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Third Substitute S.B. 180

Senator Curtis S. Bramble proposes the following substitute bill:


             1     
POLITICAL SUBDIVISION ETHICS AMENDMENTS

             2     
2012 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

             4     
Chief Sponsor: Curtis S. Bramble

             5     
House Sponsor: Francis D. Gibson

             6      Cosponsor:John L. Valentine              7     
             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill enacts language related to a political subdivision officer or employee ethics
             11      violation.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    authorizes a municipality to establish a municipal ethics commission;
             15          .    enacts general provisions;
             16          .    defines terms;
             17          .    authorizes a political subdivision to establish an ethics commission within the
             18      political subdivision or by interlocal agreement;
             19          .    enacts provisions related to the Political Subdivisions Ethics Review Commission
             20      (Commission);
             21          .    enacts provisions related to general powers and procedures;
             22          .    enacts provisions related to a hearing on an ethics complaint;
             23          .    enacts provisions related to an ethics complaint;
             24          .    enacts provisions related to a review of an ethics complaint for compliance;


             25          .    enacts provisions related to the commission's preliminary review and review of an
             26      ethics violation;
             27          .    authorizes a county to establish a county ethics commission;
             28          .    amends provisions related to a closed public meeting;
             29          .    amends provisions related to a private record;
             30          .    removes a county from the authority of Title 67, Chapter 16, Utah Public Officers'
             31      and Employees' Ethics Act;
             32          .    enacts language related to filing a complaint for a violation of Title 67, Chapter 16,
             33      Utah Public Officers' and Employees' Ethics Act; and
             34          .    makes technical corrections.
             35      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             36          None
             37      Other Special Clauses:
             38          None
             39      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             40      AMENDS:
             41          10-3-1311, as enacted by Laws of Utah 1981, Chapter 57
             42          17-16a-11, as enacted by Laws of Utah 1983, Chapter 46
             43          52-4-204, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapters 35 and 239
             44          63G-2-302, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapters 85, 327, and 413
             45          67-16-3, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 382
             46          67-16-4, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 382
             47      ENACTS:
             48          11-49-101, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             49          11-49-102, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             50          11-49-103, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             51          11-49-201, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             52          11-49-202, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             53          11-49-301, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             54          11-49-302, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             55          11-49-401, Utah Code Annotated 1953


             56          11-49-402, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             57          11-49-403, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             58          11-49-404, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             59          11-49-405, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             60          11-49-406, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             61          11-49-407, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             62          11-49-408, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             63          11-49-501, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             64          11-49-502, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             65          11-49-601, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             66          11-49-602, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             67          11-49-603, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             68          11-49-604, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             69          11-49-701, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             70          11-49-702, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             71          11-49-703, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             72          11-49-704, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             73          11-49-705, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             74          11-49-706, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             75          67-16-15, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             76     
             77      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             78          Section 1. Section 10-3-1311 is amended to read:
             79           10-3-1311. Municipal ethics commission -- Complaints charging violations.
             80          [(1) Any complaint against a person who is under the merit system, charging that
             81      person with a violation of this part, shall be filed and processed in accordance with the
             82      provisions of the merit system.]
             83          [(2) If the person charged with the violation is not under any merit system, then the
             84      complaint shall be filed with the mayor or city manager. The mayor or city manager shall
             85      investigate the complaint and shall give the person an opportunity to be heard. A written report
             86      of the findings and the recommendation of the mayor or city manager shall be filed with the


             87      governing body. If the governing body finds that the person has violated this part, it may
             88      dismiss, suspend, or take such other appropriate action with respect to the person.]
             89          (1) A municipality may establish by ordinance an ethics commission to review a
             90      complaint against an officer or employee subject to this part for a violation of a provision of
             91      this part.
             92          (2) (a) A person filing a complaint for a violation of this part shall file the complaint:
             93          (i) with the municipal ethics commission, if a municipality has established a municipal
             94      ethics commission in accordance with Subsection (1); or
             95          (ii) with the Political Subdivisions Ethics Review Commission in accordance with
             96      Title 11, Chapter 49, Political Subdivisions Ethics Review Commission, if the municipality has
             97      not established a municipal ethics commission.
             98          (b) A municipality that receives a complaint described in Subsection (2)(a) may:
             99          (i) accept the complaint if the municipality has established a municipal ethics
             100      commission in accordance with Subsection (1); or
             101          (ii) forward the complaint to the Political Subdivisions Ethics Review Commission
             102      established in Section 11-49-201 :
             103          (A) regardless of whether the municipality has established a municipal ethics
             104      commission; or
             105          (B) if the municipality has not established a municipal ethics commission.
             106          (3) If the alleged ethics complaint is against a person who is a member of the municipal
             107      ethics commission, the complaint shall be filed with or forwarded to the Political Subdivisions
             108      Ethics Review Commission.
             109          Section 2. Section 11-49-101 is enacted to read:
             110     
CHAPTER 49. POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS ETHICS REVIEW COMMISSION

             111     
Part 1. General Provisions

             112          11-49-101. Title.
             113          This chapter is known as "Political Subdivisions Ethics Review Commission."
             114          Section 3. Section 11-49-102 is enacted to read:
             115          11-49-102. Definitions.
             116          (1) "Commission" means the Political Subdivisions Ethics Review Commission
             117      established in Section 11-49-201 .


             118          (2) "Complainant" means a person who files a complaint in accordance with Section
             119      11-49-501 .
             120          (3) "Ethics violation" means a violation of:
             121          (a) Title 10, Chapter 3, Part 13, Municipal Officers' and Employees' Ethics Act;
             122          (b) Title 17, Chapter 16a, County Officers and Employees Disclosure Act; or
             123          (c) Title 67, Chapter 16, Utah Public Officers' and Employees' Ethics Act.
             124          (4) "Local political subdivision ethics commission" means an ethics commission
             125      established by a political subdivision within the political subdivision or with another political
             126      subdivision by interlocal agreement in accordance with Section 11-49-103 .
             127          (5) "Political subdivision" means a county, municipality, school district, community
             128      development and renewal agency, local district, special service district, an entity created by an
             129      interlocal agreement adopted under Title 11, Chapter 13, Interlocal Cooperation Act, a local
             130      building authority, or any other governmental subdivision or public corporation.
             131          (6) (a) "Political subdivision employee" means a person who is:
             132          (i) (A) in a municipality, employed as a city manager or non-elected chief executive on
             133      a full or part-time basis; or
             134          (B) employed as the non-elected chief executive by a political subdivision other than a
             135      municipality on a full or part-time basis; and
             136          (ii) subject to:
             137          (A) Title 10, Chapter 3, Part 13, Municipal Officers' and Employees' Ethics Act;
             138          (B) Title 17, Chapter 16a, County Officers and Employees Disclosure Act; or
             139          (C) Title 67, Chapter 16, Utah Public Officers' and Employees' Ethics Act.
             140          (b) "Political subdivision employee" does not include:
             141          (i) a person who is a political subdivision officer;
             142          (ii) an employee of a state entity; or
             143          (iii) a legislative employee as defined in Section 67-16-3 .
             144          (7) "Political subdivision governing body" means:
             145          (a) for a county, the county legislative body as defined in Section 68-3-12.5 ;
             146          (b) for a municipality, the council of the city or town;
             147          (c) for a school district, the local board of education described in Section 53A-3-101 ;
             148          (d) for a community development and renewal agency, the agency board described in


             149      Section 17C-1-203 ;
             150          (e) for a local district, the board of trustees described in Section 17B-1-301 ;
             151          (f) for a special service district:
             152          (i) the legislative body of the county, city, or town that established the special service
             153      district, if no administrative control board has been appointed under Section 17D-1-301 ; or
             154          (ii) the administrative control board of the special service district, if an administrative
             155      control board has been appointed under Section 17D-1-301 ;
             156          (g) for an entity created by an interlocal agreement, the governing body of an interlocal
             157      entity, as defined in Section 11-13-103 ;
             158          (h) for a local building authority, the governing body, as defined in Section 17D-2-102 ,
             159      that creates the local building authority; or
             160          (i) for any other governmental subdivision or public corporation, the board or other
             161      body authorized to make executive and management decisions for the subdivision or public
             162      corporation.
             163          (8) (a) "Political subdivision officer" means a person elected in a political subdivision
             164      who is subject to:
             165          (i) Title 10, Chapter 3, Part 13, Municipal Officers' and Employees' Ethics Act;
             166          (ii) Title 17, Chapter 16a, County Officers and Employees Disclosure Act; or
             167          (iii) Title 67, Chapter 16, Utah Public Officers' and Employees' Ethics Act.
             168          (b) "Political subdivision officer" does not include:
             169          (i) a person elected or appointed to a state entity;
             170          (ii) the governor;
             171          (iii) the lieutenant governor;
             172          (iv) a member or member-elect of either house of the Legislature; or
             173          (v) a member of Utah's congressional delegation.
             174          (9) "Respondent" means a person who files a response in accordance with Section
             175      11-49-604 .
             176          Section 4. Section 11-49-103 is enacted to read:
             177          11-49-103. Local ethics commission permitted -- Filing requirements.
             178          (1) A political subdivision, other than a municipality described in Section 10-3-1311 or
             179      a county described in Section 17-16a-11 , may establish a local political subdivision ethics


             180      commission within the political subdivision to review a complaint against a political
             181      subdivision officer or employee subject to Title 67, Chapter 16, Utah Public Officers' and
             182      Employees' Ethics Act.
             183          (2) A political subdivision may enter into an interlocal agreement with another political
             184      subdivision, in accordance with Title 11, Chapter 13, Interlocal Cooperation Act, to establish a
             185      local political subdivision ethics commission to review a complaint against a political
             186      subdivision officer or employee subject to Title 67, Chapter 16, Utah Public Officers' and
             187      Employees' Ethics Act.
             188          (3) (a) A person filing a complaint for an ethics violation of Title 67, Chapter 16, Utah
             189      Public Officers' and Employees' Ethics Act, shall file the complaint with:
             190          (i) a local political subdivision ethics commission, if the political subdivision has
             191      established a local political subdivision ethics commission under Subsection (1) or (2); or
             192          (ii) the commission.
             193          (b) A political subdivision that receives a complaint described in Subsection (3)(a)
             194      may:
             195          (i) accept the complaint if the political subdivision has established a local political
             196      subdivision ethics commission in accordance with Subsection (1) or (2); or
             197          (ii) forward the complaint to the commission:
             198          (A) regardless of whether the political subdivision has established a local political
             199      subdivision ethics commission; or
             200          (B) if the political subdivision has not established a local political subdivision ethics
             201      commission.
             202          Section 5. Section 11-49-201 is enacted to read:
             203     
Part 2. Political Subdivisions Ethics Review Commission

             204          11-49-201. Commission established -- Membership.
             205          (1) There is established a Political Subdivisions Ethics Review Commission.
             206          (2) The commission is composed of seven persons, each of whom is registered to vote
             207      in this state and appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the Senate, as
             208      follows:
             209          (a) one member who has served, but no longer serves, as a judge of a court of record in
             210      this state;


             211          (b) one member who has served as a mayor or municipal council member no more
             212      recently than four years before the date of appointment;
             213          (c) one member who has served as a member of a local board of education no more
             214      recently than four years before the date of appointment;
             215          (d) two members who are lay persons; and
             216          (e) two members, each of whom is one of the following:
             217          (i) a municipal mayor no more recently than four years before the date of appointment;
             218          (ii) a municipal council member no more recently than four years before the date of
             219      appointment;
             220          (iii) a county mayor no more recently than four years before the date of appointment;
             221          (iv) a county commissioner no more recently than four years before the date of
             222      appointment;
             223          (v) a special service district administrative control board member no more recently
             224      than four years before the date of appointment;
             225          (vi) a local district board of trustees member no more recently than four years before
             226      the date of appointment; or
             227          (vii) a judge who has served, but no longer serves, as a judge of a court of record in
             228      this state.
             229          (3) A member of the commission may not, during the member's term of office on the
             230      commission, act or serve as:
             231          (a) a political subdivision officer;
             232          (b) a political subdivision employee;
             233          (c) an agency head as defined in Section 67-16-3 ;
             234          (d) a lobbyist as defined in Section 36-11-102 ; or
             235          (e) a principal as defined in Section 36-11-102 .
             236          (4) (a) (i) Except as provided in Subsection (4)(a)(ii), each member of the commission
             237      shall serve a four-year term.
             238          (ii) When appointing the initial members upon formation of the commission, a member
             239      described in Subsections (2)(b) through (d) shall be appointed to a two-year term so that
             240      approximately half of the commission is appointed every two years.
             241          (b) (i) When a vacancy occurs in the commission's membership for any reason, a


             242      replacement member shall be appointed for the unexpired term of the vacating member using
             243      the procedures and requirements of Subsection (2).
             244          (ii) For the purposes of this section, an appointment for an unexpired term of a
             245      vacating member is not considered a full term.
             246          (c) A member may not be appointed to serve for more than two full terms, whether
             247      those terms are two or four years.
             248          (d) A member of the commission may resign from the commission by giving one
             249      month's written notice of the resignation to the governor.
             250          (e) The governor shall remove a member from the commission if the member:
             251          (i) is convicted of, or enters a plea of guilty to, a crime involving moral turpitude;
             252          (ii) enters a plea of no contest or a plea in abeyance to a crime involving moral
             253      turpitude; or
             254          (iii) fails to meet the qualifications of office as provided in this section.
             255          (f) If a commission member is accused of wrongdoing in a complaint, or if a
             256      commission member determines that the commission member has a conflict of interest in
             257      relation to a complaint, a temporary commission member shall be appointed to serve in that
             258      member's place for the purposes of reviewing that complaint using the procedures and
             259      requirements of Subsection (2).
             260          (5) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (5)(b)(i), a member of the commission may
             261      not receive compensation or benefits for the member's service.
             262          (b) (i) A member may receive per diem and expenses incurred in the performance of
             263      the member's official duties at the rates established by the Division of Finance under Sections
             264      63A-3-106 and 63A-3-107 .
             265          (ii) A member may decline to receive per diem and expenses for the member's service.
             266          (6) (a) The commission members shall convene a meeting annually each January and
             267      elect, by a majority vote, a commission chair from among the commission members.
             268          (b) A person may not serve as chair for more than two consecutive years.
             269          Section 6. Section 11-49-202 is enacted to read:
             270          11-49-202. Meetings -- Staff.
             271          (1) The commission shall meet for the purpose of reviewing an ethics complaint when:
             272          (a) except otherwise expressly provided in this chapter, called to meet at the discretion


             273      of the chair; or
             274          (b) a majority of members agree to meet.
             275          (2) A majority of the commission is a quorum.
             276          (3) (a) The commission shall prepare, on an annual basis, a summary data report that
             277      contains:
             278          (i) a general description of the activities of the commission during the past year;
             279          (ii) the number of ethics complaints filed with the commission;
             280          (iii) the number of ethics complaints dismissed in accordance with Section 11-49-602 ;
             281          (iv) the number of ethics complaints reviewed by the commission in accordance with
             282      Section 11-49-701 ;
             283          (v) an executive summary of each complaint review in accordance with Section
             284      11-49-701 ; and
             285          (vi) an accounting of the commission's budget and expenditures.
             286          (b) The summary data report shall be submitted to the Government Operations and
             287      Political Subdivisions Interim Committee on an annual basis.
             288          (c) The summary data report shall be a public record.
             289          (4) (a) The Senate and the House of Representatives shall employ staff for the
             290      commission at a level that is reasonable to assist the commission in performing its duties as
             291      established in this chapter.
             292          (b) The Legislative Management Committee shall:
             293          (i) authorize each staff position for the commission; and
             294          (ii) approve the employment of each staff member for the commission.
             295          (c) Staff for the commission shall work only for the commission and may not perform
             296      services for the Senate, House of Representatives, other legislative offices, or a political
             297      subdivision.
             298          (5) A meeting held by the commission is subject to Title 52, Chapter 4, Open and
             299      Public Meetings Act, unless otherwise provided.
             300          Section 7. Section 11-49-301 is enacted to read:
             301     
Part 3. General Powers and Procedures

             302          11-49-301. Authority to review complaint -- Grounds for complaint -- Limitations
             303      on filings.


             304          (1) Subject to the requirements of this chapter and Section 10-3-1311 or 17-16a-11 , the
             305      commission is authorized to review an ethics complaint against a political subdivision officer
             306      or employee if the complaint alleges:
             307          (a) if the applicable political subdivision is a municipality, an ethics violation of Title
             308      10, Chapter 3, Part 13, Municipal Officers' and Employees' Ethics Act by:
             309          (i) a city manager or non-elected chief executive; or
             310          (ii) an elected officer, as defined in Section 10-3-1303 ;
             311          (b) if the applicable political subdivision is a county, an ethics violation of Title 17,
             312      Chapter 16a, County Officers and Employees Disclosure Act by:
             313          (i) an appointed officer, as defined in Section 17-16a-3 ;
             314          (ii) an elected officer, as defined in Section 17-16a-3 ; or
             315          (iii) an employee subject to Title 17, Chapter 16a, County Officers and Employees
             316      Disclosure Act; or
             317          (c) for a political subdivision officer or employee other than a municipal officer or
             318      employee described in Subsection (1)(a) or a county officer or employee described in
             319      Subsection (1)(b), an ethics violation of Title 67, Chapter 16, Utah Public Officers' and
             320      Employees' Ethics Act.
             321          (2) A complaint described in Subsection (1) shall be filed in accordance with the time
             322      limit provisions, if any, of the applicable part or chapter.
             323          (3) (a) A complaint may not contain an allegation if that allegation and the general
             324      facts and circumstances supporting that allegation have been previously reviewed by a
             325      municipal ethics commission established under Section 10-3-1311 , a county ethics commission
             326      established under Section 17-16a-11 , or a local political subdivision ethics commission
             327      established under Section 11-49-103 , as applicable, or the commission unless:
             328          (i) the allegation was previously reviewed and dismissed by the commission under
             329      Section 11-49-602 or 11-49-701 ;
             330          (ii) the allegation is accompanied by material facts or circumstances supporting the
             331      allegation that were not raised or pled to the commission; and
             332          (iii) the allegation and the general facts and circumstances supporting that allegation
             333      have only been reviewed by the commission in accordance with Section 11-49-701 on one
             334      previous occasion.


