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H.J.R. 16






Chief Sponsor: Gregory H. Hughes

Senate Sponsor: John L. Valentine

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

             28          JR6-1-103. Receipt of campaign donations.
             29          (1) As used in this section:
             30          (a) "Campaign contribution" has the same meaning as "contribution" as defined in
             31      Section 20A-11-101 .
             32          (b) "Capitol hill" is as defined in Section 36-5-1 .
             33          (c) "Indirect campaign contribution" means a campaign contribution that is delivered to
             34      a legislator:
             35          (i) when the legislator is not present; or
             36          (ii) via a third party or delivery service.
             37          (2) It is an ethical violation for a legislator to accept receipt of a campaign contribution
             38      on capitol hill.
             39          (3) Notwithstanding Subsection (2), a legislator shall not be considered to have
             40      accepted receipt of a campaign contribution if:
             41          (a) the campaign contribution is an indirect campaign contribution; and
             42          (b) the legislator promptly:
             43          (i) returns the campaign contribution to the donor; or
             44          (ii) refuses the campaign contribution in a written communication or other verifiable
             45      manner.
             46          Section 2. JR6-2-201 is amended to read:
             47           JR6-2-201. Authority to Review Complaint -- Grounds for Complaint --
             48      Limitations on Filings.
             49          (1) Subject to the requirements of this chapter, the Senate Ethics Committee, the House
             50      Ethics Committee, and the Independent Legislative Ethics Commission are authorized to
             51      review an ethics complaint against a legislator if the complaint alleges:
             52          (a) a violation of the Code of Official Conduct as provided in JR6-1-102;
             53          (b) a violation of JR6-1-103;
             54          [(b)] (c) a conviction of, or a plea of guilty to, a crime involving moral turpitude; or
             55          [(c)] (d) a plea of no contest or a plea in abeyance to a crime involving moral turpitude.
             56          (2) (a) For an alleged violation under Subsection (1)(a), the complaint must be filed
             57      within two years of the date that the action or omission that forms the basis of the alleged
             58      violation occurred or within two years of the date that the action or omission would have been

             59      discovered by a reasonable person.
             60          (b) For an alleged violation under Subsection (1)[(b)](c) or [(c)] (d), the complaint
             61      shall be filed within two years of the date that the plea or conviction that forms the basis of the
             62      allegation was entered.
             63          (3) (a) A complaint may not contain an allegation if that allegation and the general
             64      facts and circumstances supporting that allegation have been previously reviewed by the
             65      commission or an ethics committee unless:
             66          (i) the allegation was previously reviewed by the commission and dismissed without
             67      being referred to an ethics committee for review;
             68          (ii) the allegation is accompanied by material facts or circumstances supporting the
             69      allegation that were not raised or pled to the commission when the allegation was previously
             70      reviewed; and
             71          (iii) the allegation and the general facts and circumstances supporting that allegation
             72      have only been reviewed by the commission on one previous occasion.
             73          (b) If an allegation in the complaint does not comply with the requirements of
             74      Subsection (3)(a), the allegation shall be summarily dismissed with prejudice by:
             75          (i) the chair of the Independent Legislative Ethics Commission, when reviewing the
             76      complaint under JR6-4-101; or
             77          (ii) the commission, when reviewing the complaint under JR6-4-201.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 2-1-13 2:57 PM

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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