Chief Sponsor: Jefferson Moss

Senate Sponsor: Lincoln Fillmore

7     Cosponsor:
8     Travis M. Seegmiller


11     General Description:
12          This rules resolution modifies joint rules related to the duties of the Executive
13     Appropriations Committee.
14     Highlighted Provisions:
15          This resolution:
16          ▸     requires the Executive Appropriations Committee to decide each year whether to set
17     aside special allocations for legislation that will reduce taxes; and
18          ▸     makes technical changes.
19     Special Clauses:
20          None
21     Legislative Rules Affected:
22     AMENDS:
23          JR3-2-402

25     Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
26          Section 1. JR3-2-402 is amended to read:
27          JR3-2-402. Executive appropriations -- Duties -- Base budgets.
28          (1) (a) The Executive Appropriations Committee shall meet no later than the third

29     Wednesday in December to:
30          (i) direct staff as to what revenue estimate to use in preparing budget
31     recommendations, to include a forecast for federal fund receipts;
32          (ii) consider treating above-trend revenue growth as one-time revenue for major tax
33     types and for federal funds;
34          (iii) hear a report on the historical, current, and anticipated status of the following:
35          (A) debt;
36          (B) long term liabilities;
37          (C) contingent liabilities;
38          (D) General Fund borrowing;
39          (E) reserves;
40          (F) fund balances;
41          (G) nonlapsing appropriation balances;
42          (H) cash funded infrastructure investment; and
43          (I) changes in federal funds paid to the state;
44          (iv) hear a report on:
45          (A) the next fiscal year base budget appropriation for Medicaid accountable care
46     organizations according to Section 26-18-405.5;
47          (B) an explanation of program funding needs;
48          (C) estimates of overall medical inflation in the state; and
49          (D) mandated program changes and their estimated cost impact on Medicaid
50     accountable care organizations;
51          (v) decide whether to set aside special allocations for the end of the session, including
52     allocations:
53          (A) to address any anticipated reduction in the amount of federal funds paid to the
54     state; and
55          (B) of one-time revenue to pay down debt and other liabilities;
56          (vi) decide whether to set aside special allocations for legislation that will reduce taxes,

57     including legislation that will reduce one or more tax rates;
58          [(vi)] (vii) approve the appropriate amount for each subcommittee to use in preparing
59     its budget;
60          [(vii)] (viii) set a budget figure; and
61          [(viii)] (ix) adopt a base budget in accordance with Subsection (1)(b) and direct the
62     legislative fiscal analyst to prepare one or more appropriations acts appropriating one or more
63     base budgets for the next fiscal year.
64          (b) In a base budget adopted under Subsection (1)(a), appropriations from the General
65     Fund, the Education Fund, and the Uniform School Fund shall be set as follows:
66          (i) if the next fiscal year ongoing revenue estimates set under Subsection (1)(a)(i) are
67     equal to or greater than the current fiscal year ongoing appropriations, the new fiscal year base
68     budget is not changed;
69          (ii) if the next fiscal year ongoing revenue estimates set under Subsection (1)(a)(i) are
70     less than the current fiscal year ongoing appropriations, the new fiscal year base budget is
71     reduced by the same percentage that projected next fiscal year ongoing revenue estimates are
72     lower than the total of current fiscal year ongoing appropriations;
73          (iii) in making a reduction under Subsection (1)(b)(ii), appropriated debt service shall
74     not be reduced, and other ongoing appropriations shall be reduced, in an amount sufficient to
75     make the total ongoing appropriations, including the unadjusted debt service, equal to the
76     percentage calculated under Subsection (1)(b)(ii); and
77          (iv) the new fiscal year base budget shall include an appropriation to the Department of
78     Health for Medicaid accountable care organizations in the amount required by Section
79     26-18-405.5.
80          (c) The chairs of each joint appropriations subcommittee are invited to attend this
81     meeting.
82          (2) All proposed budget items shall be submitted to one of the subcommittees named in
83     JR3-2-302 for consideration and recommendation.
84          (3) (a) After receiving and reviewing subcommittee reports, the Executive

85     Appropriations Committee may refer the report back to a joint appropriations subcommittee
86     with any guidelines the Executive Appropriations Committee considers necessary to assist the
87     subcommittee in producing a balanced budget.
88          (b) The subcommittee shall meet to review the new guidelines and report the
89     adjustments to the chairs of the Executive Appropriations Committee as soon as possible.
90          (4) (a) After receiving the reports, the Executive Appropriations Committee chairs will
91     report them to the Executive Appropriations Committee.
92          (b) The Executive Appropriations Committee shall:
93          (i) make any further adjustments necessary to balance the budget; and
94          (ii) complete all decisions necessary to draft the final appropriations bills no later than
95     the 39th day of the annual general session.