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HOUSE GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS STANDING COMMITTEE
ROOM 20, HOUSE OFFICE BUILDING, STATE CAPITOL COMPLEX
February 2, 2011
Rep. Brad Galvez, Vice Chair
Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck
Rep. Janice Fisher
Rep. Richard Greenwood
Rep. Curt Oda
Rep. Lee Perry
Rep. Holly Richardson
Rep. Doug Sagers
Rep. Evan Vickers
STAFF PRESENT: Benjamin N. Christensen, Policy Analyst
Joanna MacKay, Committee Secretary
Note: A list of visitors is filed with committee minutes.
Rep. Powell called the meeting to order at 9:02 a.m.
H.B. 250 State Emblem of Service and Sacrifice (Rep. M. Newbold)
Rep. Newbold explained the bill to the committee, assisted by John Thibeault.
MOTION: Rep. Greenwood moved to pass the bill with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed unanimously.
H.C.R. 3 Concurrent Resolution Urging Congress to Pass Balanced Budget Amendment to U.s. Constitution (Rep. C. Wimmer)
MOTION: Rep. Oda moved to amend the bill as follows:
1. Page 2, Lines 44 through 47 :
44 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah, the
45 Governor concurring therein, strongly urge the United States Congress to pass an amendment
46 to the United States Constitution requiring a balanced budget
by October 1, 2011 and send it to the states for
The motion to amend the bill passed unanimously .
Rep. Wimmer explained the bill to the committee.
Spoke in favor of the bill: Sherry Brophy, Davis County 9/12 Project
MOTION: Rep. Vickers moved to amend the bill as follows:
1. Page 2, Lines 34 through 40 :
34 WHEREAS, the leaders of this nation must be held accountable for the financial
35 decisions they make
and not be allowed to spend the nation into financial
36 WHEREAS, ratifying a proposed constitutional amendment requiring a balanced
37 budget would clearly communicate to the federal government that the states, on behalf of their
38 citizens, insist that their tax money be spent in a manner that demonstrates fiscal responsibility
and the same accountability that leads to the punishment, through federal laws
40 of many American citizens who spend more than they make } ; and
The motion to amend the bill passed with Rep. Oda, Rep. Perry, and Rep. Richardson voting against the motion.
MOTION: Rep. Perry moved to pass the bill with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed with Rep. Chavez-Houck and Rep. Fisher voting against the motion.
Rep. Powell introduced Claudia Arellano of the American Preparatory Academy and her classmates in the audience.
MOTION: Rep. Oda moved to adjourn.
Rep. Powell adjourned the meeting at 9:48 a.m.
Rep. Kraig Powell, Chair