Chief Sponsor: Stephen G. Handy

Senate Sponsor: J. Stuart Adams


8     General Description:
9          This bill modifies provisions relating to commemorative periods.
10     Highlighted Provisions:
11          This bill:
12          ▸     provides that Rachael Runyan/Missing and Exploited Children's Day shall be
13     commemorated annually on August 26.
14     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
15          None
16     Other Special Clauses:
17          None
18     Utah Code Sections Affected:
19     AMENDS:
20          63G-1-401, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2014, Chapters 80, 86, 92, and 123

22     Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
23          Section 1. Section 63G-1-401 is amended to read:
24          63G-1-401. Commemorative periods.
25          (1) The following days shall be commemorated annually:
26          (a) Bill of Rights Day, on December 15;
27          (b) Constitution Day, on September 17;

28          (c) Yellow Ribbon Day, on the third Monday in May, in honor of men and women who
29     are serving or have served in the United States Armed Forces around the world in defense of
30     freedom;
31          (d) POW/MIA Recognition Day, on the third Friday in September;
32          (e) Indigenous People Day, on the Monday immediately preceding Thanksgiving;
33          (f) Utah State Flag Day, on March 9;
34          (g) Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day, on March 29; [and]
35          (h) Utah History Day at the Capitol, on the Friday immediately following the fourth
36     Monday in January, to encourage citizens of the state, including students, to participate in
37     activities that recognize Utah's history[.]; and
38          (i) Rachael Runyan/Missing and Exploited Children's Day, on August 26, the
39     anniversary of the day three-year-old Rachael Runyan was kidnaped from a playground in
40     Sunset, Utah, to:
41          (i) encourage individuals to make child safety a priority;
42          (ii) remember the importance of continued efforts to reunite missing children with their
43     families; and
44          (iii) honor Rachael Runyan and all Utah children who have been abducted or exploited.
45          (2) The Department of Veterans' and Military Affairs shall coordinate activities, special
46     programs, and promotional information to heighten public awareness and involvement relating
47     to Subsections (1)(c) and (d).
48          (3) The month of October shall be commemorated annually as Italian-American
49     Heritage Month.
50          (4) The month of November shall be commemorated annually as American Indian
51     Heritage Month.
52          (5) The month of April shall be commemorated annually as Clean Out the Medicine
53     Cabinet Month to:
54          (a) recognize the urgent need to make Utah homes and neighborhoods safe from
55     prescription medication abuse and poisonings by the proper home storage and disposal of
56     prescription and over-the-counter medications; and
57          (b) educate citizens about the permanent medication disposal sites in Utah listed on
58     useonlyasdirected.org that allow disposal throughout the year.

59          (6) The first full week of May shall be commemorated annually as State Water Week
60     to recognize the importance of water conservation, quality, and supply in the state.
61          (7) The second Friday and Saturday in August shall be commemorated annually as
62     Utah Fallen Heroes Days to:
63          (a) honor fallen heroes who, during service in the military or public safety, have
64     sacrificed their lives to protect the country and the citizens of the state; and
65          (b) encourage political subdivisions to acknowledge and honor fallen heroes.
66          (8) The third full week in August shall be commemorated annually as Drowsy Driving
67     Awareness Week to:
68          (a) educate the public about the relationship between fatigue and driving performance;
69     and
70          (b) encourage the Department of Public Safety and the Department of Transportation to
71     recognize and promote educational efforts on the dangers of drowsy driving.
72          (9) The third full week of June shall be commemorated annually as Workplace Safety
73     Week to heighten public awareness regarding the importance of safety in the workplace.

Legislative Review Note
Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel