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H.B. 367

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CONGRESSIONAL BOUNDARY AMENDMENTS

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2013 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Brad L. Dee

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Senate Sponsor: Ralph Okerlund

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             7      LONG TITLE
             8      Redistricting Boundary Information:
             9          The United States Congressional district boundary information may be found at
             10      http://le.utah.gov .
             11          Electronic file security code: 54af6da8e586a40d3ed4131d29895e3e
             12      General Description:
             13          This bill, which includes this printed text and the electronic data affiliated with it,
             14      makes minor adjustments to United States Congressional district boundaries.
             15      Highlighted Provisions:
             16          This bill:
             17          .    adopts the United States Congressional district boundaries adjusted and approved
             18      by the lieutenant governor and used in the November 2012 election, which reconcile
             19      United States Census Bureau geographic data with state geographic data for:
             20              .    county boundaries; and
             21              .    municipal boundaries;
             22          .    adjusts a section of the boundary between United States Congressional districts 2
             23      and 4 to align with a county boundary change between Millard and Juab counties;
             24      and
             25          .    establishes the congressional shapefile in the electronic file, which is part of this bill
             26      in electronic form, as the legal boundaries of the four United States Congressional
             27      districts for Utah.


             28      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             29          None
             30      Other Special Clauses:
             31          None
             32      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             33      AMENDS:
             34          20A-13-101.1, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2011, Third Special Session, Chapter 8
             35          20A-13-101.5, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2011, Third Special Session, Chapter 8
             36          20A-13-102, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Third Special Session, Chapter 8
             37          20A-13-102.2, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Third Special Session, Chapter 8
             38          20A-13-103, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Third Special Session, Chapter 8
             39          20A-13-104, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Third Special Session, Chapter 8
             40     
             41      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             42          Section 1. Section 20A-13-101.1 is amended to read:
             43           20A-13-101.1. Definitions.
             44          As used in this part:
             45          (1) "Census block" means any one of the 115,406 individual geographic areas into
             46      which the Bureau of the Census of the United States Department of Commerce has divided the
             47      state of Utah, to each of which the Bureau of the Census has attached a discrete population
             48      tabulation from the 2010 decennial census.
             49          (2) "Congressional block assignment file" means the electronic file that assigns each of
             50      Utah's 115,406 census blocks to a particular Congressional district.
             51          (3) "Congressional shapefile" means the electronic shapefile that stores the boundary of
             52      each of the four United States Congressional district boundaries for Utah.
             53          (4) "Shapefile" means the digital vector storage format for storing geometric location
             54      and associated attribute information.
             55          Section 2. Section 20A-13-101.5 is amended to read:
             56           20A-13-101.5. Representatives to the United States Congress -- Four
             57      representative districts -- When elected -- District boundaries.
             58          (1) (a) The state of Utah is divided into four districts for the election of representatives


             59      to the Congress of the United States, with one member to be elected from each Congressional
             60      district.
             61          (b) At the general election to be held in 2012, and biennially thereafter, one
             62      representative from each Congressional district shall be elected to serve in the Congress of the
             63      United States.
             64          (2) The Legislature adopts the official census population figures and maps of the
             65      Bureau of the Census of the United States Department of Commerce developed in connection
             66      with the taking of the 2010 national decennial census as the official data for establishing
             67      Congressional district boundaries.
             68          (3) (a) [The] Notwithstanding Subsection (2), the Legislature enacts the district
             69      numbers and boundaries of the Congressional districts designated in the Congressional [block
             70      assignment file] shapefile that is the electronic component of the bill that enacts this section.
             71          (b) That Congressional [block assignment file] shapefile, and Congressional
             72      boundaries generated from that Congressional [block assignment file] shapefile, may be
             73      accessed via the Utah Legislature's website.
             74          Section 3. Section 20A-13-102 is amended to read:
             75           20A-13-102. Congressional districts.
             76          (1) (a) The Legislature shall file a copy of the Congressional [block assignment file]
             77      shapefile enacted by the Legislature with the lieutenant governor's office.
             78          (b) The legal boundaries of Utah's Congressional districts are contained in the
             79      Congressional [block assignment file] shapefile on file with the lieutenant governor's office.
             80          (2) (a) The lieutenant governor shall:
             81          (i) generate maps of each Congressional district from the Congressional [block
             82      assignment file] shapefile; and
             83          (ii) ensure that those maps are available for viewing on the lieutenant governor's
             84      website.
             85          (b) If there is any inconsistency between the maps and the Congressional [block
             86      assignment file] shapefile, the Congressional [block assignment file] shapefile is controlling.
             87          Section 4. Section 20A-13-102.2 is amended to read:
             88           20A-13-102.2. County clerk, Automated Geographic Reference Center, and
             89      lieutenant governor responsibilities -- Maps and voting precinct boundaries.


