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H.B. 147 Enrolled
7 Jacob L. Anderegg
8 Stewart Barlow
9 Kay J. Christofferson
10 Keith Grover
11 Stephen G. HandyGregory H. Hughes
Eric K. Hutchings
Dana L. Layton
John G. Mathis
Ronda Rudd Menlove
Jim NielsonMichael E. Noel
Dixon M. Pitcher
Douglas V. Sagers
V. Lowry Snow 12
13 LONG TITLE
14 General Description:
15 This bill modifies the Utah Human Services Code to create the Utah Marriage
17 Highlighted Provisions:
18 This bill:
19 . creates the Utah Marriage Commission within the Department of Human Services;
21 . establishes the duties of the commission.
22 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
24 Other Special Clauses:
26 Utah Code Sections Affected:
28 62A-1-120, Utah Code Annotated 1953
30 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
31 Section 1. Section 62A-1-120 is enacted to read:
32 62A-1-120. Utah Marriage Commission.
33 (1) As used in this section, "commission" means the Utah Marriage Commission
34 created by this section.
35 (2) There is created within the department the "Utah Marriage Commission."
36 (3) The commission shall consist of 17 members appointed as follows:
37 (a) two members of the Senate appointed by the president of the Senate;
38 (b) two members of the House of Representatives appointed by the speaker of the
39 House of Representatives;
40 (c) six current or former representatives from marriage and family studies departments,
41 social or behavioral sciences departments, health sciences departments, colleges of law, or
42 other related and supporting departments at institutions of higher education in this state, as
43 shall be appointed by the governor;
44 (d) five representatives selected and appointed by the governor from among the
45 following groups:
46 (i) social workers who are or have been licensed under Title 58, Chapter 60, Part 2,
47 Social Worker Licensing Act;
48 (ii) psychologists who are or have been licensed under Title 58, Chapter 61,
49 Psychologist Licensing Act;
50 (iii) physicians who are or have been board certified in psychiatry and are or have been
51 licensed under Title 58, Chapter 67, Utah Medical Practice Act;
52 (iv) marriage and family therapists who are or have been licensed under Title 58,
53 Chapter 60, Part 3, Marriage and Family Therapist Licensing Act;
54 (v) representatives of faith communities;
55 (vi) public health professionals;
56 (vii) representatives of domestic violence prevention organizations; or
57 (viii) legal professionals; and
58 (e) two representatives of the general public appointed by the members of the
59 commission appointed under Subsections (3)(a) through (d).
60 (4) (a) A member appointed under Subsections (3)(c) through (e) shall serve for a term
61 of four years. A member may be appointed for subsequent terms.
62 (b) Notwithstanding Subsection (4)(a), the governor shall, at the time of appointment
63 or reappointment, adjust the length of terms to ensure that the terms of commission members
64 are staggered so that approximately half of the commission is appointed every two years.
65 (c) A commission member shall serve until a replacement is appointed and qualified.
66 (d) When a vacancy occurs in the membership for any reason, the replacement shall be
67 appointed for the unexpired term in the same manner as the original appointment.
68 (5) (a) The commission shall annually elect a chair from its membership.
69 (b) The commission shall hold meetings as needed to carry out its duties. A meeting
70 may be held on the call of the chair or a majority of the commission members.
71 (c) Nine commission members constitute a quorum and, if a quorum exists, the action
72 of a majority of commission members present constitutes the action of the commission.
73 (6) A commission member may not receive compensation or benefits for the
74 commission member's service, but may receive per diem and travel expenses in accordance
76 (a) Section 63A-3-106 ;
77 (b) Section 63A-3-107 ; and
78 (c) rules made by the Division of Finance pursuant to Sections 63A-3-106 and
79 63A-3-107 .
80 (7) The department shall staff the commission.
81 (8) The commission shall:
82 (a) promote coalitions and collaborative efforts to uphold and encourage a strong and
83 healthy culture of strong and lasting marriages and stable families;
84 (b) contribute to greater awareness of the importance of marriage and leading to
85 reduced divorce and unwed parenthood in the state;
86 (c) promote public policies that support marriage;
87 (d) promote programs and activities that educate individuals and couples on how to
88 achieve strong, successful, and lasting marriages, including promoting and assisting in the
89 offering of:
90 (i) events;
91 (ii) classes and services, including those designed to promote strong, healthy, and
92 lasting marriages and prevent domestic violence;
93 (iii) marriage and relationship education conferences for the public and professionals;
95 (iv) enrichment seminars;
96 (e) actively promote measures designed to maintain and strengthen marriage, family,
97 and the relationships between husband and wife and parents and children; and
98 (f) support volunteerism and private financial contributions and grants in partnership
99 with the commission and in support of the commission's purposes and activities for the benefit
100 of the state as provided in this section.
101 (9) Funding for the commission shall be as approved by the Legislature through annual
102 appropriations and the added funding sought by the commission from private contributions and
103 grants that support the duties of the commission described in Subsection (8).
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