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First Substitute H.B. 145

Representative Kay J. Christofferson proposes the following substitute bill:


             1     
PRIVATIZATION OF STATE GOLF COURSE

             2     
OPERATIONS

             3     
2014 GENERAL SESSION

             4     
STATE OF UTAH

             5     
Chief Sponsor: Kay J. Christofferson

             6     
Senate Sponsor: ____________

             7     
             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          This bill provides revisor instructions.


             26      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             27      AMENDS:
             28           79-4-203 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2012, Chapter 347
             29      ENACTS:
             30           63A-2-106 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
             31      Utah Code Sections Affected by Revisor Instructions:
             32           63A-2-106 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
             33     
             34      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             35          Section 1. Section 63A-2-106 is enacted to read:
             36          63A-2-106. Privatization of state golf course operations.
             37          (1) As used in this section:
             38          (a) "Golf course consultant" means a person with demonstrated expertise in the private
             39      operation of a golf course.
             40          (b) "Parks division" means the Division of Parks and Recreation created in Section
             41      79-4-201 .
             42          (c) "Private golf course operator" means a person in the private sector qualified to
             43      operate and maintain state golf courses.
             44          (d) "Procurement code" means Title 63G, Chapter 6a, Utah Procurement Code.
             45          (e) "Request for proposals" has the same meaning as defined in Section 63G-6a-103 .
             46          (f) "State golf courses" means all golf courses that the state owns and that are operated
             47      by the parks division.
             48          (2) (a) No later than 45 days after the effective date of this section, the division shall, in
             49      accordance with the procurement code, hire a golf course consultant to assist the division in the
             50      process of preparing a request for proposals for a private golf course operator.
             51          (b) The parks division shall pay the golf course consultant's fee from money within the
             52      parks division's existing budget.
             53          (3) No later than 90 days after the effective date of this section, the division shall, with
             54      the assistance of the golf course consultant and in consultation with the parks division, prepare
             55      and issue a request for proposals, in accordance with the procurement code and this section,
             56      seeking proposals from private golf course operators to operate, maintain, and manage the state


             57      golf courses, subject to:
             58          (a) any existing contracts for concessions; and
             59          (b) any applicable provisions of the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act, 16 U.S.C.
             60      Sec. 460l, et seq.
             61          (4) A request for proposals under Subsection (3) shall:
             62          (a) provide for proposals responding to the request for proposals to be submitted to the
             63      division no later than October 15, 2014;
             64          (b) require proposals to ensure that the state golf courses will remain devoted to public
             65      outdoor recreation uses; and
             66          (c) require compliance with the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act, 16 U.S.C.
             67      Sec. 460l, et seq.
             68          (5) The division shall, in accordance with the procurement code, with the assistance of
             69      the golf course consultant, and in consultation with the parks division:
             70          (a) evaluate proposals submitted in response to the request for proposals under
             71      Subsection (3);
             72          (b) identify any proposals that provide better value to the state than continuing the
             73      operation of the state golf courses by the parks division; and
             74          (c) determine which proposal offers the best value to the state and deliver that proposal
             75      to the parks division.
             76          (6) Nothing in Subsection (5) may be construed to require the division to conclude that
             77      any proposal offers better value to the state than continuing the operation of the state golf
             78      courses by the parks division.
             79          (7) Within a reasonable time after receiving the proposal and the division's
             80      determination under Subsection (5)(c), the parks division shall negotiate a contract with the
             81      offeror of that proposal, in accordance with the procurement code, for the operation of the state
             82      golf courses.
             83          (8) The division shall report on its activities under this section:
             84          (a) at each meeting of the Privatization Policy Board, created in Section 63I-4a-202 ,
             85      held before the division enters a contract under Subsection (7), and annually thereafter; and
             86          (b) to each interim committee of the Legislature that requests the division to make a
             87      report.


             88          (9) Nothing in this section may be construed to require action of the division or the
             89      parks division if that action would be considered a conversion of one or more of the state golf
             90      courses to other than public outdoor recreation uses under the Land and Water Conservation
             91      Fund Act, 16 U.S.C. Sec. 460l, et seq.
             92          Section 2. Section 79-4-203 is amended to read:
             93           79-4-203. Powers and duties of division.
             94          (1) As used in this section, "real property" includes land under water, upland, and all
             95      other property commonly or legally defined as real property.
             96          (2) The Division of Wildlife Resources shall retain the power and jurisdiction
             97      conferred upon it by law within state parks and on property controlled by the Division of Parks
             98      and Recreation with reference to fish and game.
             99          (3) The division shall permit multiple use of state parks and property controlled by it
             100      for purposes such as grazing, fishing, hunting, mining, and the development and utilization of
             101      water and other natural resources.
             102          (4) (a) The division may acquire real and personal property in the name of the state by
             103      all legal and proper means, including purchase, gift, devise, eminent domain, lease, exchange,
             104      or otherwise, subject to the approval of the executive director and the governor.
             105          (b) In acquiring any real or personal property, the credit of the state may not be pledged
             106      without the consent of the Legislature.
             107          (5) (a) Before acquiring any real property, the division shall notify the county
             108      legislative body of the county where the property is situated of its intention to acquire the
             109      property.
             110          (b) If the county legislative body requests a hearing within 10 days of receipt of the
             111      notice, the division shall hold a public hearing in the county concerning the matter.
             112          (6) Acceptance of gifts or devises of land or other property is at the discretion of the
             113      division, subject to the approval of the executive director and the governor.
             114          (7) The division shall acquire property by eminent domain in the manner authorized by
             115      Title 78B, Chapter 6, Part 5, Eminent Domain.
             116          (8) (a) The division may make charges for special services and use of facilities, the
             117      income from which is available for park and recreation purposes.
             118          (b) The division may conduct and operate those services necessary for the comfort and


             119      convenience of the public.
             120          (9) (a) [The] Subject to Section 63A-2-106 , the division may lease or rent concessions
             121      of all lawful kinds and nature in state parks and property to persons, partnerships, and
             122      corporations for a valuable consideration upon the recommendation of the board.
             123          (b) The division shall comply with Title 63G, Chapter 6a, Utah Procurement Code, in
             124      selecting concessionaires.
             125          (10) The division shall proceed without delay to negotiate with the federal government
             126      concerning the Weber Basin and other recreation and reclamation projects.
             127          (11) The division shall receive and distribute voluntary contributions collected under
             128      Section 41-1a-422 in accordance with Section 79-4-404 .
             129          (12) The division shall:
             130          (a) cooperate with and provide assistance to the Division of Purchasing and General
             131      Services, created in Section 63A-2-101 , throughout the process described in Section
             132      63A-2-106 relating to privatizing state golf course operations; and
             133          (b) as applicable, comply with Subsections 63A-2-106 (2)(b) and (7).
             134          Section 3. Effective date.
             135          If approved by two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, this bill takes effect
             136      upon approval by the governor, or the day following the constitutional time limit of Utah
             137      Constitution, Article VII, Section 8, without the governor's signature, or in the case of a veto,
             138      the date of veto override.
             139          Section 4. Revisor instructions.
             140          The Legislature intends that the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel, in
             141      preparing the Utah Code database for publication, replace the language "45 days after the
             142      effective date of this section" in Subsection 63A-2-106 (2)(a), as enacted in this bill, and the
             143      language "90 days after the effective date of this section" in Subsection 63A-2-106 (3), as
             144      enacted in this bill, with the actual applicable dates based on the bill's actual effective date.


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