             335          (b) The commission may not review a complaint that is currently before:
             336          (i) a municipal ethics commission established under Section 10-3-1311 ;
             337          (ii) a county ethics commission established under Section 17-16a-11 ; or
             338          (iii) a local political subdivision ethics commission established under Section
             339      11-49-103 .
             340          (c) If an allegation in the complaint does not comply with the requirements of
             341      Subsection (3)(a) or (b), the allegation shall be summarily dismissed with prejudice by:
             342          (i) the chair when reviewing the complaint under Section 11-49-601 ; or
             343          (ii) the commission, when reviewing the complaint under Section 11-49-602 or
             344      11-49-701 .
             345          Section 8. Section 11-49-302 is enacted to read:
             346          11-49-302. General powers -- Jurisdiction.
             347          (1) The commission has jurisdiction only over an individual who is a political
             348      subdivision officer or employee.
             349          (2) The commission shall dismiss an ethics complaint if:
             350          (a) the respondent resigns or is terminated from the political subdivision; or
             351          (b) except as provided in Subsection (3):
             352          (i) the respondent is charged with a criminal violation of:
             353          (A) Title 10, Chapter 3, Part 13, Municipal Officers' and Employees' Ethics Act;
             354          (B) Title 17, Chapter 16a, County Officers and Employees Disclosure Act; or
             355          (C) Title 67, Chapter 16, Utah Public Officers' and Employees' Ethics Act; and
             356          (ii) the facts and allegations presented in the ethics complaint assert the same or similar
             357      facts and allegations as those asserted in the criminal charges.
             358          (3) If an ethics complaint asserts an ethics violation in addition to a criminal violation
             359      described in Subsection (2)(b), the commission shall:
             360          (a) dismiss an allegation described in Subsection (2)(b)(ii); and
             361          (b) proceed with any remaining allegation in the complaint.
             362          Section 9. Section 11-49-401 is enacted to read:
             363     
Part 4. Hearing on Ethics Complaint

             364          11-49-401. Hearing on ethics complaint -- General procedures.
             365          (1) In conducting a hearing on a complaint in accordance with Part 7, Commission


             366      Review of Ethics Violation, the commission shall comply with the following process in the
             367      order specified:
             368          (a) introduction and instructions for procedure and process, at the discretion of the
             369      chair;
             370          (b) complainant's opening argument, to be presented by a complainant or complainant's
             371      counsel;
             372          (c) complainant's presentation of evidence and witnesses in support of allegations in
             373      the complaint;
             374          (d) consideration of motions to dismiss the complaint or motions for a finding of no
             375      cause, as applicable;
             376          (e) respondent's opening argument, to be presented by the respondent or respondent's
             377      counsel;
             378          (f) respondent's presentation of evidence and witnesses refuting allegations in the
             379      complaint;
             380          (g) presentation of rebuttal evidence and witnesses by the complainant, at the
             381      discretion of the chair;
             382          (h) presentation of rebuttal evidence and witnesses by the respondent, at the discretion
             383      of the chair;
             384          (i) complainant's closing argument, to be presented by a complainant or complainant's
             385      counsel;
             386          (j) respondent's closing argument, to be presented by the respondent or respondent's
             387      counsel;
             388          (k) deliberations by the commission; and
             389          (l) adoption of the commission's findings.
             390          (2) The commission may, in extraordinary circumstances, vary the order contained in
             391      Subsection (1) by majority vote and by providing notice to the parties.
             392          (3) The chair may schedule the examination of a witness or evidence subpoenaed at the
             393      request of the chair or the commission under Section 11-49-403 at the chair's discretion.
             394          Section 10. Section 11-49-402 is enacted to read:
             395          11-49-402. Chair as presiding officer.
             396          (1) Except as expressly provided otherwise in this chapter, the chair of the commission


             397      is vested with the power to direct the commission during meetings authorized by this chapter.
             398          (2) Unless expressly prohibited from doing so under this chapter, the commission may
             399      overrule a decision of the chair by using the following procedure:
             400          (a) If a member objects to a decision of the chair, that member may appeal the decision
             401      by stating:
             402          (i) "I appeal the decision of the chair."; and
             403          (ii) the basis for the objection.
             404          (b) A motion described in Subsection (2)(a) is nondebatable.
             405          (c) The chair shall direct a roll call vote to determine if the commission supports the
             406      decision of the chair.
             407          (d) A majority vote of the commission is necessary to overrule the decision of the
             408      chair.
             409          (3) The chair may set time limitations on any part of a meeting or hearing authorized
             410      by this chapter.
             411          Section 11. Section 11-49-403 is enacted to read:
             412          11-49-403. Subpoena powers.
             413          (1) Except for a preliminary review described in Section 11-49-602 , for a proceeding
             414      authorized by this chapter, the commission may issue a subpoena to:
             415          (a) require the attendance of a witness;
             416          (b) direct the production of evidence; or
             417          (c) require both the attendance of a witness and the production of evidence.
             418          (2) The commission shall issue a subpoena:
             419          (a) in accordance with Section 11-49-405 ;
             420          (b) at the direction of the commission chair, if the chair determines that the testimony
             421      or evidence is relevant to the review of a complaint under Part 7, Commission Review of
             422      Ethics Violations; or
             423          (c) upon a vote of a majority of the commission members.
             424          (3) If the commission issues a subpoena authorized under this section, the commission
             425      shall give a reasonable period of time for the person or entity to whom the subpoena is directed
             426      to petition a district court to quash or modify the subpoena before the time specified in the
             427      subpoena for compliance.


             428          Section 12. Section 11-49-404 is enacted to read:
             429          11-49-404. Contempt of the commission.
             430          (1) (a) The following actions constitute contempt of the commission in relation to
             431      actions and proceedings under this chapter:
             432          (i) disobedience to a direction of the commission chair;
             433          (ii) failure, without legal justification, to answer a question during a hearing when
             434      directed to do so by:
             435          (A) the commission chair, unless the direction is overridden by the commission in
             436      accordance with Section 11-49-402 ; or
             437          (B) a majority of the commission;
             438          (iii) failure to comply with a subpoena or other order issued under authority of this
             439      chapter;
             440          (iv) violation of privacy provisions established by Section 11-49-502 ;
             441          (v) violation of the communication provisions established by Section 11-49-407 ;
             442          (vi) violation of a request to comply with a provision of this chapter by a chair or a
             443      majority of the members of the commission; or
             444          (vii) any other ground that is specified in statute or recognized by common law.
             445          (b) Because the purpose of the Fifth Amendment privilege not to incriminate oneself is
             446      to prevent prosecution for criminal action, it is improper for a witness to invoke the Fifth
             447      Amendment privilege if the witness cannot be prosecuted for the crime to which the witness's
             448      testimony relates.
             449          (2) (a) The following persons may authorize an enforcement action against a person in
             450      contempt of the commission under the provisions of this chapter:
             451          (i) the commission chair, subject to the provisions of Section 11-49-402 ; or
             452          (ii) members of the commission, by means of a majority vote.
             453          (b) In initiating and pursuing an action against an individual for contempt of the
             454      commission, the plaintiff shall comply with the procedures and requirements of Section
             455      11-49-405 .
             456          Section 13. Section 11-49-405 is enacted to read:
             457          11-49-405. Order to compel -- Enforcement.
             458          (1) (a) When the subject of a subpoena issued in accordance with Section 11-49-403


             459      disobeys or fails to comply with the subpoena, or if a person appears before the commission
             460      pursuant to a subpoena and refuses to testify to a matter upon which the person may be lawfully
             461      interrogated, the commission may:
             462          (i) file a motion for an order to compel obedience to the subpoena with the district
             463      court within the jurisdiction of the applicable political subdivision;
             464          (ii) file, with the district court, a motion for an order to show cause why the penalties
             465      established in Title 78B, Chapter 6, Part 3, Contempt, should not be imposed upon the person
             466      named in the subpoena for contempt of the commission; or
             467          (iii) pursue other remedies against persons in contempt of the commission.
             468          (b) (i) Upon receipt of a motion under this section, the court shall expedite the hearing
             469      and decision on the motion.
             470          (ii) A court may:
             471          (A) order the person named in the subpoena to comply with the subpoena; and
             472          (B) impose any penalties authorized by Title 78B, Chapter 6, Part 3, Contempt, upon
             473      the person named in the subpoena for contempt of the commission.
             474          (2) (a) If a commission subpoena requires the production of accounts, books, papers,
             475      documents, or other tangible things, the person or entity to whom the subpoena is directed may
             476      petition a district court to quash or modify the subpoena at or before the time specified in the
             477      subpoena for compliance.
             478          (b) The commission may respond to a motion to quash or modify the subpoena by
             479      pursuing any remedy authorized by Subsection (1).
             480          (c) If the court finds that a commission subpoena requiring the production of accounts,
             481      books, papers, documents, or other tangible things is unreasonable or oppressive, the court may
             482      quash or modify the subpoena.
             483          (3) Nothing in this section prevents the commission from seeking an extraordinary writ
             484      to remedy contempt of the commission.
             485          (4) Any party aggrieved by a decision of a court under this section may appeal that
             486      action directly to the Utah Supreme Court.
             487          Section 14. Section 11-49-406 is enacted to read:
             488          11-49-406. Testimony and examination of witnesses -- Oath -- Procedure --
             489      Contempt.


             490          (1) (a) The chair shall ensure that each witness listed in the complaint and response is
             491      subpoenaed for appearance at the hearing unless:
             492          (i) the witness is unable to be properly identified or located; or
             493          (ii) service is otherwise determined to be impracticable.
             494          (b) The chair shall determine the scheduling and order of witnesses and presentation of
             495      evidence.
             496          (c) The commission may, by majority vote:
             497          (i) overrule the chair's decision not to subpoena a witness under Subsection (1)(a);
             498          (ii) modify the chair's determination on the scheduling and order of witnesses under
             499      Subsection (1)(b);
             500          (iii) decline to hear or call a witness that has been requested by the complainant or
             501      respondent;
             502          (iv) decline to review or consider evidence submitted in relation to an ethics complaint;
             503      or
             504          (v) request and subpoena witnesses or evidence according to the procedures of Section
             505      11-49-403 .
             506          (2) (a) Each witness shall testify under oath.
             507          (b) The chair or the chair's designee shall administer the oath to each witness.
             508          (3) After the oath has been administered to the witness, the chair shall direct testimony
             509      as follows:
             510          (a) allow the party that has called the witness, or that party's counsel, to question the
             511      witness;
             512          (b) allow the opposing party, or that party's counsel, to cross-examine the witness;
             513          (c) allow additional questioning by a party or a party's counsel as appropriate;
             514          (d) give commission members the opportunity to question the witness; and
             515          (e) as appropriate, allow further examination of the witness by the commission, or the
             516      parties or their counsel.
             517          (4) (a) If the witness, a party, or a party's counsel objects to a question, the chair shall:
             518          (i) direct the witness to answer; or
             519          (ii) rule that the witness is not required to answer the question.
             520          (b) If the witness declines to answer a question after the chair or a majority of the


             521      commission determines that the witness is required to answer the question, the witness may be
             522      held in contempt as provided in Section 11-49-404 .
             523          (5) (a) The chair or a majority of the members of the commission may direct a witness
             524      to furnish any relevant evidence for consideration if the witness has brought the material
             525      voluntarily or has been required to bring it by subpoena.
             526          (b) If the witness declines to provide evidence in response to a subpoena, the witness
             527      may be held in contempt as provided in Section 11-49-404 .
             528          Section 15. Section 11-49-407 is enacted to read:
             529          11-49-407. Communications of commission members.
             530          (1) As used in this section, "third party" means a person who is not a member of the
             531      commission or staff to the commission.
             532          (2) While a complaint is under review by the commission, a member of the
             533      commission may not initiate or consider any communications concerning the complaint with a
             534      third party unless:
             535          (a) the communication is expressly permitted under the procedures established by this
             536      chapter; or
             537          (b) the communication is made by the third party, in writing, simultaneously to:
             538          (i) all members of the commission; and
             539          (ii) a staff member of the commission.
             540          (3) While the commission is reviewing a complaint under this chapter, a commission
             541      member may communicate outside of the meetings, hearing, or deliberations with another
             542      member of, or staff to, the commission, only if the member's communication does not
             543      materially compromise the member's responsibility to independently review and make
             544      decisions in relation to the complaint.
             545          Section 16. Section 11-49-408 is enacted to read:
             546          11-49-408. Attorney fees and costs.
             547          (1) A person filing a complaint under this chapter:
             548          (a) may, but is not required to, retain legal representation during the complaint review
             549      process; and
             550          (b) is responsible for payment of complainant's attorney fees and costs incurred.
             551          (2) (a) A respondent against whom a complaint is filed under this chapter may:


             552          (i) but is not required to, retain legal representation during the complaint review
             553      process; and
             554          (ii) be entitled to the provision of legal defense by the political subdivision in
             555      accordance with Section 63G-7-902 .
             556          (b) For purposes of Subsection (2)(a)(ii), a complaint filed against a respondent in
             557      accordance with this chapter shall constitute an action against a governmental employee in
             558      accordance with Section 63G-7-902 .
             559          (3) (a) An attorney participating in a hearing before the commission shall comply with:
             560          (i) the Rules of Professional Conduct established by the Utah Supreme Court;
             561          (ii) the procedures and requirements of this chapter; and
             562          (iii) the directions of the chair and commission.
             563          (b) A violation of Subsection (3)(a) may constitute:
             564          (i) contempt of the commission under Section 11-49-404 ; or
             565          (ii) a violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct subject to enforcement by the Utah
             566      State Bar.
             567          Section 17. Section 11-49-501 is enacted to read:
             568     
Part 5. Complaint of Ethics Violation

             569          11-49-501. Ethics complaints -- Who may file -- Form.
             570          (1) (a) Notwithstanding any other provision, the following may file a complaint,
             571      subject to the requirements of Subsections (1)(b) and (c) and Section 11-49-301 , against a
             572      political subdivision officer or employee:
             573          (i) two or more registered voters who reside within the boundaries of a political
             574      subdivision;
             575          (ii) two or more registered voters who pay a fee or tax to a political subdivision; or
             576          (iii) one or more registered voters who reside within the boundaries of a political
             577      subdivision and one or more registered voters who pay a fee or tax to the political subdivision.
             578          (b) A person described in Subsection (1)(a) may not file a complaint unless at least one
             579      person described in Subsection (1)(a)(i), (ii), or (iii) has actual knowledge of the facts and
             580      circumstances supporting the alleged ethics violation.
             581          (c) A complainant may file a complaint only against an individual who, on the date that
             582      the complaint is filed, is serving as a political subdivision officer or is a political subdivision


             583      employee.
             584          (2) (a) (i) A complainant shall file a complaint with the Office of the Lieutenant
             585      Governor.
             586          (ii) The lieutenant governor shall forward the complaint to the chair of the commission
             587      no later than five days after the day on which the complaint is filed.
             588          (b) An individual may not file a complaint during the 60 calendar days immediately
             589      preceding:
             590          (i) a regular primary election, if the accused political subdivision officer is a candidate
             591      in the primary election; or
             592          (ii) a regular general election in which an accused political subdivision officer is a
             593      candidate, unless the accused political subdivision officer is unopposed in the election.
             594          (3) A complainant shall ensure that each complaint filed under this section is in writing
             595      and contains the following information:
             596          (a) the name and position of the political subdivision officer or employee alleged to be
             597      in violation;
             598          (b) the name, address, and telephone number of each individual who is filing the
             599      complaint;
             600          (c) a description of each alleged ethics violation, as applicable of:
             601          (i) Title 10, Chapter 3, Part 13, Municipal Officers' and Employees' Ethics Act;
             602          (ii) Title 17, Chapter 16a, County Officers and Employees Disclosure Act; or
             603          (iii) Title 67, Chapter 16, Utah Public Officers' and Employees' Ethics Act;
             604          (d) include for each alleged ethics violation:
             605          (i) a reference to the section of the code alleged to have been violated;
             606          (ii) the name of the complainant who has actual knowledge of the facts and
             607      circumstances supporting each allegation; and
             608          (iii) with reasonable specificity, the facts and circumstances supporting each allegation,
             609      which shall be provided by:
             610          (A) copies of official records or documentary evidence; or
             611          (B) one or more affidavits that include the information required in Subsection (4);
             612          (e) a list of the witnesses that a complainant wishes to have called, including for each
             613      witness:


             614          (i) the name, address, and, if available, one or more telephone numbers of the witness;
             615          (ii) a brief summary of the testimony to be provided by the witness; and
             616          (iii) a specific description of any documents or evidence a complainant desires the
             617      witness to produce;
             618          (f) a statement that each complainant:
             619          (i) has reviewed the allegations contained in the complaint and the sworn statements
             620      and documents attached to the complaint;
             621          (ii) believes that the complaint is submitted in good faith and not for any improper
             622      purpose such as for the purpose of harassing the respondent, causing unwarranted harm to the
             623      respondent's reputation, or causing unnecessary expenditure of public funds; and
             624          (iii) believes the allegations contained in the complaint to be true and accurate; and
             625          (g) the signature of each complainant.
             626          (4) An affidavit described in Subsection (3)(d)(iii)(B) shall include:
             627          (a) the name, address, and telephone number of the signer;
             628          (b) a statement that the signer has actual knowledge of the facts and circumstances
             629      alleged in the affidavit;
             630          (c) the facts and circumstances testified by the signer;
             631          (d) a statement that the affidavit is believed to be true and correct and that false
             632      statements are subject to penalties of perjury; and
             633          (e) the signature of the signer.
             634          Section 18. Section 11-49-502 is enacted to read:
             635          11-49-502. Privacy of ethics complaint -- Contempt -- Enforcement of finding of
             636      contempt -- Dismissal.
             637          (1) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (1)(b) or (c), a person, including a
             638      complainant, the respondent, a commission member, or staff to the commission, may not
             639      disclose the existence of a complaint, a response, nor any information concerning any alleged
             640      ethics violation that is the subject of a complaint:
             641          (i) unless otherwise provided in this chapter; or
             642          (ii) after a complaint is presented at the meeting described in Section 11-49-701 .
             643          (b) The restrictions in Subsection (1)(a) do not apply to the respondent's voluntary
             644      disclosure of a finding by the commission that no allegations in a complaint were proved, after


             645      that finding is issued by the commission under the procedures and requirements of Section
             646      11-49-602 .
             647          (c) Nothing in this section shall prevent a person from disclosing facts or allegations
             648      about potential criminal violations to a law enforcement authority.
             649          (d) Nothing in this section may be construed to hinder or prevent a respondent from
             650      preparing a defense to a complaint, including contacting a witness or other actions in
             651      preparation for review by the commission.
             652          (2) A person who violates the provisions of Subsection (1)(a) is in contempt of the
             653      commission and proceedings may be initiated to enforce the finding of contempt using the
             654      procedures provided in Sections 11-49-404 and 11-49-405 .
             655          (3) If the existence of an ethics complaint is publicly disclosed before or during the
             656      preliminary review period described in Section 11-49-602 , the complaint shall be summarily
             657      dismissed without prejudice.
             658          Section 19. Section 11-49-601 is enacted to read:
             659     
Part 6. Review of Complaint for Compliance

             660          11-49-601. Review of ethics complaint for compliance with form requirements --
             661      Independent requirements for complaint-- Notice.
             662          (1) Within five business days after receipt of a complaint, the staff of the commission,
             663      in consultation with the chair of the commission, shall examine the complaint to determine if it
             664      is in compliance with Sections 11-49-301 and 11-49-501 .
             665          (2) (a) If the chair determines that the complaint does not comply with Sections
             666      11-49-301 and 11-49-501 , the chair shall:
             667          (i) return the complaint to the first complainant named on the complaint with:
             668          (A) a statement detailing the reason for the non-compliance; and
             669          (B) a copy of the applicable provisions in this chapter; and
             670          (ii) notify the applicable political subdivision governing body that:
             671          (A) a complaint was filed against an unidentified political subdivision officer or
             672      employee but was returned for non-compliance with this chapter; and
             673          (B) the fact that a complaint was filed and returned shall be kept confidential until the
             674      commission submits its annual summary data report as required by Section 11-49-202 .
             675          (b) If a complaint is returned for non-compliance with the requirements of this chapter,


