Room 450, Utah State Capitol

February 16, 2016


Members Present:                Rep. Ken Ivory, Chair

                                                Rep. Stephen G. Handy, Vice Chair

                                                Rep. Patrice M. Arent

                                                Rep. Scott H. Chew

                                                Rep. Kay J. Christofferson

                                                Rep. Rebecca P. Edwards

                                                Rep. Keith Grover

Rep. Lynn N. Hemingway

                                                Rep. Keven J. Stratton

                                                Rep. Earl D. Tanner 


Absent:                                  Rep. Brad L. Dee

Staff Present:                        Mr. Adam J. Sweet, Policy Analyst

                                                Ms. Lisa Jones, Committee Secretary

Note: A list of visitors and a copy of handouts are filed with the committee minutes.


Chair Ivory called the meeting to order at 2:05 p.m.


H.B. 241         Computer Abuse and Data Recovery Act (Rep. Chavez-Houck)

Rep. Chavez-Houck, assisted by Stephen Nagin, Counsel at Peretz Chesal Herrmann, Karima Shaver, owner, Biotron Labs, and Romaine Marshall, attorney, at Holland and Hart, introduced and explained the bill.


Spoke for the bill:       Mr. Todd Bingham, President, Utah Manufacturers Association


MOTION:     Rep. Stratton moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Edwards, and Rep. Handy absent for the vote.


H.B. 280         Autonomous Vehicle Study (Rep. Spendlove)

Rep. Spendlove introduced and explained the bill. The handouts "States Gear Up for Driverless Cars" and the New York Times' "Self-Driver Cars May Get Here Before We're Ready" were distributed to the committee.


MOTION:     Rep. Tanner moved to replace H.B. 280 with 1st Substitute H.B. 280. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Edwards and Rep. Handy absent for the vote.


MOTION:     Rep. Christofferson moved to pass 1st Substitute H.B. 280 out favorably. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Edwards and Rep. Stratton absent for the vote.


H.B. 225         Cybercrime Amendments (Rep. Lifferth)

Rep. Lifferth, assisted by Major Brian Redd, Deputy Director, State Bureau of Investigation, introduced and explained the bill.


MOTION:     Rep. Grover moved to amend the bill as follows:


1.    Page 1, Lines 19 through 20:   


19         modifies an element of computer crimes to include a person who acts {   with  }  without 

20authorization  , or whose acts exceed authorization  , {  but then  }  and who   commits a crime;


2.    Page 1, Line 21:  


21         modifies the reporting procedure for computer crime offenses  , including reporting by state agencies  ; and


3.    Page 2, Line 55:  


55   (ii) computers and remote terminals; {  or  }

         (iii) network connected devices; or 


4.    Page 3, Line 88:  


88   [(10)] (13) "Security system" means a computer, computer system, network,  network connected device,  or


5.    Page 4, Line 102:       


102 (1) A person who {   with or  }  , acting  without authorization  or whose acts exceed authorization,   gains or attempts to gain access to any


6.    Page 6, Line 154:       


154   (1)  Every person, except [those] a person to whom a statutory or common law privilege


7.    Page 6, Line 157:       


157  {  (1)  }  (a)  the attorney general[,] or county attorney, or, if within a prosecution district, the


8.    Page 6, Line 160:       


160  {  (2)  }  (b)  a state or local law enforcement agency  .

(2) Every state agency that has reason to believe that any provision of Section 76-6-703 is being or has been violated within the agency's computer system or network shall report the suspected violation to the Utah Department of Public Safety, State Bureau of Investigation. 


9.    Page 7, Lines 190 through 192:      


190 (d) "Minor" means a person who is younger than 18 years of age.

191  {  (e) "Personal identifying information" means the same as that term is defined in

192Section 76-6-1102.  }


10.  Page 7, Lines 194 through 196:      


194prosecution in the jurisdiction where the communication originated or was received if   the person, or a party whom the person has encouraged to act in violation of this Subsection (2), acts   with

195intent to {  annoy,  } alarm, intimidate, {  offend,  } abuse, threaten, harass, {  frighten,  } or disrupt the

196electronic communications of another {  , the person  }  and  :


11.  Page 7, Line 208 through Page 8, Line 214: 


208physical harm, or damage to any person or the property of any person; {  [  } or {  ]  }

209 (d) causes disruption, jamming, or overload of an electronic communication system

210through excessive message traffic or other means utilizing an electronic communication

211device {  [  } . {  ]  } {  ; or

212 (e) electronically publishes, posts, or otherwise makes available personal identifying

213information in a public online site or forum.  }

214 (3) (a) (i) Electronic communication harassment committed against an adult is a class


The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Edwards and Rep. Stratton absent for the vote.


MOTION:     Rep. Christofferson moved to pass the bill out favorably as amended.


MOTION:     Rep. Arent moved to substitute the motion and hold H.B. 225, as amended, in committee. The motion passed, with Rep. Chew, Rep. Christofferson, and Rep. Grover in opposition and Rep. Stratton absent for the vote.


MOTION:     Rep. Arent moved to adjourn the meeting. The motion passed unanimously, with Rep. Stratton absent for the vote.


Chair Ivory adjourned the meeting at 3:28 p.m.







Ken Ivory, Chair