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S.B. 243

             1     

AIR QUALITY PROGRAMS

             2     
2014 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

             4     
Chief Sponsor: J. Stuart Adams

             5     
House Sponsor: Gregory H. Hughes

             6     
             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill enacts provisions related to the funding and establishment of air quality
             10      programs.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    amends provisions related to the governing body of certain Utah interlocal entities;
             14          .    requires a program utility to collect a charge less than or equal to $1 per month from
             15      a utility customer and remit the collection to an interlocal entity;
             16          .    authorizes the interlocal entity to retain a portion of the collected charges and remit
             17      a portion of the charges to the Air Quality Board and one or more entities that
             18      represent public and private interests in improving air quality within the state;
             19          .    requires the entities that retain funds to use the funds for air quality public education
             20      or grant program or research;
             21          .    requires the interlocal entity to report to the governor and Legislative Management
             22      Committee each year that it collects the charge;
             23          .    permits a customer of a program utility to opt out of the charge;
             24          .    requires the Division of Finance to establish an expendable special revenue fund if
             25      the board receives funds from the interlocal entity;
             26          .     provides a repeal date; and
             27          .    makes technical corrections.


             28      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             29          None
             30      Other Special Clauses:
             31          None
             32      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             33      AMENDS:
             34           11-13-224 , as enacted by Laws of Utah 2013, Chapter 311
             35           63I-1-211 , as enacted by Laws of Utah 2011, Second Special Session, Chapter 1
             36      ENACTS:
             37           11-13-225 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
             38           19-2-128 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
             39     
             40      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             41          Section 1. Section 11-13-224 is amended to read:
             42           11-13-224. Utah interlocal entity for alternative fuel vehicles and facilities.
             43          (1) As used in this section, "commission" means the Public Service Commission of
             44      Utah, established in Section 54-1-1 .
             45          (2) The governing body of a Utah interlocal entity created to facilitate the conversion to
             46      alternative fuel vehicles or to facilitate the construction, operation, and maintenance of
             47      facilities for alternative fuel vehicles, or both, shall consist of:
             48          (a) an individual from the executive branch of state government, appointed by the
             49      governor;
             50          (b) a member of the Senate, appointed by the president of the Senate;
             51          (c) a member of the House of Representatives, appointed by the speaker of the House
             52      of Representatives;
             53          (d) an individual from the Utah Association of Counties, appointed by the president of
             54      the Senate;
             55          (e) an individual from the Utah League of Cities and Towns, appointed by the speaker
             56      of the House of Representatives;
             57          (f) an individual employed by a school district in the state, appointed by the governor;
             58          (g) an individual appointed by the public transit district under Title 17B, Chapter 2a,


             59      Part 8, Public Transit District Act, with the largest budget of all public transit districts in the
             60      state;
             61          (h) an individual, appointed by the governor, who is employed by a gas corporation in
             62      the state[, appointed by the governor; and] that:
             63          (i) is a public utility as defined in Section 54-2-1 ; and
             64          (ii) is regulated by the commission;
             65          (i) an individual, appointed by the governor, who is an employee of a corporation, as
             66      defined in Section 54-2-1 ;
             67          (j) a representative, appointed by the governor, from a municipal electric utility; and
             68          [(i)] (k) a representative of the Utah Petroleum Marketers and Retailers Association,
             69      appointed by the governor.
             70          (3) A Utah interlocal entity described in Subsection (2):
             71          (a) may contribute toward the funding required for the construction, operation, and
             72      maintenance of facilities for alternative fuel vehicles that are used by or benefit the interlocal
             73      entity; and
             74          (b) shall participate with the commission in proceedings the commission conducts
             75      under Section 54-1-13 .
             76          Section 2. Section 11-13-225 is enacted to read:
             77          11-13-225. Interlocal entity air quality funding -- Charge -- Collection and
             78      remittance -- Disbursements -- Charge opt out.
             79          (1) As used in this section:
             80          (a) "Alternative fuel vehicle interlocal entity" means an entity described in Section
             81      11-13-224 that existed on January 1, 2014.
             82          (b) "Distribution electrical cooperative" is as defined in Section 54-2-1 .
             83          (c) (i) "Electrical corporation" is as defined in Section 54-2-1 .
             84          (ii) "Electrical corporation" does not include an electrical corporation with fewer than
             85      2,000 customers in the state and headquarters located in another state.
             86          (d) (i) "Gas corporation" means a business or other entity that provides a retail natural
             87      gas service.
             88          (ii) "Gas corporation" does not include a business or other entity that provides a retail
             89      natural gas service that is limited to refueling a vehicle with natural gas.


