8 LONG TITLE
9 General Description:
10 This bill creates within the Emergency Management Act the Utah Search and Rescue
11 Assistance Card Program regarding reimbursement of rescue expenses.
12 Highlighted Provisions:
13 This bill:
14 ▸ establishes a voluntary Utah Search and Rescue Assistance Card Program with
15 cards to be issued by the Division of Emergency Management for the purpose of
16 providing an additional revenue source for the Search and Rescue Financial
17 Assistance Program;
17a Ĥ→ ▸ requires the division to provide a discount of not less than 10 percent on the search
17b and rescue card fee if the applicant has paid for a hunting or fishing license, an off-highway
17c vehicle registration, or a motorboat or sailboat registration in the same year the person applies
17d for the assistance card program; ←Ĥ and
18 ▸ allows counties the option to Ĥ→ [
18a rescue if Ĥ→ [
19a at the time
20 of the rescue.
21 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
23 Other Special Clauses:
24 This bill provides a special effective date.
25 Utah Code Sections Affected:
27 53-2a-1102, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2013, Chapter 295
29 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
30 Section 1. Section 53-2a-1102 is amended to read:
31 53-2a-1102. Search and Rescue Financial Assistance Program -- Uses --
32 Rulemaking -- Distribution.
33 (1) (a) "Assistance card program" means the Utah Search and Rescue Assistance Card
34 Program created within this section.
35 (b) "Card" means the Search and Rescue Assistance Card issued under this section to a
37 (c) "Participant" means an individual, family, or group who is registered pursuant to
38 this section as having a valid card at the time search, rescue, or both are provided Ĥ→ [
39 (d) "Program" means the Search and Rescue Financial Assistance Program created
40 within this section.
42 reasonable expenses incidental to search and rescue activities.
48 rescue team members under Section 67-20-7.5; and
50 search and rescue activities.
52 person on a regular or permanent payroll, including permanent part-time employees of any
53 agency [
54 (g) "Rescue" means search services, rescue services, or both search and rescue services.
55 (2) There is created the Search and Rescue Financial Assistance Program within the
57 (3) (a) The program shall be funded from the following revenue sources:
58 (i) any voluntary contributions to the state received for search and rescue operations;
59 (ii) money received by the state under [
60 23-19-42, [
61 (iii) appropriations made to the program by the Legislature.
62 (b) All money received from the revenue sources in Subsections (3)(a)(i) and (ii) shall
63 be deposited into the General Fund as a dedicated credit to be used solely for the purposes
64 under this section.
66 (4) The director shall use the money to reimburse counties for all or a portion of each
67 county's reimbursable expenses for search and rescue operations, subject to:
68 (a) the approval of the Search and Rescue Advisory Board as provided in Section
70 (b) money available in the program; and
71 (c) rules made under Subsection (7).
72 (5) Program money may not be used to reimburse for any paid personnel costs or paid
73 man hours spent in emergency response and search and rescue related activities.
74 (6) The Legislature finds that these funds are for a general and statewide public
76 (7) The division, with the approval of the Search and Rescue Advisory Board, shall
77 make rules in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, and
78 consistent with this [
79 (a) specifying the costs that qualify as reimbursable expenses;
80 (b) defining the procedures of [
81 reimbursed; [
82 (c) defining a participant in the assistance card program, including:
83 (i) individuals; and
84 (ii) families and organized groups who qualify as participants;
85 (d) defining the procedure for issuing a card to a participant;
86 (e) defining excluded expenses that may not be reimbursed under the program,
87 including medical expenses;
88 (f) establishing the card renewal cycle for the Utah Search and Rescue Assistance Card
90 (g) establishing the frequency of review of the fee schedule;
91 (h) providing for the administration of the program; and
93 counties for uncompensated search and rescue expenses based on:
94 (i) the total qualifying expenses submitted;
95 (ii) the number of search and rescue incidents per county population;
96 (iii) the number of victims that reside outside the county; and
97 (iv) the number of volunteer hours spent in each county in emergency response and
98 search and rescue related activities per county population.
99 (8) Ĥ→ (a) ←Ĥ The division shall, in consultation with the Outdoor Recreation Office,
99a establish the
100 fee schedule of the Search and Rescue Assistance Card under Subsection 63J-1-504(6).
100a Ĥ→ (b) The division shall provide a discount of not less than 10 percent of the card fee
100b under Subsection(8)(a) to a person who has paid a fee under Sections 23-19-42, 41-22-34
100c or 73-18-24 during the same calendar year in which the person applies to be a participant in
100d the assistance card program. ←Ĥ
101 (9) (a) Counties may bill reimbursable expenses to an individual for costs incurred for
102 the rescue of an individual, if the individual is not a participant in the Utah Search and Rescue
103 Assistance Card Program.
104 (b) Counties may bill a participant for reimbursable expenses for costs incurred for the
105 rescue of the participant if the participant is found by the rescuing county to have acted
106 recklessly or to have intentionally created a situation resulting in the need for a county to
107 provide rescue service for the participant.
108 (10) (a) There is created the Utah Search and Rescue Assistance Card Program. The
109 program is located within the division.
110 (b) The program may not be utilized to cover any expenses, such as medically related
111 expenses, that are not reimbursable expenses related to the rescue.
112 (11) (a) To participate in the program, a person shall purchase a Search and Rescue
113 Assistance Card from the division by paying the fee as determined by the division in
114 Subsection (8).
115 (b) The money generated by the fees shall be deposited into the General Fund as a
116 dedicated credit for the Search and Rescue Financial Assistance Program created in this
118 (c) Participation and payment of fees by a person under Sections 23-19-42, 41-22-34,
119 and 73-18-24 do not constitute purchase of a card under this section.
120 (12) The division shall consult with the Outdoor Recreation Office regarding:
121 (a) administration of Ĥ→ [
121a assistance card program;
123 (b) outreach and marketing strategies.
123a Ĥ→ (13) Pursuant to Subsection 31A-1-103(7), the Search and Rescue Financial Assistance
123b Card Program under this section is exempt from being considered an insurance program
123c under Subsection 31A-1-301(86). ←Ĥ
124 Section 2. Effective date.
125 This bill takes effect on July 1, 2015.
Legislative Review Note
as of 2-11-15 4:03 PM
Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel