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MINUTES OF THE
SENATE JUDICIARY, LAW ENFORCEMENT & CRIMINAL JUSTICE
STANDING COMMITTEE MEETING

ROOM 250, STATE CAPITOL

FEBRUARY 29, 2012

Members Present:        Sen. Mark B. Madsen, Committee Chair
                Sen. Ben McAdams
                Sen. Ross I. Romero
                Sen. Steve H. Urquhart
                Pres. Michael G. Waddoups
                Sen. Todd Weiler

Members Excused:        Sen. Lyle W. Hillyard
    
Staff Present:            Nathan Brady, Policy Analyst
                Karen C. Allred, Committee Secretary
    
A list of visitors and a copy of handouts are filed with the committee minutes.

Chair Madsen called the meeting to order at 4:31 p.m.

MOTION:    Pres. Waddoups moved to approve the minutes of the February 28, 2012 meeting. The motion passed unanimously with Sen. McAdams, Sen. Urquahrt and Sen. Weiler absent for the vote.
    
S.B. 119    Alcoholic Beverage Control Act Sampling Amendments (Sen. R. Romero)
    

MOTION:    Sen. Romero moved to replace S.B. 119 with 1st Sub. S.B. 119. The motion passed unanimously with Sen. McAdams, Sen. Urquhart and Sen. Weiler absent for the vote.

MOTION:    Sen. Romero moved to amend 1st Sub. S.B. 119 as follows:

1.    Page 20, Lines 603 through 608 :    

             603          (116) "Trade show" means a private event that is:
             604          (a) hosted by one or more industry representatives for the purpose of sampling and
             605      analyzing retail licensee samples of liquor furnished by the industry representatives in
             606      accordance with Subsection 32B-4-705 (7);
             607          (b) attended by the department and retail licensees;
{   and   }

             608          (c) overseen by the department
{   .   }        ;

(d) held in a convention center, hotel, or similar facility approved by the department;
(e) attended by at least 15 individuals; and
(f) hosted by an industry representative described in Subsection (116)(a) no more

frequently than four times during a calendar year.  



2.    Page 24, Line 737 through Page 25, Line 743 :    

             737          (d) (i) A retail licensee sample of liquor may not exceed one liter.
             738          (ii) Notwithstanding Subsection (7)(d)(i), a retail licensee sample of the following may
             739      not exceed
{   1.5 liters   }        one liter       unless that exact product is only commercially packaged in a larger size,

             740      not to exceed 5 liters:
             741          (A) wine;
             742          (B) heavy beer; or
             743          (C) a flavored malt beverage.

3.    Page 25, Lines 744 through 753 :    

             744          (e) (i) The sampling and analysis of a retail licensee sample by a retail licensee under
             745      this Subsection (7) may only occur at:
             746          (A) a state store
  , notwithstanding Subsection 32B-2-503(7)(b)       ;

             747          (B) a package agency
  , notwithstanding Subsection 32B-2-605(15)(b)       ; or

             748          (C) a trade show.
(ii) For a tasting and analysis held at a trade show, the department shall assess the one or more industry representatives hosting the trade show the actual cost of the department attending and overseeing the trade show and the industry representatives shall pay the cost assessed as a condition to conducting the tasting and analysis.
             749          
{   (ii)   }        (iii)       An industry representative      {   described in Subsection (7)(e)(i)   } may participate in the

             750      tasting and analysis of a retail licensee sample.
             751          
{   (iii)   }        (iv)       Only an owner, manager, or other individual who purchases an alcoholic product

             752      for a retail licensee may on behalf of the retail licensee taste and analyze one or more retail
             753      licensee samples.

        The motion passed unanimously with Sen. McAdams, Sen. Urquhart, and Sen. Weiler absent for the vote.


Sen. Romero introduced and explained the bill.

Spoke for the bill:    Michael Szczesny, Territory Manager, Young's Market
            Jason Flower, Director of Operations, Watkins Restaurant Group
                
MOTION:    Sen. Romero moved to pass 1st Sub. S.B. 119 out favorably. The motion passed unanimously.            

S.B. 182    Expungement of Drug Offenses (Sen. H. Stephenson)

Sen. H. Stephenson introduced and explained the bill.

MOTION:    Pres. Waddoups moved to replace S.B. 182 with 1st Sub. S.B. 182. The motion passed unanimously.

MOTION:     Sen. McAdams moved to pass 1st Sub. S.B. 182 out favorably. The motion passed unanimously.

