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First Substitute H.B. 229

This document includes House Committee Amendments incorporated into the bill on Tue, Feb 7, 2012 at 10:44 AM by jeyring. -->

Representative Lee B. Perry proposes the following substitute bill:




Chief Sponsor: Lee B. Perry

Senate Sponsor: Peter C. Knudson

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill amends provisions related to a county constable and deputy constable.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    prohibits a county from contracting with a constable for a period that exceeds four
             13      years;
             14          .    requires a constable to present certain identification;
             15          .    requires a constable or deputy constable to notify the agency of jurisdiction in
             16      certain circumstances;
             17          .    limits a constable's appointed term to four years; and
             18          .    makes technical corrections.
             19      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             20          None
             21      Other Special Clauses:
             22          None
             23      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             24      AMENDS:
             25          17-25-5, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 49

             26          17-25-6, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 135
             27          17-25a-3, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1993, Chapter 234
             29      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             30          Section 1. Section 17-25-5 is amended to read:
             31           17-25-5. Contracts for constable services.
             32          (1) The governing body of [any] a municipality or county where a justice court exists
             33      may contract with [any] a constable to provide services in criminal cases for the contracting
             34      governmental entity by [any] a method and for [any] an amount mutually agreed upon.
             35          (2) (a) A contract between a governing body and a constable, including a contract
             36      described in Subsection (1), may not exceed four years.
             37          (b) A contract described in Subsection (2)(a) may be renewed or extended for a period
             38      not to exceed four years.
             39          Section 2. Section 17-25-6 is amended to read:
             40           17-25-6. Identification of constables -- Uniform requirements.
             41          (1) While performing a duty described in Section 17-25-1 , a constable shall
             42      prominently display a badge or other visible form of credentials and identification identifying:
             43          [(1)] (a) a person as a constable;
             44          [(2)] (b) the person's name; and
             45          [(3)] (c) the county or municipality for which the constable is H. [ employed ]
             45a      appointed .H .
             46          (2) If a constable serves process, the constable shall:
             47          (a) verbally communicate to the person being served that the constable is a constable;
             48      and
             49          (b) print on the first page of each document served:
             50          (i) the constable's name and identification as a constable;
             51          (ii) the county or municipality for which the constable is appointed; and
             52          (iii) a business phone number for the constable.
             53          (3) If a constable wears a uniform, the uniform shall be clearly marked with the word
             54      "constable" on the uniform shirt and, if applicable, jacket.
             55          Section 3. Section 17-25a-3 is amended to read:
             56           17-25a-3. County and city constables -- Terms -- Authority -- Deputies.

             57          (1) Constables appointed by a county or city are appointed for terms of [six] four years
             58      and may serve more than one term if reappointed by the appointing body.
             59          (2) (a) Constables serving process outside the county in which they are appointed shall
             60      contact the sheriff's office or police department of the jurisdiction prior to serving executions or
             61      [bench warrants or] seizing any property.
             62          (b) A constable or deputy constable shall notify the agency of jurisdiction by contacting
             63      the sheriff's office or police department of jurisdiction before serving a warrant of arrest.
             64          (3) The appointed constable may, upon approval of the appointing county or city,
             65      employ and deputize persons who are certified as special function peace officers to function as
             66      deputy constables.
             67          (4) If the county or city appointing body withdraws the authority of a constable, the
             68      authority of all deputy constables is also withdrawn.
             69          (5) If the authority of a constable or deputy constable is withdrawn, notification of the
             70      Peace Officer Standards and Training Division of the Department of Public Safety shall be
             71      made pursuant to Section 53-6-209 .

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