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UTAH INDUSTRIAL FACILITIES AND DEVELOPMENT

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ACT AMENDMENTS

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2013 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Derek E. Brown

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Senate Sponsor: Kevin T. Van Tassell

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             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill modifies the Utah Industrial Facilities and Development Act by adding energy
             11      related upgrades to qualified projects for economic growth.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    defines terms;
             15          .    provides that an energy efficiency upgrade project and renewable energy system
             16      project are included as projects under the Utah Industrial Facilities and
             17      Development Act;
             18          .    allows bond proceeds to be used to pay for or to reimburse a user as well as a lender
             19      for the costs of a project; and
             20          .    makes technical changes.
             21      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             22          None
             23      Other Special Clauses:
             24          None
             25      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             26      AMENDS:
             27          11-17-2, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 378
             28          11-17-3, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 360
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             30      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             31          Section 1. Section 11-17-2 is amended to read:
             32           11-17-2. Definitions.
             33          As used in this chapter:
             34          (1) "Bonds" means bonds, notes, or other evidences of indebtedness.
             35          (2) "Energy efficiency upgrade" means an improvement that is permanently affixed to
             36      real property and that is designed to reduce energy consumption, including:
             37          (a) insulation in:
             38          (i) a wall, ceiling, roof, floor, or foundation; or
             39          (ii) a heating or cooling distribution system;
             40          (b) an insulated window or door, including:
             41          (i) a storm window or door;
             42          (ii) a multiglazed window or door;
             43          (iii) a heat-absorbing window or door;
             44          (iv) a heat-reflective glazed and coated window or door;
             45          (v) additional window or door glazing;
             46          (vi) a window or door with reduced glass area; or
             47          (vii) other window or door modifications that reduce energy loss;
             48          (c) an automatic energy control system;
             49          (d) in a building or a central plant, a heating, ventilation, or air conditioning and
             50      distribution system;
             51          (e) caulking or weatherstripping;
             52          (f) a light fixture that does not increase the overall illumination of a building unless an
             53      increase is necessary to conform with the applicable building code;
             54          (g) an energy recovery system;
             55          (h) a daylighting system;
             56          (i) measures to reduce the consumption of water, through conservation or more
             57      efficient use of water, including:


             58          (i) installation of a low-flow toilet or showerhead;
             59          (ii) installation of a timer or timing system for a hot water heater; or
             60          (iii) installation of a rain catchment system; or
             61          (j) any other modified, installed, or remodeled fixture that is approved as a utility
             62      cost-savings measure by the governing body.
             63          [(2)] (3) "Finance" or "financing" includes the issuing of bonds by a municipality,
             64      county, or state university for the purpose of using a portion, or all or substantially all of the
             65      proceeds to pay for or to reimburse the user [or its], lender, or the user or lender's designee for
             66      the costs of the acquisition of facilities of a project, or to create funds for the project itself
             67      where appropriate, whether these costs are incurred by the municipality, the county, the state
             68      university, the user, or a designee of the user. If title to or in these facilities at all times remains
             69      in the user, the bonds of the municipality or county shall be secured by a pledge of one or more
             70      notes, debentures, bonds, other secured or unsecured debt obligations of the user or lender, or
             71      [such] the sinking fund or other arrangement as in the judgment of the governing body is
             72      appropriate for the purpose of assuring repayment of the bond obligations to investors in
             73      accordance with their terms.
             74          [(3)] (4) "Governing body" means:
             75          (a) for a county, city, or town, the legislative body of the county, city, or town;
             76          (b) for the military installation development authority created in Section 63H-1-201 ,
             77      the authority board, as defined in Section 63H-1-102 ;
             78          (c) for [the University of Utah and Utah State University] a state university except as
             79      provided in Subsection (4)(d), the board or body having the control and supervision of the
             80      [University of Utah and Utah State University] state university; and
             81          (d) for a nonprofit corporation or foundation created by and operating under the
             82      auspices of a state university, the board of directors or board of trustees of that corporation or
             83      foundation.
             84          [(4)] (5) (a) "Industrial park" means land, including all necessary rights, appurtenances,
             85      easements, and franchises relating to it, acquired and developed by [any] a municipality,


