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H.B. 145

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PRIVATIZATION OF STATE GOLF COURSE

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OPERATIONS

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2014 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Kay J. Christofferson

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Senate Sponsor: ____________

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             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill enacts provisions relating to the potential privatization of the operation of state
             11      golf courses.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    requires the Division of Purchasing and General Services to hire a golf course
             15      consultant to help with the process of determining whether to privatize the
             16      operations of state golf courses;
             17          .    provides a process for issuing a request for proposals for the private operation of
             18      state golf courses and for evaluating proposals submitted in response to the request;
             19      and
             20          .    modifies powers and duties of the Division of Parks and Recreation.
             21      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             22          None
             23      Other Special Clauses:
             24          This bill provides an immediate effective date.
             25      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             26      AMENDS:
             27           79-4-203 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2012, Chapter 347


             28      ENACTS:
             29           63A-2-106 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
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             31      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             32          Section 1. Section 63A-2-106 is enacted to read:
             33          63A-2-106. Privatization of state golf course operations.
             34          (1) As used in this section:
             35          (a) "Golf course consultant" means a person with demonstrated expertise in the private
             36      operation of a golf course.
             37          (b) "Parks division" means the Division of Parks and Recreation created in Section
             38      79-4-201 .
             39          (c) "Private golf course operator" means a person in the private sector qualified to
             40      operate and maintain state golf courses.
             41          (d) "Procurement code" means Title 63G, Chapter 6a, Utah Procurement Code.
             42          (e) "Request for proposals" has the same meaning as defined in Section 63G-6a-103 .
             43          (f) "State golf courses" means all golf courses that the state owns and that are operated
             44      by the parks division.
             45          (2) (a) No later than 45 days after the effective date of this section, the division shall, in
             46      accordance with the procurement code, hire a golf course consultant to assist the division in the
             47      process of preparing a request for proposals for a private golf course operator.
             48          (b) The parks division shall pay the golf course consultant's fee from money within the
             49      parks division's existing budget.
             50          (3) No later than 90 days after the effective date of this section, the division shall, with
             51      the assistance of the golf course consultant and in consultation with the parks division, prepare
             52      and issue a request for proposals, in accordance with the procurement code and this section, for
             53      a private golf course operator.
             54          (4) A request for proposals under Subsection (3) shall:
             55          (a) provide for proposals responding to the request for proposals to be submitted to the
             56      division no later than October 15, 2014; and
             57          (b) allow offerors to include in their proposals the operation of concessions at the state
             58      golf courses, subject to any existing contract for concessions.


             59          (5) A proposal submitted in response to a request for proposals under Subsection (3)
             60      may propose any arrangement for the operation of the state golf courses, including:
             61          (a) leasing the land on which the state golf courses are located for the purpose of
             62      operating the state golf courses; and
             63          (b) operating the state golf courses without leasing the land on which the state golf
             64      courses are located.
             65          (6) The division shall, in accordance with the procurement code and with the assistance
             66      of the golf course consultant:
             67          (a) evaluate proposals submitted in response to the request for proposals under
             68      Subsection (3);
             69          (b) determine whether any proposal provides better value to the state than continuing
             70      the operation of the state golf courses by the parks division; and
             71          (c) deliver to the parks division the proposal that the division determines to provide
             72      better value, as provided in Subsection (6)(b), if the division makes that determination.
             73          (7) Within 30 days after receiving the proposal and the division's determination under
             74      Subsection (6)(c), the parks division shall negotiate and enter into a contract with the offeror of
             75      that proposal, in accordance with the procurement code, for the operation of the state golf
             76      courses.
             77          (8) The division shall report on its activities under this section:
             78          (a) at each meeting of the Privatization Policy Board, created in Section 63I-4a-202 ,
             79      held before the division enters a contract under Subsection (7), and annually thereafter; and
             80          (b) to each interim committee of the Legislature that requests the division to make a
             81      report.
             82          Section 2. Section 79-4-203 is amended to read:
             83           79-4-203. Powers and duties of division.
             84          (1) As used in this section, "real property" includes land under water, upland, and all
             85      other property commonly or legally defined as real property.
             86          (2) The Division of Wildlife Resources shall retain the power and jurisdiction
             87      conferred upon it by law within state parks and on property controlled by the Division of Parks
             88      and Recreation with reference to fish and game.
             89          (3) The division shall permit multiple use of state parks and property controlled by it


             90      for purposes such as grazing, fishing, hunting, mining, and the development and utilization of
             91      water and other natural resources.
             92          (4) (a) The division may acquire real and personal property in the name of the state by
             93      all legal and proper means, including purchase, gift, devise, eminent domain, lease, exchange,
             94      or otherwise, subject to the approval of the executive director and the governor.
             95          (b) In acquiring any real or personal property, the credit of the state may not be pledged
             96      without the consent of the Legislature.
             97          (5) (a) Before acquiring any real property, the division shall notify the county
             98      legislative body of the county where the property is situated of its intention to acquire the
             99      property.
             100          (b) If the county legislative body requests a hearing within 10 days of receipt of the
             101      notice, the division shall hold a public hearing in the county concerning the matter.
             102          (6) Acceptance of gifts or devises of land or other property is at the discretion of the
             103      division, subject to the approval of the executive director and the governor.
             104          (7) The division shall acquire property by eminent domain in the manner authorized by
             105      Title 78B, Chapter 6, Part 5, Eminent Domain.
             106          (8) (a) The division may make charges for special services and use of facilities, the
             107      income from which is available for park and recreation purposes.
             108          (b) The division may conduct and operate those services necessary for the comfort and
             109      convenience of the public.
             110          (9) (a) [The] Subject to Section 63A-2-106 , the division may lease or rent concessions
             111      of all lawful kinds and nature in state parks and property to persons, partnerships, and
             112      corporations for a valuable consideration upon the recommendation of the board.
             113          (b) The division shall comply with Title 63G, Chapter 6a, Utah Procurement Code, in
             114      selecting concessionaires.
             115          (10) The division shall proceed without delay to negotiate with the federal government
             116      concerning the Weber Basin and other recreation and reclamation projects.
             117          (11) The division shall receive and distribute voluntary contributions collected under
             118      Section 41-1a-422 in accordance with Section 79-4-404 .
             119          (12) The division shall:
             120          (a) cooperate with and provide assistance to the Division of Purchasing and General


             121      Services, created in Section 63A-2-101 , throughout the process described in Section
             122      63A-2-106 relating to privatizing state golf course operations; and
             123          (b) as applicable, comply with Subsections 63A-2-106 (2)(b) and (7).
             124          Section 3. Effective date.
             125          If approved by two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, this bill takes effect
             126      upon approval by the governor, or the day following the constitutional time limit of Utah
             127      Constitution, Article VII, Section 8, without the governor's signature, or in the case of a veto,
             128      the date of veto override.
             129          Section 4. Revisor instructions.
             130          The Legislature intends that the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel, in
             131      preparing the Utah Code database for publication, replace the language "45 days after the
             132      effective date of this section" in Subsection 63A-2-106 (2)(a), as enacted in this bill, and the
             133      language "90 days after the effective date of this section" in Subsection 63A-2-106 (3), as
             134      enacted in this bill, with the actual applicable dates based on the bill's actual effective date.




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