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First Substitute H.B. 228

Representative Brian M. Greene proposes the following substitute bill:


             1     
UTAH STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION ELECTIONS AND

             2     
REPORTING AMENDMENTS

             3     
2014 GENERAL SESSION

             4     
STATE OF UTAH

             5     
Chief Sponsor: Brian M. Greene

             6     
Senate Sponsor: ____________

             7     
             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill amends provisions of the Election Code to make candidates for, and members
             11      of, the Utah State Board of Education subject to partisan election and modifies the
             12      reporting requirements of state school board office candidates and officeholders.
             13      Highlighted Provisions:
             14          This bill:
             15          .    provides that members of the Utah State Board of Education are elected through
             16      partisan elections;
             17          .    modifies the reporting requirements of state school board office candidates and
             18      officeholders;
             19          .    removes the nominating committee, and related provisions, for selecting candidates
             20      to run for the Utah State Board of Education; and
             21          .    makes technical changes.
             22      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             23          None
             24      Other Special Clauses:
             25          None


             26      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             27      AMENDS:
             28           20A-1-504 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 197
             29           20A-11-403 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2013, Chapter 420
             30           20A-11-1301 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2012, Chapter 230
             31           20A-11-1303 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2013, Chapter 420
             32           20A-11-1305 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2013, Chapters 252, 317, and 420
             33           20A-14-104 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2004, Chapter 19
             34      REPEALS:
             35           20A-14-105 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapters 292, 327, 335 and last
             36      amended by Coordination Clause, Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 327
             37     
             38      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             39          Section 1. Section 20A-1-504 is amended to read:
             40           20A-1-504. Midterm vacancies in the offices of attorney general, state treasurer,
             41      state auditor, and lieutenant governor.
             42          (1) (a) When a vacancy occurs for any reason in the office of attorney general, state
             43      treasurer, [or] state auditor, or State Board of Education, it shall be filled for the unexpired
             44      term at the next regular general election.
             45          (b) The governor shall fill the vacancy until the next regular general election by
             46      appointing a person who meets the qualifications for the office from three persons nominated
             47      by the state central committee of the same political party as the prior officeholder.
             48          (2) If a vacancy occurs in the office of lieutenant governor, the governor shall, with the
             49      consent of the Senate, appoint a person to hold the office until the next regular general election
             50      at which the governor stands for election.
             51          Section 2. Section 20A-11-403 is amended to read:
             52           20A-11-403. Failure to file -- Penalties.
             53          (1) Within 30 days after a deadline for the filing of a summary report, the lieutenant
             54      governor shall review each filed summary report to ensure that:
             55          (a) each officeholder that is required to file a summary report has filed one; and
             56          (b) each summary report contains the information required by this part.


             57          (2) If it appears that any officeholder has failed to file the summary report required by
             58      law, if it appears that a filed summary report does not conform to the law, or if the lieutenant
             59      governor has received a written complaint alleging a violation of the law or the falsity of any
             60      summary report, the lieutenant governor shall, if the lieutenant governor determines that a
             61      violation has occurred:
             62          (a) impose a fine against the filing entity in accordance with Section 20A-11-1005 ; and
             63          (b) within five days of discovery of a violation or receipt of a written complaint, notify
             64      the officeholder of the violation or written complaint and direct the officeholder to file a
             65      summary report correcting the problem.
             66          (3) (a) It is unlawful for any officeholder to fail to file or amend a summary report
             67      within seven days after receiving notice from the lieutenant governor under this section.
             68          (b) Each officeholder who violates Subsection (3)(a) is guilty of a class B
             69      misdemeanor.
             70          (c) The lieutenant governor shall report all violations of Subsection (3)(a) to the
             71      attorney general.
             72          (d) In addition to the criminal penalty described in Subsection (3)(b), the lieutenant
             73      governor shall impose a civil fine of $100 against an officeholder who violates Subsection
             74      (3)(a).
             75          (4) Within 30 days after a deadline for the filing of an interim report by an officeholder
             76      under Subsection 20A-11-204 (1)(c), 20A-11-303 (1)(c), or 20A-11-1303 (1)[(c)](d), the
             77      lieutenant governor shall review each filed interim report to ensure that each interim report
             78      contains the information required for the report.
             79          (5) If it appears that any officeholder has failed to file an interim report required by
             80      law, if it appears that a filed interim report does not conform to the law, or if the lieutenant
             81      governor has received a written complaint alleging a violation of the law or the falsity of any
             82      interim report, the lieutenant governor shall, if the lieutenant governor determines that a
             83      violation has occurred:
             84          (a) impose a fine against the filing entity in accordance with Section 20A-11-1005 ; and
             85          (b) within five days after the day on which the violation is discovered or a written
             86      complaint is received, notify the officeholder of the violation or written complaint and direct
             87      the officeholder to file an interim report correcting the problem.