             90          (1) Each county clerk shall obtain a copy of the Congressional [block assignment file]
             91      shapefile for the clerk's county from the lieutenant governor's office.
             92          (2) (a) A county clerk may create one or more county maps that identify the boundaries
             93      of Utah's Congressional districts as generated from the Congressional [block assignment file]
             94      shapefile.
             95          (b) Before publishing or distributing any map or data created by the county clerk that
             96      identifies the boundaries of Utah's Congressional districts within the county, the county clerk
             97      shall submit the county map and data to the lieutenant governor and to the Automated
             98      Geographic Reference Center for review.
             99          (c) Within 30 days after receipt of a county map and data from a county clerk, the
             100      Automated Geographic Reference Center shall:
             101          (i) review the county map and data to evaluate if the county map and data accurately
             102      reflect the boundaries of Utah's Congressional districts established by the Legislature in the
             103      Congressional [block assignment file] shapefile;
             104          (ii) determine whether the county map and data are correct or incorrect; and
             105          (iii) communicate those findings to the lieutenant governor.
             106          (d) The lieutenant governor shall either notify the county clerk that the county map and
             107      data are correct or notify the county clerk that the county map and data are incorrect.
             108          (e) If the county clerk receives notice from the lieutenant governor that the county map
             109      and data submitted are incorrect, the county clerk shall:
             110          (i) make the corrections necessary to conform the county map and data to the
             111      Congressional [block assignment file] shapefile; and
             112          (ii) resubmit the corrected county map and data to the lieutenant governor and to the
             113      Automated Geographic Reference Center for a new review under this Subsection (2).
             114          (3) (a) Subject to the requirements of this Subsection (3), each county clerk shall
             115      establish voting precincts and polling places within each Utah Congressional district according
             116      to the procedures and requirements of Section 20A-5-303 .
             117          (b) Within five working days after approval of voting precincts and polling places by
             118      the county legislative body as required by Section 20A-5-303 , each county clerk shall submit a
             119      voting precinct map identifying the boundaries of each voting precinct within the county to the
             120      lieutenant governor and to the Automated Geographic Reference Center for review.


             121          (c) Within 30 days after receipt of a map from a county clerk, the Automated
             122      Geographic Reference Center shall:
             123          (i) review the voting precinct map to evaluate if the voting precinct map accurately
             124      reflects the boundaries of Utah's Congressional districts established by the Legislature in the
             125      Congressional [block assignment file] shapefile;
             126          (ii) determine whether the voting precinct map is correct or incorrect; and
             127          (iii) communicate those findings to the lieutenant governor.
             128          (d) The lieutenant governor shall either notify the county clerk that the voting precinct
             129      map is correct or notify the county clerk that the map is incorrect.
             130          (e) If the county clerk receives notice from the lieutenant governor that the voting
             131      precinct map is incorrect, the county clerk shall:
             132          (i) make the corrections necessary to conform the voting precinct map to the
             133      Congressional [block assignment file] shapefile; and
             134          (ii) resubmit the corrected voting precinct map to the lieutenant governor and to the
             135      Automated Geographic Reference Center for a new review under this Subsection (3).
             136          Section 5. Section 20A-13-103 is amended to read:
             137           20A-13-103. Omissions from maps -- How resolved.
             138          (1) If any area of the state is omitted from a Congressional district in the Congressional
             139      [block assignment file] shapefile enacted by the Legislature, the county clerk of the affected
             140      county, upon discovery of the omission, shall attach the area to the appropriate Congressional
             141      district according to the requirements of Subsections (2) and (3).
             142          (2) If the omitted area is surrounded by a single Congressional district, the county clerk
             143      shall attach the area to that district.
             144          (3) If the omitted area is contiguous to two or more Congressional districts, the county
             145      clerk shall attach the area to the district that has the least population, as determined by the
             146      [official census population figures and maps described in Subsection 20A-13-101.5 (2)] Utah
             147      Population Estimates Committee.
             148          (4) The county clerk shall certify in writing and file with the lieutenant governor any
             149      attachment made under this section.
             150          Section 6. Section 20A-13-104 is amended to read:
             151           20A-13-104. Uncertain boundaries -- How resolved.


             152          (1) As used in this section, "affected party" means:
             153          (a) a representative whose Congressional district boundary is uncertain because the
             154      boundary in the Congressional [block assignment file] shapefile used to establish the district
             155      boundary has been removed, modified, or is unable to be identified or who is uncertain about
             156      whether or not the representative or another person resides in a particular Congressional
             157      district;
             158          (b) a candidate for Congressional representative whose Congressional district boundary
             159      is uncertain because the boundary in the Congressional [block assignment file] shapefile used
             160      to establish the district boundary has been removed, modified, or is unable to be identified or
             161      who is uncertain about whether or not the candidate or another person resides in a particular
             162      Congressional district; or
             163          (c) a person who is uncertain about which Congressional district contains the person's
             164      residence because the boundary in the Congressional [block assignment file] shapefile used to
             165      establish the district boundary has been removed, modified, or is unable to be identified.
             166          (2) (a) An affected party may file a written request petitioning the lieutenant governor
             167      to determine:
             168          (i) the precise location of the Congressional district boundary;
             169          (ii) the number of the Congressional district in which a person resides; or
             170          (iii) both Subsections (2)(a)(i) and (ii).
             171          (b) In order to make the determination required by Subsection (2)(a), the lieutenant
             172      governor shall review the Congressional [block assignment file] shapefile and obtain and
             173      review other relevant data such as aerial photographs, aerial maps, or other data about the area.
             174          (c) Within five days of receipt of the request, the lieutenant governor shall review the
             175      Congressional [block assignment file] shapefile, obtain and review any relevant data, and make
             176      a determination.
             177          (d) When the lieutenant governor determines the location of the Congressional district
             178      boundary, the lieutenant governor shall:
             179          (i) prepare a certification identifying the appropriate boundary and attaching a map, if
             180      necessary; and
             181          (ii) send a copy of the certification to:
             182          (A) the affected party;


             183          (B) the county clerk of the affected county; and
             184          (C) the Automated Geographic Reference Center created under Section 63F-1-506 .
             185          (e) If the lieutenant governor determines the number of the Congressional district in
             186      which a particular person resides, the lieutenant governor shall send a letter identifying that
             187      district by number to:
             188          (i) the person;
             189          (ii) the affected party who filed the petition, if different than the person whose
             190      Congressional district number was identified; and
             191          (iii) the county clerk of the affected county.




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