Chief Sponsor: Lincoln Fillmore

House Sponsor: Ken Ivory


9     General Description:
10          This rules resolution modifies duties of the Executive Appropriations Committee.
11     Highlighted Provisions:
12          This resolution:
13          ▸     requires the Executive Appropriations Committee to consider treating above-trend
14     federal revenue in the same way as one-time revenue.
15     Special Clauses:
16          None
17     Legislative Rules Affected:
18     AMENDS:
19          JR3-2-402

21     Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
22          Section 1. JR3-2-402 is amended to read:
23          JR3-2-402. Executive appropriations -- Duties -- Base budgets.
24          (1) As used in this rule:
25          (a) "Base budget" means amounts appropriated by the Legislature for each item of
26     appropriation for the current fiscal year that:
27          (i) are not designated as one-time in an appropriation, regardless of whether the
28     appropriation is covered by ongoing or one-time revenue sources; and
29          (ii) were not vetoed by the governor, unless the Legislature overrode the veto.

30          (b) "Base budget" includes:
31          (i) any changes to those amounts approved by the Executive Appropriations
32     Committee; and
33          (ii) amounts appropriated for debt service.
34          (2) (a) The Executive Appropriations Committee shall meet no later than the third
35     Wednesday in December to:
36          (i) direct staff as to what revenue estimate to use in preparing budget
37     recommendations, to include a forecast for federal fund receipts;
38          (ii) consider treating above-trend revenue growth as one-time revenue for major tax
39     types and for federal funds;
40          (iii) hear a report on the historical, current, and anticipated status of the following:
41          (A) debt;
42          (B) long term liabilities;
43          (C) contingent liabilities;
44          (D) General Fund borrowing;
45          (E) reserves;
46          (F) fund balances;
47          (G) nonlapsing appropriation balances;
48          (H) cash funded infrastructure investment; and
49          (I) changes in federal funds paid to the state;
50          (iv) hear a report on:
51          (A) the next fiscal year base budget appropriation for Medicaid accountable care
52     organizations according to Section 26-18-405.5;
53          (B) an explanation of program funding needs;
54          (C) estimates of overall medical inflation in the state; and
55          (D) mandated program changes and their estimated cost impact on Medicaid
56     accountable care organizations;
57          (v) decide whether to set aside special allocations for the end of the session, including

58     allocations:
59          (A) to address any anticipated reduction in the amount of federal funds paid to the
60     state; and
61          (B) of one-time revenue to pay down debt and other liabilities;
62          (vi) approve the appropriate amount for each subcommittee to use in preparing its
63     budget;
64          (vii) set a budget figure; and
65          (viii) adopt a base budget in accordance with Subsection (2)(b) and direct the
66     legislative fiscal analyst to prepare one or more appropriations acts appropriating one or more
67     base budgets for the next fiscal year.
68          (b) In a base budget adopted under Subsection (2)(a), appropriations from the General
69     Fund, the Education Fund, and the Uniform School Fund shall be set as follows:
70          (i) if the next fiscal year ongoing revenue estimates set under Subsection (2)(a)(i) are
71     equal to or greater than the current fiscal year ongoing appropriations, the new fiscal year base
72     budget is not changed;
73          (ii) if the next fiscal year ongoing revenue estimates set under Subsection (2)(a)(i) are
74     less than the current fiscal year ongoing appropriations, the new fiscal year base budget is
75     reduced by the same percentage that projected next fiscal year ongoing revenue estimates are
76     lower than the total of current fiscal year ongoing appropriations;
77          (iii) in making a reduction under Subsection (2)(b)(ii), appropriated debt service shall
78     not be reduced, and other ongoing appropriations shall be reduced, in an amount sufficient to
79     make the total ongoing appropriations, including the unadjusted debt service, equal to the
80     percentage calculated under Subsection (2)(b)(ii); and
81          (iv) the new fiscal year base budget shall include an appropriation to the Department of
82     Health for Medicaid accountable care organizations in the amount required by Section
83     26-18-405.5.
84          (c) The chairs of each appropriation subcommittee are invited to attend this meeting.
85          (3) Appropriations subcommittees may not meet while the Senate or House is in

86     session without special leave from the speaker of the House and the president of the Senate.
87          (4) All proposed items of expenditure to be included in the appropriations bills shall be
88     submitted to one of the subcommittees named in JR3-2-302 for consideration and
89     recommendation.
90          (5) (a) After receiving and reviewing subcommittee reports, the Executive
91     Appropriations Committee may refer the report back to an appropriations subcommittee with
92     any guidelines the Executive Appropriations Committee considers necessary to assist the
93     subcommittee in producing a balanced budget.
94          (b) The subcommittee shall meet to review the new guidelines and report the
95     adjustments to the chairs of the Executive Appropriations Committee as soon as possible.
96          (6) (a) After receiving the reports, the Executive Appropriations Committee chairs will
97     report them to the Executive Appropriations Committee.
98          (b) That committee shall:
99          (i) make any further adjustments necessary to balance the budget; and
100          (ii) complete all decisions necessary to draft the final appropriations bill no later than
101     the 39th day of the annual general session.