Chief Sponsor: Sophia M. DiCaro

Senate Sponsor: Curtis S. Bramble


8     General Description:
9          This bill enacts and modifies provisions related to funding of the Office of the Attorney
10     General.
11     Highlighted Provisions:
12          This bill:
13          ▸     provides that the Office of the Attorney General may operate as an internal service
14     fund agency for legal services that the office provides to state agencies;
15          ▸     establishes a rate committee; and
16          ▸     makes technical and conforming changes.
17     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
18          None
19     Other Special Clauses:
20          None
21     Utah Code Sections Affected:
22     AMENDS:
23          63J-2-102, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 382
24          67-5-1, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2013, Chapters 101 and 237
25          67-5-4, as enacted by Laws of Utah 1973, Chapter 186
26     ENACTS:
27          67-5-34, Utah Code Annotated 1953

29     Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:

30          Section 1. Section 63J-2-102 is amended to read:
31          63J-2-102. Definitions.
32          As used in this chapter:
33          (1) (a) "Agency" means each department, commission, board, council, agency,
34     institution, officer, corporation, fund, division, office, committee, authority, laboratory, library,
35     unit, bureau, panel, or other administrative unit of the state.
36          (b) "Agency" does not include the legislative branch, the board of regents, the Utah
37     Higher Education Assistance Authority, the board of trustees of each higher education
38     institution, each higher education institution and its associated branches, centers, divisions,
39     institutes, foundations, hospitals, colleges, schools, or departments, a public education entity,
40     or an independent agency.
41          (2) (a) "Dedicated credits revenues" means revenues from collections by an agency that
42     are deposited directly into an account for expenditure on a separate line item and program.
43          (b) "Dedicated credits" does not mean:
44          (i) federal revenues and the related pass through or the related state match paid by one
45     agency to another;
46          (ii) revenues that are not deposited in governmental funds; or
47          (iii) revenues from any contracts[; and].
48          [(iv) revenues received by the Attorney General's Office from billings for professional
49     services.]
50          (3) "Fees" means revenue collected by an agency for performing a service or providing
51     a function that the agency deposits or accounts for as dedicated credits or fixed collections.
52          (4) (a) "Fixed collections revenues" means revenue from collections:
53          (i) fixed by law or by the appropriation act at a specific amount; and
54          (ii) required by law to be deposited into a separate line item and program.
55          (b) "Fixed collections" does not mean:
56          (i) federal revenues and the related pass through or the related state match paid by one
57     agency to another;

58          (ii) revenues that are not deposited in governmental funds;
59          (iii) revenues from any contracts; and
60          (iv) revenues received by the Attorney General's Office from billings for professional
61     services.
62          (5) (a) "Governmental fund" means funds used to account for the acquisition, use, and
63     balances of expendable financial resources and related liabilities using a measurement focus
64     that emphasizes the flow of financial resources.
65          (b) "Governmental fund" does not include internal service funds, enterprise funds,
66     capital projects funds, debt service funds, or trust and agency funds as established in Section
67     51-5-4.
68          (6) "Independent agency" means the Utah State Retirement Office, the Utah Housing
69     Corporation, and the Workers' Compensation Fund.
70          (7) "Program" means the function or service provided by an agency for which the
71     agency collects fees.
72          (8) "Revenue types" means the categories established by the Division of Finance under
73     the authority of this chapter that classify revenue according to the purpose for which it is
74     collected.
75          Section 2. Section 67-5-1 is amended to read:
76          67-5-1. General duties.
77          The attorney general shall:
78          (1) perform all duties in a manner consistent with the attorney-client relationship under
79     Section 67-5-17;
80          (2) except as provided in Sections 10-3-928 and 17-18a-403, attend the Supreme Court
81     and the Court of Appeals of this state, and all courts of the United States, and prosecute or
82     defend all causes to which the state or any officer, board, or commission of the state in an
83     official capacity is a party, and take charge, as attorney, of all civil legal matters in which the
84     state is interested;
85          (3) after judgment on any cause referred to in Subsection (2), direct the issuance of

86     process as necessary to execute the judgment;
87          (4) account for, and pay over to the proper officer, all money that comes into the
88     attorney general's possession that belongs to the state;
89          (5) keep a file of all cases in which the attorney general is required to appear, including
90     any documents and papers showing the court in which the cases have been instituted and tried,
91     and whether they are civil or criminal, and:
92          (a) if civil, the nature of the demand, the stage of proceedings, and, when prosecuted to
93     judgment, a memorandum of the judgment and of any process issued if satisfied, and if not
94     satisfied, documentation of the return of the sheriff;
95          (b) if criminal, the nature of the crime, the mode of prosecution, the stage of
96     proceedings, and, when prosecuted to sentence, a memorandum of the sentence and of the
97     execution, if the sentence has been executed, and, if not executed, the reason for the delay or
98     prevention; and
99          (c) deliver this information to the attorney general's successor in office;
100          (6) exercise supervisory powers over the district and county attorneys of the state in all
101     matters pertaining to the duties of their offices, and from time to time require of them reports of
102     the condition of public business entrusted to their charge;
103          (7) give the attorney general's opinion in writing and without fee to the Legislature or
104     either house and to any state officer, board, or commission, and to any county attorney or
105     district attorney, when required, upon any question of law relating to their respective offices;
106          (8) when required by the public service or directed by the governor, assist any county,
107     district, or city attorney in the discharge of [his] county, district, or city attorney's duties;
108          (9) purchase in the name of the state, under the direction of the state Board of
109     Examiners, any property offered for sale under execution issued upon judgments in favor of or
110     for the use of the state, and enter satisfaction in whole or in part of the judgments as the
111     consideration of the purchases;
112          (10) when the property of a judgment debtor in any judgment mentioned in Subsection
113     (9) has been sold under a prior judgment, or is subject to any judgment, lien, or encumbrance

