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MINUTES OF THE
HOUSE RETIREMENT AND INDEPENDENT ENTITIES STANDING COMMITTEE

Room 30, House Building, State Capitol Complex


March 2, 2011

Members Present:    Rep. Don Ipson, Chair    
            Rep. Gage Froerer, Vice Chair
            Rep. Brad Daw        
            Rep. Susan Duckworth            
            Rep. Lynn Hemingway
            Rep. Brad Last            
            Rep. Mark Wheatley

Members Absent:    Rep. Wayne Harper
            Rep. Merlynn Newbold

Staff Present:
    Benjamin N. Christensen, Policy Analyst
            Karen Mitchell, Committee Secretary
    

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

Rep. Ipson called the meeting to order at 12:24 p.m.

H.B. 459    Education Interpretation Services for Deaf and Hearing Impaired Students (Rep. D. Ipson)

This bill was not considered.

Rep. Ipson relinquished the chair to Rep. Froerer.

H.B. 404    State Health Insurance Amendments (Rep. D. Ipson)

Rep. Ipson introduced the bill to the committee.

Spoke in opposition to the bill:     Travis Wood, Executive Director, Utah Health Plans
                    Kelly Atkinson, Utah Health Insurance Association
                    Alan Siegrist, Co-Legislative Chair, Utah Association                         Health Underwriters
                    Christy Cushing, Utah Public Employees' Association                     Eliana White, Select Health                

MOTION:    Rep. Ipson moved to pass H.B. 404 with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed with Rep. Duckworth, Rep. Hemingway, and Rep. Wheatley voting in opposition.




Rep. Ipson resumed the chair.

S.B. 127    Post Retirement Employment Amendments (Sen. D. Liljenquist) (Rep. D. Ipson)

Sen. Liljenquist introduced the bill to the committee.

Spoke to the bill:    Kathlen Howell, Cache County Assessor
            Kelly Atkinson, Fraternal Order of Police

MOTION:    Rep. Last moved to pass S.B. 127 with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed unanimously.

S.B. 90    Board of Pardons Retirement Amendments (Sen. D. Liljenquist) (Rep. D. Ipson)

Sen. Liljenquist introduced the bill to the committee.

MOTION:    Rep. Duckworth moved to pass S.B. 90 with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed unanimously.

MOTION:    Rep. Hemingway moved to place the bill on the Consent Calendar. The motion passed unanimously.

1st Sub. S.B. 308    Amendments to Public Employee's Benefit and Insurance Program (Sen. D. Liljenquist) (Rep. D. Ipson)

Sen. Liljenquist introduced the bill to the committee.

Spoke in favor of the bill:     Dan Anderson, Legal Counsel Utah Retirement System

Spoke to the bill:    James Swink, Cache County Attorney

MOTION:    Rep. Daw moved to pass 1st Substitute S.B. 308 with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed unanimously.    

S.B. 112    Retirement System Divestment (Sen. C. Bramble) (Rep. Julie Fisher)

    
Sen. Bramble introduced the bill to the committee.


Spoke in favor of the bill:    David Smith, Citizen

Spoke to the bill:    Dan Anderson, Legal Counsel for Utah Retirement System

MOTION:    Rep. Daw moved to pass S.B. 112 with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed with Rep. Last voting in opposition.

MOTION:    Rep. Hemingway moved to adjourn the meeting. The motion passed unanimously.

Rep. Ipson adjourned the meeting at 1:16 p.m.
    
    

    




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                    Rep. Don Ipson, Chair