee imposed under this section is in addition to
             57      any obligation to pay attorney fees that may otherwise exist.
The motion passed with Rep. Gibson, Rep. Webb, and Rep. Dunnigan voting in opposition and Rep. Wiley absent for the vote.

Rep. King explained the bill to the committee. The following individuals spoke against the bill:

        Dave Saxton        North American Recovery
        David Gillies        Consulmed, LLC
        Candace Daley    Utah Association of Collectors
                    National Federation of Independent Business
        Gary Thorup        Utah Petroleum Marketers

MOTION:    Rep. Webb moved to transmit H.B. 414 with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed with Rep. Bird, Rep. Gibson, Rep. Ipson, Rep. Last, Rep. Morley, and Rep. Dunnigan voting in opposition and Rep. Wiley absent for the vote.

H.B. 351    Homeless Coordinating Committee Modifications (Rep. V. Peterson)

Rep. Peterson explained the bill to the committee.

MOTION:    Rep. Ipson moved to transmit H.B. 351 with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Webb and Rep. Wiley absent for the vote.

MOTION:    Rep. Kiser moved to place H.B. 351 on the Consent Calendar. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Webb and Rep. Wiley absent for the vote.

MOTION:    Rep. Kiser moved to adjourn. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Webb and Rep. Wiley absent for the vote.

Rep. Pitcher adjourned the meeting at 6:26.




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                         Rep. James Dunnigan, Chair