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H.B. 120 Enrolled

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CONTINUING EDUCATION ON FEDERALISM

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2014 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Ken Ivory

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Senate Sponsor: Mark B. Madsen

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             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill requires the Commission on Federalism to create a curriculum for a seminar
             10      on federalism that will then be required for a designated person from certain state and
             11      local agencies.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    requires the Commission on Federalism to create a curriculum on federalism;
             15          .    sets out parameters for the curriculum; and
             16          .    requires certain agencies, political subdivisions, and offices to designate a person to
             17      attend a seminar on federalism at least once every two years.
             18      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             19          None
             20      Other Special Clauses:
             21          None
             22      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             23      AMENDS:
             24           63C-4a-303 , as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2013, Chapter 101
             25      ENACTS:
             26           63C-4a-306 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
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             28      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             29          Section 1. Section 63C-4a-303 is amended to read:


             30           63C-4a-303. Duties of Commission on Federalism.
             31          (1) In accordance with Section 63C-4a-304 , the commission may evaluate a federal
             32      law:
             33          (a) as agreed by a majority of the commission; or
             34          (b) submitted to the commission by a council member.
             35          (2) The commission may request information regarding a federal law under evaluation
             36      from a United States senator or representative elected from the state.
             37          (3) If the commission finds that a federal law is not authorized by the United States
             38      Constitution or violates the principle of federalism as described in Subsection 63C-4a-304 (2), a
             39      commission cochair may:
             40          (a) request from a United States senator or representative elected from the state:
             41          (i) information about the federal law; or
             42          (ii) assistance in communicating with a federal governmental entity regarding the
             43      federal law;
             44          (b) (i) give written notice of an evaluation made under Subsection (1) to the federal
             45      governmental entity responsible for adopting or administering the federal law; and
             46          (ii) request a response by a specific date to the evaluation from the federal
             47      governmental entity; and
             48          (c) request a meeting, conducted in person or by electronic means, with the federal
             49      governmental entity, a representative from another state, or a United States Senator or
             50      Representative elected from the state to discuss the evaluation of federal law and any possible
             51      remedy.
             52          (4) The commission may recommend to the governor that the governor call a special
             53      session of the Legislature to give the Legislature an opportunity to respond to the commission's
             54      evaluation of a federal law.
             55          (5) A commission cochair may coordinate the evaluation of and response to federal law
             56      with another state as provided in Section 63C-4a-305 .
             57          (6) On May 20 and October 20 of each year, the commission shall submit a report by


             58      electronic mail to the Legislative Management Committee and the Government Operations
             59      Interim Committee that summarizes:
             60          (a) action taken by the commission in accordance with this section; and
             61          (b) action taken by, or communication received from, any of the following in response
             62      to a request or inquiry made, or other action taken, by the commission:
             63          (i) a United States senator or representative elected from the state;
             64          (ii) a representative of another state; or
             65          (iii) a federal entity, official, or employee.
             66          (7) The commission shall keep a current list on the Legislature's website of:
             67          (a) a federal law that the commission evaluates under Subsection (1);
             68          (b) an action taken by a cochair of the commission under Subsection (3);
             69          (c) any coordination undertaken with another state under Section 63C-4a-305 ; and
             70          (d) any response received from a federal government entity that was requested under
             71      Subsection (3).
             72          (8) The commission shall develop curriculum for a seminar on the principles of
             73      federalism. The curriculum shall be available to the general public and include:
             74          (a) fundamental principles of federalism;
             75          (b) the sovereignty, supremacy, and jurisdiction of the individual states, including their
             76      police powers;
             77          (c) the history and practical implementation of the Tenth Amendment to the United
             78      States Constitution;
             79          (d) the authority and limits on the authority of the federal government as found in the
             80      United States Constitution;
             81          (e) the relationship between the state and federal governments;
             82          (f) methods of evaluating a federal law in the context of the principles of federalism;
             83          (g) how and when challenges should be made to a federal law or regulation on the basis
             84      of federalism;
             85          (h) the separate and independent powers of the state that serve as a check on the federal


             86      government;
             87          (i) first amendment rights and freedoms contained therein; and
             88          (j) any other issues relating to federalism the commission considers necessary.
             89          (9) The commission may apply for and receive grants, and receive private donations to
             90      assist in funding the creation, enhancement, and dissemination of the curriculum.
             91          Section 2. Section 63C-4a-306 is enacted to read:
             92          63C-4a-306. Course on federalism required.
             93          (1) This section shall apply to:
             94          (a) all political subdivisions of the state;
             95          (b) all agencies of the state;
             96          (c) the Attorney General's office; and
             97          (d) the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel.
             98          (2) Beginning January 1, 2015, an employing entity listed in Subsection (1) shall
             99      appoint at least one designee to which all questions and inquiries regarding federalism shall be
             100      directed. The designee shall be required to attend a seminar on the principles of federalism
             101      developed pursuant to Subsection 63C-4a-303 (8) at least once in every two-year period.
             102          (3) The designee may complete the requirements of this section by attending a seminar
             103      in person or online.


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