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MINUTES OF THE

HOUSE POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS

STANDING COMMITTEE

Room 450 Utah State Capitol

February 23, 2011


MEMBERS PRESENT:    Rep. R. Curt Webb, Chair
            Rep. Rebecca P. Edwards, Vice Chair
            Rep. Johnny Anderson
            Rep. Jack R. Draxler
            Rep. James A. Dunnigan
            Rep. Michael T. Morley
            Rep. Jeremy A. Peterson
            Rep. Dixon M. Pitcher
            Rep. Marie H. Poulson
            Rep. Stephen E. Sandstrom
            Rep. Jennifer M. Seelig
            Rep. Larry B.Wiley

STAFF PRESENT:        Joseph Wade, Policy Analyst
            Karen Mitchell, Committee Secretary

Note: A list of visitors and a copy of handouts are filed with the committee minutes.

Rep. Webb called the meeting to order at 8:09 a.m.

MOTION:    Rep. Wiley moved to approve the minutes of February 18, 2011. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Anderson, Rep. Dunnigan, Rep. Morley, Rep. Pitcher, Rep. Seelig, and Rep. Edwards absent for the vote.

H.B. 392    Retention Elections for Justice Court Judges (Rep. C. Oda)

Rep. Oda introduced the bill to the committee.

MOTION:    Rep. Draxler moved to adopt 1st Substitute H.B. 392. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Anderson, Rep. Pitcher, Rep. Poulson, and Rep. Edwards absent for the vote.

MOTION:    Rep. Draxler moved to amend the substitute bill as follows:

1.    Page 1, Line 9 :    

             9          This bill allows justice court judges to be evaluated for the
  2012, 2014, and       2016 retention election


2.    Page 1, Lines 12 through 13 :    



             12          This bill:
             13          .    for the
  2012, 2014, and       2016 retention      {   election   }        elections       only, authorizes the Judicial Performance Evaluation


3.    Page 4, Lines 100 through 101 :    

             100          (9) Notwithstanding Subsection (8), each justice court judge who is subject to a
             101      retention election in
  2012, 2014, and       2016, and who is not a full-time justice court judge on July 1, 2012, shall


The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Anderson, Rep. Pitcher, Rep. Poulson, and Rep. Edwards absent for the vote.

Spoke to the bill:    Joanne Slotnik, Executive Director, Judicial Performance Evaluation
            Commission

Spoke in favor of the bill:    Rick Schwermer, Assistant State Court Administrator

MOTION:    Rep. Draxler moved to pass 1st Substitute H. B. 392, as amended, with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Anderson, Rep. Pitcher, Rep. Poulson, and Rep. Edwards absent for the vote.

MOTION:    Rep. Morley moved to place the bill on the Consent Calendar. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Anderson, Rep. Pitcher, Rep. Poulson, and Rep. Edwards absent for the vote.

S.B. 142    Public Official Contact Information (Sen. H. Stephenson) (Rep. C. Wimmer)

Senator Stephenson introduced the bill to the committee.

Rep. Morley moved to amend the bill as follows:


1.    Page 1, Lines 23 through 24
    Senate Committee Amendments
    2-2-2011 :
    

             23      Other Special Clauses:
             24          
{   None   }        This bill coordinates with H.B. 186, Utah Code Technical Amendments, by providing superseding technical amendments.      


2.    Page 2, Line 32
    Senate Committee Amendments
    2-2-2011 :
    

             32          11-46-103, Utah Code Annotated 1953
    
  Utah Code Sections Affected by Coordination Clause:

         53A-1a-108, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapters 157, 178, and 332  


3.    Page 4, Lines 117 through 118 :    

             117          (iii) The chair of the community council shall notify the local school board of each
             118      appointment made under Subsection (5)(e)[(i), (ii), or (iii)]
  (i) or (ii)       .


4.    Page 10, Lines 277 through 278 :    

             277          (4) The list of public records in this section is not exhaustive and should not be used to
             278      limit access to records.
    
  Section 6. Coordinating with H.B. 186 -- Superseding technical amendments.

     If this S.B. 142 and H.B. 186, Utah Code Technical Amendments, both pass, it is the intent of the Legislature that the amendments to Subsection 53A-1a-108(5)(e)(iii) in this bill supersede the amendments to Subsection 53A-1a-108(5)(e)(iii) in H.B. 186 when the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel prepares the Utah Code database for publication.  


The motion to amend the bill passed unanimously with Rep. Anderson, Rep. Pitcher, Rep. Poulson, and Rep. Edwards absent for the vote.

