Chief Sponsor: Deidre M. Henderson

House Sponsor: Steve Eliason


8     General Description:
9          This bill enacts language related to background checks for certain public employees.
10     Highlighted Provisions:
11          This bill:
12          ▸     defines terms;
13          ▸     permits the Division of Finance to require background checks or credit history
14     reports of a public employee in a public funds position;
15          ▸     classifies the background check or credit history report as a private record; and
16          ▸     makes technical and conforming amendments.
17     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
18          None
19     Other Special Clauses:
20          None
21     Utah Code Sections Affected:
22     AMENDS:
23          63A-3-201, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 1993, Chapter 212
24          63G-2-302, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2014, Chapter 373

26     Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
27          Section 1. Section 63A-3-201 is amended to read:
28          63A-3-201. Appointment of accounting and other officers and employees by
29     director of the Division of Finance -- Delegation of powers and duties by director --

30     Background checks.
31          (1) With the approval of the executive director, the director of the Division of Finance
32     shall appoint an accounting officer and other administrative officers that are necessary to
33     efficiently and economically perform the functions of the Division of Finance.
34          (2) The director of the Division of Finance may:
35          (a) organize the division and employ other assistants to discharge the functions of the
36     division;
37          (b) delegate to assistants, officers, and employees any of the powers and duties of the
38     office subject to his or her control and subject to any conditions he may prescribe; and
39          (c) delegate the powers and duties of the office only by written order filed with the
40     lieutenant governor.
41          (3) (a) As used in this Subsection (3):
42          (i) "Public employee" means a person employed by a state agency.
43          (ii) "Public funds" means money, funds, and accounts, regardless of the source from
44     which the money, funds, and accounts are derived, that are owned, held, or administered by a
45     state agency.
46          (iii) "Public funds position" means employment with a state agency that requires:
47          (A) physical or electronic access to public funds;
48          (B) performing internal control functions or accounting;
49          (C) creating reports on public funds; or
50          (D) using, operating, or accessing state systems that account for or help account for
51     public funds.
52          (iv) "State agency" means an executive branch:
53          (A) department;
54          (B) agency;
55          (C) board;
56          (D) commission;
57          (E) division;

58          (F) office; or
59          (G) state educational institution with the exception of an institution defined in
60     Subsection 53B-1-102(1).
61          (b) The Division of Finance may require that a public employee who applies for or
62     holds a public funds position:
63          (i) submit a fingerprint card in a form acceptable to the division;
64          (ii) consent to a criminal background check by:
65          (A) the Federal Bureau of Investigation;
66          (B) the Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification; or
67          (C) another agency of any state that performs criminal background checks; or
68          (iii) consent to a credit history report, subject to the requirements of the Fair Credit
69     Reporting Act, 15 U.S.C. Sec. 1681 et seq.
70          (c) The Division of Finance may, in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah
71     Administrative Rulemaking Act, adopt rules to implement this section.
72          Section 2. Section 63G-2-302 is amended to read:
73          63G-2-302. Private records.
74          (1) The following records are private:
75          (a) records concerning an individual's eligibility for unemployment insurance benefits,
76     social services, welfare benefits, or the determination of benefit levels;
77          (b) records containing data on individuals describing medical history, diagnosis,
78     condition, treatment, evaluation, or similar medical data;
79          (c) records of publicly funded libraries that when examined alone or with other records
80     identify a patron;
81          (d) records received by or generated by or for:
82          (i) the Independent Legislative Ethics Commission, except for:
83          (A) the commission's summary data report that is required under legislative rule; and
84          (B) any other document that is classified as public under legislative rule; or
85          (ii) a Senate or House Ethics Committee in relation to the review of ethics complaints,

86     unless the record is classified as public under legislative rule;
87          (e) records received by, or generated by or for, the Independent Executive Branch
88     Ethics Commission, except as otherwise expressly provided in Title 63A, Chapter 14, Review
89     of Executive Branch Ethics Complaints;
90          (f) records received or generated for a Senate confirmation committee concerning
91     character, professional competence, or physical or mental health of an individual:
92          (i) if, prior to the meeting, the chair of the committee determines release of the records:
93          (A) reasonably could be expected to interfere with the investigation undertaken by the
94     committee; or
95          (B) would create a danger of depriving a person of a right to a fair proceeding or
96     impartial hearing; and
97          (ii) after the meeting, if the meeting was closed to the public;
98          (g) employment records concerning a current or former employee of, or applicant for
99     employment with, a governmental entity that would disclose that individual's home address,
100     home telephone number, Social Security number, insurance coverage, marital status, or payroll
101     deductions;
102          (h) records or parts of records under Section 63G-2-303 that a current or former
103     employee identifies as private according to the requirements of that section;
104          (i) that part of a record indicating a person's Social Security number or federal
105     employer identification number if provided under Section 31A-23a-104, 31A-25-202,
106     31A-26-202, 58-1-301, 58-55-302, 61-1-4, or 61-2f-203;
107          (j) that part of a voter registration record identifying a voter's:
108          (i) driver license or identification card number;
109          (ii) Social Security number, or last four digits of the Social Security number;
110          (iii) email address; or
111          (iv) date of birth;
112          (k) a voter registration record that is classified as a private record by the lieutenant
113     governor or a county clerk under Subsection 20A-2-104(4)(f);

