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VETERANS REINTEGRATION TASK FORCE

             2     
2012 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

             4     
Chief Sponsor: Tim M. Cosgrove

             5     
Senate Sponsor: Peter C. Knudson

             6      Cosponsors:
             7      Johnny Anderson
             8      Joel K. Briscoe
             9      Derek E. Brown
             10      David G. Butterfield
             11      Fred C. Cox
             12      Bradley M. Daw
             13      Brad L. Dee
             14      James A. Dunnigan
             15      Rebecca P. Edwards
             16      Steve Eliason
             17      Craig A. Frank
             18      Gage Froerer
             19      Brad J. Galvez
             20      Francis D. GibsonRichard A. Greenwood
Stephen G. Handy
Wayne A. Harper
Lynn N. Hemingway
Christopher N. Herrod
Gregory H. Hughes
Don L. Ipson
Ken Ivory
Bradley G. Last
Kay L. McIff
Jim Nielson
Michael E. Noel
Curtis Oda
Patrick Painter
Lee B. PerryJeremy A. Peterson
Val L. Peterson
Kraig Powell
Paul Ray
Douglas Sagers
Stephen E. Sandstrom
Jennifer M. Seelig
V. Lowry Snow
Evan J. Vickers
R. Curt Webb
Mark A. Wheatley
Ryan D. Wilcox
Larry B. Wiley
Brad R. Wilson              21     
             22      LONG TITLE
             23      General Description:
             24          This bill creates the Veterans Reintegration Task Force.
             25      Highlighted Provisions:
             26          This bill:
             27          .    creates the Veterans Reintegration Task Force composed of 15 members;
             28          .    requires the task force to study difficulties encountered by returning service


             29      members after deployments and create a statewide action plan for assisting with reintegration
             30      into communities;
             31          .    charges the task force with creating a statewide action plan for collaborating,
             32      assisting, and coordinating with reintegration into communities; and
             33          .    requires that the task force report to the Government Operations and Political
             34      Subdivisions Interim Committee.
             35      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             36          This bill appropriates in fiscal year 2011-12:
             37          .    To the Senate, as a one-time appropriation:
             38              .    from the General Fund $4,000 to pay for the Veterans Reintegration Task Force;
             39      and
             40          .    To the House of Representatives, as a one-time appropriation:
             41              .    from the General Fund $6,000 to pay for the Veterans Reintegration Task Force.
             42      Other Special Clauses:
             43          This bill is repealed on November 30, 2012.
             44      Uncodified Material Affected:
             45      ENACTS UNCODIFIED MATERIAL
             46     
             47      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             48          Section 1. Veterans Reintegration Task Force -- Creation -- Membership --
             49      Quorum -- Compensation -- Staff.
             50          (1) There is created the Veterans Reintegration Task Force consisting of the following
             51      15 members:
             52          (a) two members of the Senate appointed by the president of the Senate, no more than
             53      one of whom may be from the same political party;
             54          (b) three members of the House of Representatives appointed by the speaker of the
             55      House of Representatives, no more than two of whom may be from the same political party;
             56          (c) the executive director of the Department of Veterans' Affairs or the director's


             57      designee;
             58          (d) the executive director of the Department of Workforce Services or the director's
             59      designee;
             60          (e) the executive director of the Department of Health or the director's designee;
             61          (f) the executive director of the Department of Human Services or the director's
             62      designee;
             63          (g) the director of the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing or the
             64      director's designee;
             65          (h) a representative from the Administrative Office of the Courts who is
             66      knowledgeable in court services and availability appointed by the Judicial Council;
             67          (i) a representative from the Utah National Guard appointed by the Adjutant General;
             68          (j) the Employment Services for Guard and Reserve Transition Assistance Advisor;
             69          (k) a representative from the Board of Regents;
             70          (l) a representative from the League of Cities and Towns; and
             71          (m) any other representatives of agencies or organizations the task force considers
             72      necessary to complete its charge.
             73          (2) (a) The president of the Senate shall designate a member of the Senate appointed
             74      under Subsection (1)(a) as a cochair of the task force.
             75          (b) The speaker of the House of Representatives shall designate a member of the House
             76      of Representatives appointed under Subsection (1)(b) as a cochair of the task force.
             77          (3) A majority of the members of the task force constitute a quorum. The action of a
             78      majority of a quorum constitutes the action of the task force.
             79          (4) (a) Salaries and expenses of the members of the task force who are legislators shall
             80      be paid in accordance with Section 36-2-2 and Legislative Joint Rules, Title 5, Chapter 3,
             81      Expense and Mileage Reimbursement for Authorized Legislative Meetings, Special Sessions,
             82      and Veto Override Sessions.
             83          (b) A member of the task force who is not a legislator may not receive compensation
             84      for their work associated with the task force, but may receive per diem and reimbursement for


             85      travel expenses incurred as a member of the task force at the rates established by the Division
             86      of Finance under Sections 63A-3-106 and 63A-3-107 .
             87          (5) The Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel shall provide staff support
             88      to the task force.
             89          Section 2. Duties -- Interim report.
             90          (1) The task force shall review and make recommendations on the following issues:
             91          (a) difficulties encountered by service members returning from deployments, including:
             92          (i) regaining employment;
             93          (ii) managing finances;
             94          (iii) suicide prevention; and
             95          (iv) obtaining assistance with deployment related health issues;
             96          (b) creation of a statewide action plan to assist returning veterans to make the transition
             97      back to civilian life; and
             98          (c) coordination of resources across state and local governments to assist veterans and
             99      their families.
             100          (2) A final report, including any proposed legislation, shall be presented to the
             101      Government Operations and Political Subdivisions Interim Committee before November 30,
             102      2012.
             103          Section 3. Appropriation.
             104          Under the terms and conditions of Title 63J, Chapter 1, Budgetary Procedures Act, the
             105      following sums of money are appropriated from resources not otherwise appropriated, or
             106      reduced from amounts previously appropriated, out of the funds or accounts indicated for the
             107      fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011 and ending June 30, 2012. These are additions to any
             108      amounts previously appropriated for fiscal year 2012.
             109          To Legislature - Senate
             110              From General Fund, One-time
$4,000

             111              Schedule of Programs:
             112                  Administration                    $4,000


             113          To Legislature - House of Representatives
             114              From General Fund, One-time
$6,000

             115              Schedule of Programs:
             116                  Administration                    $6,000
             117          Section 4. Repeal date.
             118          This bill is repealed on November 30, 2012.


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