Spoke in favor of the bill:    Tab Uno, Citizen
            Claire Geddes, Citizen

Spoke to the bill:    LeGrand Bitter, Utah Association of Special Districts        

Spoke in opposition to the bill:    Tyler Slack, Utah PTA
                Terel Grimley, Weber Water District

MOTION:    Rep. Morley moved to amend the bill as follows:

1.    Page 1, Lines 14 through 17
    Senate Committee Amendments


    2-2-2011 :
    

             14          .    requires a community council member to have a telephone number and email
             15      address
  , if available,       where the member can be reached;

             16          .    requires an elected official to have a telephone number and email address
  , if available,       where the

             17      official can be reached S. directly .S ;

2.    Page 2, Lines 46 through 47
    Senate Committee Amendments
    2-2-2011 :
    

             46          Each elected official shall have a telephone number and an email address
  , if available,       where that

             47      elected official may be reached S. directly .S .

3.    Page 5, Lines 147 through 148
    Senate Committee Amendments
    2-2-2011 :
    

             147           (iv) a telephone number and email address
  , if available,       where each community council member

             148      can be reached S. directly .S .

4.    Page 8, Lines 220 through 224
    Senate Committee Amendments
    2-2-2011 :
    

             220          (m) for an elected official, as defined in Section 11-46-102 , a telephone number and
             221      email address
  , if available,       where that elected official may be reached as required in Title 11, Chapter 46,

             222      Access to Elected Officials; and
             223          (n) for a school community council member, a telephone number and email address
  , if available,      

             224      where that elected official may be reached S. directly .S as required in Section 53A-1a-108 .

SUBSTITUTE
MOTION:    Rep. Draxler moved to amend the bill as follows:


1, Lines 14 through 17
    Senate Committee Amendments
    2-2-2011

             14          .    requires a community council member to have a telephone number
  , if available,       and email

             15      address
  , if available,       where the member can be reached;

             16          .    requires an elected official to have a telephone number
  , if available,       and email address        , if available,       where the

             17      official can be reached S. directly .S ;

1.    Page 2, Lines 46 through 47
    Senate Committee Amendments
    2-2-2011 :
    

             46          Each elected official shall have a telephone number
  , if available,       and an email address        , if available,       where that

             47      elected official may be reached S. directly .S .

2.    Page 5, Lines 147 through 148
    Senate Committee Amendments
    2-2-2011 :
    

             147           (iv) a telephone number
  , if available,       and email address        , if available,       where each community council member

             148      can be reached S. directly .S .

3.    Page 8, Lines 220 through 224
    Senate Committee Amendments
    2-2-2011 :
    

             220          (m) for an elected official, as defined in Section 11-46-102 , a telephone number
  , if available,       and

             221      email address
  , if available,       where that elected official may be reached as required in Title 11, Chapter 46,

             222      Access to Elected Officials; and
             223          (n) for a school community council member, a telephone number
  , if available,       and email address        , if available,      

             224      where that elected official may be reached S. directly .S as required in Section 53A-1a-108 .



The substitute motion passed unanimously with Rep. Edwards absent for the vote.

MOTION:    Rep. Morley moved to pass out S.B. 142, as amended, with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Edwards absent for the vote.

S.B. 242    Assessment Area Amendments (Sen. W. Niederhauser) (Rep. M. Morley)

Senator Niederhauser introduced the bill to the committee.

MOTION:    Rep. Morley moved to amend the bill as follows:


1.    Page 2, Lines 51 through 53 :    

             51          (6) "Assessment method" means the method by which an assessment is levied against
             52      property, whether by frontage, area, taxable value, fair market value, lot, parcel, number of
             53      connections, equivalent residential unit,
{   or   } any combination of these methods      {   .   }        , or any other method that equitably reflects the benefit received from the improvement.      


The motion passed unanimously.

Spoke in favor of the bill:    Claire Geddes, Citizen

MOTION:    Rep. Morley moved to pass out S.B. 242, as amended, with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Draxler and Rep. Dunnigan absent for the vote.

H.B. 403    Changes to Fit Premises Act (Rep. J. Seelig)

Rep. Seelig introduced the bill to the committee and provided a handout.

MOTION:    Rep. Seelig moved to amend the bill as follows:

1.    Page 3, Line 77 :    

             77          (ii) a protective order protecting the renter from a domestic violence perpetrator
  or

a copy of a police report documenting that the renter is a victim of domestic violence and did not participate in the violence       ; and



The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Draxler absent for the vote.

Spoke in favor of the bill: Ned Searle, Director of Utah Office of Violence Against Women
            Francisca Blanc, Utah Housing Corporation

MOTION:    Rep. Wiley moved to pass out H.B. 403, as amended, with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Draxler absent for the vote.

MOTION:    Rep. Wiley moved to place the bill on the Consent Calendar. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Draxler absent for the vote.

MOTION:    Rep. Dunnigan moved to adjourn the meeting. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Draxler absent for the vote.

Rep. Webb adjourned the meeting at 9:32 a.m.









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                    Rep. Curt Webb, Chair