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MINUTES OF THE SENATE GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS &

POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS STANDING COMMITTEE

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 24, 2011, 8:00 A.M.

ROOM 415 STATE CAPITOL



Members Present:        Sen. Peter C. Knudson, Chair
                Sen. Margaret Dayton
                Sen. Scott K. Jenkins                
                Sen. Luz Robles
                Sen. Daniel Thatcher        

Staff Present:             Rich North, Policy Analyst
                 Jolene Morgan, Committee Secretary

Public Speakers Present:    Brett Tolman, Attorney
                Todd Langfried, Arizona Employee
                Mark Alvarez, Attorney
                Ron Mortensen, Citizen
                Todd Rathner, Lobbyist
                Jim Brown, Owner
                Kris Hamlet, Deputy Director, Utah Department of Homeland Security
                George Chapman
                LeGrand Bitten, Executive Director, UASD
                John Bond, Treasurer for Weber County    

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

Committee Chair Knudson called the meeting to order at 8:15a.m.

Approval of Minutes

     MOTION:
Sen. Dayton moved to approve the minutes of the February 22, 2011.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sens. Thatcher and Robles absent for the vote.
    
1.     SB 72 - Initiative Amendments
    

    Sen. Hillyard introduced and explained the bill.

    
MOTION: Sen. Dayton moved to pass SB 72 out of committee with a favorable           recommendation.         

    The motion passed unanimously with Sens. Thatcher and Robles absent for the vote.


2.     HB 54 S 2 - Electronic Communications in Public Meetings

     MOTION: Sen. Jenkins moved to substitute 2nd Sub. HB 54 bill with 3rd Sub. HB 54.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sens. Thatcher and Robles absent for the vote.
    
    Rep. Powell introduced and explained the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Dayton moved to pass HB 54 S 3 out of committee with a favorable          recommendation.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sens. Thatcher and Robles absent for the vote.

3.     SJR 18 - Immigration Joint Resolution

    
MOTION:
Sen. Dayton moved to adopt amendment #1 to this bill.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sens. Thatcher and Robles absent for the vote.

1.    Page 1, Lines 14 through 17 :    

             14          This resolution:
             15          .    strongly urges the United States Congress to address federal immigration reform
             16      and to incorporate an increased and complementary role for states for reasons of
             17      greater efficiency and coordination;
{   and   }

    
  urges that Utah's legislative leaders and Utah's congressional delegation formally meet collaboratively to discuss the proper role of each in developing and implementing immigration policy; and      



2.    Page 3, Line 82 through Page 4, Line 95 :    

             82          WHEREAS, the Utah Compact is being used as a reference point for state immigration
             83      regulation by Colorado, Arizona, Texas, Nebraska, Indiana, Georgia, and Florida;
{   and   }

             84          WHEREAS, federal immigration reform should include an increased and
             85      complementary role for states to play that will improve efficiency and coordination
{   :   }        ;

    WHEREAS, Utah's legislative leaders and Utah's congressional delegation have not formally met collaboratively to discuss immigration reform; and
    WHEREAS, it would be beneficial for both the Utah Legislature and Utah's congressional delegation to better understand the proper role of each party in

developing and implementing immigration policy:  


             86          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah
             87      strongly urges the United States Congress to address federal immigration reform and to
             88      incorporate an increased and complementary role for states for reasons of greater efficiency and
             89      coordination.
             90          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah recommends
             91      that state immigration regulation proposals concerning immigration enforcement, state work
             92      permits, guest worker programs that go beyond the current federal program, business licenses,
             93      professional licenses, Driving Privilege Cards, in-state tuition requirements, and variations on
             94      these issues be delayed until after January 28, 2013, to allow federal immigration reform to
             95      take place.
    
  BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah urges that meetings take place betweeen Utah's congressional delegation and Utah's legislative leadership for the purpose of working colloaboratively to address the proper role of each in developing and implementing immigration policy.      

    
    Sen. Romero introduced and explained the bill as amended.

    
Brett Tolman, Todd Langfried, and Mark Alvarez spoke for the bill.
    

    Ron Mortensen spoke in against the bill
    
    MOTION:
Sen. Robles moved to pass SJR 18 out of committee with a favorable           recommendation.

    The motion failed, with Sen. Robles voting in favor and Sens. Knudson and Dayton voting in     opposition with Sens. Jenkins and Thatcher absent for the vote

4.     HB 254 - Emergency Procedures Amendments

    
Rep. Greenwood introduced and explained the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Dayton moved to pass HB 254 out of committee with a favorable                recommendation.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sens. Jenkins and Thatcher absent for the vote.



     MOTION: Sen. Dayton moved to put HB 254 on the consent calendar.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sens. Jenkins and Thatcher absent for the vote.

5. HB 271 - Restrictions on Political Subdivisions Regarding the Regulation of Knives

    
Rep. Wilcox introduced and explained the bill.

    
Todd Rathner, and Jim Brown spoke in favor of the bill.
    

    MOTION:
Sen. Dayton moved to pass HB 271 out of committee with a favorable           recommendation.
    
    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Jenkins absent for the vote.
    
6.     HB 80 - Emergency Management

    
Rep. Oda introduced and explained the bill.

    Kris Hamlet, Deputy Director for Utah Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland     Security spoke in favor of the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Dayton moved to pass HB 80 out of committee with a favorable           recommendation.

    
The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Jenkins absent for the vote.

     MOTION: Sen. Dayton moved to put HB 80 on the consent calendar.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Jenkins absent for the vote.

7.      HB 228 - Administrative Rules Reauthorization

    
Rep. Oda introduced and explained the bill.
    

    MOTION:
Sen. Dayton moved to pass HB 228 out of committee with a favorable           recommendation.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Jenkins absent for the vote.

     MOTION: Sen. Dayton moved to put HB 228 on the consent calendar.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Jenkins absent for the vote.


8.      HCR 3 S 1 - Concurrent Resolution Urging Congress to Pass Balanced Budget           Amendment to U.S. Constitution

    Rep. Wimmer introduced and explained the bill.

    George Chapman spoke against the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Dayton moved to pass HCR 3 S 1 out of committee with a favorable          recommendation.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Jenkins absent for the vote.

9.      HB 163 - Revisor's Statute

    
Rep. Dayton introduced and explained the bill.

    MOTION:
Sen. Dayton moved to pass HB 163 out of committee with a favorable           recommendation.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Jenkins absent for the vote.

     MOTION: Sen. Dayton moved to put HB 163 on the consent calendar.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Jenkins absent for the vote.

10. HB 263 S 1 - Local District Services Amendments

    
Rep. Clark introduced and explained the bill.

    
LeGrand Bitten spoke in favor of the bill.
    

    MOTION:
Sen. Dayton moved to pass HB 263 S 1 out of committee with a favorable          recommendation.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Jenkins absent for the vote.    

11. HB 268 S 1 - Municipal Enforcement Regarding Property Maintenance

    
Rep. Morley introduced and explained the bill.
    

    
John Bond spoke in favor of the bill.

    MOTION:
Sen. Dayton moved to pass HB 268 S 1 out of committee with a favorable          recommendation.



    The motion passed unanimously

    MOTION:
Sen. Dayton moved to put HB 268 S 1 on the consent calendar.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Jenkins absent for the vote

    MOTION:
Sen. Dayton moved to adjourn.

    The motion passed unanimously.

    The meeting adjourned at 9:58 a.m.

    Minutes reported by Jolene Morgan, Secretary.



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                     Sen. Peter Knudson, Committee Chair