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MINUTES OF THE
HOUSE GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS STANDING COMMITTEE
Room 20, House Building
March 1, 2013
MEMBERS PRESENT: Rep. Jack Draxler, Chair
Rep. Ken Ivory, Vice Chair
Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck
Rep. Keith Grover
Rep. John Mathis
Rep. Mike Noel
Rep. Lee Perry
Rep. Kraig Powell
MEMBERS ABSENT: Rep. Janice Fisher
STAFF PRESENT: Mr. Arthur Hunsaker, Policy Analyst
Ms. Sylvia Newton, Committee Secretary
Note: A list of visitors and handouts are filed with committee minutes.
Vice Chair Ivory called the meeting to order at 8:02 a.m.
MOTION: Rep. Perry moved to approve the minutes of the February 27, 2013 meeting. The
motion passed unanimously with Rep. Grover, Rep. Powell, and Rep. Draxler
absent for the vote.
H.B. 354 Interlocal Entity Amendments (Rep. Johnny Anderson)
MOTION: Rep. Noel moved to amend the bill as follows:
2, Line 29
11-13-223, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapter 249
2, Line 55 through Page 3, Line 85
Delete lines 55-85
Renumber remaining sections accordingly.
3, Line 88 through Page 4, Line 96
If an interlocal entity requires a budget, the interlocal entity shall:
adopt the budget at a public meeting held in accordance with
Title 52, Chapter 4,
Open and Public Meetings Act;
establish and maintain the budget in accordance with standards
established by the
Governmental Accounting Standards Board; and
publish annually the interlocal entity's budget on:
the interlocal entity's public website, if applicable; and
the public website of each Utah public agency that entered into
creating the interlocal entity.
(2) Subsection (1) does not apply to an interlocal entity that is a project entity.
The motion to amend the bill passed unanimously with Rep. Grover, Rep. Powell, and Rep.
Draxler absent for the vote.
Rep. Anderson introduced the amended bill to the committee.
Spoke to the bill: Mr. Craig Hall, Sr., Trans-Jordan Cities
Mr. Roger Tew, Utah League of Cities and Towns
Mr. Ted Rampton, Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems
MOTION: Rep. Noel moved to pass H.B. 354 as amended out favorably. The motion passed
with Rep. Chavez-Houck voting in opposition to the motion. Rep. Grover and
Rep. Draxler were absent for the vote.
H.B. 88 Land Use Amendments (Rep. M. Brown)
This bill was not heard.
H.B. 156 Restoration of Terminated Parental Rights (Rep. L. Christensen)
Rep. Christensen introduced the bill to the committee. A handout was provided to committee
Spoke in favor of the bill: Ms. Cherie Rawlings, citizen
Ms. Gayle Ruzicka, Utah Eagle Forum'
Ms. Stephanie Mair, citizen
Spoke in opposition to the bill: Ms. Martha Pierce, Office of Guardian ad Litem
Mr. Brent Platt, Division of Child and Family Services
Mr. Robert Smith, Attorney General's Office
MOTION: Rep. Noel moved to pass H.B. 156 out favorably.
MOTION: Rep. Chavez-Houck moved to refer H.B. 156 for interim study in connection with
Sen. Harper's bill on the same subject. The motion failed with Rep. Chavez-Houck
voting in favor of the motion.
MOTION: Rep. Powell moved to hold the bill in committee. The motion failed on a tie vote.
Rep. Chavez-Houck, Rep. Perry, Rep. Powell, and Rep. Draxler voted in favor of
the motion. Rep. Grover, Rep. Mathis, Rep. Noel, and Rep. Ivory voted in
opposition to the motion.
The original motion to pass the bill out favorably passed with Rep. Chavez-Houck and Rep.
Powell voting in opposition to the motion,
H.J.R. 12 Joint Resolution Dissolving Clarkston Justice Court (Rep. J. Draxler)
Rep. Draxler introduced the resolution to the committee.
MOTION: Rep. Perry moved to pass H.J.R, 12 out favorably. The motion passed
MOTION: Rep. Perry moved to place H.J.R. 12 on the Consent Calendar. The motion passed
H.B. 219 Audit Revisions (Rep. L. Christensen)
Rep. Christensen introduced the bill to the committee.
MOTION: Rep. Noel moved to pass H.B. 219 out favorably. The motion passed
MOTION: Rep. Noel moved to place H.B. 219 on the Consent Calendar. The motion passed
MOTION: Rep. Grover moved to adjourn the meeting.
Vice Chair Ivory adjourned the meeting at 9:46 a.m.
Rep. Jack Draxler, Chair