             86      county, or state university for the establishment and location of a series of sites for plants and
             87      other buildings for industrial, distribution, and wholesale use. [There may be included as part
             88      of]
             89          (b) "Industrial park" includes the development of the land for [any] an industrial park
             90      under this chapter or the acquisition and provision of water, sewerage, drainage, street, road,
             91      sidewalk, curb, gutter, street lighting, electrical distribution, railroad, or docking facilities, or
             92      any combination of them, but only to the extent that these facilities are incidental to the use of
             93      the land as an industrial park.
             94          (6) "Lender" means a trust company, savings bank, savings and loan association, bank,
             95      credit union, or any other lending institution that lends, loans, or leases proceeds of a financing
             96      to the user or a user's designee.
             97          [(5)] (7) "Mortgage" means a mortgage, trust deed, or other security device.
             98          [(6)] (8) "Municipality" means any incorporated city or town in the state, including
             99      cities or towns operating under home rule charters.
             100          [(7)] (9) "Pollution" means any form of environmental pollution including water
             101      pollution, air pollution, pollution caused by solid waste disposal, thermal pollution, radiation
             102      contamination, or noise pollution.
             103          [(8)] (10) (a) "Project" means:
             104          [(a)] (i) [any] an industrial park, land, interest in land, building, structure, facility,
             105      system, fixture, improvement, appurtenance, machinery, equipment, or any combination of
             106      them, whether or not in existence or under construction:
             107          [(i)] (A) that is suitable for industrial, manufacturing, warehousing, research, business,
             108      and professional office building facilities, commercial, shopping services, food, lodging, low
             109      income rental housing, recreational, or any other business purposes;
             110          [(ii)] (B) that is suitable to provide services to the general public;
             111          [(iii)] (C) that is suitable for use by any corporation, person, or entity engaged in health
             112      care services, including hospitals, nursing homes, extended care facilities, facilities for the care
             113      of persons with a physical or mental disability, and administrative and support facilities; or


             114          [(iv)] (D) that is suitable for use by a state university for the purpose of aiding in the
             115      accomplishment of its authorized academic, scientific, engineering, technical, and economic
             116      development functions[, but "project" does not include any property, real, personal, or mixed,
             117      for the purpose of the construction, reconstruction, improvement, or maintenance of a public
             118      utility as defined in Section 54-2-1 , and except as provided in Subsection (8)(b)];
             119          [(b)] (ii) any land, interest in land, building, structure, facility, system, fixture,
             120      improvement, appurtenance, machinery, equipment, or any combination of them, used by any
             121      individual, partnership, firm, company, corporation, public utility, association, trust, estate,
             122      political subdivision, state agency, or any other legal entity, or its legal representative, agent, or
             123      assigns, for the reduction, abatement, or prevention of pollution, including the removal or
             124      treatment of any substance in process material, if that material would cause pollution if used
             125      without the removal or treatment;
             126          (iii) an energy efficiency upgrade;
             127          (iv) a renewable energy system;
             128          [(c)] (v) facilities, machinery, or equipment, the manufacturing and financing of which
             129      will maintain or enlarge domestic or foreign markets for Utah industrial products; or
             130          [(d)] (vi) any economic development or new venture investment fund to be raised other
             131      than from:
             132          [(i)] (A) municipal or county general fund money;
             133          [(ii)] (B) money raised under the taxing power of any county or municipality; or
             134          [(iii)] (C) money raised against the general credit of any county or municipality.
             135          (b) "Project" does not include any property, real, personal, or mixed, for the purpose of
             136      the construction, reconstruction, improvement, or maintenance of a public utility as defined in
             137      Section 54-2-1 .
             138          (11) "Renewable energy system" means a product, system, device, or interacting group
             139      of devices that is permanently affixed to real property and that produces energy from renewable
             140      resources, including:
             141          (a) a photovoltaic system;


