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MINUTES OF THE SENATE BUSINESS & LABOR STANDING COMMITTEE

        
ROOM 215, SENATE BUILDING

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2012


Members Present:    Sen. John L. Valentine, Chair
        Sen. Curtis S. Bramble
        Sen. Gene Davis
        Sen. Karen Mayne
        Sen. Kevin T. Van Tassell
        Sen. Todd Weiler

Members Absent:     Sen. David Hinkins
        Sen. Stephen H. Urquhart

Staff Present:    Mr. Bryant R. Howe, Assistant Director
        Ms. Karen Allred, Committee Secretary
        
A list of visitors and a copy of handouts are filed with the committee minutes.

Chair Valentine called the meeting to order at 8:05 a.m.

Approval of Minutes

MOTION:    
Sen. Davis moved to approve minutes of the February 2, 2012, meeting.     The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Weiler absent for the vote.

S.B. 53    Recreational Therapy Practice Act Amendments (Sen. G. Davis)

Sen. Davis introduced and explained the bill.

MOTION: Sen. Davis moved to adopt the following amendments:


1.    Page 4, Lines 110 through 112 :    

             110          (vii) serving as a resource to help a person find recreation opportunities that will
             111      promote the person's physical, cognitive, social, behavioral, emotional,
{   and   }        or       spiritual health and

             112      well-being; and

2.    Page 6, Lines 152 through 159 :    

             152          (d) one member of the general public.
             153          (2) The
{   governor shall appoint members of the   } board        shall be appointed and serve       in accordance with Section


             154
     58-1-201 .
             155          [(2) The board shall consist of two master therapeutic recreational specialists, one
             156      therapeutic recreational specialist, one therapeutic recreational technician, and one member
             157      appointed from the general public.]
             158          (3) (a) The [board's duties, functions, and responsibilities] duties and responsibilities of
             159      the board shall [comply] be in accordance with Sections 58-1-202 [through] and 58-1-203 .

3.    Page 9, Line 248 through Page 10, Line 280 :    

             248     
Part 5. Unlawful and Unprofessional Conduct -- Penalties

             249          58-40-501. Unlawful conduct.
             250          "Unlawful conduct" includes:
             251          (1) providing, leading, facilitating, teaching, or offering to provide or teach recreational
             252      therapy services unless licensed under this chapter or exempted from licensure under Section
             253      58-1-307 or 58-40-305 ;
{   and   }

             254          (2) using the initials MTRS, TRS, or TRT, or other abbreviation, term, title, or sign
             255      relating to the practice of recreational therapy services unless licensed under this chapter
{   .   }        ; and

(3) employing or aiding and abetting the employment of an unqualified or unlicensed person to:
(a) practice as a recreational therapist; or
(b) provide recreational therapy services.  

             256          Section 12. Section 58-40-502 is enacted to read:
             257          58-40-502. Unprofessional conduct.
             258          "Unprofessional conduct" includes:
             259          
{   (1) employing or aiding and abetting the employment of an unqualified or unlicensed

             260      person to:
             261          (a) practice as a recreational therapist; or
             262          (b) provide recreational therapy services;  
}

             263          
{   (2)   }        (1)       failing to supervise a therapeutic recreation technician, a student



intern, or a

             264      temporarily licensed therapeutic recreation specialist when required to do so under this chapter
             265      or by rule;
             266          
{   (3)   }        (2)       failing to keep or maintain a recreational therapy treatment plan;

             267          
{   (4)   }        (3)       failing to safeguard a person's right to privacy as to the person's identity, condition,

             268      diagnosis, personal effects, or other matters about which the licensee is privileged to know
             269      from providing recreational therapy services;
             270          
{   (5)   }        (4)       failing to report to the division the unsafe, unethical, or illegal practice of a person

             271      who is providing recreational therapy services;
             272          
{   (6)   }        (5)       making sexual advances to a patient, requesting sexual intercourse or sexual favors

             273      from a patient, or engaging in other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature in the
             274      presence of a patient;
             275          
{   (7)   }        (6)       exploiting a patient or former patient for personal gain;

             276          
{   (8)   }        (7)       possessing or dispensing illegal or non-prescribed prescription drugs or

             277      medications;
             278          
{   (9)   }        (8)       using or being under the influence of alcohol or an illegal or non-prescribed

             279      prescription drug or medication while performing recreational therapy services; and
             280          
{   (10)   }        (9)       other actions as defined by division rule.


The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Weiler absent for the vote.

Sen. Davis further explained the bill and answered questions from the committee.

MOTION: Sen. Davis moved to proceed to the next item on the agenda. The motion passed         unanimously with Sen. Weiler absent for the vote.





S.B. 160    Construction Trades Licensing Amendments (Sen. P. Knudson)

Sen. Knudson introduced and explained the bill assisted by John Hill, Director, Rocky Mountain Gas Association. A handout was distributed. Mr. Hill answered questions from the committee and further explained the bill.

Spoke for the bill:        Dean Dyatt, Rocky Mountain Gas Association
                Clay Thornton, President, Rocky Mountain Gas Association
                Ryan Snow, President, Western Heating and Air Conditioning

Spoke against the bill:    Taz Beisinger, Executive Vice President, Utah Homebuilders                 Association

MOTION: Sen. Bramble moved to proceed to the next item on the agenda. The motion passed         unanimously.

H.B. 214    Professional Employer Organization Licensing Act Amendments (Rep. J. Dunnigan)

Rep. Dunnigan introduced and explained the bill.

Spoke to the bill:    Frank Pignanelli, National Association of Professional Employer             Organizations

MOTION: Sen. Bramble moved to transmit H.B. 214 with a favorable recommendation. The         motion passed unanimously.

MOTION: Sen.Weiler moved to place the bill on the Consent Calendar. The motion passed         unanimously.

Committee Chair Valentine welcomed students from the American Preparatory Academy. Student Jesus Robles introduced himself and identified the school.

S.B. 56    Homeowner Association Reserve Account Amendments (Sen. S. Urquhart)

Sen. Bramble introduced and explained the bill.

MOTION: Sen. Mayne moved to transmit S.B. 56 with a favorable recommendation. The         motion passed unanimously.


MOTION: Sen. Bramble moved to place H.B. 56 on the Consent Calendar. The motion         passed unanimously

MOTION:    
Sen. Davis moved to adjourn. The motion passed unanimously. Chair Valentine adjourned the meeting at 9:15 a.m.

    


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Sen. John Valentine, Committee Chair