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S.B. 62





Chief Sponsor: Margaret Dayton

House Sponsor: Keith Grover

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill amends provisions relating to the governor's authority during a state of
             10      emergency.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    amends provisions relating to the governor's authority during a state of emergency
             14      to authorize the use of all water sources as necessary for fire suppression; and
             15          .    makes technical changes.
             16      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             17          None
             18      Other Special Clauses:
             19          None
             20      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             21      AMENDS:
             22          63K-4-201, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 370
             24      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             25          Section 1. Section 63K-4-201 is amended to read:
             26           63K-4-201. Authority of governor -- Federal assistance -- Fraud or willful
             27      misstatement in application for financial assistance -- Penalty.

             28          (1) In addition to any other authorities conferred upon the governor, if the governor
             29      issues an executive order declaring a state of emergency, the governor may:
             30          (a) utilize all available resources of state government as reasonably necessary to cope
             31      with a state of emergency;
             32          (b) employ measures and give direction to state and local officers and agencies which
             33      are reasonable and necessary for the purpose of securing compliance with the provisions of this
             34      act and with orders, rules and regulations made pursuant to this act;
             35          (c) recommend and advise the evacuation of all or part of the population from any
             36      stricken or threatened area within the state if necessary for the preservation of life;
             37          (d) recommend routes, modes of transportation, and destination in connection with
             38      evacuation;
             39          (e) in connection with evacuation, suspend or limit the sale, dispensing, or
             40      transportation of alcoholic beverages, explosives, and combustibles, not to include the lawful
             41      bearing of arms;
             42          (f) control ingress and egress to and from a disaster area, the movement of persons
             43      within the area, and recommend the occupancy or evacuation of premises in a disaster area;
             44          (g) clear or remove from publicly or privately owned land or water debris or wreckage
             45      that is an immediate threat to public health, public safety, or private property, including
             46      allowing an employee of a state department or agency designated by the governor to enter upon
             47      private land or waters and perform any tasks necessary for the removal or clearance operation if
             48      the political subdivision, corporation, organization, or individual that is affected by the removal
             49      of the debris or wreckage:
             50          (i) presents an unconditional authorization for removal of the debris or wreckage from
             51      private property; and
             52          (ii) agrees to indemnify the state against any claim arising from the removal of the
             53      debris or wreckage;
             54          (h) enter into agreement with any agency of the United States:
             55          (i) for temporary housing units to be occupied by victims of a state of emergency or
             56      persons who assist victims of a state of emergency; and
             57          (ii) to make the housing units described in Subsection (1)(h)(i) available to a political
             58      subdivision of this state;

             59          (i) assist any political subdivision of this state to acquire sites and utilities necessary for
             60      temporary housing units described in Subsection (1)(h)(i) by passing through any funds made
             61      available to the governor by an agency of the United States for this purpose;
             62          (j) subject to Sections 63K-4-401 and 63K-4-406 , temporarily suspend or modify by
             63      executive order, during the state of emergency, any public health, safety, zoning, transportation,
             64      or other requirement of a statute or administrative rule within this state if such action is
             65      essential to provide temporary housing described in Subsection (1)(h)(i);
             66          (k) upon determination that a political subdivision of the state will suffer a substantial
             67      loss of tax and other revenues because of a state of emergency and the political subdivision so
             68      affected has demonstrated a need for financial assistance to perform its governmental
             69      functions, in accordance with Utah Constitution, Article XIV, Sections 3 and 4, and Section
             70      10-8-6 :
             71          (i) apply to the federal government for a loan on behalf of the political subdivision if
             72      the amount of the loan that the governor applies for does not exceed 25% of the annual
             73      operating budget of the political subdivision for the fiscal year in which the state of emergency
             74      occurs; and
             75          (ii) receive and disburse the amount of the loan to the political subdivision;
             76          (l) accept funds from the federal government and make grants to any political
             77      subdivision for the purpose of removing debris or wreckage from publicly owned land or
             78      water;
             79          (m) upon determination that financial assistance is essential to meet expenses related to
             80      a state of emergency of individuals or families adversely affected by the state of emergency that
             81      cannot be sufficiently met from other means of assistance, apply for, accept, and expend a grant
             82      by the federal government to fund the financial assistance, subject to the terms and conditions
             83      imposed upon the grant; [or]
             84          (n) recommend to the Legislature other actions the governor considers to be necessary
             85      to address a state of emergency[.]; or
             86          (o) authorize the use of all water sources as necessary for fire suppression.
             87          (2) A person who fraudulently or willfully makes a misstatement of fact in connection
             88      with an application for financial assistance under this section shall, upon conviction of each
             89      offense, be subject to a fine of not more than $5,000 or imprisonment for not more than one

             90      year, or both.

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