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S.B. 70

             1     

COMMISSION RELATING TO FEDERAL ISSUES

             2     
2013 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

             4     
Chief Sponsor: Deidre M. Henderson

             5     
House Sponsor: Ken Ivory

             6     
             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill creates a commission to address certain federal issues.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    creates the Federal Funds Commission to study and make recommendations on
             13      federal funding and other issues relating to the federal government's dealings with
             14      the state;
             15          .    establishes commission membership, powers, and duties;
             16          .    provides for terms of commission members and for procedures for filling a vacancy;
             17          .    provides for salaries and expenses of legislative members of the commission and for
             18      per diem and expense reimbursement for other members; and
             19          .    provides a repeal date for the commission.
             20      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             21          None
             22      Other Special Clauses:
             23          This bill provides an immediate effective date.
             24      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             25      AMENDS:
             26          63I-1-263 (Effective 05/01/13), as last amended by Laws of Utah 2012, Chapters 126,
             27      206, 347, 369, and 395


             28      ENACTS:
             29          63C-14-101, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             30          63C-14-102, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             31          63C-14-201, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             32          63C-14-202, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             33          63C-14-301, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             34          63C-14-302, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             35     
             36      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             37          Section 1. Section 63C-14-101 is enacted to read:
             38     
CHAPTER 14. FEDERAL FUNDS COMMISSION

             39     
Part 1. General Provisions

             40          63C-14-101. Title.
             41          This chapter is known as "Federal Funds Commission."
             42          Section 2. Section 63C-14-102 is enacted to read:
             43          63C-14-102. Definitions.
             44          As used in this chapter:
             45          (1) "Commission" means the Federal Funds Commission created in Section
             46      63C-14-201 .
             47          (2) "Federal issue" means a matter relating to the federal government's dealings with
             48      the state, including a matter described in Subsection 63C-14-301 (1).
             49          Section 3. Section 63C-14-201 is enacted to read:
             50     
Part 2. Commission Creation and Membership

             51          63C-14-201. Creation of Federal Funds Commission -- Membership -- Chairs.
             52          (1) There is created an advisory commission known as the Federal Funds Commission.
             53          (2) The commission consists of 13 members as follows:
             54          (a) three members of the Senate, appointed by the president of the Senate, no more
             55      than two of whom may be from the same political party;
             56          (b) three members of the House of Representatives, appointed by the speaker of the
             57      House of Representatives, no more than two of whom may be from the same political party;
             58          (c) three individuals appointed by the governor, no more than two of whom may be


             59      from the same political party; and
             60          (d) four individuals appointed by commission members appointed under Subsections
             61      (2)(a), (b), and (c).
             62          (3) The commission shall select a chair and a vice chair from among its members.
             63          Section 4. Section 63C-14-202 is enacted to read:
             64          63C-14-202. Terms of commission members -- Removal -- Vacancies -- Salaries
             65      and expenses.
             66          (1) Subject to Subsections (3), (4), and (5), the term of commission members is two
             67      years.
             68          (2) A commission member may be reappointed to a successive term.
             69          (3) Beginning March 2015, the term of commission members shall be staggered so that
             70      the term of approximately half of the members expires every year.
             71          (4) A commission member may be removed from the commission by the person or
             72      persons who appointed the member.
             73          (5) Subject to Subsection (7), a commission member appointed under Subsection
             74      63C-14-201 (2)(a) or (b) who leaves office as a legislator may not continue to serve as a
             75      commission member.
             76          (6) A vacancy in the commission shall be filled in the same manner as the appointment
             77      of the member whose departure from the commission creates the vacancy.
             78          (7) A commission member shall serve until a successor is duly appointed and qualified.
             79          (8) (a) Salaries and expenses of commission members who are legislators shall be paid
             80      in accordance with Section 36-2-2 and Legislative Joint Rules, Title 5, Chapter 3, Expense and
             81      Mileage Reimbursement for Authorized Legislative Meetings, Special Sessions, and Veto
             82      Override Sessions.
             83          (b) A commission member who is not a legislator may not receive compensation or
             84      benefits for the member's service on the commission, but may receive per diem and
             85      reimbursement for travel expenses incurred as a commission member at the rates established by
             86      the Division of Finance under Sections 63A-3-106 and 63A-3-107 and rules made by the
             87      Division of Finance pursuant to Sections 63A-3-106 and 63A-3-107 .
             88          Section 5. Section 63C-14-301 is enacted to read:
             89     
Part 3. Commission Powers and Duties