             676      a complainant may file another complaint if the new complaint independently meets the
             677      requirements of Sections 11-49-301 and 11-49-501 , including any requirements for timely
             678      filing.
             679          (3) If the chair determines that the complaint complies with the requirements of this
             680      section, the chair shall:
             681          (a) accept the complaint;
             682          (b) notify each member of the commission that the complaint has been filed and
             683      accepted;
             684          (c) notify the applicable political subdivision that:
             685          (i) a complaint has been filed against an unidentified political subdivision officer or
             686      employee;
             687          (ii) the identity of the political subdivision officer or employee and the allegations
             688      raised in the complaint are confidential pending the commission's preliminary review of the
             689      complaint; and
             690          (iii) the fact that a complaint was filed shall be kept confidential until the commission
             691      publicly discloses the existence of the complaint via:
             692          (A) notice of the commission's review of a complaint in accordance with Section
             693      11-49-701 ; or
             694          (B) submission of the commission's annual summary data report as required in Section
             695      11-49-202 ; and
             696          (d) promptly forward the complaint to the political subdivision officer or employee
             697      who is the subject of the ethics complaint via personal delivery or a delivery method that
             698      provides verification of receipt, together with a copy of this chapter and notice of the officer's
             699      or employee's deadline for filing a response to the complaint if the complaint is not dismissed
             700      under Section 11-49-602 .
             701          Section 20. Section 11-49-602 is enacted to read:
             702          11-49-602. Preliminary review of complaint -- Standard of proof -- Notice.
             703          (1) (a) By no later than 10 calendar days after the day on which a complaint is accepted
             704      under Section 11-49-601 , the commission chair shall:
             705          (i) schedule a commission meeting on a date no later than 60 calendar days after the
             706      date on which the commission accepts the complaint;


             707          (ii) place the complaint on the agenda for consideration at the meeting;
             708          (iii) provide a copy of the complaint to the members; and
             709          (iv) provide notice of the date, time, and location of the meeting:
             710          (A) to the respondent;
             711          (B) the first complainant named in the complaint;
             712          (C) each commission member; and
             713          (D) in accordance with Section 52-4-202 .
             714          (b) The meeting described in Subsection (1)(a)(ii) is closed to the public in accordance
             715      with Section 52-4-204 .
             716          (2) (a) At the meeting described in Subsection (1)(a)(i):
             717          (i) the commission members shall review each allegation in the complaint;
             718          (ii) the commission may not receive testimony, hear a motion from a party, or admit
             719      evidence; and
             720          (iii) the chair shall conduct deliberations.
             721          (b) The commission may, if necessary:
             722          (i) request a formal response or affidavit from a respondent; and
             723          (ii) review the response or affidavit at the meeting.
             724          (c) Upon a motion made by a commission member, the commission may exclude
             725      commission staff from all or a portion of the deliberations by a majority vote.
             726          (3) (a) During deliberations, each commission member shall, for each allegation,
             727      determine:
             728          (i) whether the facts alleged, if true, would be an ethics violation;
             729          (ii) whether the complaint includes an affidavit from a person with firsthand
             730      knowledge of alleged facts described in Subsection (3)(a)(i); and
             731          (iii) whether the complaint is frivolous or solely for a political purpose.
             732          (b) A commission member shall vote to forward an allegation in a complaint for a final
             733      commission review in accordance with Part 7, Commission Review of Ethics Violation, if the
             734      commission member determines:
             735          (i) an allegation, if true, would be an ethics violation;
             736          (ii) the complaint contains an affidavit with firsthand knowledge of the allegation
             737      under Subsection (3)(a)(ii); and


             738          (iii) the allegation is not frivolous or solely for a political purpose.
             739          (4) (a) A verbal roll call vote shall be taken on each allegation and each member's vote
             740      shall be recorded.
             741          (b) The commission may not review an allegation for a final determination under Part
             742      7, Commission Review of Ethics Violation, unless six of the seven members of the
             743      commission vote to review the allegation.
             744          (5) (a) An allegation that is not forwarded for a final determination is dismissed.
             745          (b) Before the commission issues an order in accordance with this section, the
             746      commission may, upon a majority vote, reconsider and hold a new vote on an allegation.
             747          (c) A motion to reconsider a vote may only be made by a member of the commission
             748      who voted that the allegation should not be forwarded for a final determination.
             749          (6) (a) If each allegation stated in a complaint is dismissed in accordance with this
             750      section, the commission shall:
             751          (i) issue and enter into the record an order that the complaint is dismissed because no
             752      allegations, in accordance with this section, were forwarded for a final determination;
             753          (ii) classify all recordings, testimony, evidence, orders, findings, and other records
             754      directly relating to the meetings authorized by this part as private records under Section
             755      63G-2-302 ;
             756          (iii) provide notice of the determination, in a manner determined by the chair, to:
             757          (A) the respondent;
             758          (B) the first complainant named on the complaint; and
             759          (C) subject to Subsection (6)(b), the appropriate political subdivision; and
             760          (iv) provide notice to each person or entity named in Subsections (6)(a)(iii)(A) through
             761      (C) that, under provisions of Section 11-49-502 and other provisions of this chapter, a person
             762      who discloses the findings of the commission in violation of any provision of this chapter is in
             763      contempt of the commission and is subject to penalties for contempt.
             764          (b) The notification to the appropriate political subdivision shall notify the political
             765      subdivision that:
             766          (i) a complaint against an unidentified political subdivision officer or employee has
             767      been dismissed; and
             768          (ii) the fact that a complaint was filed shall be kept confidential until the commission


             769      publicly discloses the existence of the complaint via submission of the commission's annual
             770      summary data report as required in Section 11-49-202 .
             771          (7) If one or more of the allegations stated in a complaint are not dismissed in
             772      accordance with this section, the commission shall:
             773          (a) issue and enter into the record:
             774          (i) an order for each allegation that is dismissed, if any, because the allegation was not
             775      forwarded for a final determination; and
             776          (ii) an order for further review under Part 7, Commission Review of Ethics Violation,
             777      of each allegation that is not dismissed;
             778          (b) classify all recordings, orders, findings, and other records or documents directly
             779      relating to a meeting authorized by this section as private records under Section 63G-2-302 ;
             780          (c) if an allegation was dismissed, provide notice of the determination for each
             781      allegation dismissed in a manner determined by the chair, to:
             782          (i) the respondent;
             783          (ii) the first complainant named on the complaint; and
             784          (iii) subject to Subsection (8), the appropriate political subdivision; and
             785          (d) provide notice to each person or entity named in Subsections (7)(c)(i) through (iii)
             786      that:
             787          (i) under provisions of Section 11-49-502 and other provisions of this chapter, a person
             788      who discloses the findings of the commission under this section in violation of any provision of
             789      this chapter is in contempt of the commission and is subject to penalties for contempt; and
             790          (ii) the commission shall review the remaining allegations in the complaint at a
             791      meeting described in Section 11-49-603 and in accordance with Part 7, Commission Review of
             792      Ethics Violation.
             793          (8) The notification to the appropriate political subdivision shall notify the political
             794      subdivision that:
             795          (a) an unspecified allegation in a complaint against an unidentified political
             796      subdivision officer or employee has been dismissed; and
             797          (b) the fact that a complaint was filed shall be kept confidential until the commission
             798      publicly discloses the existence of the complaint in accordance with the provisions of this
             799      chapter.


             800          (9) For a complaint described in Subsection (7), the commission members shall ensure
             801      that, within five business days after the day of the meeting described in Subsection (1)(a)(ii),
             802      the complaint is redacted to remove references to an allegation that is dismissed under this
             803      section.
             804          (10) The chair shall ensure that a record of the meeting held under this section is kept
             805      in accordance with Section 11-49-702 .
             806          Section 21. Section 11-49-603 is enacted to read:
             807          11-49-603. Meeting of the Commission to review a complaint -- Procedures.
             808          By no later than 10 calendar days after the day on which a complaint is accepted under
             809      Section 11-49-602 for further review, the commission chair shall:
             810          (1) schedule a commission meeting on a date no later than 45 calendar days after the
             811      date on which the commission accepts the complaint;
             812          (2) place the complaint on the agenda for consideration at the meeting described in
             813      Subsection (1);
             814          (3) provide notice of the date, time, and location of the meeting:
             815          (a) to:
             816          (i) the members of the commission;
             817          (ii) the first complainant named in the complaint; and
             818          (iii) the respondent; and
             819          (b) in accordance with Section 52-4-202 ; and
             820          (4) provide a copy of the complaint or redacted complaint, as required in Section
             821      11-49-602 , to each member of the commission.
             822          Section 22. Section 11-49-604 is enacted to read:
             823          11-49-604. Response to ethics complaint -- Filing -- Form.
             824          (1) The political subdivision officer or employee who is the subject of the complaint
             825      may file a response to the complaint no later than 30 days after the day on which the officer or
             826      employee receives delivery of an order issued by the commission under Subsection
             827      11-49-602 (7).
             828          (2) The respondent shall file the response with the commission and ensure that the
             829      response is in writing and contains the following information:
             830          (a) the name, address, and telephone number of the respondent;


