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S.B. 154

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JUDICIARY AMENDMENTS

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2012 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Lyle W. Hillyard

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House Sponsor: V. Lowry Snow

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             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill makes amendments related to the judiciary.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    includes court commissioners in the definition of at-risk government employee; and
             13          .    expands an exemption for mediation from a judge's ruling on the case to allow any
             14      judicial action within the scope of the judge's official judicial duties.
             15      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             16          None
             17      Other Special Clauses:
             18          None
             19      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             20      AMENDS:
             21          63G-2-303, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 382
             22          78B-10-103, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 3
             23     
             24      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             25          Section 1. Section 63G-2-303 is amended to read:
             26           63G-2-303. Private information concerning certain government employees.
             27          (1) As used in this section:


             28          (a) "At-risk government employee" means a current or former:
             29          (i) peace officer as specified in Section 53-13-102 ;
             30          (ii) supreme court justice;
             31          (iii) judge of an appellate, district, or juvenile court, or a court commissioner;
             32          (iv) justice court judge;
             33          (v) judge authorized by Title 39, Chapter 6, Utah Code of Military Justice;
             34          (vi) federal judge;
             35          (vii) federal magistrate judge;
             36          (viii) judge authorized by Armed Forces, Title 10, United States Code;
             37          (ix) United States Attorney;
             38          (x) Assistant United States Attorney;
             39          (xi) a prosecutor appointed pursuant to Armed Forces, Title 10, United States Code;
             40          (xii) a law enforcement official as defined in Section 53-5-711 ; or
             41          (xiii) a prosecutor authorized by Title 39, Chapter 6, Utah Code of Military Justice.
             42          (b) "Family member" means the spouse, child, sibling, parent, or grandparent of an
             43      at-risk government employee who is living with the employee.
             44          (2) (a) Pursuant to Subsection 63G-2-302 (1)(g), an at-risk government employee may
             45      file a written application that:
             46          (i) gives notice of the employee's status to each agency of a government entity holding
             47      a record or a part of a record that would disclose the employee's or the employee's family
             48      member's home address, home telephone number, Social Security number, insurance coverage,
             49      marital status, or payroll deductions; and
             50          (ii) requests that the government agency classify those records or parts of records
             51      private.
             52          (b) An at-risk government employee desiring to file an application under this section
             53      may request assistance from the government agency to identify the individual records
             54      containing the private information specified in Subsection (2)(a)(i).
             55          (c) Each government agency shall develop a form that:
             56          (i) requires the at-risk government employee to provide evidence of qualifying
             57      employment;
             58          (ii) requires the at-risk government employee to designate each specific record or part


             59      of a record containing the employee's home address, home telephone number, Social Security
             60      number, insurance coverage, marital status, or payroll deductions that the applicant desires to
             61      be classified as private; and
             62          (iii) affirmatively requests that the government entity holding those records classify
             63      them as private.
             64          (3) A county recorder, county treasurer, county auditor, or a county tax assessor may
             65      fully satisfy the requirements of this section by:
             66          (a) providing a method for the assessment roll and index and the tax roll and index that
             67      will block public access to the home address, home telephone number, situs address, and Social
             68      Security number; and
             69          (b) providing the at-risk government employee requesting the classification with a
             70      disclaimer informing the employee that the employee may not receive official announcements
             71      affecting the employee's property, including notices about proposed annexations,
             72      incorporations, or zoning modifications.
             73          (4) A government agency holding records of an at-risk government employee classified
             74      as private under this section may release the record or part of the record if:
             75          (a) the employee or former employee gives written consent;
             76          (b) a court orders release of the records; or
             77          (c) the government agency receives a certified death certificate for the employee or
             78      former employee.
             79          (5) (a) If the government agency holding the private record receives a subpoena for the
             80      records, the government agency shall attempt to notify the at-risk government employee or
             81      former employee by mailing a copy of the subpoena to the employee's last-known mailing
             82      address together with a request that the employee either:
             83          (i) authorize release of the record; or
             84          (ii) within 10 days of the date that the copy and request are mailed, deliver to the
             85      government agency holding the private record a copy of a motion to quash filed with the court
             86      who issued the subpoena.
             87          (b) The government agency shall comply with the subpoena if the government agency
             88      has:
             89          (i) received permission from the at-risk government employee or former employee to


             90      comply with the subpoena;
             91          (ii) [has] not received a copy of a motion to quash within 10 days of the date that the
             92      copy of the subpoena was mailed; or
             93          (iii) [receives] received a court order requiring release of the records.
             94          Section 2. Section 78B-10-103 is amended to read:
             95           78B-10-103. Scope.
             96          (1) Except as otherwise provided in Subsection (2) or (3), this chapter applies to a
             97      mediation in which:
             98          (a) the mediation parties are required to mediate by statute, court, or administrative
             99      agency rule or referred to mediation by a court, administrative agency, or arbitrator;
             100          (b) the mediation parties and the mediator agree to mediate in a record that
             101      demonstrates an expectation that mediation communications will be privileged against
             102      disclosure; or
             103          (c) the mediation parties use as a mediator an individual who holds himself or herself
             104      out as a mediator or the mediation is provided by an entity that holds itself out as providing
             105      mediation.
             106          (2) The chapter does not apply to a mediation:
             107          (a) relating to the establishment, negotiation, administration, or termination of a
             108      collective bargaining relationship;
             109          (b) relating to a dispute that is pending under or is part of the processes established by
             110      a collective bargaining agreement, except that the chapter applies to a mediation arising out of
             111      a dispute that has been filed with an administrative agency or court;
             112          (c) conducted by a judge [who might make a ruling on the case] as a part of the judge's
             113      official judicial duties; or
             114          (d) conducted under the auspices of:
             115          (i) a primary or secondary school if all the parties are students; or
             116          (ii) a correctional institution for youths if all the parties are residents of that institution.
             117          (3) If the parties agree in advance in a signed record, or a record of proceeding reflects
             118      agreement by the parties, that all or part of a mediation is not privileged, the privileges under
             119      Sections 78B-10-104 through 78B-10-106 do not apply to the mediation or part agreed upon.
             120      However, Sections 78B-10-104 through 78B-10-106 apply to a mediation communication


             121      made by a person that has not received actual notice of the agreement before the
             122      communication is made.




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