Chief Sponsor: James A. Dunnigan

Senate Sponsor: Curtis S. Bramble


8     General Description:
9          This bill modifies the Public Safety Code regarding board membership.
10     Highlighted Provisions:
11          This bill:
12          ▸     reduces the Utah Fire Prevention Board from 13 to 11 members, and specifies the
13     two membership positions to be removed.
14     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
15          None
16     Other Special Clauses:
17          None
18     Utah Code Sections Affected:
19     AMENDS:
20          53-7-203, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2015, Chapter 448

22     Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
23          Section 1. Section 53-7-203 is amended to read:
24          53-7-203. Utah Fire Prevention Board -- Creation -- Members -- Terms --
25     Selection of chair and officers -- Quorum -- Meetings -- Compensation -- Division's duty
26     to implement board rules.
27          (1) There is created within the division the Utah Fire Prevention Board.
28          (2) The board shall be nonpartisan and be composed of [13] 11 members appointed by
29     the governor as follows:

30          [(a) a city or county official;]
31          [(b)] (a) a licensed architect;
32          [(c)] (b) a licensed engineer;
33          [(d)] (c) a member of the Utah State Firemen's Association;
34          [(e)] (d) the state forester or the state forester's designee;
35          [(f) the commissioner of the Labor Commission or the commissioner's designee;]
36          [(g)] (e) a member of the Utah State Fire Chiefs Association;
37          [(h)] (f) a member of the Utah Fire Marshal's Association;
38          [(i)] (g) a building inspector;
39          [(j)] (h) a citizen appointed at large;
40          [(k)] (i) a fire executive appointed from a full-time fire department in a county of the
41     first class;
42          [(l)] (j) a fire executive appointed from a full-time fire department in a county of the
43     second class; and
44          [(m)] (k) a fire executive appointed from a fire department in a county of the third,
45     fourth, fifth, or sixth class.
46          (3) (a) Except as required by Subsection (3)(b), as terms of current board members
47     expire, the governor shall appoint each new member or reappointed member to a four-year
48     term.
49          (b) Notwithstanding the requirements of Subsection (3)(a), the governor shall, at the
50     time of appointment or reappointment, adjust the length of terms to ensure that the terms of
51     board members are staggered so that approximately half of the board is appointed every two
52     years.
53          (4) When a vacancy occurs in the membership for any reason, the replacement shall be
54     appointed for the unexpired term.
55          (5) A member whose term has expired may continue to serve until a replacement is
56     appointed pursuant to Subsection (3).
57          (6) The board shall select from its members a chair and other officers as the board finds

58     necessary.
59          (7) A majority of the members of the board is a quorum.
60          (8) The board shall hold regular semiannual meetings for the transaction of its business
61     at a time and place to be fixed by the board and shall hold other meetings as necessary for
62     proper transaction of business.
63          (9) A member may not receive compensation or benefits for the member's service, but
64     may receive per diem and travel expenses in accordance with:
65          (a) Section 63A-3-106;
66          (b) Section 63A-3-107; and
67          (c) rules made by the Division of Finance pursuant to Sections 63A-3-106 and
68     63A-3-107.
69          (10) The division shall implement [the rules of] rules made by the board under Section
70     53-7-503 and perform all other duties delegated by the board.