             90          (e) "Municipal electric utility" is as defined in Section 10-19-102 .
             91          (f) "Program utility" means one of the following with fewer than 50 customers:
             92          (i) a distribution electrical cooperative;
             93          (ii) an electrical corporation;
             94          (iii) a gas corporation; or
             95          (iv) a municipal electric utility.
             96          (2) An alternative fuel vehicle interlocal entity may collect funds for the purpose of
             97      funding programs and research to improve air quality in accordance with this section.
             98          (3) The alternative fuel vehicle interlocal entity may collect a charge equal to or less
             99      than $1 per month from each customer of a program utility.
             100          (4) Before an alternative fuel vehicle interlocal entity may collect a charge under
             101      Subsection (3):
             102          (a) the alternative fuel vehicle interlocal entity shall:
             103          (i) agree to collect the charge by majority vote of the governing body;
             104          (ii) at least 45 days before collecting a charge, provide notice to a program utility from
             105      which a charge will be collected that the alternative fuel vehicle interlocal entity intends to
             106      collect the charge;
             107          (iii) inform each program utility that the program utility shall collect the charge in
             108      accordance with Subsection (5) from each customer unless the customer opts out of the charge
             109      in accordance with Subsection (10); and
             110          (iv) prepare and distribute to each program utility marketing information about:
             111          (A) the purpose of the charge, including a general description of the types of air quality
             112      programs and research funded by the charge; and
             113          (B) the opportunity for a customer to opt out of the charge; and
             114          (b) a program utility shall:
             115          (i) notify its customers in writing that the customer may opt out of the charge in
             116      accordance with Subsection (10); and
             117          (ii) provide to each customer the information prepared by the alternative fuel vehicle
             118      interlocal entity in accordance with Subsection (4)(a)(iv).
             119          (5) (a) A program utility shall:
             120          (i) pass through to its customers in the state an amount equal to the charge the


             121      alternative fuel vehicle interlocal entity claims for each month; and
             122          (ii) except as provided in Subsection (5)(b), each month remit payment of all charges
             123      received in accordance with Subsection (5)(a) to the alternative fuel vehicle interlocal entity in
             124      a manner provided for by the alternative fuel vehicle interlocal entity's governing body.
             125          (b) A program utility subject to Subsection (5)(a) may retain each month from the
             126      amount the seller is required to remit to the alternative fuel vehicle interlocal entity a portion
             127      for the program utility's administration of the charge collection and the collection opt-out as
             128      described in Subsection (10).
             129          (6) An alternative fuel vehicle interlocal entity that receives funds in accordance with
             130      Subsection (5)(b) shall:
             131          (a) (i) retain 70% of the funds;
             132          (ii) remit 20% of the funds to the Air Quality Board created in Title 19, Chapter 2, Air
             133      Conservation Act, for use in accordance with Section 19-2-128 ; and
             134          (iii) remit 10% of the funds to one or more entities that represent public and private
             135      interests in improving air quality within the state; and
             136          (b) except as provided in Subsection (8)(b), retain or remit the funds in accordance
             137      with Subsection (6)(a) only for an approved public education or grant program or research
             138      described in Subsection (7)(a).
             139          (7) (a) Before disbursing the funds in accordance with Subsection (6), the alternative
             140      fuel vehicle interlocal entity governing body shall:
             141          (i) review and approve an air quality public education or grant program or air quality
             142      research proposed or administered by the alternative fuel vehicle interlocal entity, the Air
             143      Quality Board, or an entity that represents public and private interests in improving air quality,
             144      respectively; and
             145          (ii) ensure that the public education or grant program or air quality research increases
             146      awareness of, or implements measures to improve, air quality in the state.
             147          (b) The alternative vehicle interlocal entity shall review a public education or grant
             148      program or research that qualifies for and receives funds in accordance with Subsection (7)(a)
             149      at least annually to:
             150          (i) ensure that the program or research complies with this section; and
             151          (ii) evaluate the effectiveness and benefits of the program or research.


