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S.B. 61





Chief Sponsor: Ralph Okerlund

House Sponsor: Brad J. Galvez

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill amends provisions of Title 4, Chapter 2, Department - State Chemist -
             10      Enforcement, by permitting rehabilitation projects in areas that have been affected by
             11      invasive species and appropriates money for that purpose.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    amends definitions;
             15          .    authorizes the Department of Agriculture to spend money in the Invasive Species
             16      Mitigation Account on a project implemented by a political subdivision;
             17          .    permits the Department of Agriculture to consider a project designed to prevent
             18      encroachment of an invasive species when awarding grant money; and
             19          .    makes technical changes.
             20      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             21          This bill appropriates:
             22          .    to the Department of Agriculture, as an ongoing appropriation:
             23              .    from the General Fund, $1,000,000, subject to intent language stating that the
             24      appropriation is non-lapsing.
             25      Other Special Clauses:
             26          None
             27      Utah Code Sections Affected:

             28      AMENDS:
             29          4-2-8.7, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 303
             31      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             32          Section 1. Section 4-2-8.7 is amended to read:
             33           4-2-8.7. Invasive Species Mitigation Account created.
             34          (1) As used in this section, "project" means an undertaking that prevents catastrophic
             35      wildland fire through land restoration in a watershed or rehabilitation of an area infested with
             36      invasive species that:
             37          (a) is impacted by cheatgrass or other invasive species; or
             38          (b) has a fuel load that may contribute to a catastrophic wildland fire.
             39          (2) (a) There is created a restricted account within the General Fund known as the
             40      "Invasive Species Mitigation Account."
             41          (b) The restricted account shall consist of:
             42          (i) money appropriated by the Legislature;
             43          (ii) grants from the federal government; and
             44          (iii) grants or donations from a person.
             45          (3) (a) After consulting with the Department of Natural Resources and the
             46      Conservation Commission, the department may expend money in the restricted account:
             47          (i) on a project implemented by:
             48          (A) the department; or
             49          (B) the Conservation Commission; or
             50          (ii) by giving a grant for a project to:
             51          (A) a state agency;
             52          (B) a federal agency; [or]
             53          (C) a federal, state, tribal, or private landowner[.]; or
             54          (D) a political subdivision.
             55          (b) A grant to a federal landowner shall be matched with at least an equal amount of
             56      money by the federal landowner.
             57          (c) In expending the money authorized by Subsection (3)(a)(i), the department shall use
             58      existing infrastructure and employees to plan and implement the project.

             59          (4) In giving a grant, the department shall consider the effectiveness of a project in
             60      preventing:
             61          (a) first, the risk to public safety and health from:
             62          (i) air pollution;
             63          (ii) flooding; [and]
             64          (iii) reduced visibility on a highway; or
             65          (iv) increasing encroachment of an invasive species;
             66          (b) second, damage to the environment, including:
             67          (i) soil erosion;
             68          (ii) degraded water quality; and
             69          (iii) release of carbon; and
             70          (c) third, damage to:
             71          (i) a local economy; and
             72          (ii) habitat for wildlife or livestock.
             73          Section 2. Appropriation.
             74          Under the terms and conditions of Title 63J, Chapter 1, Budgetary Procedures Act, the
             75      following sums of money are appropriated from resources not otherwise appropriated, or
             76      reduced from amounts previously appropriated, out of the funds or accounts indicated for the
             77      fiscal year beginning July 1, 2012 and ending June 30, 2013. These are additions to any amount
             78      previously appropriated for fiscal year 2013.
             79          To Invasive Species Mitigation Fund
             80              From General Fund for fiscal year 2013, ongoing            $1,000,000
             81              Schedule of Programs:
             82                  Rehabilitation                    $1,000,000
             83          The Legislature intends that, under Section 63J-1-603 of the Utah Code, appropriations
             84      under this section do not lapse at the close of fiscal year 2013.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 2-2-12 3:24 PM

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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