114          (l) a record that:
115          (i) contains information about an individual;
116          (ii) is voluntarily provided by the individual; and
117          (iii) goes into an electronic database that:
118          (A) is designated by and administered under the authority of the Chief Information
119     Officer; and
120          (B) acts as a repository of information about the individual that can be electronically
121     retrieved and used to facilitate the individual's online interaction with a state agency;
122          (m) information provided to the Commissioner of Insurance under:
123          (i) Subsection 31A-23a-115(2)(a);
124          (ii) Subsection 31A-23a-302(3); or
125          (iii) Subsection 31A-26-210(3);
126          (n) information obtained through a criminal background check under Title 11, Chapter
127     40, Criminal Background Checks by Political Subdivisions Operating Water Systems;
128          (o) information provided by an offender that is:
129          (i) required by the registration requirements of Title 77, Chapter 41, Sex and Kidnap
130     Offender Registry; and
131          (ii) not required to be made available to the public under Subsection 77-41-110(4);
132          (p) a statement and any supporting documentation filed with the attorney general in
133     accordance with Section 34-45-107, if the federal law or action supporting the filing involves
134     homeland security;
135          (q) electronic toll collection customer account information received or collected under
136     Section 72-6-118 and customer information described in Section 17B-2a-815 received or
137     collected by a public transit district, including contact and payment information and customer
138     travel data;
139          (r) an email address provided by a military or overseas voter under Section
140     20A-16-501;
141          (s) a completed military-overseas ballot that is electronically transmitted under Title

142     20A, Chapter 16, Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Act;
143          (t) records received by or generated by or for the Political Subdivisions Ethics Review
144     Commission established in Section 11-49-201, except for:
145          (i) the commission's summary data report that is required in Section 11-49-202; and
146          (ii) any other document that is classified as public in accordance with Title 11, Chapter
147     49, Political Subdivisions Ethics Review Commission; [and]
148          (u) a record described in Subsection 53A-11a-203(3) that verifies that a parent was
149     notified of an incident or threat[.]; and
150          (v) a criminal background check or credit history report conducted in accordance with
151     Section 63A-3-201.
152          (2) The following records are private if properly classified by a governmental entity:
153          (a) records concerning a current or former employee of, or applicant for employment
154     with a governmental entity, including performance evaluations and personal status information
155     such as race, religion, or disabilities, but not including records that are public under Subsection
156     63G-2-301(2)(b) or 63G-2-301(3)(o) or private under Subsection (1)(b);
157          (b) records describing an individual's finances, except that the following are public:
158          (i) records described in Subsection 63G-2-301(2);
159          (ii) information provided to the governmental entity for the purpose of complying with
160     a financial assurance requirement; or
161          (iii) records that must be disclosed in accordance with another statute;
162          (c) records of independent state agencies if the disclosure of those records would
163     conflict with the fiduciary obligations of the agency;
164          (d) other records containing data on individuals the disclosure of which constitutes a
165     clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy;
166          (e) records provided by the United States or by a government entity outside the state
167     that are given with the requirement that the records be managed as private records, if the
168     providing entity states in writing that the record would not be subject to public disclosure if
169     retained by it; and

170          (f) any portion of a record in the custody of the Division of Aging and Adult Services,
171     created in Section 62A-3-102, that may disclose, or lead to the discovery of, the identity of a
172     person who made a report of alleged abuse, neglect, or exploitation of a vulnerable adult.
173          (3) (a) As used in this Subsection (3), "medical records" means medical reports,
174     records, statements, history, diagnosis, condition, treatment, and evaluation.
175          (b) Medical records in the possession of the University of Utah Hospital, its clinics,
176     doctors, or affiliated entities are not private records or controlled records under Section
177     63G-2-304 when the records are sought:
178          (i) in connection with any legal or administrative proceeding in which the patient's
179     physical, mental, or emotional condition is an element of any claim or defense; or
180          (ii) after a patient's death, in any legal or administrative proceeding in which any party
181     relies upon the condition as an element of the claim or defense.
182          (c) Medical records are subject to production in a legal or administrative proceeding
183     according to state or federal statutes or rules of procedure and evidence as if the medical
184     records were in the possession of a nongovernmental medical care provider.