H.B. 120 Enrolled
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:
20 Other Special Clauses:
22 Utah Code Sections Affected:
24 63C-4a-303 , as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2013, Chapter 101
26 63C-4a-306 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
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
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
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
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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