MINUTES OF THE
HOUSE GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS STANDING COMMITTEE
Room 30, House Building
February 17, 2015
Members Present: Rep. Jack Draxler, Chair
Rep. Brad Daw, Vice Chair
Rep. Patrice Arent
Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck
Rep. Fred Cox
Rep. Keith Grover
Rep. Merrill Nelson
Rep. Lee Perry
Rep. Val Peterson
Members Absent: Rep. Dean Sanpei
Staff Present: Mr. Brian Bean, Policy Analyst
Ms. Kathy Gessel, Committee Secretary
Note: A list of visitors and handouts are filed with committee minutes.
Chair Draxler called the meeting to order at 8:07 a.m.
H.B. 281 Revisions to Elections Law (Rep. F. Cox)
Rep. Cox explained the bill. The handouts, "Fair Elections For 2016" and "The Caucus Convention System" were distributed to the committee.
Spoke to the bill: Mark Thomas, Office of the Lieutenant Governor
Layne Beck, citizen
Spoke for the bill: James Evans, Chairman, Utah Republican Party
Clair Ellis, Utah Republican Constitution and Bylaws Committee
Spoke against the bill: Kirk Jowers, Co-founder, Count My Vote Initiative
David Irvine, citizen
MOTION: Rep. Daw moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion failed with Rep. Cox, Rep. Grover and Rep. Daw voting in favor.
S.B. 46 Juvenile Court Judge Amendments (Sen. C. Bramble)
Rep. Peterson explained the bill.
Spoke to the bill: Rick Schwermer, Assistant State Court Administrator
Spoke for the bill: Rick Schwermer, Assistant State Court Administrator
MOTION: Rep. Arent moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed unanimously.
MOTION: Rep. Daw moved to adjourn the meeting. The motion passed unanimously.
Chair Draxler adjourned the meeting at 9:49 a.m.
Rep. Jack Draxler, Chair