             88          (6) (a) It is unlawful for any officeholder to fail to file or amend an interim report
             89      within seven days after the day on which the officeholder receives notice from the lieutenant
             90      governor under this section.
             91          (b) Each officeholder who violates Subsection (6)(a) is guilty of a class B
             92      misdemeanor.
             93          (c) The lieutenant governor shall report all violations of Subsection (6)(a) to the
             94      attorney general.
             95          (d) In addition to the criminal penalty described in Subsection (6)(b), the lieutenant
             96      governor shall impose a civil fine of $100 against an officeholder who violates Subsection
             97      (6)(a).
             98          Section 3. Section 20A-11-1301 is amended to read:
             99           20A-11-1301. School board office candidate -- Campaign finance requirements --
             100      Candidate as a political action committee officer -- No personal use -- Report
             101      contributions within 30 days -- Report other accounts.
             102          (1) (a) (i) Each school board office candidate shall deposit each contribution and public
             103      service assistance received in one or more separate accounts in a financial institution that are
             104      dedicated only to that purpose.
             105          (ii) A school board office candidate may:
             106          (A) receive a contribution or public service assistance from a political action
             107      committee registered under Section 20A-11-601 ; and
             108          (B) be designated by a political action committee as an officer who has primary
             109      decision-making authority as described in Section 20A-11-601 .
             110          (b) A school board office candidate may not use money deposited in an account
             111      described in Subsection (1)(a)(i) for:
             112          (i) a personal use expenditure; or
             113          (ii) an expenditure prohibited by law.
             114          (2) A school board office candidate may not deposit or mingle any contributions or
             115      public service assistance received into a personal or business account.
             116          (3) A school board office candidate may not make any political expenditures prohibited
             117      by law.
             118          (4) If a person who is no longer a school board candidate chooses not to expend the


             119      money remaining in a campaign account, the person shall continue to file the year-end
             120      summary report required by Section 20A-11-1302 until the statement of dissolution and final
             121      summary report required by Section 20A-11-1304 are filed with:
             122          (a) the lieutenant governor in the case of a state school board candidate; and
             123          (b) the county clerk, in the case of a local school board candidate.
             124          (5) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (5)(b) and Section 20A-11-402 , a person who
             125      is no longer a school board candidate may not expend or transfer the money in a campaign
             126      account in a manner that would cause the former school board candidate to recognize the
             127      money as taxable income under federal tax law.
             128          (b) A person who is no longer a school board candidate may transfer the money in a
             129      campaign account in a manner that would cause the former school board candidate to recognize
             130      the money as taxable income under federal tax law if the transfer is made to a campaign
             131      account for federal office.
             132          (6) (a) As used in this Subsection (6), [and Section 20A-11-1303 ,] "received" [means:]
             133      is as defined in Subsection 20A-11-1303 (1)(a).
             134          [(i) for a cash contribution, that the cash is given to a school board office candidate or a
             135      member of the candidate's personal campaign committee;]
             136          [(ii) for a contribution that is a negotiable instrument or check, that the negotiable
             137      instrument or check is negotiated; and]
             138          [(iii) for any other type of contribution, that any portion of the contribution's benefit
             139      inures to the school board office candidate.]
             140          (b) Each school board office candidate shall report to the chief election officer each
             141      contribution and public service assistance within 30 days after the contribution or public
             142      service assistance is received.
             143          (7) (a) As used in this Subsection (7), "account" means an account in a financial
             144      institution:
             145          (i) that is not described in Subsection (1)(a)(i); and
             146          (ii) into which or from which a person who, as a candidate for an office, other than a
             147      school board office for which the person files a declaration of candidacy or federal office, or as
             148      a holder of an office, other than a school board office for which the person files a declaration of
             149      candidacy or federal office, deposits a contribution or makes an expenditure.


             150          (b) A school board office candidate shall include on any financial statement filed in
             151      accordance with this part:
             152          (i) a contribution deposited in an account:
             153          (A) since the last campaign finance statement was filed; or
             154          (B) that has not been reported under a statute or ordinance that governs the account; or
             155          (ii) an expenditure made from an account:
             156          (A) since the last campaign finance statement was filed; or
             157          (B) that has not been reported under a statute or ordinance that governs the account.
             158          Section 4. Section 20A-11-1303 is amended to read:
             159           20A-11-1303. School board office candidate and school board officeholder --
             160      Financial reporting requirements -- Interim reports.
             161          (1) (a) As used in this section, "received" means:
             162          (i) for a cash contribution, that the cash is given to a school board office candidate or a
             163      member of the candidate's personal campaign committee;
             164          (ii) for a contribution that is a negotiable instrument or check, that the negotiable
             165      instrument or check is negotiated; and
             166          (iii) for any other type of contribution, that any portion of the contribution's benefit
             167      inures to the school board office candidate.
             168          [(1) (a)] (b) As used in this Subsection (1), "campaign account" means a separate
             169      campaign account required under Subsection 20A-11-1301 (1)(a)(i).
             170          [(b)] (c) Each school board office candidate shall file an interim report at the following
             171      times in any year in which the candidate has filed a declaration of candidacy for a public office:
             172          (i) [May 15,] for a state school board office candidate, seven days before the state
             173      school board office candidate's political convention;
             174          (ii) seven days before the regular primary election date;
             175          (iii) August 31; and
             176          (iv) seven days before the regular general election date.
             177          [(c)] (d) Each state school board office holder who has a campaign account that has not
             178      been dissolved under Section 20A-11-1304 shall, in an even year, file an interim report at the
             179      following times, regardless of whether an election for the state school board office holder's
             180      office is held that year:


             181          (i) [May 15] seven days before the political convention for the political party of the
             182      state school board officeholder;
             183          (ii) seven days before the regular primary election date for that year;
             184          (iii) August 31; and
             185          (iv) seven days before the regular general election date.
             186          (2) Each interim report shall include the following information:
             187          (a) the net balance of the last summary report, if any;
             188          (b) a single figure equal to the total amount of receipts reported on all prior interim
             189      reports, if any, during the calendar year in which the interim report is due;
             190          (c) a single figure equal to the total amount of expenditures reported on all prior
             191      interim reports, if any, filed during the calendar year in which the interim report is due;
             192          (d) a detailed listing of each contribution and public service assistance received since
             193      the last summary report that has not been reported in detail on a prior interim report;
             194          (e) for each nonmonetary contribution:
             195          (i) the fair market value of the contribution with that information provided by the
             196      contributor; and
             197          (ii) a specific description of the contribution;
             198          (f) a detailed listing of each expenditure made since the last summary report that has
             199      not been reported in detail on a prior interim report;
             200          (g) for each nonmonetary expenditure, the fair market value of the expenditure;
             201          (h) a net balance for the year consisting of the net balance from the last summary
             202      report, if any, plus all receipts since the last summary report minus all expenditures since the
             203      last summary report;
             204          (i) a summary page in the form required by the lieutenant governor that identifies:
             205          (i) beginning balance;
             206          (ii) total contributions during the period since the last statement;
             207          (iii) total contributions to date;
             208          (iv) total expenditures during the period since the last statement; and
             209          (v) total expenditures to date; and
             210          (j) the name of a political action committee for which the school board office candidate
             211      or school board office holder is designated as an officer who has primary decision-making