S.B. 288    Disaster Recovery Service Lien Act (Sen. S. Urquhart)

Sen. Urquhart introduced and explained the bill.

MOTION:    Sen. Urquhart moved to replace S.B. 288 with 1st Sub. S.B. 288. The motion passed unanimously.

MOTION:     Sen. McAdams moved to go to the next item on the agenda. The motion passed with Sen. Urquhart voting in opposition.

H.B. 326    Serious Youth Offender Amendments (Rep. P. Ray)

Rep. Ray introduced and explained the bill.

Spoke for the bill:    Paul Boyden, Executive Director, Statewide Association of Prosecutors

MOTION:    Sen. McAdams moved to pass H.B. 326 out favorably. The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Romero and Sen. Urquhart absent for the vote.

MOTION:    Sen. McAdams moved to place H.B. 326 on the Consent Calendar. The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Romero and Sen. Urquhart absent for the vote.

1st Sub. H.B. 49    Firearms Revisions (Rep. P. Ray)

This bill was not heard.


H.B. 239    Pawnshop Record Amendments (Rep. R. Greenwood)

Rep. Greenwood introduced and explained the bill.

Sen. Madsen relinquished the Chair to Sen. Weiler

MOTION:    Pres. Waddoups moved to pass H.B. 239 out favorably. The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Romero absent for the vote.

MOTION:    Sen. McAdams moved to place H.B. 239 on the Consent Calendar. The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Romero absent for the vote.

1st Sub. H.B. 159    Unlawful Detention Amendments (Rep. R. Wilcox)

Rep. Wilcox introduced and explained the bill.

Spoke for the bill:    Rod Layton, Director, Weber-Morgan Children's Justice Center Web

MOTION:    Pres. Waddoups moved to pass 1st Sub. H.B. 159 out favorably. The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Madsen and Sen. Romero absent for the vote.

H.B. 182    Signage Honoring Fallen Highway Patrol Officers (Rep. B. Wilson)

Rep. Wilson introduced and explained the bill.

MOTION:    Pres. Waddoups moved to pass H.B. 182 out favorably. The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Madsen, Sen. Romero and Sen. Urquhart absent for the vote.

1st Sub. H.B. 257    Controlled Substance Database Amendments (Rep. B. Daw)

Rep. Daw introduced and explained the bill.

MOTION:    Sen. Romero moved to pass 1st Sub. H.B. 257 out favorably. The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Urquhart and Pres. Waddoups absent for the vote.

1st Sub. H.B. 107    Joint Custody Modifications (Rep. G. Froerer)

MOTION:    Sen. McAdams moved to amend 1st Sub. H.B. 107 as follows:

1.    Page 3, Lines 75 through 76
    House Committee Amendments
    2-15-2012 :
    

             75          (3) If the court finds that one parent does not desire custody of the child,
{   [the court] or


             76
     has attempted to permanently relinquish custody to a third party, it   }
  the court       shall take that evidence into

Spoke for the amendment:    Jackie de Gaston, Lawyer

    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Urquhart and Pres. Waddoups absent for the vote.

Rep. Froerer introduced and explained the bill.

Spoke for the bill:    Shukri Beseiso, Information Technology Leader
        Jared Parkinson, Citizen
        Todd Rupper, Father
        Justin Traver, Father
        Najuer Beric, Grandmother
        Starley Rupper, Citizen
        Shawn Barrett, Father
        Belki Toleman, Grandmother
        C. Milton Neeley, Citizen
Spoke against the bill:    Delane England, Vice President of Operations, Eagle Forum
        Jackie de Gaston, Attorney
        Stewart Ralphs, Executive Director, Legal Aid Society
Spoke to the bill:    Cherie Rawling, Citizen
    
MOTION:    Sen. Madsen move to pass H.B.107 out favorably. The motion passed with Sen. Romero voting in opposition and Sen. Urquhart and Pres. Waddoups absent for the vote.

Sen. Weiler relinquished the Chair to Sen. Madsen

H.B. 116    Probate Code Amendments (Rep. V. L. Snow)

Rep. Snow introduced and explained the bill.

MOTION:    Sen. Weiler moved to amend H.B. 116 as follows:

1.    Page 6, Lines 155 through 162 :    

             155          (3) The legal representation of the incapacitated person by an attorney shall terminate
             156      upon the appointment of a guardian, unless:
             157          (a) there are separate conservatorship proceedings pending before the court;
             158          (b) the appointed guardian elects at the time to maintain the attorney's representation of


             159      the incapacitated person;
             160          (c) there is a timely filed appeal of the appointment of the guardian or the
             161      determination of incapacity; or
             162          (d)
  upon an express finding of good cause,       the court orders otherwise.


2.    Page 8, Lines 216 through 223 :    

             216          (3) The legal representation of the protected person by an attorney shall terminate upon
             217      the appointment of a conservator, unless:
             218          (a) there are separate guardianship proceedings pending before the court;
             219          (b) the appointed conservator elects at the time to maintain the attorney's representation
             220      of the protected person;
             221          (c) there is a timely filed appeal of the appointment of the conservator or the
             222      determination of the incapacity; or
             223          (d)
  upon an express finding of good cause,       the court orders otherwise.


    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. McAdams, Sen. Urquhart and Pres. Waddoups absent for the vote.

Spoke for the bill:    Michael Jensen, Attorney and Chair of the Legislative Committee for Estate Planning, Utah Bar
Spoke to the bill:    Scott Hansen, Lewis Hansen Waldo Pleshe Flanders LLC

MOTION:    Sen. Weiler moved to pass H.B. 116 out favorably. The motion passed unanimously with Sen. McAdams, Sen. Urquhart and Pres. Waddoups absent for the vote.

H.B. 99    Background Check Fee Exemption for Firearm Purchase (Rep. B. Galvez)

Rep. Galvez introduced and explained the bill.

MOTION:    Sen. Weiler moved to amend H.B. 99 as follows:

1.    Page 1, Lines 13 through 16 :    

             13          This bill:
             14          .    allows a law enforcement officer currently employed and in good standing to
             15      purchase a firearm without paying the requisite background check fee as long as the
             16      dealer verifies the officer's employment and standing with the employing agency
  ; and

    . requires a dealer who provides a firearm to a law enforcement officer to use the NCIS system to run the background check  
.



2.    Page 4, Lines 105 through 108
    House Committee Amendments
    2-6-2012 :
    

             105          (14)
  (a)       A law enforcement officer, as defined in Section 53-13-103 , is exempt from the

             106      background check fee required in this section for the purchase of a firearm if H. [the dealer verifies
             107      with the employing agency that
] .H the law enforcement officer H. verifies current
             107a      employment by providing a letter of good standing from the officer's commanding officer and
             107b      current law enforcement photo identification. [is currently employed and in good
             108      standing as of the date of purchase.
] .H
    
  (b) A dealer who provides a firearm to a law enforcement officer under this Subsection shall use the National Instant Criminal Background Check System to run the background check required by the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, Pub. L. No. 103-159, 107 Stat. 1536 (1993).      


    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. McAdams, Sen. Urquhart and Pres. Waddoups absent for the vote.

MOTION:    Sen. Weiler moved to amend H.B. 99 as follows:

1.    Page 4, Lines 105 through 108
    House Committee Amendments
    2-6-2012 :
    

             105          (14) A law enforcement officer, as defined in Section 53-13-103 , is exempt from the
             106      background check fee required in this section for the purchase of a
  personal       firearm        to be carried while off-duty       if H. [the dealer verifies

             107      with the employing agency that
] .H the law enforcement officer H. verifies current
             107a      employment by providing a letter of good standing from the officer's commanding officer and
             107b      current law enforcement photo identification. [is currently employed and in good
             108      standing as of the date of purchase.
] .H
  This Section may only be used by a law enforcement officer to purchase a personal firearm once in a 24-month period.      


    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. McAdams, Sen. Urquhart and Pres. Waddoups absent for the vote.


MOTION:    Sen. Weiler moved to pass H.B. 99 out favorably. The motion passed with Sen. McAdams, Sen. Urquhart and Pres. Waddoups absent for the vote.

H.B. 416    Guardian Ad Litem Office References (Rep. V. L. Snow)


Rep. Snow introduced and explained the bill.

MOTION:    Sen. Weiler moved to pass H.B. 416 out favorably. The motion passed with Sen. McAdams, Sen. Urquhart and Pres. Waddoups absent for the vote.

MOTION:    Sen. Weiler moved to place H.B. 416 on the Consent Calendar. The motion passed with Sen. McAdams, Sen. Urquhart and Pres. Waddoups absent for the vote.

MOTION:    Sen. Weiler moved to adjourn the meeting. The motion passed unanimously, with Sen. McAdams, Sen. Urquhart and Pres. Waddoups absent for the vote.

Chair Madsen adjourned the meeting at 6:17 p.m.     
Minutes reported by Karen C. Allred, Secretary.



Sen. Mark B. Madsen, Committee Chair