Chief Sponsor: Michael K. McKell

Senate Sponsor: Todd Weiler


8     General Description:
9          This bill amends provisions related to child support guidelines.
10     Highlighted Provisions:
11          This bill:
12          ▸     makes the Child Support Guidelines Advisory Committee an ongoing advisory
13     committee;
14          ▸     addresses procedures of the advisory committee; and
15          ▸     makes technical and conforming amendments.
16     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
17          None
18     Other Special Clauses:
19          None
20     Utah Code Sections Affected:
21     AMENDS:
22          78B-12-401, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2017, Chapter 161
23          78B-12-402, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2015, Chapter 359

25     Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
26          Section 1. Section 78B-12-401 is amended to read:
27          78B-12-401. Advisory committee created.
28          (1) (a) [On or before May 1, 2018, and then on or before May 1 of every fourth year
29     subsequently, the] There is created the advisory committee known as the "Child Support

30     Guidelines Advisory Committee."
31          (b) As used in this part, "advisory committee" means the Child Support Guidelines
32     Advisory Committee.
33          (c) The governor shall appoint [a child support guidelines advisory committee
34     consisting of] the 11 members of the advisory committee as follows:
35          (i) one representative recommended by the Office of Recovery Services;
36          (ii) one representative recommended by the Judicial Council;
37          (iii) two representatives recommended by the Utah State Bar Association;
38          (iv) two representatives of noncustodial parents;
39          (v) two representatives of custodial parents;
40          (vi) one representative with expertise in economics; and
41          (vii) [subject to Subsection (1)(b),] two representatives from diverse interests related to
42     child support issues and who are not members of the Utah State Bar Association, as the
43     governor may consider appropriate.
44          [(b) None of the individuals appointed under Subsection (1)(a)(vii) may be members of
45     the Utah State Bar Association.]
46          [(2) The term of the committee members expires one month after the report of the
47     committee is submitted to the Legislature under Section 78B-12-402.]
48          (2) (a) The term of a member of the advisory committee is four years.
49          [(3)] (b) When a vacancy occurs in the membership for any reason, the [replacement
50     shall be appointed] governor shall appoint a replacement for the unexpired term of the member.
51          [(4) The committee ceases to exist no later than November 1, 2017, and then on or
52     before November 1 of every fourth year subsequently.]
53          (c) The governor may appoint a member of the advisory committee to more than one
54     term.
55          (3) Six members of the advisory committee constitute a quorum. The vote of a majority
56     of a quorum present is an action of the advisory committee.
57          (4) The advisory committee shall elect two members to serve as cochairs of the

58     advisory committee for a term of one year.
59          (5) The advisory committee shall meet at the time and place designated by the cochairs.
60          Section 2. Section 78B-12-402 is amended to read:
61          78B-12-402. Duties -- Report -- Staff.
62          (1) The advisory committee shall review the child support guidelines to ensure [their]
63     the application of the guidelines results in the determination of appropriate child support award
64     amounts.
65          (2) The advisory committee shall submit, in accordance with Section 63-3-14, a written
66     report to the [Legislative] legislative Judiciary Interim Committee on or before October 1,
67     [2017] 2021, and then on or before October 1 of every fourth year subsequently.
68          (3) The advisory committee's report shall include recommendations of the majority of
69     the advisory committee, as well as specific recommendations of individual members of the
70     advisory committee.
71          (4) Staff for the advisory committee shall be provided from the existing budget of the
72     Department of Human Services.