             212      authority under Section 20A-11-601 .
             213          (3) (a) For all individual contributions or public service assistance of $50 or less, a
             214      single aggregate figure may be reported without separate detailed listings.
             215          (b) Two or more contributions from the same source that have an aggregate total of
             216      more than $50 may not be reported in the aggregate, but shall be reported separately.
             217          (4) (a) In preparing each interim report, all receipts and expenditures shall be reported
             218      as of five days before the required filing date of the report.
             219          (b) Any negotiable instrument or check received by a school board office candidate or
             220      school board office holder more than five days before the required filing date of a report
             221      required by this section shall be included in the interim report.
             222          Section 5. Section 20A-11-1305 is amended to read:
             223           20A-11-1305. School board office candidate -- Failure to file statement --
             224      Penalties.
             225          (1) (a) A school board office candidate who fails to file a financial statement by the
             226      deadline is subject to a fine imposed in accordance with Section 20A-11-1005 .
             227          (b) If a school board office candidate fails to file an interim report due before the
             228      regular primary election, on August 31, or before the regular general election, the chief election
             229      officer shall, after making a reasonable attempt to discover if the report was timely filed,
             230      inform the county clerk and other appropriate election officials who:
             231          (i) (A) shall, if practicable, remove the name of the candidate from the ballots before
             232      the ballots are delivered to voters; or
             233          (B) shall, if removing the candidate's name from the ballot is not practicable, inform
             234      the voters by any practicable method that the candidate has been disqualified and that votes
             235      cast for the candidate will not be counted; and
             236          (ii) may not count any votes for that candidate.
             237          (c) Any school board office candidate who fails to file timely a financial statement
             238      required by Subsection 20A-11-1303 (1)[(b)(ii), (iii), or (iv)](c) is disqualified.
             239          (d) Notwithstanding Subsections (1)(b) and (1)(c), a school board office candidate is
             240      not disqualified and the chief election officer may not impose a fine if:
             241          (i) the candidate timely files the reports required by this section in accordance with
             242      Section 20A-11-103 ;


             243          (ii) those reports are completed, detailing accurately and completely the information
             244      required by this part except for inadvertent omissions or insignificant errors or inaccuracies;
             245      and
             246          (iii) those omissions, errors, or inaccuracies described in Subsection (1)(d)(ii) are
             247      corrected in:
             248          (A) an amended report; or
             249          (B) the next scheduled report.
             250          (2) (a) Within 30 days after a deadline for the filing of a summary report by a candidate
             251      for state school board, the lieutenant governor shall review each filed summary report to ensure
             252      that:
             253          (i) each state school board candidate that is required to file a summary report has filed
             254      one; and
             255          (ii) each summary report contains the information required by this part.
             256          (b) If it appears that any state school board candidate has failed to file the summary
             257      report required by law, if it appears that a filed summary report does not conform to the law, or
             258      if the lieutenant governor has received a written complaint alleging a violation of the law or the
             259      falsity of any summary report, the lieutenant governor shall, within five days of discovery of a
             260      violation or receipt of a written complaint, notify the state school board candidate of the
             261      violation or written complaint and direct the state school board candidate to file a summary
             262      report correcting the problem.
             263          (c) (i) It is unlawful for any state school board candidate to fail to file or amend a
             264      summary report within seven days after receiving notice from the lieutenant governor under
             265      this section.
             266          (ii) Each state school board candidate who violates Subsection (2)(c)(i) is guilty of a
             267      class B misdemeanor.
             268          (iii) The lieutenant governor shall report all violations of Subsection (2)(c)(i) to the
             269      attorney general.
             270          (iv) In addition to the criminal penalty described in Subsection (2)(c)(ii), the lieutenant
             271      governor shall impose a civil fine of $100 against a state school board candidate who violates
             272      Subsection (2)(c)(i).
             273          (3) (a) Within 30 days after a deadline for the filing of a summary report, the county


             274      clerk shall review each filed summary report to ensure that:
             275          (i) each local school board candidate that is required to file a summary report has filed
             276      one; and
             277          (ii) each summary report contains the information required by this part.
             278          (b) If it appears that any local school board candidate has failed to file the summary
             279      report required by law, if it appears that a filed summary report does not conform to the law, or
             280      if the county clerk has received a written complaint alleging a violation of the law or the falsity
             281      of any summary report, the county clerk shall, within five days of discovery of a violation or
             282      receipt of a written complaint, notify the local school board candidate of the violation or
             283      written complaint and direct the local school board candidate to file a summary report
             284      correcting the problem.
             285          (c) (i) It is unlawful for any local school board candidate to fail to file or amend a
             286      summary report within seven days after receiving notice from the county clerk under this
             287      section.
             288          (ii) Each local school board candidate who violates Subsection (3)(c)(i) is guilty of a
             289      class B misdemeanor.
             290          (iii) The county clerk shall report all violations of Subsection (3)(c)(i) to the district or
             291      county attorney.
             292          (iv) In addition to the criminal penalty described in Subsection (3)(c)(ii), the lieutenant
             293      governor shall impose a civil fine of $100 against a local school board candidate who violates
             294      Subsection (3)(c)(i).
             295          Section 6. Section 20A-14-104 is amended to read:
             296           20A-14-104. Becoming a candidate for membership on the State Board of
             297      Education.
             298          [(1) (a) Persons] A person interested in becoming a candidate for the State Board of
             299      Education shall file a declaration of candidacy according to the procedures and requirements of
             300      Sections 20A-9-201 and 20A-9-202 .
             301          [(b) By May 1 of the year in which a State Board of Education member's term expires,
             302      the lieutenant governor shall submit the name of each person who has filed a declaration of
             303      candidacy for the State Board of Education to the nominating and recruiting committee for the
             304      State Board of Education.]