             142          (b) a solar thermal system;
             143          (c) a wind system;
             144          (d) a geothermal system, including:
             145          (i) a direct-use system; or
             146          (ii) a ground source heat pump system;
             147          (e) a micro-hydro system; or
             148          (f) another renewable energy system approved by the governing body.
             149          [(9)] (12) "State university" means [the University of Utah and Utah State University]
             150      an institution of higher education as described in Section 53B-2-101 and includes any nonprofit
             151      corporation or foundation created by and operating under their authority.
             152          [(10)] (13) "User" means the person, whether natural or corporate, who will occupy,
             153      operate, maintain, and employ the facilities of, or manage and administer a project after the
             154      financing, acquisition, or construction of it, whether as owner, manager, purchaser, lessee, or
             155      otherwise.
             156          Section 2. Section 11-17-3 is amended to read:
             157           11-17-3. Powers of municipalities, counties, and state universities.
             158          (1) [Each] A municipality, county, and state university may:
             159          (a) finance or acquire, whether by construction, purchase, devise, gift, exchange, or
             160      lease, or any one or more of those methods, and construct, reconstruct, improve, maintain,
             161      equip, and furnish or fund one or more projects, [which shall be located] within this state, and
             162      which shall be located within, or partially within, the municipality or county or within the
             163      county within which a state university is located, unless an agreement under [the] Title 11,
             164      Chapter 13, Interlocal Cooperation Act, has been entered into as authorized by Subsection (5),
             165      except that if a governing body finds, by resolution, that the effects of international trade
             166      practices have been or will be adverse to Utah manufacturers of industrial products and,
             167      therefore, it is desirable to finance a project in order to maintain or enlarge domestic or foreign
             168      markets for Utah industrial products, a project may consist of the financing on behalf of a user
             169      of the costs of acquiring industrial products manufactured in, and which are to be exported


             170      from, the state;
             171          (b) finance for, sell, lease, contract the management of, or otherwise dispose of to, any
             172      person, firm, partnership, or corporation, either public or private, including without limitation
             173      any person, firm, partnership, or corporation engaged in business for a profit, any or all of its
             174      projects upon the terms and conditions as the governing body considers advisable and which do
             175      not conflict with this chapter;
             176          (c) issue revenue bonds for the purpose of defraying the cost of financing, acquiring,
             177      constructing, reconstructing, improving, maintaining, equipping, furnishing, or funding any
             178      project and secure the payment of the bonds as provided in this chapter, which revenue bonds
             179      may be issued in one or more series or issues where considered advisable, and each series or
             180      issue may contain different maturity dates, interest rates, priorities on securities available for
             181      guaranteeing payment of them, and other differing terms and conditions considered necessary
             182      and not in conflict with this chapter;
             183          (d) (i) grant options to renew any lease with respect to any project and to buy any
             184      project at a price the governing body considers desirable; and
             185          (ii) sell and convey any real or personal property acquired under Subsection (1)(a) at
             186      public or private sale, and make an order respecting the sale considered conducive to the best
             187      interests of the municipality, county, or state university, the sale or conveyance to be subject to
             188      the terms of any lease but to be free and clear of any other encumbrance;
             189          (e) establish, acquire, develop, maintain, and operate industrial parks; and
             190          (f) offer to the holders of its bonds issued [pursuant to] under this chapter the right,
             191      where its governing body considers it appropriate, to convert the bonds or some portion of the
             192      bond obligation into an equity position in some or all of the assets developed with the proceeds
             193      of the bond offering.
             194          (2) (a) An economic development or new venture investment fund [shall be] is
             195      considered to be located in the municipality or county where its headquarters is located or
             196      where any office of it is located, [as long as] if it is headquartered within the state. [It]
             197          (b) An economic development or new venture investment fund need not make all of its


             198      investments within the state or [such] the county or municipality, [so long as it] if it:
             199          (i) locates within the state, [or such] the county, or the municipality its headquarters
             200      where its actual investment decisions and management functions occur [and agrees to, and
             201      does, limit]; and
             202          (ii) limits the aggregate amount of its investments in companies located outside the
             203      state to an amount which in the aggregate does not exceed the aggregate amount of investments
             204      made by institutions and funds located outside the state in companies headquartered in Utah
             205      which the locally managed fund has sponsored or in which it has invested and which it has
             206      brought to the attention of investors outside the state.
             207          (c) (i) For purposes of enabling an offering of bonds to fund [such] a fund described in
             208      this Subsection (2), a certification of an executive managerial officer of the manager of [said]
             209      the fund of the intention to comply with this provision may be relied upon. [Each]
             210          (ii) A fund shall at least annually certify to the governmental offeror of [such] the
             211      bonds its compliance with this provision.
             212          (3) (a) Before any municipality, county, or state university issues revenue bonds under
             213      this chapter for the purpose of defraying the cost of acquiring, constructing, reconstructing,
             214      improving, maintaining, equipping, or furnishing any industrial park project, the governing
             215      body of the state university, county, or municipality shall:
             216          (i) adopt and establish a plan of development for the tracts of land to constitute the
             217      industrial park [and shall,]; and
             218          (ii) by resolution, find:
             219          (A) that the project for the establishment of the industrial park is well conceived and
             220      has a reasonable prospect of success, and that the project will tend to provide proper economic
             221      development of the municipality or county and will encourage industry to locate within or near
             222      the municipality or county; or[,]
             223          (B) in the case of state universities, will further, through industrial research and
             224      development, the instructional progress of the state university.
             225          (b) There may be included as a part of any plan of development for any industrial park:


             226          (i) zoning regulations, including:
             227          (A) restrictions on usage of sites within the boundaries of the industrial park[,];
             228          (B) minimum size of sites[,]; and
             229          (C) parking and loading regulations[,]; and
             230          (ii) methods for the providing and furnishing of police and fire protection and for the
             231      furnishing of other municipal or county services which are considered necessary in order to
             232      provide for the maintenance of the public health and safety.
             233          (c) If any water or sewerage facilities are to be acquired as part of the development of
             234      the land for an industrial park under this chapter, water and sewerage facilities may be acquired
             235      as part of the issue of bonds issued under this chapter, through the issuance of bonds payable
             236      from water and sewer charges [in the manner as is now or as may hereafter be] as provided by
             237      law, in combination with an issue of refunding bonds, in combination with an issue of bonds
             238      upon the consent of the holders of outstanding bonds issued for the same purpose, in
             239      combination with bonds issued for the purposes of financing water and sewer facilities which
             240      will not be a part of an industrial park, or in any combination of the foregoing. [Any]
             241          (d) (i) A municipality, county, or state university establishing an industrial park may
             242      lease any land acquired and developed as part of an industrial park to one or more lessees.
             243          (ii) The lessee may sublease all or a portion of the land so leased from the municipality
             244      or county. [Municipalities, counties, and state universities]
             245          (iii) A municipality, county, or state university may sell or lease land in connection
             246      with the establishment, acquisition, development, maintenance, and operation of an industrial
             247      park project. [Any such]
             248          (iv) A lease or sale of land shall be undertaken only after the adoption by the governing
             249      body of a resolution authorizing the lease or sale of the land for industrial park purposes.
             250          (4) (a) (i) [No] A municipality, county, or state university may not:
             251          (A) operate any project [referred to in] under this section, as a business or in any other
             252      manner, except as the lessor or administrator of it[, nor may it]; or
             253          (B) acquire any [such] project, or any part of it, by condemnation. [This prohibition


             254      does]
             255          (ii) The provisions of Subsection (4)(a)(i) do not apply to projects involving research
             256      conducted, administered, or managed by a state university.
             257          (b) [No] Except for a project described in Subsection 11-17-2 (10)(a)(ii) or (vi), a
             258      municipality, county, or state university may not, under this chapter, acquire or lease projects,
             259      or issue revenue bonds for the purpose of defraying the cost of any project or part of it, used for
             260      the generation, transmission, or distribution of electric energy beyond the project site, or the
             261      production, transmission, or distribution of natural gas[, except for any project defined in
             262      Subsection 11-17-2 (8)(b) or (d)].
             263          (5) (a) [Each] A municipality, county, [and] or state university may enter, either before
             264      or after the bonds have been issued, into interlocal agreements under Title 11, Chapter 13,
             265      Interlocal Cooperation Act, with one or more municipalities, counties, state universities, or
             266      special service districts created [pursuant to] under Title 17D, Chapter 1, Special Service
             267      District Act, in order to accomplish economies of scale or other cost savings and any other
             268      additional purposes to be specified in the interlocal agreement, for the issuance of bonds under
             269      this chapter on behalf of all of the signatories to the interlocal agreement by one of the
             270      municipalities, counties, or state universities which is a signatory to the interlocal agreement
             271      for the financing or acquisition of projects qualifying as a project [under Subsection
             272      11-17-2 (8)].
             273          (b) For all purposes of Section 11-13-207 the signatory to the interlocal agreement
             274      designated as the issuer of the bonds constitutes the administrator of the interlocal agreement.
             275          (6) [Subsection (4) to the contrary notwithstanding] Notwithstanding the provisions of
             276      Subsection (4), the governing body of any state university owning or desiring to own facilities
             277      or administer projects [described in Subsection 11-17-2 (8)] may:
             278          (a) become a signatory to the interlocal agreement [provided for in] under Subsection
             279      (5);
             280          (b) enter into a separate security agreement with the issuer of the bonds, as provided in
             281      Section 11-17-5 for the financing or acquisition of a project [under Subsection 11-17-2 (8)] to


