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MINUTES OF THE SENATE GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS &

POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS STANDING COMMITTEE

TUESDAY MARCH 1, 2011, 4:10 P.M.

ROOM 415 STATE CAPITOL



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

Staff Present:             Rich North, Policy Analyst
                 Karen C. Allred, Committee Secretary

Public Speakers Present:    Mark Thomas, Lieutenant Governor's Office
                Blake Wade, Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersall
                John Swallow, Attorney General's Office
                Victor Shanti, President, votermilitia.org
                Michelle Sugmiller, Eagle Forum
                Terry Scow, Utah Department of Veterans Affairs
                Robert Adams, Veterans
                Tim Osterstock, Manager, Office of Legislative Auditor    
                Matt Pacenza, Policy Director, Utah Healthy Environmental
                    Alliance of Utah

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

Committee Chair Knudson called the meeting to order at 4:18 p.m.

Approval of Minutes

     MOTION:
Sen. Dayton moved to approve the minutes of the February 28, 2011 minutes.

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

1.     S.B. 162 - Military and Overseas Voting

     MOTION: Sen. Dayton moved to substitute S.B. 162 with 1st Sub. S.B. 162.

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

    Sen. Hillyard introduced and explained the bill.        

    Mark Thomas spoke in favor of the bill.
        
     MOTION: Sen. Dayton moved to pass 1st Sub. S.B. 162 out of committee with a favorable           recommendation.    



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

2.     S.B. 300 - Government Bonding Amendments

    Sen. McAdams introduced and explained the bill.

    Blake Wade spoke in favor of the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Dayton moved to pass S.B. 300 out of committee with a favorable      recommendation.

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

Sen. Dayton assumed the Chair

3.     S.B. 281 - Election Registration Amendments

    Sen. Knudson introduced and explained the bill.

    Mark Thomas spoke in favor of the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Knudson moved to pass S.B. 281 out of committee with a favorable      recommendation.

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

     MOTION: Sen. Knudson moved to place S.B. 281 on the Consent Calendar.

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

Sen. Knudson resumed the Chair.

4.     2nd Sub. H.B. 76 - Federal Law Evaluation and Response

     MOTION: Sen. Dayton moved to adopt the following amendment:

1.    Page 2, Line 53 :    

             53          .    to
{   Permanent Community Impact Fund   }        Department of Administrative Services       as an ongoing appropriation:


2.    Page 3, Line 60 :    

             60          This bill provides revisor instructions.
    
  This bill coordinates with H.B. 51, School and Institutional Trust Lands, by

merging technical and substantive amendments.           



3.    Page 3, Line 73 :    

             73          63C-4-108, Utah Code Annotated 1953
  Utah Code Sections Affected by Coordination Clause:

    53C-3-203, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapters 79 and 262  
    


4.    Page 23, Lines 679 through 682 :    

             679      Item 4 To
{   Permanent Community Impact Fund   }        Department of Administrative Services - Finance - Mandated      

             680          From General Fund Restricted - Land Exchange Distribution Account     ($600,000)
             681          Schedule of Programs:
             682          
{       Permanent Community Impact Fund   }        Land Exchange Distribution                   ($600,000)


5.    Page 23, Line 691 :    

             691      in the Laws of Utah.
    
  Section 13. Coordinating H.B. 76 with H.B. 51 -- Merging technical and substantive amendments.

    If this H.B. 76 and H.B. 51, School and Institutional Trust Lands, both pass, it is the intent of the Legislature that the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel, in preparing the Utah Code database for publication:
    (1) merge the changes from both bills to modify Subsection 53C-3-203(4)(b)(viii) to read:  

    "[(6)] (viii) [Beginning with fiscal year 2009-10, the Legislature shall annually appropriate 6.5%] 3% of the deposits [remaining in the account after the appropriation is made in Subsection (4)(a)] to the Permanent Community Impact Fund created in Section 9-4-303, to be used for grants to political subdivisions of the state to mitigate the impacts resulting from the development or use of school and institutional trust lands."
  ; and      

    
  (2) add a newly enacted Subsection 53C-3-203(5) to read:      

    "(5) The Permanent Community Impact Fund Board shall consult with the administration before awarding the grants described in Subsection (4)(b)(viii)."

        
    The motion passed unanimously.

    Rep. Ivory introduced and explained the bill.

    John Swallow, Victor Shanti and Michelle Sugmiller spoke in favor of the bill.

    


     MOTION: Sen. Thatcher moved to pass 2nd Sub. H.B. 76 out of committee with a favorable          recommendation.

    The motion passed unanimously.

5.     H.B. 86 - Veteran's Identification on Driver License or Identification Card

    Rep. Hughes introduced and explained the bill.

    Terry Scow and Robert Adams spoke in favor of the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Thatcher moved to pass H.B. 86 out of committee with a favorable recommendation.

    The motion passed unanimously.

     MOTION: Sen. Thatcher moved to place H.B. 86 on the Consent Calendar.

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

6.     H.B. 318 - Money Management Act Amendments

    Rep. Bird introduced and explained the vote.

     MOTION: Sen. Thatcher moved to pass H.B. 318 out of committee with a favorable      recommendation.

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

     MOTION: Sen. Dayton moved to place H.B. 318 on the Consent Calendar.

    The motion passed unanimously.

7.     1st Sub. H.B. 176 - Audit of State Budgets

    Rep. Christensen introduced and explained the bill.

    Tim Osterstock spoke to the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Jenkins moved to pass 1st Sub. H.B. 176 out of committee with a favorable      recommendation.

    The motion passed unanimously.

8.     H.B. 399 - Environmental Litigation Bond

    Rep. Noel introduced and explained the bill.

    Matt Pacenza spoke against the bill.



    MOTION
: Sen. Thatcher moved to pass H.B. 399 out of committee with a favorable recommendation.

    The motion passed with Sens. Knudson, Dayton, Jenkins and Thatcher voting in favor; and Sen. Robles voting in opposition.

9.     H.B. 274 - Lobbyist Disclosure and Regulation Act Amendments

     MOTION: Sen. Thatcher moved to adopt the following amendment:

1.    Page 5, Lines 141 through 143
    House Committee Amendments
    2-11-2011 :
    

             141          (10) (a) "Legislator elect" means an individual who:
             142          (i) has received a certificate of election from the
  :      

  (A)            {   lieutenant governor   }        county clerk       in accordance

             143      with Section H. 20A-4-304
  ;       or .H

  (B) lieutenant governor in accordance with Section       20A-4-306 ; and


    The motion passed unanimously.

    Rep. Arent introduced and explained the amended bill.

    Rep. Brown spoke in favor of the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Thatcher moved to pass H.B. 274 out of committee with a favorable      recommendation.

    The motion failed with Sens. Thatcher and Robles voting in favor; and Sens. Knudson, Dayton, and Jenkins voting in opposition.

    MOTION: Sen. Jenkins moved to adjourn.

    The motion passed unanimously.

    The meeting adjourned at 5:53 p.m.

    Minutes reported by Karen C. Allred, Secretary.



                    _______________________________________
                     Sen. Peter Knudson, Committee Chair