             305          [(2) By November 1 of the year preceding each regular general election year, a
             306      nominating and recruiting committee consisting of 12 members, each to serve a two-year term,
             307      shall be appointed by the governor as follows:]
             308          [(a) one member shall be appointed to represent each of the following business and
             309      industry sectors:]
             310          [(i) manufacturing and mining;]
             311          [(ii) transportation and public utilities;]
             312          [(iii) service, trade, and information technology;]
             313          [(iv) finance, insurance, and real estate;]
             314          [(v) construction; and]
             315          [(vi) agriculture; and]
             316          [(b) one member shall be appointed to represent each of the following education
             317      sectors:]
             318          [(i) teachers;]
             319          [(ii) school administrators;]
             320          [(iii) parents;]
             321          [(iv) local school board members;]
             322          [(v) charter schools; and]
             323          [(vi) higher education.]
             324          [(3) (a) The members appointed under Subsections (2)(a)(i) through (vi) and (2)(b)(i)
             325      through (vi) shall be appointed from lists containing at least two names submitted by
             326      organizations representing each of the respective sectors.]
             327          [(b) At least one member of the nominating and recruiting committee shall reside
             328      within each state board district in which a member's term expires during the committee's
             329      two-year term of office.]
             330          [(4) (a) The members shall elect one member to serve as chair for the committee.]
             331          [(b) The chair, or another member of the committee designated by the chair, shall
             332      schedule and convene all committee meetings.]
             333          [(c) Any formal action by the committee requires the approval of a majority of
             334      committee members.]
             335          [(d) Members of the nominating and recruiting committee shall serve without


             336      compensation, but they may be reimbursed for expenses incurred in the performance of their
             337      official duties as established by the Division of Finance.]
             338          [(5) The nominating and recruiting committee shall:]
             339          [(a) recruit potential candidates for membership on the State Board of Education prior
             340      to the deadline to file a declaration of candidacy;]
             341          [(b) prepare a list of candidates for membership on the State Board of Education for
             342      each state board district subject to election in that year using the qualifications under
             343      Subsection (6);]
             344          [(c) submit a list of at least three candidates for each state board position to the
             345      governor by July 1; and]
             346          [(d) ensure that the list includes appropriate background information on each
             347      candidate.]
             348          [(6) The nominating committee shall select a broad variety of candidates who possess
             349      outstanding professional qualifications relating to the powers and duties of the State Board of
             350      Education, including experience in the following areas:]
             351          [(a) business and industry administration;]
             352          [(b) business and industry human resource management;]
             353          [(c) business and industry finance;]
             354          [(d) business and industry, including expertise in:]
             355          [(i) metrics and evaluation;]
             356          [(ii) manufacturing;]
             357          [(iii) retailing;]
             358          [(iv) natural resources;]
             359          [(v) information technology;]
             360          [(vi) construction;]
             361          [(vii) banking;]
             362          [(viii) science and engineering; and]
             363          [(ix) medical and healthcare;]
             364          [(e) higher education administration;]
             365          [(f) applied technology education;]
             366          [(g) public education administration;]


             367          [(h) public education instruction;]
             368          [(i) economic development;]
             369          [(j) labor; and]
             370          [(k) other life experiences that would benefit the State Board of Education.]
             371          Section 7. Repealer.
             372          This bill repeals:
             373          Section 20A-14-105 , Becoming a candidate for membership on the State Board of
             374      Education -- Selection of candidates by the governor -- Ballot placement.


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