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H.B. 193






Chief Sponsor: Brian Doughty

Senate Sponsor: ____________

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill modifies the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act to modify requirements for
             11      appointment of commissioners.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    requires that certain percentages related to political affiliation and being regular
             15      consumers of an alcoholic product be met in making appointments to the
             16      commission;
             17          .    provides for a transition; and
             18          .    makes technical changes.
             19      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             20          None
             21      Other Special Clauses:
             22          None
             23      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             24      AMENDS:
             25          32B-2-201, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapters 308 and 334
             27      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:

             28          Section 1. Section 32B-2-201 is amended to read:
             29           32B-2-201. Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission created.
             30          (1) There is created the "Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission." The commission is
             31      the governing board over the department.
             32          (2) (a) The commission is composed of five part-time commissioners appointed by the
             33      governor with the consent of the Senate.
             34          (b) No more than [three] 60% of the commissioners may be of the same political party.
             35          (c) (i) At least 40% of the commissioners shall, for at least one year before being
             36      appointed and during their term, be regular consumers of an alcoholic product purchased from
             37      an entity authorized to sell alcoholic products. As used in this Subsection (2)(c), "regular"
             38      means happening or recurring not less than once a month.
             39          (ii) The governor shall require an individual to sign an affidavit verifying compliance
             40      with Subsection (2)(c)(i) as a condition of appointment under this Subsection (2)(c).
             41          (iii) If as of July 1, 2012, there are not at least 40% of the commissioners who meet the
             42      requirements of Subsection (2)(c)(i), as terms of commissioners expire the governor shall
             43      appoint a new commissioner or a reappointed commissioner in a manner that brings the
             44      commission in compliance with this Subsection (2)(c).
             45          (3) (a) Except as required by Subsection (3)(b), as terms of commissioners expire, the
             46      governor shall appoint each new commissioner or reappointed commissioner to a four-year
             47      term.
             48          (b) Notwithstanding the requirements of Subsection (3)(a), the governor shall, at the
             49      time of appointment or reappointment, adjust the length of terms to ensure that the terms of no
             50      more than two commissioners expire in a fiscal year.
             51          (4) (a) When a vacancy occurs on the commission for any reason, the governor shall
             52      appoint a replacement for the unexpired term with the consent of the Senate.
             53          (b) Unless removed in accordance with Subsection (6), a commissioner shall remain on
             54      the commission after the expiration of a term until a successor is appointed by the governor,
             55      with the consent of the Senate.
             56          (5) A commissioner shall take the oath of office.
             57          (6) (a) The governor may remove a commissioner from the commission for cause after
             58      a public hearing conducted by:

             59          (i) the governor; or
             60          (ii) an impartial hearing examiner appointed by the governor to conduct the hearing.
             61          (b) At least 10 days before the hearing described in Subsection (6)(a), the governor
             62      shall provide the commissioner notice of:
             63          (i) the date, time, and place of the hearing; and
             64          (ii) the alleged grounds for the removal.
             65          (c) The commissioner shall have an opportunity to:
             66          (i) attend the hearing;
             67          (ii) present witnesses and other evidence; and
             68          (iii) confront and cross examine witnesses.
             69          (d) After a hearing under this Subsection (6):
             70          (i) the person conducting the hearing shall prepare written findings of fact and
             71      conclusions of law; and
             72          (ii) the governor shall serve a copy of the prepared findings and conclusions upon the
             73      commissioner.
             74          (e) If a hearing under this Subsection (6) is held before a hearing examiner, the hearing
             75      examiner shall issue a written recommendation to the governor in addition to complying with
             76      Subsection (6)(d).
             77          (f) A commissioner has five days from the day on which the commissioner receives the
             78      findings and conclusions described in Subsection (6)(d) to file written objections to the
             79      recommendation before the governor issues a final order.
             80          (g) The governor shall:
             81          (i) issue the final order under this Subsection (6) in writing; and
             82          (ii) serve the final order upon the commissioner.
             83          (7) A commissioner may not receive compensation or benefits for the commissioner's
             84      service, but may receive per diem and travel expenses in accordance with:
             85          (a) Section 63A-3-106 ;
             86          (b) Section 63A-3-107 ; and
             87          (c) rules made by the Division of Finance pursuant to Sections 63A-3-106 and
             88      63A-3-107 .
             89          (8) (a) The governor shall annually appoint the chair of the commission. A

             90      commissioner serves as chair to the commission at the pleasure of the governor.
             91          (b) The commission shall elect:
             92          (i) another commissioner to serve as vice chair; and
             93          (ii) other commission officers as the commission considers advisable.
             94          (c) A commissioner elected under Subsection (8)(b) shall serve in the office to which
             95      the commissioner is elected at the pleasure of the commission.
             96          (9) (a) Each commissioner has equal voting rights on a commission matter when in
             97      attendance at a commission meeting.
             98          (b) Three commissioners is a quorum for conducting commission business.
             99          (c) A majority vote of the quorum present at a meeting is required for the commission
             100      to act.
             101          (10) (a) The commission shall meet at least monthly, but may hold other meetings at
             102      times and places as scheduled by:
             103          (i) the commission;
             104          (ii) the chair; or
             105          (iii) three commissioners upon filing a written request for a meeting with the chair.
             106          (b) Notice of the time and place of a commission meeting shall be given to each
             107      commissioner, and to the public in compliance with Title 52, Chapter 4, Open and Public
             108      Meetings Act. A commission meeting is open to the public, except for a commission meeting
             109      or portion of a commission meeting that is closed by the commission as authorized by Sections
             110      52-4-204 and 52-4-205 .

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