7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill changes the membership of the Water Quality Board.
10 Highlighted Provisions:
11 This bill:
12 ▸ amends the membership of the Water Quality Board; and
13 ▸ makes technical changes.
14 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
16 Other Special Clauses:
18 Utah Code Sections Affected:
20 19-5-103, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2012, Chapter 360
22 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
23 Section 1. Section 19-5-103 is amended to read:
24 19-5-103. Water Quality Board -- Members of board -- Appointment -- Terms --
25 Organization -- Meetings -- Per diem and expenses.
26 (1) The board consists of the following nine members:
27 (a) the following non-voting member, except that the member may vote to break a tie
28 vote between the voting members:
29 (i) the executive director; or
30 (ii) an employee of the department designated by the executive director; and
31 (b) the following eight voting members, who shall be appointed by the governor with
32 the consent of the Senate:
33 (i) one representative who:
38 scientist with relevant training and experience; and
39 (C) represents local and special service districts in the state;
40 (ii) two government representatives who do not represent the federal government;
41 (iii) one representative from the mineral industry;
42 (iv) one representative from the manufacturing industry;
43 (v) one representative who represents agricultural and livestock interests;
44 (vi) one representative from the public who represents:
45 (A) an environmental nongovernmental organization; or
46 (B) a nongovernmental organization that represents community interests and does not
47 represent industry interests; and
48 (vii) one representative from the public who is trained and experienced in public
50 (2) A member of the board shall:
51 (a) be knowledgeable about water quality matters, as evidenced by a professional
52 degree, a professional accreditation, or documented experience;
53 (b) be a resident of Utah;
54 (c) attend board meetings in accordance with the attendance rules made by the
55 department under Subsection 19-1-201(1)(d)(i)(A); and
56 (d) comply with all applicable statutes, rules, and policies, including the conflict of
57 interest rules made by the department under Subsection 19-1-201(1)(d)(i)(B).
58 (3) No more than five of the appointed members may be from the same political party.
59 (4) When a vacancy occurs in the membership for any reason, the replacement shall be
60 appointed for the unexpired term with the consent of the Senate.
61 (5) (a) A member shall be appointed for a term of four years and is eligible for
63 (b) Notwithstanding the requirements of Subsection (5)(a), the governor shall, at the
64 time of appointment or reappointment, adjust the length of terms to ensure that the terms of
65 board members are staggered so that half of the appointed board is appointed every two years.
66 (c) (i) Notwithstanding Subsection (5)(a), the term of a board member who is
67 appointed before March 1, 2013, shall expire on February 28, 2013.
68 (ii) On March 1, 2013, the governor shall appoint or reappoint board members in
69 accordance with this section.
70 (6) A member shall hold office until the expiration of the member's term and until the
71 member's successor is appointed, not to exceed 90 days after the formal expiration of the term.
72 (7) The board shall:
73 (a) organize and annually select one of its members as chair and one of its members as
74 vice chair;
75 (b) hold at least four regular meetings each calendar year; and
76 (c) keep minutes of its proceedings which are open to the public for inspection.
77 (8) The chair may call a special meeting upon the request of three or more members of
78 the board.
79 (9) Each member of the board and the director shall be notified of the time and place of
80 each meeting.
81 (10) Five members of the board constitute a quorum for the transaction of business,
82 and the action of a majority of members present is the action of the board.
83 (11) A member may not receive compensation or benefits for the member's service, but
84 may receive per diem and travel expenses in accordance with:
85 (a) Section 63A-3-106;
86 (b) Section 63A-3-107; and
87 (c) rules made by the Division of Finance pursuant to Sections 63A-3-106 and