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First Substitute S.B. 19

Representative Ryan D. Wilcox proposes the following substitute bill:


             1     
APPOINTMENT AND QUALIFICATION OF MEMBERS OF

             2     
THE STATE TAX COMMISSION

             3     
2014 GENERAL SESSION

             4     
STATE OF UTAH

             5     
Chief Sponsor: Howard A. Stephenson

             6     
House Sponsor: Ryan D. Wilcox

             7     
             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill addresses the appointment and qualification of members of the State Tax
             11      Commission.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    repeals a provision from statute that remains in the Utah Constitution requiring that
             15      no more than two members of the State Tax Commission may be from the same
             16      political party;
             17          .    amends provisions related to the appointment and qualification of members of the
             18      State Tax Commission; and
             19          .    makes technical and conforming changes.
             20      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             21          None
             22      Other Special Clauses:
             23          None
             24      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             25      AMENDS:


             26           59-1-201 , as enacted by Laws of Utah 1987, Chapter 4
             27           59-1-202 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 356
             28     
             29      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             30          Section 1. Section 59-1-201 is amended to read:
             31           59-1-201. Composition of commission -- Terms -- Removal from office --
             32      Appointment.
             33          (1) The commission shall be composed of four members appointed by the governor
             34      with the consent of the Senate. [No more than two members may belong to the same political
             35      party. The]
             36          (2) Subject to Subsection (3), the term of office of each commissioner shall be for four
             37      years and expire on June 30 of the year the term ends. [Terms shall be staggered]
             38          (3) The governor shall stagger a term described in Subsection (2) so that the term of
             39      one commissioner expires each year. [Each]
             40          (4) A commissioner shall hold office until a successor is appointed and qualified.[Any]
             41          (5) (a) The governor may remove a commissioner [may, after notice and a hearing, be
             42      removed by the governor] from office for neglect of duty, inefficiency, or malfeasance, after
             43      notice and a hearing. [Any replacement]
             44          (b) If the governor removes a commissioner from office and appoints another person to
             45      replace the commissioner, the person the governor appoints to replace the commissioner:
             46          (i) shall serve for the remainder of the unexpired term[. Any members otherwise
             47      qualified shall be eligible for reappointment.]; and
             48          (ii) may be reappointed as the governor determines.
             49          (6) (a) Before appointing a commissioner, the governor shall request a list of names of
             50      potential appointees from:
             51          (i) the Utah State Bar;
             52          (ii) one or more organizations that represent certified public accountants who are
             53      licensed to practice in the state;
             54          (iii) one or more organizations that represent persons who assess or appraise property
             55      in the state; and
             56          (iv) one or more national organizations that:


             57          (A) offer a professional certification in the areas of property tax, sales and use tax, and
             58      state income tax;
             59          (B) require experience, education, and testing to obtain the certification; and
             60          (C) require additional education to maintain the certification.
             61          (b) In appointing a commissioner, the governor shall consider:
             62          (i) to the extent names of potential appointees are submitted, the names of potential
             63      appointees submitted in accordance with Subsection (6)(a); and
             64          (ii) any other potential appointee of the governor's own choosing.
             65          Section 2. Section 59-1-202 is amended to read:
             66           59-1-202. Qualifications of members of commission.
             67          (1) [Members] Each member of the commission [shall have]:
             68          (a) shall have significant tax experience that is relevant to holding office as a
             69      commissioner;
             70          (b) shall have knowledge of tax administration or tax compliance; [and]
             71          (c) shall have executive and administrative experience[.]; and
             72          (d) except for one member who has substantial knowledge and expertise in the theory
             73      and practice of ad valorem taxation as described in Subsection (2)(a), shall have substantial
             74      knowledge and experience in one or more of the following:
             75          (i) the theory and practice of excise taxation;
             76          (ii) the theory and practice of income taxation;
             77          (iii) the theory and practice of sales and use taxation; and
             78          (iv) the theory and practice of corporate taxation.
             79          (2) (a) At least one member of the commission shall have [expertise] substantial
             80      knowledge and experience in the theory and practice of ad valorem taxation.
             81          [(b) At least one member of the commission shall have substantial knowledge in the
             82      theory and practice of excise, income, sales, and corporate taxation.]
             83          (b) At least one member of the commission shall have substantial knowledge and
             84      experience in the theory and practice of accounting.
             85          (3) The membership of the commission shall represent composite skills in accounting,
             86      auditing, property assessment, management, law, and finance.


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