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S.J.R. 16 Enrolled

             1     

JOINT RULES RESOLUTION - LEGISLATIVE

             2     
COMPENSATION AND EXPENSE REVISIONS

             3     
2014 GENERAL SESSION

             4     
STATE OF UTAH

             5     
Chief Sponsor: Lyle W. Hillyard

             6     
House Sponsor: Melvin R. Brown

             7     
             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This Joint Rules resolution of the Legislature modifies legislative rules for
             11      compensation and expense reimbursement.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This resolution:
             14          .    changes terms to comply with current compensation and expense requirements;
             15          .    amends the Legislative Management Committee's authority to designate which
             16      authorized legislative days qualify for both compensation and expense
             17      reimbursement or for expense reimbursement only; and
             18          .    amends per diem and expense related language in Joint Rules and Interim Rules.
             19      Special Clauses:
             20          None
             21      Legislative Rules Affected:
             22      AMENDS:
             23           IR1-1-202
             24           IR1-1-203
             25           IR3-1-102
             26           JR5-2-101
             27           JR5-3-101
             28           JR6-2-103
             29     


             30      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             31          Section 1. IR1-1-202 is amended to read:
             32           IR1-1-202. Interim committees -- Creation and organization of subcommittees.
             33          (1) An interim committee may establish one or more subcommittees if:
             34          (a) a majority of the interim committee votes to create the subcommittee;
             35          (b) the [per diem] compensation and expenses of the subcommittee members can be
             36      adequately covered within the budget of the interim committee; and
             37          (c) the interim committee solicits and receives approval from the Legislative
             38      Management Committee to create the subcommittee.
             39          (2) The interim committee shall establish the powers and duties of the subcommittee.
             40          (3) The cochairs of the interim committee shall:
             41          (a) appoint at least four legislators to serve on the subcommittee from the membership
             42      of the interim committee that created the subcommittee; and
             43          (b) appoint at least one additional legislator who is a member of the interim committee
             44      that created the subcommittee as chair of the subcommittee.
             45          Section 2. IR1-1-203 is amended to read:
             46           IR1-1-203. Special committees -- Creation and organization of subcommittees.
             47          (1) A special committee may not create a subcommittee unless:
             48          (a) the legislation creating the special committee authorizes the creation of a
             49      subcommittee; and
             50          (b) the [per diem] compensation and expenses of the subcommittee members can be
             51      adequately covered from the budget of the special committee.
             52          (2) Notwithstanding Subsection (1), a special committee may create a subcommittee if:
             53          (a) the legislation creating the special committee does not explicitly prohibit the
             54      creation of a subcommittee;
             55          (b) the Legislative Management Committee approves creation of the subcommittee;
             56      and
             57          (c) the [per diem] compensation and expenses of the subcommittee members can be


             58      adequately covered from the budget of the special committee.
             59          Section 3. IR3-1-102 is amended to read:
             60           IR3-1-102. Rights of members to attend meetings -- Nonmembers of the
             61      committee or subcommittee may not vote.
             62          (1) Any member of the Legislature may:
             63          (a) attend any meeting of an interim committee or any of its subcommittees; and
             64          (b) if recognized by the chair, present the member's views on any subject under
             65      consideration by the committee or subcommittee.
             66          (2) Notwithstanding Subsection (1), a legislator must be a member of the committee or
             67      subcommittee in order to:
             68          (a) vote on any decision of the committee or subcommittee; or
             69          (b) receive [per diem] compensation for attending the meeting unless approval for
             70      receiving [per diem] compensation is obtained from the Legislative Expenses Oversight
             71      Committee of the chamber in which the legislator is a member.
             72          Section 4. JR5-2-101 is amended to read:
             73           JR5-2-101. Reimbursement of lodging.
             74          (1) Subject to the other provisions of this section, if a legislator's official duties for an
             75      authorized legislative day necessitate overnight accommodations, the legislator may receive
             76      reimbursement for any actual lodging expenses incurred by the legislator, not to exceed the [per
             77      diem] daily rates published in the administrative rules governing reimbursement of lodging
             78      expenses for state employees.
             79          (2) Reimbursement for actual lodging expenses for a legislator for an authorized
             80      legislative day shall be as provided in procedures established by the Legislative Expenses
             81      Oversight Committee.
             82          Section 5. JR5-3-101 is amended to read:
             83           JR5-3-101. Legislator compensation -- Expense reimbursement.
             84          (1) [A] Except as provided under Subsection (2), a legislator shall receive daily
             85      compensation established in accordance with Utah Code Sections 36-2-2 and 36-2-3 for