             152          (8) (a) The governing body of the alternative fuel vehicle interlocal entity shall adopt
             153      bylaws, policies, or procedures to govern, in accordance with this section, the use and
             154      distribution of the funds and make those bylaws, policies, or procedures publicly available.
             155          (b) The alternative fuel vehicle interlocal entity may, from the funds received in
             156      accordance with this section, pay the interlocal entity's reasonable administrative expenses for:
             157          (i) remitting funds in accordance with Subsections (6)(a)(ii) and (iii); and
             158          (ii) reviewing and approving a program or research in accordance with Subsections
             159      (7)(a) and (b).
             160          (c) If an alternative fuel vehicle interlocal entity disburses funds, the alternative fuel
             161      vehicle interlocal entity shall make the disbursement at a public meeting held in accordance
             162      with Title 52, Chapter 4, Open and Public Meetings Act.
             163          (d) Notwithstanding Subsection (8)(c), if financial information that would be disclosed
             164      at the public meeting is private or protected in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 2,
             165      Government Records Access and Management Act, the alternative fuel vehicle interlocal entity
             166      may not disclose the information at the public meeting.
             167          (9) An alternative fuel vehicle interlocal entity that receives funds under this section
             168      shall submit a report no later than October 31 of each year in which it receives funds to the
             169      governor and the Legislative Management Committee that:
             170          (a) indicates the amount of funds received;
             171          (b) describes in detail how the alternative fuel vehicle interlocal entity has spent or
             172      disbursed funds;
             173          (c) explains the reason for retention of funds by the alternative fuel vehicle interlocal
             174      entity;
             175          (d) describes the benefits accrued from expenditure of the funds, including a projection
             176      of the specific air quality improvement benefits anticipated by each program; and
             177          (e) includes descriptions of specific funded programs or research.
             178          (10) (a) A program utility customer may opt out of the charge described in Subsection
             179      (3) by contacting, in accordance with Subsection (10)(c), the program utility.
             180          (b) Before collecting a charge under this section, a program utility shall:
             181          (i) allow a customer to opt out of the charge at least annually;
             182          (ii) adopt a policy designating when, at least annually, a customer may opt out of the


             183      charge; and
             184          (iii) notify in writing each customer at least 30 days before and no more than 45 days
             185      before the beginning of the opt-out period described in Subsection (10)(b)(ii) that the customer
             186      may opt out of the charge and how, in accordance with Subsection (10)(c), the customer may
             187      contact the program utility to opt out.
             188          (c) A program utility shall allow a customer to opt out of the charge in accordance with
             189      Subsection (10)(b) by:
             190          (i) mail;
             191          (ii) telephone; or
             192          (iii) any other electronic means the program utility considers appropriate, including the
             193      Internet.
             194          Section 3. Section 19-2-128 is enacted to read:
             195          19-2-128. Air quality research fund.
             196          (1) (a) If an alternative fuel vehicle interlocal entity, as defined in Section 11-13-225 ,
             197      distributes funds to the board, the Division of Finance shall:
             198          (i) establish an expendable special revenue fund; and
             199          (ii) deposit the funds received in accordance with Section 11-13-225 into the fund
             200      described in Subsection (1)(a)(i).
             201          (b) The board shall administer the fund.
             202          (2) The board shall use money in the fund to fund an air quality public education or
             203      grant program or air quality research, including:
             204          (a) supplementing existing air quality monitoring efforts;
             205          (b) creating mobile air quality monitoring tools; and
             206          (c) other programs as approved by the board and an alternative fuel vehicle interlocal
             207      entity in accordance with Section 11-13-225 .
             208          Section 4. Section 63I-1-211 is amended to read:
             209           63I-1-211. Repeal dates, Title 11.
             210          (1) Section 11-13-224 is repealed December 31, 2019.
             211          (2) Section 11-14-308 is repealed December 31, 2020.





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