Chief Sponsor: Howard A. Stephenson

House Sponsor: Curtis Oda


8     Committee Note:
9          The Administrative Rules Review Committee recommended this bill.
10     General Description:
11          This bill modifies provisions of the Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act relating to
12     public hearings.
13     Highlighted Provisions:
14          This bill:
15          ▸     provides that under certain circumstances, the State Board of Education is exempt
16     from the public hearing requirements described in the Utah Administrative
17     Rulemaking Act.
18     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
19          None
20     Other Special Clauses:
21          None
22     Utah Code Sections Affected:
23     AMENDS:
24          63G-3-302, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 382

26     Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
27          Section 1. Section 63G-3-302 is amended to read:

28          63G-3-302. Public hearings.
29          (1) [Each] An agency may hold a public hearing on a proposed rule[, amendment to a
30     rule, or repeal of a rule] during the public comment period.
31          (2) [Each] (a) Except as provided in Subsection (3), an agency shall hold a public
32     hearing on a proposed rule[, amendment to a rule, or repeal of a rule] if:
33          [(a)] (i) a public hearing is required by state or federal mandate; or
34          [(b) (i)] (ii) (A) a public hearing is requested by another state agency, 10 interested
35     persons, or an interested association [having not fewer than] that has at least 10 members
36     [request a public hearing]; and
37          [(ii)] (B) the agency receives the request in writing not more than 15 days after [the
38     publication date of] the day on which the proposed rule is published in the bulletin.
39          [(3) The] (b) An agency shall hold [the] a hearing described in Subsection (2)(a):
40          [(a)] (i) before the day on which the proposed rule becomes effective; and
41          [(b)] (ii) no less than seven days [nor] but no more than 30 days after [receipt of the
42     request for] the day on which the agency receives the public hearing request.
43          (3) This section does not apply to the State Board of Education if, before filing a
44     proposed rule with the division, the State Board of Education:
45          (a) discusses the proposed rule at a meeting that is open to the public under Title 52,
46     Chapter 4, Open and Public Meetings Act;
47          (b) accepts public comment on the proposed rule at the meeting described in
48     Subsection (3)(a); and
49          (c) makes the proposed rule available to the public on the State Board of Education's
50     website at least seven days before the day on which the State Board of Education holds the
51     meeting described in Subsection (3)(a).

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