7 LONG TITLE
8 Committee Note:
9 The Government Operations Interim Committee recommended this bill.
10 Legislative Vote: 15 voting for 0 voting against 1 absent
11 General Description:
12 This bill authorizes a contract between certain state entities for responding to an
14 Highlighted Provisions:
15 This bill:
16 ▸ defines terms;
17 ▸ provides that the Division of Emergency Management may contract with a political
18 subdivision for purposes of operating an emergency task force; and
19 ▸ provides that an individual who works for the emergency task force shall receive
20 payment and certain benefits.
21 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
23 Other Special Clauses:
25 Utah Code Sections Affected:
27 53-2a-1401, Utah Code Annotated 1953
28 53-2a-1402, Utah Code Annotated 1953
30 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
31 Section 1. Section 53-2a-1401 is enacted to read:
33 53-2a-1401. Definitions.
34 As used in this part:
35 (1) "Active task force" means a task force placed at the direction, control, and funding
36 of the division, in accordance with an agreement entered into under this section, in response to,
37 or in anticipation of a disaster or emergency.
38 (2) "Division" means the Division of Emergency Management.
39 (3) "Sponsoring agency" means a political subdivision that executes a memorandum of
40 understanding with the United States Department of Homeland Security to organize a task
42 (4) "State employee" means a full-time, part-time, or temporary employee of:
43 (a) the state; or
44 (b) a political subdivision of the state, regardless of whether the employee is
45 performing duties in the political subdivision that employs the employee.
46 (5) "Task force" means a National Urban Search and Rescue Response System task
47 force established by the United States Department of Homeland Security under 44 C.F.R. Part
49 Section 2. Section 53-2a-1402 is enacted to read:
50 53-2a-1402. Emergency task force agreement -- Creation -- Employment.
51 (1) (a) The division may enter into an agreement with a sponsoring agency to establish
52 terms and conditions that apply if a task force organized by the sponsoring agency becomes an
53 active task force.
54 (b) If the division enters into an agreement described in Subsection (1)(a), the
55 agreement may allow the division to reimburse the sponsoring agency for:
56 (i) costs related to the operation of an active task force, as allowed under 44 C.F.R.
57 Part 208, at the rates provided under 44 C.F.R. Part 208;
58 (ii) payment for death, disability, or injury of an individual if the individual suffers
59 death, disability, or injury in the course of performing the individual's duties for the active task
60 force; and
61 (iii) payment to an individual serving on an active task force.
62 (2) While serving on an active task force:
63 (a) a state employee:
64 (i) has the same powers, duties, rights, privileges, and immunities that are incidental to
65 the state employee's employment; and
66 (ii) shall receive the same compensation and benefits that are incidental to the state
67 employee's employment; and
68 (b) an individual who is not a state employee shall:
69 (i) receive the same rights and immunities as a state employee serving in the same
70 position on an active task force; and
71 (ii) be considered a temporary employee of the state for purposes of:
72 (A) Title 34A, Chapter 2, Workers' Compensation Act; and
73 (B) Title 34A, Chapter 3, Utah Occupational Disease Act.