             86      authorized legislative days as defined in Section JR5-1-101 .
             87          (2) The Legislative Management Committee may authorize compensation and expense
             88      reimbursement, or expense reimbursement only, for a legislator who attends a meeting on an
             89      authorized legislative day as defined in JR5-1-101 .
             90          Section 6. JR6-2-103 is amended to read:
             91           JR6-2-103. Independent Legislative Ethics Commission -- Membership.
             92          (1) There is established an Independent Legislative Ethics Commission.
             93          (2) The commission is composed of five persons, each of whom is registered to vote in
             94      this state, appointed as follows:
             95          (a) two members, who have served, but no longer serve, as judges of a court of record
             96      in this state, each of whom shall be nominated by the mutual consent of the president of the
             97      Senate and the speaker of the House, and appointed by a majority vote of the president of the
             98      Senate, speaker of the House, Senate minority leader, and House minority leader;
             99          (b) one member, who has served, but no longer serves, as a judge of a court of record
             100      in this state, nominated by the mutual consent of the Senate minority leader and the House
             101      minority leader, and appointed by a majority vote of the president of the Senate, speaker of the
             102      House, Senate minority leader, and House minority leader;
             103          (c) one member, who has served as a member of the Legislature in this state no more
             104      recently than four years before the date of appointment, appointed by the mutual consent of the
             105      president of the Senate and the speaker of the House of Representatives; and
             106          (d) one member, who has served as a member of the Legislature in this state no more
             107      recently than four years before the date of appointment, appointed by the mutual consent of the
             108      Senate minority leader and House minority leader.
             109          (3) A member of the commission may not, during the member's term of office on the
             110      commission, act or serve as:
             111          (a) an officeholder as defined in Section 20A-11-101 ;
             112          (b) an agency head as defined in Section 67-16-3 ;
             113          (c) a lobbyist as defined in Section 36-11-102 ; or


             114          (d) a principal as defined in Section 36-11-102 .
             115          (4) (a) (i) Except as provided in Subsection (4)(a)(ii), each member of the commission
             116      shall serve a four-year term.
             117          (ii) When appointing the initial members upon formation of the commission, one
             118      member nominated by the president of the Senate and the speaker of the House of
             119      Representatives and one member nominated by the Senate minority leader and House minority
             120      leader shall be appointed to a two-year term so that approximately half of the commission is
             121      appointed every two years.
             122          (b) (i) When a vacancy occurs in the commission's membership for any reason, a
             123      replacement member shall be appointed for the unexpired term of the vacating member using
             124      the procedures and requirements of Subsection (2).
             125          (ii) For the purposes of this rule, an appointment for an unexpired term of a vacating
             126      member is not considered a full term.
             127          (c) A member may not be appointed to serve for more than two full terms, whether
             128      those terms are two or four years.
             129          (d) A member of the commission may resign from the commission by giving one
             130      month's written notice of the resignation to the president of the Senate, speaker of the House,
             131      Senate minority leader, and House minority leader.
             132          (e) The chair of the Legislative Management Committee shall remove a member from
             133      the commission if the member:
             134          (i) is convicted of, or enters a plea of guilty to, a crime involving moral turpitude;
             135          (ii) enters a plea of no contest or a plea in abeyance to a crime involving moral
             136      turpitude; or
             137          (iii) fails to meet the qualifications of office as provided in this rule.
             138          (f) If a commission member is accused of wrongdoing in a complaint, or if a
             139      commission member determines that he or she has a conflict of interest in relation to a
             140      complaint, a temporary commission member shall be appointed to serve in that member's place
             141      for the purposes of reviewing that complaint using the procedures and requirements of


             142      Subsection (2).
             143          (5) (a) A member of the commission may not receive compensation or benefits for the
             144      member's service, but may receive per diem and expenses incurred in the performance of the
             145      member's official duties [at the rates established by the Division of Finance under] as allowed
             146      in:
             147          (i) [Sections] Section 63A-3-106 [and];
             148          (ii) Section 63A-3-107 [.]; and
             149          (iii) rules made by the Division of Finance according to Sections 63A-3-106 and
             150      63A-3-107 .
             151          (b) A member may decline to receive per diem and expenses for the member's service.
             152          (6) (a) The commission members shall convene a meeting annually each January and
             153      elect, by a majority vote, a commission chair from among the commission members.
             154          (b) A person may not serve as chair for more than two consecutive years.


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