114     taking precedence of the judgment in favor of the state, redeem the property, under the
115     direction of the state Board of Examiners, from the prior judgment, lien, or encumbrance, and
116     pay all money necessary for the redemption, upon the order of the state Board of Examiners,
117     out of any money appropriated for these purposes;
118          (11) when in the attorney general's opinion it is necessary for the collection or
119     enforcement of any judgment, institute and prosecute on behalf of the state any action or
120     proceeding necessary to set aside and annul all conveyances fraudulently made by the judgment
121     debtors, and pay the cost necessary to the prosecution, when allowed by the state Board of
122     Examiners, out of any money not otherwise appropriated;
123          (12) discharge the duties of a member of all official boards of which the attorney
124     general is or may be made a member by the Utah Constitution or by the laws of the state, and
125     other duties prescribed by law;
126          (13) institute and prosecute proper proceedings in any court of the state or of the
127     United States to restrain and enjoin corporations organized under the laws of this or any other
128     state or territory from acting illegally or in excess of their corporate powers or contrary to
129     public policy, and in proper cases forfeit their corporate franchises, dissolve the corporations,
130     and wind up their affairs;
131          (14) institute investigations for the recovery of all real or personal property that may
132     have escheated or should escheat to the state, and for that purpose, subpoena any persons
133     before any of the district courts to answer inquiries and render accounts concerning any
134     property, examine all books and papers of any corporations, and when any real or personal
135     property is discovered that should escheat to the state, institute suit in the district court of the
136     county where the property is situated for its recovery, and escheat that property to the state;
137          (15) administer the Children's Justice Center as a program to be implemented in
138     various counties pursuant to Sections 67-5b-101 through 67-5b-107;
139     (16) assist the Constitutional Defense Council as provided in Title 63C, Chapter 4a,
140     Constitutional and Federalism Defense Act;
141          (17) pursue any appropriate legal action to implement the state's public lands policy

142     established in Section 63C-4a-103;
143          (18) investigate and prosecute violations of all applicable state laws relating to fraud in
144     connection with the state Medicaid program and any other medical assistance program
145     administered by the state, including violations of Title 26, Chapter 20, Utah False Claims Act;
146          (19) investigate and prosecute complaints of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of patients
147     at:
148          (a) health care facilities that receive payments under the state Medicaid program; and
149          (b) board and care facilities, as defined in the federal Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C.
150     Sec. 1396b(q)(4)(B), regardless of the source of payment to the board and care facility; [and]
151          (20) (a) report at least twice per year to the Legislative Management Committee on any
152     pending or anticipated lawsuits, other than eminent domain lawsuits, that might:
153          (i) cost the state more than $500,000; or
154          (ii) require the state to take legally binding action that would cost more than $500,000
155     to implement; and
156          (b) if the meeting is closed, include an estimate of the state's potential financial or other
157     legal exposure in that report[.]; and
158          (21) if the attorney general operates the Office of the Attorney General or any portion
159     of the Office of the Attorney General as an internal service fund agency in accordance with
160     Section 67-5-4, submit to the rate committee established in Section 67-5-34:
161          (a) a proposed rate and fee schedule in accordance with Subsection 67-5-34(4); and
162          (b) any other information or analysis requested by the rate committee.
163          Section 3. Section 67-5-4 is amended to read:
164          67-5-4. Interaccount billings included in budget -- Payment of staff members.
165          (1) The attorney general shall include in his annual budget all interaccount billings and
166     pay directly out of his funds all members of his staff, whether housed in his offices or not.
167          (2) The attorney general may operate the Office of the Attorney General or any portion
168     of the Office of the Attorney General as an internal service fund agency in accordance with
169     Section 63J-1-410 for legal services that the Office of the Attorney General provides.

170          Section 4. Section 67-5-34 is enacted to read:
171          67-5-34. Rate committee -- Membership -- Duties.
172          (1) (a) There is created a rate committee that consists of:
173          (i) the executive director of the Governor's Office of Management and Budget, or the
174     executive director's designee; and
175          (ii) the executive directors of six state agencies that use or are likely to use services and
176     pay rates to the Office of the Attorney General's internal service fund, appointed by the
177     governor for a two-year term, or the executive directors' designees.
178          (b) The rate committee shall elect a chair from the rate committee's members.
179          (2) Each member of the rate committee who is a state government employee and does
180     not receive salary, per diem, or expenses from the member's agency for the member's service
181     on the rate committee shall receive no compensation, benefits, per diem, or expenses for the
182     member's service on the rate committee.
183          (3) The Office of the Attorney General shall provide staff services to the rate
184     committee.
185          (4) The Office of the Attorney General shall submit to the rate committee a proposed
186     rate and fee schedule for legal services rendered by the Office of the Attorney General to an
187     agency.
188          (5) (a) The rate committee shall:
189          (i) conduct meetings in accordance with Title 52, Chapter 4, Open and Public Meetings
190     Act;
191          (ii) review the proposed rate and fee schedules and, at the rate committee's discretion,
192     approve, increase, or decrease the rate and fee schedules;
193          (iii) recommend a proposed rate and fee schedule for the internal service fund to:
194          (A) the Governor's Office of Management and Budget; and
195          (B) each legislative appropriations subcommittee that, in accordance with Section
196     63J-1-410, approves the internal service fund rates, fees, and budget; and
197          (iv) review and approve, increase or decrease an interim rate, fee, or amount when the

198     office begins a new service or introduces a new product between annual general sessions of the
199     Legislature.
200          (b) The committee may, in accordance with Subsection 63J-1-410(4), decrease a rate,
201     fee, or amount that has been approved by the Legislature.