7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill modifies provisions related to the Safety Net Initiative.
10 Highlighted Provisions:
11 This bill:
12 ▸ transfers the administration of the Safety Net Initiative from the Office of the
13 Attorney General to the Department of Workforce Services; and
14 ▸ makes technical and conforming changes.
15 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
17 Other Special Clauses:
18 This bill provides a special effective date.
19 Utah Code Sections Affected:
21 35A-1-104, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 382
22 67-5-1.5, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2012, Chapter 350
24 35A-3-801, Utah Code Annotated 1953
25 RENUMBERS AND AMENDS:
26 35A-3-802, (Renumbered from 67-5-26, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter
29 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
30 Section 1. Section 35A-1-104 is amended to read:
31 35A-1-104. Department authority.
32 Within all other authority or responsibility granted to it by law, the department may:
33 (1) adopt rules when authorized by this title, in accordance with the procedures of Title
34 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act;
35 (2) purchase, as authorized or required by law, services that the department is
36 responsible to provide for legally eligible persons;
37 (3) conduct adjudicative proceedings in accordance with the procedures of Title 63G,
38 Chapter 4, Administrative Procedures Act;
39 (4) establish eligibility standards for its programs, not inconsistent with state or federal
40 law or regulations;
41 (5) take necessary steps, including legal action, to recover money or the monetary value
42 of services provided to a recipient who is not eligible;
43 (6) administer oaths, certify to official acts, issue subpoenas to compel witnesses and
44 the production of books, accounts, documents, and other records necessary as evidence;
45 (7) acquire, manage, and dispose of any real or personal property needed or owned by
46 the department, not inconsistent with state law;
47 (8) receive gifts, grants, devises, and donations or their proceeds, crediting the program
48 designated by the donor, and using the gift, grant, devise, or donation for the purposes
49 requested by the donor, as long as the request conforms to state and federal policy;
50 (9) accept and employ volunteer labor or services;
51 (10) reimburse volunteers for necessary expenses, when the department considers that
52 reimbursement to be appropriate;
53 (11) carry out the responsibility assigned by the State Workforce Services Plan
54 developed by the State Council on Workforce Services;
55 (12) provide training and educational opportunities for its staff;
56 (13) examine and audit the expenditures of any public funds provided to a local
57 authority, agency, or organization that contracts with or receives funds from those authorities or
59 (14) accept and administer grants from the federal government and from other sources,
60 public or private;
61 (15) employ and determine the compensation of clerical, legal, technical, investigative,
62 and other employees necessary to carry out its policymaking, regulatory, and enforcement
63 powers, rights, duties, and responsibilities under this title;
64 (16) establish and conduct free employment agencies, and bring together employers
65 seeking employees and working people seeking employment, and make known the
66 opportunities for employment in this state;
67 (17) collect, collate, and publish statistical and other information relating to employees,
68 employers, employments, and places of employment, and other statistics as it considers proper;
69 (18) encourage the expansion and use of apprenticeship programs meeting state or
70 federal standards for apprenticeship programs;
71 (19) develop processes to ensure that the department responds to the full range of
72 employee and employer clients; [
73 (20) carry out the responsibilities assigned to it by statute[
74 (21) administer the Safety Net Initiative as described in Section 35A-3-802.
75 Section 2. Section 35A-3-801 is enacted to read:
77 35A-3-801. Title.
78 This part is known as the "Safety Net Initiative."
79 Section 3. Section 35A-3-802, which is renumbered from Section 67-5-26 is
80 renumbered and amended to read:
82 (1) As used in this section, "individuals in underserved communities" means [
85 assistance and other government services.
86 (2) There is created within the [
87 Net Initiative to:
91 order to improve the safety and well-being of individuals in underserved communities[
96 and interested individuals [
97 in underserved communities; and
99 communities [
100 government services.
102 entities, and support staff as necessary to administer the duties required by this section.
103 Section 4. Section 67-5-1.5 is amended to read:
104 67-5-1.5. Special duties -- Employment of staff.
105 (1) The attorney general may undertake special duties and projects as follows:
106 (a) employment of child protection services investigators under Section 67-5-16;
107 (b) employment of an Obscenity and Pornography Complaints Ombudsman under
108 Section 67-5-18;
109 (c) administration of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force under Section
111 (d) administration of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit under Section
113 (e) administration of the Identity Theft Reporting Information System (IRIS) Program
114 under Section 67-5-22;
115 (f) administration of the Attorney General Crime and Violence Prevention Fund under
116 Section 67-5-24; and
120 (2) As permitted by the provisions of this chapter, the attorney general may employ or
121 contract with investigators, prosecutors, and necessary support staff to fulfill the special duties
122 undertaken under this section.
123 Section 5. Effective date.
124 This bill takes effect on July 1, 2016.