Chief Sponsor: Daniel W. Thatcher

House Sponsor: Marc K. Roberts


8     General Description:
9          This bill modifies provisions related to the Sentencing Commission.
10     Highlighted Provisions:
11          This bill:
12          ▸     defines terms;
13          ▸     requires the Sentencing Commission to:
14               •     create a master offense list;
15               •     update the master offense list annually; and
16               •     present the master offense list to the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice
17     Interim Committee; and
18          ▸     makes technical and conforming changes.
19     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
20          None
21     Other Special Clauses:
22          None
23     Utah Code Sections Affected:
24     AMENDS:
25          63M-7-405, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2014, Chapter 387

27     Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:

28          Section 1. Section 63M-7-405 is amended to read:
29          63M-7-405. Compensation of members -- Reports to the Legislature, the courts,
30     and the governor.
31          (1) (a) A member who is not a legislator may not receive compensation or benefits for
32     the member's service, but may receive per diem and travel expenses as allowed in:
33          (i) Section 63A-3-106;
34          (ii) Section 63A-3-107; and
35          (iii) rules made by the Division of Finance according to Sections 63A-3-106 and
36     63A-3-107.
37          (b) Compensation and expenses of a member who is a legislator are governed by
38     Section 36-2-2 and Legislative Joint Rules, Title 5, Legislative Compensation and Expenses.
39          (2) (a) The commission shall submit to the Legislature, the courts, and [to] the
40     governor at least 60 days [prior to] before the annual general session of the Legislature [its] the
41     commission's reports and recommendations for sentencing guidelines and amendments. [It is
42     intended that the]
43          (b) The commission [utilize] shall use existing data and resources from state criminal
44     justice agencies. [The]
45          (c) The commission [is authorized to] may employ professional assistance and other
46     staff members as it considers necessary or desirable.
47          (3) The commission shall [be responsive to] assist and respond to questions from all
48     three branches of government, but [be] is part of the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile
49     Justice for coordination on criminal and juvenile justice issues, budget, and administrative
50     support.
51          (4) (a) As used in this Subsection (4), "master offense list" means a document that
52     contains all offenses that exist in statute and each offense's associated penalty.
53          (b) No later than May 1, 2017, the commission shall create a master offense list.
54          (c) No later than June 30 of each calendar year, the commission shall:
55          (i) after the last day of the general legislative session, update the master offense list;
56     and
57          (ii) present the updated master offense list to the Law Enforcement and Criminal
58     Justice Interim Committee.

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