             831          (b) for each alleged ethics violation in the complaint:
             832          (i) each affirmative defense asserted in response to the allegation, including a general
             833      description of each affirmative defense and the facts and circumstances supporting the defense
             834      to be provided by one or more affidavits, each of which shall comply with Subsection (4);
             835          (ii) the facts and circumstances refuting the allegation, which shall be provided by:
             836          (A) copies of official records or documentary evidence; or
             837          (B) one or more affidavits, each of which shall comply with Subsection (4);
             838          (c) a list of the witnesses that the respondent wishes to have called, including for each
             839      witness:
             840          (i) the name, address, and, if available, telephone number of the witness;
             841          (ii) a brief summary of the testimony to be provided by the witness; and
             842          (iii) a specific description of any documents or evidence the respondent desires the
             843      witness to produce;
             844          (d) a statement that the respondent:
             845          (i) has reviewed the allegations contained in the complaint and the sworn statements
             846      and documents attached to the response; and
             847          (ii) believes the contents of the response to be true and accurate; and
             848          (e) the signature of the respondent.
             849          (3) Promptly after receiving the response, the commission shall provide copies of the
             850      response to:
             851          (a) each member of the commission; and
             852          (b) the first named complainant on the complaint.
             853          (4) An affidavit described in Subsection (2)(b)(i) or (2)(b)(ii)(B) shall include the
             854      following information:
             855          (a) the name, address, and telephone number of the signer;
             856          (b) a statement that the signer has actual knowledge of the facts and circumstances
             857      alleged in the affidavit;
             858          (c) the facts and circumstances testified to by the signer;
             859          (d) a statement that the affidavit is believed to be true and correct and that false
             860      statements are subject to penalties of perjury; and
             861          (e) the signature of the signer.


             862          Section 23. Section 11-49-701 is enacted to read:
             863     
Part 7. Commission Review of Ethics Violation

             864          11-49-701. Commission review of ethics violation.
             865          (1) The scope of a review by the commission is limited to an alleged ethics violation
             866      stated in a complaint that has not been previously dismissed under Section 11-49-602 .
             867          (2) (a) Before holding the meeting for review of the complaint, the commission chair
             868      may schedule a separate meeting of the commission for the purposes of:
             869          (i) hearing motions or arguments from the parties, including hearing motions or
             870      arguments relating to dismissal of a complaint, admission of evidence, or procedures;
             871          (ii) holding a vote of the commission, with or without the attendance of the parties, on
             872      procedural or commission business matters relating to a complaint; or
             873          (iii) reviewing a complaint, with or without the attendance of the parties, to determine
             874      if the complaint should be dismissed in whole or in part, by means of a majority vote of the
             875      commission, because the complaint pleads facts or circumstances against a political
             876      subdivision officer or employee that have already been reviewed by, as provided in Section
             877      11-49-301 , the commission, a municipal ethics commission established in accordance with
             878      Section 10-3-1311 , a county ethics commission established in accordance with Section
             879      17-16a-11 , or a local political subdivision ethics commission established in accordance with
             880      Section 11-49-103 .
             881          (b) Notwithstanding Section 11-49-603 , the commission may, by a majority vote,
             882      change the date of the meeting for review of the complaint in order to accommodate:
             883          (i) a meeting authorized under Subsection (2)(a); or
             884          (ii) necessary scheduling requirements.
             885          (3) (a) The commission shall comply with the Utah Rules of Evidence except where
             886      the commission determines, by majority vote, that a rule is not compatible with the
             887      requirements of this chapter.
             888          (b) The chair shall make rulings on admissibility of evidence consistent with the
             889      provisions of Section 11-49-402 .
             890          (4) (a) A meeting or hearing authorized in this part is open to the public except as
             891      provided in Section 52-4-204 .
             892          (b) The following individuals may be present during the presentation of testimony and


             893      evidence to the commission:
             894          (i) the complainant;
             895          (ii) the complainant's counsel, if applicable;
             896          (iii) the respondent;
             897          (iv) the respondent's counsel, if applicable;
             898          (v) members of the commission;
             899          (vi) staff to the commission;
             900          (vii) a witness, while testifying before the commission; and
             901          (viii) necessary security personnel.
             902          (c) The commission may, in accordance with Section 52-4-204 , close a meeting to:
             903          (i) seek or obtain legal advice on legal, evidentiary, or procedural matters; or
             904          (ii) conduct deliberations to reach a decision on the complaint.
             905          (5) If a majority of the commission determines that a continuance is necessary to obtain
             906      further evidence and testimony, to accommodate administrative needs, or to accommodate the
             907      attendance of commission members, witnesses, or a party, the commission shall:
             908          (a) adjourn and continue the meeting to a future date and time after notice to the
             909      parties; and
             910          (b) establish that future date and time by majority vote.
             911          (6) A record, as defined in Section 63G-2-103 , created by the commission under this
             912      part, reviewed by the commission under this part, or received by the commission under this
             913      part is a public record, as defined in Section 63G-2-103 .
             914          Section 24. Section 11-49-702 is enacted to read:
             915          11-49-702. Record -- Recording of meetings.
             916          (1) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (1)(b), an individual may not use a camera or
             917      other recording device in a meeting authorized by this part.
             918          (b) (i) The commission shall keep an audio or video recording of all portions of each
             919      meeting authorized by this part.
             920          (ii) The commission may, by a majority vote of the commission, permit a camera or
             921      other recording device in the meeting in which the commission releases the commission's
             922      recommendation under this part.
             923          (2) In addition to the recording required in Subsection (1), the chair shall ensure that a


             924      record of the meeting or hearing is made, which shall include:
             925          (a) official minutes taken during the meeting or hearing, if any;
             926          (b) copies of all documents or other items admitted into evidence by the commission;
             927          (c) copies of a document or written order or ruling issued by the chair or the
             928      commission; and
             929          (d) any other information that a majority of the commission or the chair directs.
             930          Section 25. Section 11-49-703 is enacted to read:
             931          11-49-703. Commission deliberations -- Standard of proof.
             932          (1) After each party has presented a closing argument, the commission shall, at the
             933      direction of the chair, begin its deliberations:
             934          (a) immediately after conclusion of the closing arguments; or
             935          (b) at a future meeting of the commission, on a date and time determined by a majority
             936      of the members of the commission.
             937          (2) (a) The chair of the commission shall conduct the deliberations.
             938          (b) Upon a motion made by a commission member, the commission may:
             939          (i) exclude commission staff from all or a portion of the deliberations by a majority
             940      vote of the commission; or
             941          (ii) close the meeting in accordance with Section 52-4-204 .
             942          (3) (a) During deliberations, for each allegation reviewed by the commission, each
             943      member shall determine and cast a vote stating:
             944          (i) whether the allegation is:
             945          (A) proven by clear and convincing evidence; or
             946          (B) not proven; and
             947          (ii) for each allegation proven, whether the commission would recommend to the
             948      appropriate political subdivision governing body to take one or more of the following actions:
             949          (A) censure;
             950          (B) in the case of a political subdivision employee, termination;
             951          (C) in the case of a political subdivision officer, removal from office; or
             952          (D) any other action or reprimand that the commission determines is appropriate.
             953          (b) (i) A verbal roll call vote shall be taken on each allegation, and each recommended
             954      action described in Subsection (3)(a)(ii) on each allegation.


             955          (ii) Each member's vote shall be recorded.
             956          (4) (a) An allegation is not considered to be proven unless six of the seven members of
             957      the commission vote that the allegation is proven.
             958          (b) An allegation that is not considered to be proven is dismissed.
             959          (c) (i) Before the commission issues its recommendation in accordance with Section
             960      11-49-704 , the commission may, upon a majority vote, reconsider and hold a new vote on an
             961      allegation.
             962          (ii) A motion to reconsider a vote may only be made by a member of the commission
             963      who voted that the allegation was not proved.
             964          (5) At the conclusion of deliberations, the commission shall prepare its
             965      recommendations as provided in Sections 11-49-704 and 11-49-705 .
             966          Section 26. Section 11-49-704 is enacted to read:
             967          11-49-704. Recommendations of commission.
             968          (1) (a) If the commission determines that no allegations in the complaint were proved,
             969      the commission shall:
             970          (i) issue and enter into the record an order that the complaint is dismissed because no
             971      allegations in the complaint were found to have been proved;
             972          (ii) provide notice of the determination at a public meeting; and
             973          (iii) provide written notice of the determination to:
             974          (A) the respondent;
             975          (B) the first complainant named on the complaint; and
             976          (C) the appropriate political subdivision.
             977          (2) If the commission determines that one or more of the allegations in the complaint
             978      were proved, the commission shall:
             979          (a) if one or more allegations were not found to have been proven, enter into the record
             980      an order dismissing those unproven allegations; and
             981          (b) prepare a written recommendation to the applicable political subdivision governing
             982      body that:
             983          (i) lists the name of each complainant;
             984          (ii) lists the name of the respondent;
             985          (iii) states the date of the recommendation;


             986          (iv) for each allegation that was found to be proven:
             987          (A) provides a reference to the statute or criminal provision allegedly violated;
             988          (B) states the number and names of commission members voting that the allegation
             989      was proved and the number and names of commission members voting that the allegation was
             990      not proved;
             991          (C) at the option of those members voting that the allegation was proved, includes a
             992      statement by one or all of those members stating the reasons for voting that the allegation was
             993      proved; and
             994          (D) at the option of those members voting that the allegation was not proved, includes
             995      a statement by one or all of those members stating the reasons for voting that the allegation was
             996      not proved;
             997          (v) contains any general statement that is adopted for inclusion in the recommendation
             998      by a majority of the members of the commission;
             999          (vi) contains a statement referring the allegations found to have been proved to the
             1000      appropriate political subdivision governing body for review and, if necessary, further action;
             1001          (vii) contains a statement referring to each allegation proven the commission's
             1002      recommendation under Subsection 11-49-703 (3)(a)(ii);
             1003          (viii) states the name of each member of the commission; and
             1004          (ix) is signed by each commission member.
             1005          (3) The commission shall provide notice of the determination:
             1006          (a) at a public meeting; and
             1007          (b) in writing to:
             1008          (i) the respondent;
             1009          (ii) the first complainant named on the complaint; and
             1010          (iii) in accordance with Subsection (4), the appropriate political subdivision.
             1011          (4) The commission shall ensure that, within five business days of the date of public
             1012      issuance of the determination in accordance with Subsection (3), the following documents are
             1013      provided to the political subdivision governing body:
             1014          (a) a cover letter referring the proven allegations contained in the complaint to the
             1015      political subdivision governing body for review;
             1016          (b) a copy of the complaint;


             1017          (c) a copy of the response; and
             1018          (d) a copy of the commission's recommendation.
             1019          Section 27. Section 11-49-705 is enacted to read:
             1020          11-49-705. Criminal allegation -- Recommendation to county or district attorney.
             1021          (1) If the commission finds that a political subdivision officer or employee allegedly
             1022      violated a criminal provision, the commission shall, in addition to sending a recommendation
             1023      to a political subdivision governing body in accordance with Section 11-49-704 , send a
             1024      recommendation for further investigation to the county or district attorney of jurisdiction by
             1025      delivering to the county or district attorney a written recommendation that:
             1026          (a) lists the name of each complainant;
             1027          (b) lists the name of the respondent;
             1028          (c) states the date of the recommendation;
             1029          (d) for each allegation of a criminal violation, provide a reference to the criminal
             1030      provision allegedly violated;
             1031          (e) includes a general statement that is adopted by a majority of the members of the
             1032      commission; and
             1033          (f) gives the name of the political subdivision governing body that the commission sent
             1034      a recommendation to in accordance with Section 11-49-704 .
             1035          (2) If the commission sends a recommendation in accordance with Subsection (1)(a),
             1036      the commission shall enter into the record:
             1037          (a) a copy of the recommendation; and
             1038          (b) the name of the county or district attorney of jurisdiction to whom it was sent.
             1039          (3) A recommendation prepared and delivered in accordance with this section is a
             1040      public record.
             1041          Section 28. Section 11-49-706 is enacted to read:
             1042          11-49-706. Action by political subdivision governing body.
             1043          A political subdivision governing body that receives a recommendation in accordance
             1044      with Section 11-49-704 shall:
             1045          (1) review the recommendation; and
             1046          (2) take further action in accordance with a political subdivision's governing ordinance,
             1047      bylaws, or other applicable governing rule.


             1048          Section 29. Section 17-16a-11 is amended to read:
             1049           17-16a-11. County ethics commission -- Complaints charging violations --
             1050      Procedure.
             1051          (1) A county may establish by ordinance an ethics commission to review a complaint,
             1052      except as provided in Subsection (3), against an officer or employee subject to this part for a
             1053      violation of a provision of this part.
             1054          (2) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (3), a person filing a complaint for a violation
             1055      of this part shall file the complaint:
             1056          (i) with the county ethics commission, if the county has established a county ethics
             1057      commission in accordance with Subsection (1); or
             1058          (ii) with the Political Subdivisions Ethics Review Commission established in
             1059      accordance with Title 11, Chapter 49, Political Subdivisions Ethics Review Commission.
             1060          (b) A county that receives a complaint described in Subsection (2)(a) may:
             1061          (i) accept the complaint if the county has established a county ethics commission in
             1062      accordance with Subsection (1); or
             1063          (ii) forward the complaint to the Political Subdivisions Ethics Review Commission
             1064      established in Section 11-49-201 :
             1065          (A) regardless of whether the county has established a county ethics commission; or
             1066          (B) if the county has not established a county ethics commission.
             1067          [(1)] (3) Any complaint against a person who is under the merit system, charging that
             1068      person with a violation of this part, shall be filed and processed in accordance with the
             1069      provisions of the merit system.
             1070          [(2) If the person charged with the violation is not under any merit system, then the
             1071      complaint shall be filed with the commission which shall investigate the complaint and shall
             1072      give the person an opportunity to be heard. A written report of the findings and the
             1073      recommendation of the commission shall be filed with the governing body. If the governing
             1074      body finds that the person has violated this part, it may dismiss, suspend, or take such other
             1075      appropriate action with respect to the person.]
             1076          Section 30. Section 52-4-204 is amended to read:
             1077           52-4-204. Closed meeting held upon vote of members -- Business -- Reasons for
             1078      meeting recorded.


             1079          (1) A closed meeting may be held if:
             1080          (a) (i) a quorum is present;
             1081          (ii) the meeting is an open meeting for which notice has been given under Section
             1082      52-4-202 ; and
             1083          (iii) (A) two-thirds of the members of the public body present at the open meeting vote
             1084      to approve closing the meeting;
             1085          (B) for a meeting that is required to be closed under Section 52-4-205 , if a majority of
             1086      the members of the public body present at an open meeting vote to approve closing the
             1087      meeting; [or]
             1088          (C) for an ethics committee of the Legislature that is conducting an open meeting for
             1089      the purpose of reviewing an ethics complaint, a majority of the members present vote to
             1090      approve closing the meeting for the purpose of seeking or obtaining legal advice on legal,
             1091      evidentiary, or procedural matters, or for conducting deliberations to reach a decision on the
             1092      complaint; or
             1093          (D) for the Political Subdivisions Ethics Review Commission established in Section
             1094      11-49-201 that is conducting an open meeting for the purpose of reviewing an ethics complaint
             1095      in accordance with Section 11-49-701 , a majority of the members present vote to approve
             1096      closing the meeting for the purpose of seeking or obtaining legal advice on legal, evidentiary,
             1097      or procedural matters, or for conducting deliberations to reach a decision on the complaint; or
             1098          (b) (i) for the Independent Legislative Ethics Commission, the closed meeting is
             1099      convened for the purpose of conducting business relating to the receipt or review of an ethics
             1100      complaint, provided that public notice of the closed meeting is given under Section 52-4-202 ,
             1101      with the agenda for the meeting stating that the meeting will be closed for the purpose of
             1102      "conducting business relating to the receipt or review of ethics complaints"[.]; or
             1103          (ii) for the Political Subdivisions Ethics Review Commission established in Section
             1104      11-49-201 , the closed meeting is convened for the purpose of conducting business relating to
             1105      the preliminary review of an ethics complaint in accordance with Section 11-49-602 , provided
             1106      that public notice of the closed meeting is given under Section 52-4-202 , with the agenda for
             1107      the meeting stating that the meeting will be closed for the purpose of "conducting business
             1108      relating to the review of ethics complaints".
             1109          (2) A closed meeting is not allowed unless each matter discussed in the closed meeting


             1110      is permitted under Section 52-4-205 .
             1111          (3) An ordinance, resolution, rule, regulation, contract, or appointment may not be
             1112      approved at a closed meeting.
             1113          (4) The following information shall be publicly announced and entered on the minutes
             1114      of the open meeting at which the closed meeting was approved:
             1115          (a) the reason or reasons for holding the closed meeting;
             1116          (b) the location where the closed meeting will be held; and
             1117          (c) the vote by name, of each member of the public body, either for or against the
             1118      motion to hold the closed meeting.
             1119          (5) Except as provided in Subsection 52-4-205 (2), nothing in this chapter shall be
             1120      construed to require any meeting to be closed to the public.
             1121          Section 31. Section 63G-2-302 is amended to read:
             1122           63G-2-302. Private records.
             1123          (1) The following records are private:
             1124          (a) records concerning an individual's eligibility for unemployment insurance benefits,
             1125      social services, welfare benefits, or the determination of benefit levels;
             1126          (b) records containing data on individuals describing medical history, diagnosis,
             1127      condition, treatment, evaluation, or similar medical data;
             1128          (c) records of publicly funded libraries that when examined alone or with other records
             1129      identify a patron;
             1130          (d) records received by or generated by or for:
             1131          (i) the Independent Legislative Ethics Commission, except for:
             1132          (A) the commission's summary data report that is required under legislative rule; and
             1133          (B) any other document that is classified as public under legislative rule; or
             1134          (ii) a Senate or House Ethics Committee in relation to the review of ethics complaints,
             1135      unless the record is classified as public under legislative rule;
             1136          (e) records received or generated for a Senate confirmation committee concerning
             1137      character, professional competence, or physical or mental health of an individual:
             1138          (i) if prior to the meeting, the chair of the committee determines release of the records:
             1139          (A) reasonably could be expected to interfere with the investigation undertaken by the
             1140      committee; or


