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H.J.R. 16 Enrolled






Chief Sponsor: Gregory H. Hughes

Senate Sponsor: John L. Valentine

             7      Cosponsor:Craig Hall              8     
             9      LONG TITLE
             10      General Description:
             11          This rules resolution amends the joint legislative rules on ethics.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This rules resolution:
             14          .    provides definitions;
             15          .    establishes that it is a violation of legislative ethics for a legislator to accept a
             16      campaign contribution on capitol hill; and
             17          .    provides that a violation of the prohibition is subject to the ethics review and
             18      complaint process.
             19      Special Clauses:
             20          None
             21      Legislative Rules Affected:
             22      AMENDS:
             23          JR6-2-201
             24      ENACTS:
             25          JR6-1-103
             27      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             28          Section 1. JR6-1-103 is enacted to read:

             29          JR6-1-103. Receipt of campaign donations.
             30          (1) As used in this section:
             31          (a) "Campaign contribution" means cash or a negotiable instrument contributed for a
             32      political purpose to a campaigner.
             33          (b) "Campaigner" means:
             34          (i) a legislative office candidate;
             35          (ii) an individual who holds a legislative office;
             36          (iii) a personal campaign committee of a person described in Subsection (1)(b)(i) or
             37      (ii);
             38          (iv) a political action committee controlled by a person described in Subsection
             39      (1)(b)(i) or (ii); or
             40          (v) a person acting on behalf of a person described in Subsections (1)(b)(i) through
             41      (iv).
             42          (c) "Capitol hill" is as defined in Section 36-5-1 .
             43          (d) "Indirect campaign contribution" means a campaign contribution that is delivered to
             44      a campaigner:
             45          (i) when the campaigner is not present; or
             46          (ii) via a third party or delivery service.
             47          (e) "Political purpose" has the same meaning as "political purposes" as defined in
             48      section 20A-11-101 .
             49          (2) (a) A campaigner may not accept receipt of a campaign contribution on capitol hill.
             50          (b) A legislator who is in violation of this section is subject to an ethics complaint
             51      regardless of whether the violation occurred while the legislator was a legislative office holder
             52      or a legislative office candidate.
             53          (3) Notwithstanding Subsection (2), a campaigner shall not be considered to have
             54      accepted receipt of a campaign contribution if:
             55          (a) the campaign contribution is an indirect campaign contribution; and
             56          (b) the campaigner promptly:

             57          (i) returns the campaign contribution to the donor; or
             58          (ii) refuses the campaign contribution in a written communication or other verifiable
             59      manner.
             60          Section 2. JR6-2-201 is amended to read:
             61           JR6-2-201. Authority to Review Complaint -- Grounds for Complaint --
             62      Limitations on Filings.
             63          (1) Subject to the requirements of this chapter, the Senate Ethics Committee, the House
             64      Ethics Committee, and the Independent Legislative Ethics Commission are authorized to
             65      review an ethics complaint against a legislator if the complaint alleges:
             66          (a) a violation of the Code of Official Conduct as provided in JR6-1-102;
             67          (b) a violation of JR6-1-103;
             68          [(b)] (c) a conviction of, or a plea of guilty to, a crime involving moral turpitude; or
             69          [(c)] (d) a plea of no contest or a plea in abeyance to a crime involving moral turpitude.
             70          (2) (a) For an alleged violation under Subsection (1)(a), the complaint must be filed
             71      within two years of the date that the action or omission that forms the basis of the alleged
             72      violation occurred or within two years of the date that the action or omission would have been
             73      discovered by a reasonable person.
             74          (b) For an alleged violation under Subsection (1)[(b)](c) or [(c)] (d), the complaint
             75      shall be filed within two years of the date that the plea or conviction that forms the basis of the
             76      allegation was entered.
             77          (3) (a) A complaint may not contain an allegation if that allegation and the general
             78      facts and circumstances supporting that allegation have been previously reviewed by the
             79      commission or an ethics committee unless:
             80          (i) the allegation was previously reviewed by the commission and dismissed without
             81      being referred to an ethics committee for review;
             82          (ii) the allegation is accompanied by material facts or circumstances supporting the
             83      allegation that were not raised or pled to the commission when the allegation was previously
             84      reviewed; and

             85          (iii) the allegation and the general facts and circumstances supporting that allegation
             86      have only been reviewed by the commission on one previous occasion.
             87          (b) If an allegation in the complaint does not comply with the requirements of
             88      Subsection (3)(a), the allegation shall be summarily dismissed with prejudice by:
             89          (i) the chair of the Independent Legislative Ethics Commission, when reviewing the
             90      complaint under JR6-4-101; or
             91          (ii) the commission, when reviewing the complaint under JR6-4-201.

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