7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill modifies the governing structure for certain veterans park and nursing home
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 ▸ modifies who appoints members to the Veterans' Memorial Park Board and the
14 Veterans' nursing home advisory boards;
15 ▸ directs to whom minutes of board meetings are provided with a time line; and
16 ▸ amends membership of Veterans' nursing home advisory boards.
17 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
19 Other Special Clauses:
21 Utah Code Sections Affected:
23 71-7-4, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2013, Chapter 214
24 71-8-2, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2013, Chapter 214
25 71-11-7, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2013, Chapter 214
27 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
28 Section 1. Section 71-7-4 is amended to read:
29 71-7-4. Veterans' Memorial Park Board -- Members -- Appointment -- Meetings
30 -- Per diem and travel expenses.
31 (1) There is created a Veterans' Memorial Park Board to serve as an advisory body to
32 the Department of Veterans' and Military Affairs on matters relating to the establishment and
33 operation of a veterans' cemetery and memorial park.
34 (2) The board shall consist of the following five members:
35 (a) one representative recommended by the state commander of the Veterans of
36 Foreign Wars;
37 (b) one representative recommended by the state commander of the American Legion;
38 (c) one representative recommended by the state commander of the Disabled American
40 (d) the executive director of the Department of Veterans' and Military Affairs; and
41 (e) one person not affiliated with any of the organizations referred to in this Subsection
43 (3) (a) Except as required by Subsection (3)(b), the [
44 appoint members in Subsections (2)(a), (b), (c), and (e) above for four-year terms. The
46 in which appointments are to be made under this chapter.
47 (b) Notwithstanding the requirements of Subsection (3)(a), the [
48 director shall, at the time of appointment or reappointment, adjust the length of terms to ensure
49 that the terms of board members are staggered so that approximately half of the board is
50 appointed every two years.
51 (c) All members shall serve until their successors are appointed.
52 (d) Members may not serve more than two consecutive terms.
53 (4) When a vacancy occurs in the membership for any reason, the replacement shall be
54 appointed for the unexpired term in the same manner as the original appointment.
55 (5) (a) The board shall select a chair annually from among its members at its first
56 meeting after July 1.
57 (b) Three members of the board constitute a quorum to transact business.
58 (c) The board shall meet at least quarterly on a regular date fixed by the board.
59 (d) The chair or three members of the board may call additional meetings.
60 (6) The board shall provide copies of all minutes [
62 Department of Veterans' and Military Affairs within 14 days of approval.
63 (7) 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
69 Section 2. Section 71-8-2 is amended to read:
70 71-8-2. Department of Veterans' and Military Affairs created -- Appointment of
71 executive director -- Department responsibilities.
72 (1) There is created the Department of Veterans' and Military Affairs.
73 (2) The governor shall appoint an executive director for the department, after
74 consultation with the Veterans' Advisory Council, who is subject to Senate confirmation.
75 (a) The executive director shall be a veteran.
76 (b) Any veteran or veteran's group may submit names to the council for consideration.
77 (3) The department shall:
78 (a) conduct and supervise all veteran activities as provided in this title; and
79 (b) adopt rules in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative
80 Rulemaking Act, to carry out the provisions of this title.
81 (4) Nothing in this chapter shall be construed as altering or preempting the provisions
82 of Title 39, Militia and Armories, as specifically related to the Utah National Guard.
83 Section 3. Section 71-11-7 is amended to read:
84 71-11-7. Veterans' nursing home advisory boards.
85 (1) [
86 home advisory board to act as a liaison between the residents, members of the public, and the
87 administration of the home.
90 (2) Each board shall consist of [
91 members appointed as follows by the executive director:
97 (a) one appointee of the Resident Council of the specific veterans' nursing home;
98 (b) three veterans from the geographic area in which the veterans' nursing home is
100 (c) one medical professional experienced in veteran nursing home quality of care
102 (d) three at-large members with an interest in the success of veterans' nursing homes;
106 (e) one member each from:
107 (i) the American Legion;
108 (ii) Disabled American Veterans; and
109 (iii) the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
112 (3) (a) (i) Members shall serve for four-year terms.
113 (ii) Except as required by Subsection (3)(b), as terms of current board members expire,
114 the [
115 term beginning on July 1.
116 (b) The [
117 reappointment, adjust the length of terms to ensure that the terms of board members are
118 staggered so that approximately half of the board is appointed every two years.
119 (c) The [
120 June 30 of any year in which appointments are to be made under this chapter.
121 (4) Vacancies not including the Resident Council representative shall be filled by the
123 unexpired term of the vacated member.
124 (5) [
125 more than two consecutive terms.
128 (6) Each board shall elect a chair annually from among its members at its first meeting
129 after July 1.
130 (7) Each board shall meet at least quarterly.
131 (8) [
132 transaction of business.
133 (9) Each board shall provide copies of all minutes [
135 Veterans' and Military Affairs[
137 (10) A member may not receive compensation or benefits for the member's service, but
138 may receive per diem and travel expenses in accordance with:
139 (a) Section 63A-3-106;
140 (b) Section 63A-3-107; and
141 (c) rules made by the Division of Finance pursuant to Sections 63A-3-106 and