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MINUTES OF THE
SENATE REVENUE AND TAXATION STANDING COMMITTEE MEETING
ROOM 250 STATE CAPITOL

February 21, 2012
8:00 a.m.

Members Present:    Sen. Curtis S. Bramble, Chair
    Sen. Stuart Adams
    Sen. Ben McAdams
    Sen. Ross I. Romero
    Sen. Howard A. Stephenson
    Sen. John L. Valentine
    
Members Excused:    Sen. Wayne L. Niederhauser

Staff Present:    Mr. Phillip V. Dean, Policy Analyst
    Ms. Kathy Helgesen, Committee Secretary
    
A list of visitors and a copy of handouts are filed with the Committee minutes.

Committee Chair Bramble called the meeting to order at 8:13 a.m.

Approval of Minutes

MOTION:    Sen. McAdams moved to approve minutes of the February 14 and February 16, 2012 meeting. The motion passed unanimously, with Sen. Adams and Sen. Romero absent for the vote.

S.B. 239    Severance Tax Revisions (Sen. C. Bramble)
was not heard.

S.B. 243    Repeal of Illegal Drug Stamp Tax Act (Sen. D. Thatcher)


Sen. Thatcher introduced and explained the bill.

MOTION:    Sen. McAdams moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed unanimously, with Sen. Adams and Sen. Romero absent for the vote.

MOTION:    With the bill sponsor's consent, Sen. Valentine moved to place the bill on the Consent Calendar. The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Adams and Sen. Romero absent for the vote.

S.B. 78    Water Conservancy District Amendments (Sen. J. Valentine)

Sen. Valentine introduced and explained the bill.

MOTION:    Sen. Valentine moved to replace S.B. 78 with 1st Sub. S.B. 78. The motion passed

unanimously, with Sen. Adams and Sen. Romero absent for the vote.


Spoke for the bill:    Professor B. D. Gardner        , BYU Professor Emeritus
        Allison Rowland, Voices for Utah Children

MOTION:    Sen. Valentine moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed unanimously, with Sen. Adams and Sen. Romero absent for the vote.

S.B. 211    Earned Income Tax Credit and Related Funding (Sen. B. McAdams)

Sen. McAdams introduced and explained the bill.

MOTION:    Sen. McAdams moved to replace S.B. 211 with 1st Sub. S.B. 211. The motion passed unanimously, with Sen. Adams and Sen. Romero absent for the vote.

Sen. Bramble relinquished the chair to Sen. Valentine.

Spoke for the bill:    Tracy Gruber, Analyst, Utah Voices for Children
        Kory Holdaway, Utah Education Association
                
Spoke against the bill:    Royce VanTassell, Vice President, Utah Taxpayers Association

MOTION:    Sen. Stephenson moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed unanimously, with Sen. Adams and Sen. Romero absent for the vote.

S.B. 177    Government Records Access and Management Act Amendments (Sen. C. Bramble)

MOTION:    Sen. Bramble moved to replace S.B. 177 with 1st Sub. S.B.177. The motion passed unanimously, with Sen. Adams and Sen. Romero absent for the vote.

Sen. Bramble introduced and explained the bill.

Spoke for the bill:    Jeff Hunt, Attorney, Utah Media Coalition
        Linda Petersen, UROG
        Lane Beattie, President, Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce

MOTION:    Sen. Adams moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed unanimously.

1st Sub. S.B. 180    Political Subdivision Ethics Amendments (Sen. C. Bramble)

Sen. Bramble introduced and explained the bill.



MOTION:    Sen. Bramble moved to replace 1st Sub. 180 with 2nd Sub. S.B. 180. The motion passed unanimously, with Sen. Romero absent for the vote.

    

Spoke to the bill:    Diane Christensen
        Lincoln Shurtz, Utah League of Cities and Towns
        Paul Sorensen, Cedar Hills Citizens for Responsible Government
        Jerry Dearinger, attorney, Cedar Hills Citizens for Responsible Government
        Ken Cromar, former City Council Member, Cedar Hills Citizens for Responsible Government

MOTION:    Sen. Adams moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed unanimously, Sen. McAdams and Sen. Stephenson absent for the vote.

MOTION:     Sen. Adams moved to adjourn the meeting. The motion passed unanimously, with Sen. McAdams and Sen. Stephenson absent for the vote.    

Chair Valentine adjourned the meeting at 9:56 a.m.



Minutes reported by Kathy Helgesen, Secretary.





        
         Sen. Curt S. Bramble, Committee Chair