             90          63C-14-301. Commission duties.
             91          (1) Until November 30, 2014, the commission shall:
             92          (a) study and assess:
             93          (i) the financial stability of the federal government;
             94          (ii) the level of dependency that the state and local governments have on the receipt of
             95      federal funds;
             96          (iii) the risk that the state and local governments in the state will experience a reduction
             97      in the amount or value of federal funds they receive, in both the near and distant future;
             98          (iv) the likely and potential impact on the state and its citizens from a reduction in the
             99      amount or value of federal funds received by the state and by local governments in the state, in
             100      both the near and distant future; and
             101          (v) the likely and potential national impact from a reduction in the amount or value of
             102      federal funds paid to the states, in both the near and distant future; and
             103          (b) make recommendations to the governor and Legislature on methods to:
             104          (i) avoid or minimize the risk of a reduction in the amount or value of federal funds by
             105      the state and by local governments in the state;
             106          (ii) reduce the dependency of the state and of local governments in the state on federal
             107      funds; and
             108          (iii) prepare for and respond to a reduction in the amount or value of federal funds by
             109      the state and by local governments in the state.
             110          (2) After November 30, 2014, the commission shall study, assess, and provide
             111      recommendations on any federal issue that the governor, the Legislature through a joint
             112      resolution of the Legislature, or the Legislative Management Committee directs the
             113      commission to study, assess, and make recommendations on.
             114          (3) On or before November 30 of each year, the commission shall report to the
             115      Government Operations Interim Committee of the Legislature on the commission's findings
             116      and recommendations.
             117          Section 6. Section 63C-14-302 is enacted to read:
             118          63C-14-302. Commission meetings -- Quorum -- Bylaws -- Staff support.
             119          (1) (a) Until November 30, 2014, the commission shall meet at least quarterly but no
             120      more frequently than once a month.


             121          (b) After November 30, 2014, the commission shall meet as directed by the governor,
             122      the Legislature, or the Legislative Management Committee in conjunction with direction given
             123      under Subsection 63C-14-301 (2).
             124          (2) A majority of the commission members constitutes a quorum, and the action of a
             125      majority of a quorum constitutes action of the commission.
             126          (3) The commission may adopt bylaws to govern its operations and proceedings.
             127          (4) The Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel shall provide staff support
             128      to the commission.
             129          Section 7. Section 63I-1-263 (Effective 05/01/13) is amended to read:
             130           63I-1-263 (Effective 05/01/13). Repeal dates, Titles 63A to 63M.
             131          (1) Section 63A-4-204 , authorizing the Risk Management Fund to provide coverage to
             132      any public school district which chooses to participate, is repealed July 1, 2016.
             133          (2) Section 63A-5-603 , State Facility Energy Efficiency Fund, is repealed July 1, 2016.
             134          (3) Section 63C-8-106 , rural residency training program, is repealed July 1, 2015.
             135          (4) Title 63C, Chapter 13, Prison Relocation and Development Authority Act, is
             136      repealed July 1, 2014.
             137          (5) Title 63C, Chapter 14, Federal Funds Commission, is repealed July 1, 2018.
             138          [(5)] (6) Subsection 63G-6a-1402 (7) authorizing certain transportation agencies to
             139      award a contract for a design-build transportation project in certain circumstances, is repealed
             140      July 1, 2015.
             141          [(6)] (7) Title 63H, Chapter 4, Heber Valley Historic Railroad Authority, is repealed
             142      July 1, 2020.
             143          [(7)] (8) The Resource Development Coordinating Committee, created in Section
             144      63J-4-501 , is repealed July 1, 2015.
             145          [(8)] (9) Title 63M, Chapter 1, Part 4, Enterprise Zone Act, is repealed July 1, 2018.
             146          [(9)] (10) (a) Title 63M, Chapter 1, Part 11, Recycling Market Development Zone Act,
             147      is repealed January 1, 2021.
             148          (b) Subject to Subsection [(9)] (10)(c), Sections 59-7-610 and 59-10-1007 regarding
             149      tax credits for certain persons in recycling market development zones, are repealed for taxable
             150      years beginning on or after January 1, 2021.
             151          (c) A person may not claim a tax credit under Section 59-7-610 or 59-10-1007 :


