Chief Sponsor: Ralph Okerlund

House Sponsor: Francis D. Gibson


9     General Description:
10          This bill modifies provisions related to tax credits for infrastructure development.
11     Highlighted Provisions:
12          This bill:
13          ▸     modifies the composition of the Utah Energy Infrastructure Authority Board; and
14          ▸     authorizes the Office of Energy Development to make rules to implement the high
15     cost infrastructure tax credit program and to establish criteria for an infrastructure
16     cost-burdened entity to qualify for a tax credit.
17     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
18          None
19     Other Special Clauses:
20          This bill provides a special effective date.
21     Utah Code Sections Affected:
22     AMENDS:
23          63H-2-202, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2012, Chapter 37
24     ENACTS:
25          63M-4-606, Utah Code Annotated 1953

27     Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
28          Section 1. Section 63H-2-202 is amended to read:
29          63H-2-202. Authority board.

30          (1) There is created the Utah Energy Infrastructure Authority Board that consists of
31     nine members, appointed by the governor as follows:
32          (a) the energy advisor[,] or the executive director of the Office of Energy
33     Development, who shall serve as chair of the board;
34          (b) one member from the Governor's Office of Economic Development;
35          (c) [three members] one member from a public utility or electric interlocal entity that
36     operates electric transmission facilities within the state [as follows:];
37          [(i) one member selected by the governor from recommendations from an
38     investor-owned electric corporation that operates in this state;]
39          [(ii) one member selected by the governor from recommendations from a wholesale
40     electrical cooperative, as defined in Section 54-2-1, in the state; and]
41          [(iii) one member selected by the governor from recommendations from an electric
42     interlocal entity;]
43          (d) two members representing the economic development interests of rural
44     communities as follows:
45          (i) one member currently serving as county commissioner of a county of the third,
46     fourth, fifth, or sixth class, as described in Section 17-50-501; and
47          (ii) one member of a rural community with work experience in the energy industry;
48          (e) two members of the general public with relevant industry or community experience;
49          [(d)] (f) the director of the School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration created
50     in Section 53C-1-201; and
51          [(e) two representatives of business entities that produce energy; and]
52          [(f)] (g) one member of the general public who has experience with public finance and
53     bonding.
54          (2) (a) The term of a board member is four years.
55          (b) Notwithstanding Subsection (2)(a), the governor shall, at the time of appointment
56     or reappointment, adjust the length of terms to ensure that the terms of board members are
57     staggered so that approximately half of the board is appointed every two years.

58          (c) The governor may remove a member of the board for cause.
59          (d) The governor shall fill a vacancy in the board in the same manner under this section
60     as the appointment of the member whose vacancy is being filled.
61          (e) An individual appointed to fill a vacancy shall serve the remaining unexpired term
62     of the member whose vacancy the individual is filling.
63          (f) A board member shall serve until a successor is appointed and qualified.
64          (3) (a) Five members of the board constitute a quorum for conducting board business.
65          (b) A majority vote of the quorum present is required for an action to be taken by the
66     board.
67          (4) (a) [The board shall meet at least quarterly on a date the board sets. (b) The chair of
68     the board or any two members of the board may call additional meetings.] Except as provided
69     in Subsections (4)(b) and (4)(c), the board shall meet once each month, on a day determined by
70     the board, to review an application referred to the board by the Office of Energy Development
71     under Title 63M, Chapter 4, Part 6, High Cost Infrastructure Development Tax Credit Act.
72          (b) Subject to Subsection (4)(c), the board may cancel the board's meeting for a given
73     month if there are no applications described in Subsection (4)(a) pending board approval.
74          (c) The board shall meet no less frequently than once each quarter, on a day determined
75     by the board.
76          (5) A member may not receive compensation or benefits for the member's service, but
77     may receive per diem and travel expenses in accordance with:
78          (a) Section 63A-3-106;
79          (b) Section 63A-3-107; and
80          (c) rules made by the Division of Finance pursuant to Sections 63A-3-106 and
81     63A-3-107.
82          Section 2. Section 63M-4-606 is enacted to read:
83          63M-4-606. Administrative rules.
84          The office may establish, by rule made in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah
85     Administrative Rulemaking Act, requirements and procedures for the implementation of this

86     part.
87          Section 3. Effective date.
88          (1) Except as provided in Subsection (2), if approved by two-thirds of all members
89     elected to each house, this bill takes effect upon approval by the governor, or the day following
90     the constitutional time limit of Utah Constitution, Article VII, Section 8, without the governor's
91     signature, or in the case of a veto, the date of veto override.
92          (2) The actions affecting the following sections take effect for a taxable year beginning
93     on or after January 1, 2017:
94          (a) Section 59-7-619; and
95          (b) Section 59-10-1034.