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S.B. 50






Chief Sponsor: Lyle W. Hillyard

House Sponsor: Derek E. Brown

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill modifies the Transportation Code by amending provisions relating to the
             11      Department of Transportation's duty for liability purposes.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    provides that the Department of Transportation shall exercise reasonable care in
             15      designing, constructing, and maintaining a state highway in a reasonably safe
             16      condition for travel;
             17          .    provides that nothing in the Department of Transportation's defined responsibilities
             18      shall be construed as:
             19              .    creating a private right of action; or
             20              .    expanding or changing the department's common law duty for liability purposes;
             21      and
             22          .    makes technical corrections.
             23      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             24          None
             25      Other Special Clauses:
             26          None
             27      Utah Code Sections Affected:

             28      AMENDS:
             29          72-1-201, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 66
             31      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             32          Section 1. Section 72-1-201 is amended to read:
             33           72-1-201. Creation of Department of Transportation -- Functions, powers, duties,
             34      rights, and responsibilities.
             35          (1) There is created the Department of Transportation which shall:
             36          [(1)] (a) have the general responsibility for planning, research, design, construction,
             37      maintenance, security, and safety of state transportation systems;
             38          [(2)] (b) provide administration for state transportation systems and programs;
             39          [(3)] (c) implement the transportation policies of the state;
             40          [(4)] (d) plan, develop, construct, and maintain state transportation systems that are
             41      safe, reliable, environmentally sensitive, and serve the needs of the traveling public, commerce,
             42      and industry;
             43          [(5)] (e) establish standards and procedures regarding the technical details of
             44      administration of the state transportation systems as established by statute and administrative
             45      rule;
             46          [(6)] (f) advise the governor and the Legislature about state transportation systems
             47      needs;
             48          [(7)] (g) coordinate with utility companies for the reasonable, efficient, and
             49      cost-effective installation, maintenance, operation, relocation, and upgrade of utilities within
             50      state highway rights-of-way;
             51          [(8)] (h) in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking
             52      Act, make policy and rules for the administration of the department, state transportation
             53      systems, and programs; and
             54          [(9)] (i) annually report to:
             55          [(a)] (i) the Transportation Interim Committee, by November 30 of each year, as to the
             56      operation and maintenance needs for highways; and
             57          [(b)] (ii) an appropriate legislative committee as designated by the Legislative
             58      Management Committee the transfers that need to be made between all transportation-related

             59      funds to maintain the state highway construction program as prioritized by the commission.
             60          (2) (a) The department shall exercise reasonable care in designing, constructing, and
             61      maintaining a state highway in a reasonably safe condition for travel.
             62          (b) Nothing in this section shall be construed as:
             63          (i) creating a private right of action; or
             64          (ii) expanding or changing the department's common law duty as described in
             65      Subsection (2)(a) for liability purposes.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 1-23-13 3:52 PM

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