First Substitute H.B. 59

Representative Val L. Peterson proposes the following substitute bill:




Chief Sponsor: Val L. Peterson

Senate Sponsor: Curtis S. Bramble

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill establishes the Utah National Guard Morale, Welfare, and Recreation
             10      Program.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    authorizes the establishment of a state Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Program for
             14      the Utah National Guard;
             15          .    defines terms;
             16          .    specifies who is entitled to use the program;
             17          .    requires the adjutant general to set requirements and parameters for the program;
             18          .    allows the use of State Armory Board properties for the program; and
             19          .    creates an expendable special revenue fund for money generated by the program.
             20      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             21          None
             22      Other Special Clauses:
             23          None
             24      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             25      ENACTS:

             26           39-9-101 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
             27           39-9-102 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
             28           39-9-103 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
             29           39-9-104 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
             30           39-9-105 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
             31           39-9-106 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
             32           39-9-107 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
             34      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             35          Section 1. Section 39-9-101 is enacted to read:

             37          39-9-101. Title -- Program established.
             38          (1) This chapter is known as the "State Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Program."
             39          (2) The adjutant general is authorized to establish a Utah National Guard Morale,
             40      Welfare, and Recreation Program to serve members of the military, eligible dependents, and
             41      others as set out in Section 39-9-103 .
             42          Section 2. Section 39-9-102 is enacted to read:
             43          39-9-102. Definitions.
             44          For purposes of this chapter:
             45          (1) "Dependent" means the spouse or children of a person eligible to use the program
             46      and facilities in accordance with Section 39-9-103 .
             47          (2) "MWR" means morale, welfare, and recreation.
             48          (3) "MWR facility" means any Utah National Guard facility located on a Department
             49      of Defense or Utah National Guard installation or on property controlled by the Department of
             50      Defense or the Utah National Guard, the purpose of which is to enhance MWR for authorized
             51      patrons.
             52          Section 3. Section 39-9-103 is enacted to read:
             53          39-9-103. Eligibility and facilities.
             54          (1) Use of the MWR program and facilities is limited to:
             55          (a) active and reserve component members of the Utah National Guard and armed
             56      forces of the United States;

             57          (b) persons retired from the armed forces of the United States;
             58          (c) civilian employees of the Utah National Guard;
             59          (d) dependents of authorized persons in Subsections (1)(a) through (c);
             60          (e) contracted employees of the Utah National Guard while working on-site or
             61      conducting business on National Guard property; and
             62          (f) sponsored persons when personally accompanied by a sponsor who is an eligible
             63      patron as described in this section.
             64          (2) MWR facilities include any of the following, even if the shop, building, or parcel is
             65      only partially used for MWR purposes:
             66          (a) post or base exchange;
             67          (b) canteen or service club;
             68          (c) barber shop;
             69          (d) fitness center;
             70          (e) snack bar;
             71          (f) restaurant;
             72          (g) billeting operation;
             73          (h) laundry facility;
             74          (i) range;
             75          (j) swimming pool; or
             76          (k) any other shop, building, or parcel that meets the definition of MWR facility in
             77      Section 39-9-102 .
             78          (3) The adjutant general shall, by regulation, determine specific use priorities when
             79      MWR facilities cannot accommodate all authorized patrons.
             80          Section 4. Section 39-9-104 is enacted to read:
             81          39-9-104. Administration of MWR Program.
             82          (1) The adjutant general may authorize the program to:
             83          (a) contract for goods and services;
             84          (b) hire employees; and
             85          (c) receive funds from patrons in exchange for goods or services provided within the
             86      program.
             87          (2) The adjutant general is authorized to establish MWR facilities throughout the state

             88      that, in the adjutant general's judgment, are necessary for military purposes.
             89          (3) The adjutant general shall promulgate regulations to govern the operation of the
             90      program.
             91          (4) The adjutant general may appoint a director for the program.
             92          (5) The adjutant general shall establish a system of bookkeeping, accounting, and
             93      auditing procedures for the proper handling of funds derived from the program's operations.
             94          (6) The program may use State Armory Board-controlled properties, provided:
             95          (a) the use incurs no more than nominal cost to the state; or
             96          (b) any costs to the state above nominal associated with the use are reimbursed to the
             97      state by the program.
             98          Section 5. Section 39-9-105 is enacted to read:
             99          39-9-105. National Guard MWR Fund -- Proceeds.
             100          (1) There is created an expendable special revenue fund known as the National Guard
             101      MWR Fund.
             102          (2) The fund shall consist of:
             103          (a) all proceeds collected under this chapter;
             104          (b) donations made to the National Guard MWR Program; and
             105          (c) any appropriations to the program by the Legislature.
             106          (3) Money from the fund shall be used for the enhancement of morale, welfare, and
             107      recreation, and the administration of the program under this chapter, including paying the costs
             108      of:
             109          (a) salaries of program employees;
             110          (b) public liability insurance, when needed;
             111          (c) the adjutant general's Outreach Program;
             112          (d) the State Partnership Program; and
             113          (e) any other expenses considered necessary in furtherance of the program by the
             114      adjutant general or the adjutant general's designee.
             115          Section 6. Section 39-9-106 is enacted to read:
             116          39-9-106. Risk management.
             117          (1) The program shall be eligible to participate in the state risk management pool.
             118          (2) The program shall procure separate insurance policies to cover liability associated

             119      with activities and operations not otherwise covered in the state risk management pool or by
             120      the Division of Risk Management.
             121          Section 7. Section 39-9-107 is enacted to read:
             122          39-9-107. Equipment rentals and sales of food and beverage.
             123          Equipment rental and food and beverage sales shall be made in accordance with
             124      applicable state and federal law.

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