             1141          (B) would create a danger of depriving a person of a right to a fair proceeding or
             1142      impartial hearing; and
             1143          (ii) after the meeting, if the meeting was closed to the public;
             1144          (f) employment records concerning a current or former employee of, or applicant for
             1145      employment with, a governmental entity that would disclose that individual's home address,
             1146      home telephone number, Social Security number, insurance coverage, marital status, or payroll
             1147      deductions;
             1148          (g) records or parts of records under Section 63G-2-303 that a current or former
             1149      employee identifies as private according to the requirements of that section;
             1150          (h) that part of a record indicating a person's Social Security number or federal
             1151      employer identification number if provided under Section 31A-23a-104 , 31A-25-202 ,
             1152      31A-26-202 , 58-1-301 , 58-55-302 , 61-1-4 , or 61-2f-203 ;
             1153          (i) that part of a voter registration record identifying a voter's driver license or
             1154      identification card number, Social Security number, or last four digits of the Social Security
             1155      number;
             1156          (j) a record that:
             1157          (i) contains information about an individual;
             1158          (ii) is voluntarily provided by the individual; and
             1159          (iii) goes into an electronic database that:
             1160          (A) is designated by and administered under the authority of the Chief Information
             1161      Officer; and
             1162          (B) acts as a repository of information about the individual that can be electronically
             1163      retrieved and used to facilitate the individual's online interaction with a state agency;
             1164          (k) information provided to the Commissioner of Insurance under:
             1165          (i) Subsection 31A-23a-115 (2)(a);
             1166          (ii) Subsection 31A-23a-302 (3); or
             1167          (iii) Subsection 31A-26-210 (3);
             1168          (l) information obtained through a criminal background check under Title 11, Chapter
             1169      40, Criminal Background Checks by Political Subdivisions Operating Water Systems;
             1170          (m) information provided by an offender that is:
             1171          (i) required by the registration requirements of Section 77-27-21.5 ; and


             1172          (ii) not required to be made available to the public under Subsection 77-27-21.5 (27);
             1173          (n) a statement and any supporting documentation filed with the attorney general in
             1174      accordance with Section 34-45-107 , if the federal law or action supporting the filing involves
             1175      homeland security;
             1176          (o) electronic toll collection customer account information received or collected under
             1177      Section 72-6-118 , including contact and payment information and customer travel data[.];
             1178          (p) an email address provided by a military or overseas voter under Section
             1179      20A-16-501 ; [and]
             1180          (q) a completed military-overseas ballot that is electronically transmitted under Title
             1181      20A, Chapter 16, Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Act[.]; and
             1182          (r) records received by or generated by or for the Political Subdivisions Ethics Review
             1183      Commission established in Section 11-49-201 , except for:
             1184          (i) the commission's summary data report that is required in Section 11-49-202 ; and
             1185          (ii) any other document that is classified as public in accordance with Title 11, Chapter
             1186      49, Political Subdivisions Ethics Review Commission.
             1187          (2) The following records are private if properly classified by a governmental entity:
             1188          (a) records concerning a current or former employee of, or applicant for employment
             1189      with a governmental entity, including performance evaluations and personal status information
             1190      such as race, religion, or disabilities, but not including records that are public under Subsection
             1191      63G-2-301 (2)(b) or 63G-2-301 (3)(o), or private under Subsection (1)(b);
             1192          (b) records describing an individual's finances, except that the following are public:
             1193          (i) records described in Subsection 63G-2-301 (2);
             1194          (ii) information provided to the governmental entity for the purpose of complying with
             1195      a financial assurance requirement; or
             1196          (iii) records that must be disclosed in accordance with another statute;
             1197          (c) records of independent state agencies if the disclosure of those records would
             1198      conflict with the fiduciary obligations of the agency;
             1199          (d) other records containing data on individuals the disclosure of which constitutes a
             1200      clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy;
             1201          (e) records provided by the United States or by a government entity outside the state
             1202      that are given with the requirement that the records be managed as private records, if the


             1203      providing entity states in writing that the record would not be subject to public disclosure if
             1204      retained by it; and
             1205          (f) any portion of a record in the custody of the Division of Aging and Adult Services,
             1206      created in Section 62A-3-102 , that may disclose, or lead to the discovery of, the identity of a
             1207      person who made a report of alleged abuse, neglect, or exploitation of a vulnerable adult.
             1208          (3) (a) As used in this Subsection (3), "medical records" means medical reports,
             1209      records, statements, history, diagnosis, condition, treatment, and evaluation.
             1210          (b) Medical records in the possession of the University of Utah Hospital, its clinics,
             1211      doctors, or affiliated entities are not private records or controlled records under Section
             1212      63G-2-304 when the records are sought:
             1213          (i) in connection with any legal or administrative proceeding in which the patient's
             1214      physical, mental, or emotional condition is an element of any claim or defense; or
             1215          (ii) after a patient's death, in any legal or administrative proceeding in which any party
             1216      relies upon the condition as an element of the claim or defense.
             1217          (c) Medical records are subject to production in a legal or administrative proceeding
             1218      according to state or federal statutes or rules of procedure and evidence as if the medical
             1219      records were in the possession of a nongovernmental medical care provider.
             1220          Section 32. Section 67-16-3 is amended to read:
             1221           67-16-3. Definitions.
             1222          As used in this chapter:
             1223          (1) "Agency" means any department, division, agency, commission, board, council,
             1224      committee, authority, or any other institution of the state or any of its political subdivisions.
             1225          (2) "Agency head" means the chief executive or administrative officer of any agency.
             1226          (3) "Assist" means to act, or offer or agree to act, in such a way as to help, represent,
             1227      aid, advise, furnish information to, or otherwise provide assistance to a person or business
             1228      entity, believing that such action is of help, aid, advice, or assistance to such person or business
             1229      entity and with the intent to assist such person or business entity.
             1230          (4) "Business entity" means a sole proprietorship, partnership, association, joint
             1231      venture, corporation, firm, trust, foundation, or other organization or entity used in carrying on
             1232      a business.
             1233          (5) "Compensation" means anything of economic value, however designated, which is


             1234      paid, loaned, granted, given, donated, or transferred to any person or business entity by anyone
             1235      other than the governmental employer for or in consideration of personal services, materials,
             1236      property, or any other thing whatsoever.
             1237          (6) "Controlled, private, or protected information" means information classified as
             1238      controlled, private, or protected in Title 63G, Chapter 2, Government Records Access and
             1239      Management Act, or other applicable provision of law.
             1240          (7) "Governmental action" means any action on the part of the state, a political
             1241      subdivision, or an agency, including:
             1242          (a) any decision, determination, finding, ruling, or order; and
             1243          (b) any grant, payment, award, license, contract, subcontract, transaction, decision,
             1244      sanction, or approval, or the denial thereof, or the failure to act in respect to.
             1245          (8) "Improper disclosure" means disclosure of controlled, private, or protected
             1246      information to any person who does not have the right to receive the information.
             1247          (9) "Legislative employee" means any officer or employee of the Legislature, or any
             1248      committee of the Legislature, who is appointed or employed to serve, either with or without
             1249      compensation, for an aggregate of less than 800 hours during any period of 365 days.
             1250      "Legislative employee" does not include legislators.
             1251          (10) "Legislator" means a member or member-elect of either house of the Legislature
             1252      of the state of Utah.
             1253          (11) "Political subdivision" means a district, [county,] school district, or any other
             1254      political subdivision of the state that is not an agency, but does not include [municipalities] a
             1255      municipality or a county.
             1256          (12) "Public employee" means a person who is not a public officer who is employed on
             1257      a full-time, part-time, or contract basis by the state or any of its political subdivisions. "Public
             1258      employee" does not include legislators or legislative employees.
             1259          (13) "Public officer" means all elected or appointed officers of the state or any of its
             1260      political subdivisions who occupy policymaking posts. "Public officer" does not include
             1261      legislators or legislative employees.
             1262          (14) "State" means the state of Utah.
             1263          (15) "Substantial interest" means the ownership, either legally or equitably, by an
             1264      individual, the individual's spouse, or the individual's minor children, of at least 10% of the


             1265      outstanding capital stock of a corporation or a 10% interest in any other business entity.
             1266          Section 33. Section 67-16-4 is amended to read:
             1267           67-16-4. Improperly disclosing or using private, controlled, or protected
             1268      information -- Using position to secure privileges or exemptions -- Accepting employment
             1269      which would impair independence of judgment or ethical performance -- Exceptions.
             1270          (1) [Except as provided in Subsection (3), it] It is an offense for a public officer, public
             1271      employee, or legislator, under circumstances not amounting to a violation of Section
             1272      63G-6-1001 or 76-8-105 , to:
             1273          (a) accept employment or engage in any business or professional activity that he might
             1274      reasonably expect would require or induce him to improperly disclose controlled information
             1275      that he has gained by reason of his official position;
             1276          (b) disclose or improperly use controlled, private, or protected information acquired by
             1277      reason of his official position or in the course of official duties in order to further substantially
             1278      the officer's or employee's personal economic interest or to secure special privileges or
             1279      exemptions for himself or others;
             1280          (c) use or attempt to use his official position to:
             1281          (i) further substantially the officer's or employee's personal economic interest; or
             1282          (ii) secure special privileges or exemptions for himself or others;
             1283          (d) accept other employment that he might expect would impair his independence of
             1284      judgment in the performance of his public duties; or
             1285          (e) accept other employment that he might expect would interfere with the ethical
             1286      performance of his public duties.
             1287          (2) (a) Subsection (1) does not apply to the provision of education-related services to
             1288      public school students by public education employees acting outside their regular employment.
             1289          (b) The conduct referred to in Subsection (2)(a) is subject to Section 53A-1-402.5 .
             1290          [(3) A county legislative body member who does not participate in the process of
             1291      selecting a mental health or substance abuse service provider does not commit an offense under
             1292      Subsection (1)(a) or (b) by:]
             1293          [(a) serving also as a member of the governing board of the provider of mental health
             1294      or substance abuse services under contract with the county; or]
             1295          [(b) discharging, in good faith, the duties and responsibilities of each position.]


             1296          Section 34. Section 67-16-15 is enacted to read:
             1297          67-16-15. Complaint -- Political Subdivisions Ethics Review Commission.
             1298          A person may file a complaint for an alleged violation of this chapter by a political
             1299      subdivision officer or employee in accordance with Title 11, Chapter 49, Political Subdivisions
             1300      Ethics Review Commission.


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