             282      be owned by the state university;
             283          (c) enter into agreements to secure the obligations of the state university under a
             284      security agreement entered into under Subsection (6)(b), or to provide liquidity for [such] the
             285      obligations including, without limitation, letter of credit agreements with banking institutions
             286      for letters of credit or for standby letters of credit, reimbursement agreements with financial
             287      institutions, line of credit agreements, standby bond purchase agreements, and to provide for
             288      payment of fees, charges, and other amounts coming due under the agreements entered into
             289      under the authority contained in this Subsection (6)(c);
             290          (d) provide in security agreements entered into under Subsection (6)(b) and in
             291      agreements entered into under Subsection (6)(c) that the obligations of the state university
             292      under an agreement shall be special obligations payable solely from the revenues derived from
             293      the operation or management of the project, owned by the state university and from net profits
             294      from proprietary activities and any other revenues pledged other than appropriations by the
             295      Utah Legislature, and the governing body of the state university shall pledge all or any part of
             296      [such] the revenues to the payment of its obligations under an agreement; and
             297          (e) in order to secure the prompt payment of the obligations of the state university
             298      under a security agreement entered into under Subsection (6)(b) or an agreement entered into
             299      under Subsection (6)(c) and the proper application of the revenues pledged to them, covenant
             300      and provide appropriate provisions in an agreement to the extent [permitted and provided for]
             301      allowed under Section 53B-21-102 .
             302          (7) [Subsection (4) to the contrary notwithstanding] Notwithstanding the provisions of
             303      Subsection (4), the governing body of any municipality, county, or special service district
             304      owning, desiring to own, or administering projects or facilities [described in Subsection
             305      11-17-2 (8)] may:
             306          (a) become a signatory to the interlocal agreement provided [for] in Subsection (5);
             307          (b) enter into a separate security agreement with the issuer of the bonds, as provided in
             308      Section 11-17-5 , for the financing or acquisition of a project [under Subsection 11-17-2 (8)] to
             309      be owned by the municipality, county, or special service district, [as the case may be,] except


             310      that no municipality, county, or special service district may mortgage the facilities [so]
             311      financed or acquired;
             312          (c) enter into agreements to secure the obligations of the municipality, county, or
             313      special service district, as the case may be, under a security agreement entered into under
             314      Subsection (7)(b), or to provide liquidity for [such] the obligations including, without
             315      limitation, letter of credit agreements with banking institutions for letters of credit or for
             316      standby letters of credit, reimbursement agreements with financial institutions, line of credit
             317      agreements, standby bond purchase agreements, and to provide for payment of fees, charges,
             318      and other amounts coming due under the agreements entered into under the authority contained
             319      in this Subsection (7)(c);
             320          (d) provide in security agreements entered into under Subsection (7)(b) and in
             321      agreements entered into under Subsection (7)(c) that the obligations of the municipality,
             322      county, or special service district, as the case may be, under an agreement shall be special
             323      obligations payable solely from the revenues derived from the operation or management of the
             324      project, owned by the municipality, county, or special service district[, as the case may be,] and
             325      the governing body of the municipality, county, or special service district[, as the case may be,]
             326      shall pledge all or any part of [such] the revenues to the payment of its obligations under an
             327      agreement; and
             328          (e) in order to secure the prompt payment of obligations under a security agreement
             329      entered into under Subsection (7)(b) or an agreement entered into under Subsection (7)(c) and
             330      the proper application of the revenues pledged to them, covenant and provide appropriate
             331      provisions in an agreement to the extent permitted and provided for with respect to revenue
             332      obligations under Section 11-14-306 .
             333          (8) In connection with the issuance of bonds under this chapter, a municipality, county,
             334      or state university may:
             335          (a) [may] provide for the repurchase of bonds tendered by their owners and may enter
             336      into an agreement to provide liquidity for [such] the repurchases, including a letter of credit
             337      agreement, line of credit agreement, standby bond purchase agreement, or other type of


             338      liquidity agreement;
             339          (b) [may] enter into remarketing, indexing, tender agent, or other agreements incident
             340      to the financing of the project or the performance of the issuer's obligations relative to the
             341      bonds; and
             342          (c) [may] provide for payment of fees, charges, and other amounts coming due under
             343      the agreements entered into [pursuant to authority contained in] under Subsection (6).


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