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MINUTES OF THE
SENATE JUDICIARY, LAW ENFORCEMENT & CRIMINAL JUSTICE
STANDING COMMITTEE MEETING
FEBRUARY 9 , 2011
, 2:00 PM
ROOM 250, STATE CAPITOL



Members Present:    Sen. Mark B. Madsen, Committee Chair
    Sen. Lyle W. Hillyard
    Sen. Steve H. Urquhart
    Sen. Michael G. Waddoups
    Sen. Ben McAdams
    
Members Excused:    Sen. Ross I. Romero
    
Staff Present:    Jerry Howe, Policy Analyst
    Kathy Helgesen, Committee Secretary
    
Public Speakers Present:        Stewart Ralphs, Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake
    Bill Duncan, Director for Family Society, Sutherland Institute
    Paul Boyden, Executive Director, Prosecutors' Association
    Rob Latham, Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    Chris Purcell, State Farm Insurance
    Greg Curtis, attorney, Allstate Insurance
    John T. Nielsen, Utah State Bar Association
    Steve Sullivan, attorney

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

Committee Chair Madsen called the meeting to order at 2:20 p.m.     
Approval of Minutes

    MOTION:    
Sen. McAdams moved to approve the corrected minutes of January 28 and the minutes of February 7, 2011.
    
    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Waddoups and Sen. Urquhart absent for the vote.

1.     SB0096S01 - Alimony Amendments (L. Hillyard)

     MOTION:     Sen. Hillyard made a motion to delete 1st Substitute S.B. 96 in title and body and replace with 2nd Substitute S.B. 96.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Urquhart and Sen. Waddoups absent for the vote.

    Sen. Hillyard presented the bill.


    Mr. Ralphs and Mr. Duncan spoke to the bill.

     MOTION:    Sen. Waddoups moved to pass 2nd Substitute S.B. 96 with a favorable recommendation.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Urquhart and Sen. McAdams absent for the vote.

2.     SB0152 - Sex Offender Restrictions Amendments (D. Hinkins)

    MOTION:    
Sen. Hillyard moved to send S.B. 152 back to rules.

    
The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Urquhart, Sen. Waddoups, and Sen. McAdams absent for the vote.

3.     SB0153 - Sex Offender Registration Amendments (D. Hinkins)

    MOTION:    
Sen. Hillyard moved to send S.B. 153 back to rules.

    
The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Urquhart and Sen. McAdams absent for the vote.

4.     HB0052 - Limitation of Actions - Criminal Offenses (B. Wilson)

    
Rep. Wilson presented the bill.

    Mr. Boyden spoke to the bill.

    Mr. Latham spoke in opposition to the bill.

     MOTION:    Sen. Hillyard moved to pass H.B. 52 with a favorable recommendation.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Urquhart and Sen. McAdams absent for the vote.

5.     HB0202 - Death Penalty Procedures Amendments (K. McIff)

    Rep. McIff presented the bill.

     MOTION:    Sen. Urquhart moved to pass H. B. 202 with a favorable recommendation.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Hillyard and Sen. McAdams absent for the vote.
    
6.     SB0052 - Tortious Act Arbitration (S. Urquhart)

     MOTION:    Sen. Urquhart moved to amend the bill as follows:


1.    Page 2, Lines 42 through 57 :    

             42          78B-10a-102. General provisions -- Filing -- Notice -- Limits.
             43          (1) Except for bodily injury cases involving a motor vehicle as described in Sections
             44      31A-22-303 , 31A-22-305 , and 31A-22-305.3 ,
{   and   } medical malpractice cases as described in

             45      Section 78B-3-401 ,
  and governmental claims described in section 63G-7-401,       a person suffering personal injury or property damage as a result of tortious

             46      conduct may elect to submit all bodily injury claims and property damage claims to arbitration
             47      by filing a notice of the submission of the claim to binding arbitration in a district court if:     
             48          (a)
  all named defendants have liability insurance or are self-insured as evidenced by a separate fund to pay claims or by evidence of a retention liability policy that covers claims in excess of a certain monetary amount;

    (b)  
the claimant or the claimant's representative has:

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             53          
{   (b)   }        (c)       the notice required under Subsection (1)(a)(ii) is filed while the action under

             54      Subsection (1)(a)(i) is still pending.
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  (3) All parties to a claim may stipulate to submit the claim to arbitration under this chapter. If the claim is submitted to arbitration, the parties may not claim:

    (a) a right of recission under Section 78B-10a-104; or
    (b) the right to a trial de novo under Section 78B-10a-108.  


2.    Page 3, Lines 64 through 66 :    

             64          78B-10a-104. Recission -- Discovery.
             65          (1) (a) A
{   person   }        claimant       who has elected arbitration in accordance with this chapter may

             66      rescind the election if the rescission is made within:

3.    Page 5, Line 151 through Page 6, Line 153 :    

             151          (3) (a) If a defendant, as the moving party in a trial de novo requested in accordance
             152      with Subsection 78B-10a-107 (2), does not obtain a verdict that is at least
{   35%   }        30%       less than the

             153      arbitration award, the defendant is responsible for all of the nonmoving party's costs.


    
    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Hillyard and Sen. McAdams absent for the vote.

    Mr. Purcell, Mr. Curtis, and Mr. Nielsen spoke in opposition to the bill.

    Mr. Sullivan spoke in favor of the bill.

    MOTION:    Sen. Urquhart moved to pass S.B. 52 with a favorable recommendation.

    The motion passed unanimously.

     MOTION:     Sen. Hillyard moved to adjourn.

    The meeting adjourned at 3:57 p.m.

    
        

Sen. Mark B. Madsen, Committee Chair