             152          (i) for the purchase price of machinery or equipment described in Section 59-7-610 or
             153      59-10-1007 , if the machinery or equipment is purchased on or after January 1, 2021; or
             154          (ii) for an expenditure described in Subsection 59-7-610 (1)(b) or 59-10-1007 (1)(b), if
             155      the expenditure is made on or after January 1, 2021.
             156          (d) Notwithstanding Subsections [(9)] (10)(b) and (c), a person may carry forward a tax
             157      credit in accordance with Section 59-7-610 or 59-10-1007 if:
             158          (i) the person is entitled to a tax credit under Section 59-7-610 or 59-10-1007 ; and
             159          (ii) (A) for the purchase price of machinery or equipment described in Section
             160      59-7-610 or 59-10-1007 , the machinery or equipment is purchased on or before December 31,
             161      2020; or
             162          (B) for an expenditure described in Subsection 59-7-610 (1)(b) or 59-10-1007 (1)(b), the
             163      expenditure is made on or before December 31, 2020.
             164          [(10)] (11) (a) Section 63M-1-2507 , Health Care Compact is repealed on July 1, 2014.
             165          (b) (i) The Legislature shall, before reauthorizing the Health Care Compact:
             166          (A) direct the Health System Reform Task Force to evaluate the issues listed in
             167      Subsection [(10)] (11)(b)(ii), and, by January 1, 2013, develop and recommend criteria for the
             168      Legislature to use to negotiate the terms of the Health Care Compact; and
             169          (B) prior to July 1, 2014, seek amendments to the Health Care Compact among the
             170      member states that the Legislature determines are appropriate after considering the
             171      recommendations of the Health System Reform Task Force.
             172          (ii) The Health System Reform Task Force shall evaluate and develop criteria for the
             173      Legislature regarding:
             174          (A) the impact of the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act;
             175          (B) whether Utah is likely to be required to implement any part of the Affordable Care
             176      Act prior to negotiating the compact with the federal government, such as Medicaid expansion
             177      in 2014;
             178          (C) whether the compact's current funding formula, based on adjusted 2010 state
             179      expenditures, is the best formula for Utah and other state compact members to use for
             180      establishing the block grants from the federal government;
             181          (D) whether the compact's calculation of current year inflation adjustment factor,
             182      without consideration of the regional medical inflation rate in the current year, is adequate to


             183      protect the state from increased costs associated with administering a state based Medicaid and
             184      a state based Medicare program;
             185          (E) whether the state has the flexibility it needs under the compact to implement and
             186      fund state based initiatives, or whether the compact requires uniformity across member states
             187      that does not benefit Utah;
             188          (F) whether the state has the option under the compact to refuse to take over the federal
             189      Medicare program;
             190          (G) whether a state based Medicare program would provide better benefits to the
             191      elderly and disabled citizens of the state than a federally run Medicare program;
             192          (H) whether the state has the infrastructure necessary to implement and administer a
             193      better state based Medicare program;
             194          (I) whether the compact appropriately delegates policy decisions between the
             195      legislative and executive branches of government regarding the development and
             196      implementation of the compact with other states and the federal government; and
             197          (J) the impact on public health activities, including communicable disease surveillance
             198      and epidemiology.
             199          [(11)] (12) The Crime Victim Reparations and Assistance Board, created in Section
             200      63M-7-504 , is repealed July 1, 2017.
             201          [(12)] (13) Title 63M, Chapter 9, Families, Agencies, and Communities Together for
             202      Children and Youth At Risk Act, is repealed July 1, 2016.
             203          [(13)] (14) Title 63M, Chapter 11, Utah Commission on Aging, is repealed July 1,
             204      2017.
             205          Section 8. Effective date.
             206          If approved by two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, this bill takes effect
             207      upon approval by the governor, or the day following the constitutional time limit of Utah
             208      Constitution Article VII, Section 8, without the governor's signature, or in the case of a veto,
             209      the date of veto override.





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