Chief Sponsor: Ann Millner

House Sponsor: Jefferson Moss


8     General Description:
9          This bill modifies provisions relating to public-private partnerships.
10     Highlighted Provisions:
11          This bill:
12          ▸     eliminates a repeal date for the Public-private Partnerships Act;
13          ▸     eliminates a provision limiting the length of term of a contract with a public-private
14     partnership facilitator;
15          ▸     modifies provisions relating to the functions and responsibilities of the facilitator;
16          ▸     allows the Governor's Office of Economic Opportunity to perform facilitator
17     functions and responsibilities itself or to contract with another person to perform
18     those functions and responsibilities;
19          ▸     requires the Governor's Office of Economic Opportunity to provide an annual report
20     to the Economic Development and Workforce Services Interim Committee on the
21     facilitator's work;
22          ▸     encourages government entities to use the services of the facilitator in considering
23     public-private partnerships; and
24          ▸     makes technical changes.
25     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
26          None
27     Other Special Clauses:
28          None
29     Utah Code Sections Affected:

30     AMENDS:
31          63I-2-263, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2021, First Special Session, Chapter 4
32          63N-13-302, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2020, Chapter 446
33          63N-13-303, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2021, Chapter 414
34          63N-13-304, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2020, Chapter 446
35          63N-13-305, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2020, Chapter 446
36          63N-13-306, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2020, Chapter 446

38     Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
39          Section 1. Section 63I-2-263 is amended to read:
40          63I-2-263. Repeal dates, Title 63A to Title 63N.
41          [(1) Section 63A-3-111 is repealed June 30, 2021.]
42          [(2) Title 63C, Chapter 19, Higher Education Strategic Planning Commission is
43     repealed July 1, 2021.]
44          [(3)] (1) Title 63C, Chapter 22, Digital Wellness, Citizenship, and Safe Technology
45     Commission is repealed July 1, 2023.
46          [(4)] (2) Section 63G-1-502 is repealed July 1, 2022.
47          [(5)] (3) The following sections regarding the World War II Memorial Commission are
48     repealed on July 1, 2022:
49          (a) Section 63G-1-801;
50          (b) Section 63G-1-802;
51          (c) Section 63G-1-803; and
52          (d) Section 63G-1-804.
53          [(6)] (4) Section 63H-7a-303 is repealed July 1, 2024.
54          [(7) Subsection 63J-1-206(3)(c), relating to coronavirus, is repealed July 1, 2021.]
55          [(8)] (5) Sections 63M-7-213 and 63M-7-213.5 are repealed on January 1, 2023.
56          [(9)] (6) Section 63M-7-217 is repealed on July 1, 2022.
57          [(10) Title 63N, Chapter 13, Part 3, Facilitating Public-private Partnerships Act, is

58     repealed January 1, 2024.]
59          [(11) Title 63N, Chapter 15, COVID-19 Economic Recovery Programs, is repealed
60     December 31, 2021.]
61          Section 2. Section 63N-13-302 is amended to read:
62          63N-13-302. Definitions.
63          As used in this part:
64          (1) "Facilitator" means:
65          (a) the office, if the office chooses to perform itself the functions and responsibilities
66     described in Section 63N-13-304; or
67          (b) a person engaged by the office to perform the functions and responsibilities
68     described in Section 63N-13-304, if the office chooses to have those functions and
69     responsibilities performed by a person other than the office.
70          (2) "Government entity" means:
71          (a) the state or any department, division, agency, or other instrumentality of the state;
72     or
73          (b) a political subdivision of the state.
74          (3) "Public-private partnership" means an arrangement or agreement between a
75     government entity and one or more private persons to fund and provide for a public need
76     through the development or operation of a public project in which the private person or persons
77     share with the government entity the responsibility or risk of developing, owning, maintaining,
78     financing, or operating the project.
79          Section 3. Section 63N-13-303 is amended to read:
80          63N-13-303. Contract with facilitator.
81          (1) [Within legislative appropriations,] If the office chooses to have the functions and
82     responsibilities described in Section 63N-13-304 performed by a person other than the office,
83     the office shall, within legislative appropriations, enter into a contract with a nonprofit entity or
84     government entity [to act as a facilitator. (2) The office shall use], using a request for
85     proposals process under Title 63G, Chapter 6a, Utah Procurement Code, [to select a qualified

86     person] to act as facilitator.
87          [(3) The term of a contract under Subsection (1) may not exceed three years.]
88          [(4)] (2) Except as provided in Subsection 63H-1-202(9), the office shall ensure that
89     [the] a contract with a person performing the functions and responsibilities of the facilitator
90     includes a conflict-of-interest provision prohibiting the facilitator, or a principal, officer, or
91     employee of the facilitator, from receiving a direct or indirect financial benefit from any
92     public-private partnership that results from the facilitator's work under the contract.
93          Section 4. Section 63N-13-304 is amended to read:
94          63N-13-304. Functions and responsibilities of facilitator.
95          [In a contract under Section 63N-13-303, the office shall require a facilitator to:]
96          (1) A facilitator shall:
97          [(1)] (a) be a single point of contact and information on public-private partnerships in
98     the state for:
99          [(a)] (i) government entities exploring the possibility of filling a public need through a
100     public-private partnership; and
101          [(b)] (ii) private persons exploring investment opportunities in a public project in the
102     state through a public-private partnership;
103          [(2)] (b) work throughout the state to identify government entities that may have an
104     interest in seeking to fill a public need through a public-private partnership;
105          [(3)] (c) work to identify private persons who may have an interest in investment
106     opportunities in public projects in the state through a public-private partnership;
107          [(4)] (d) facilitate the matching of government entities seeking to fill a public need
108     through a public-private partnership with private persons seeking investment opportunities in
109     public projects through a public-private partnership;
110          [(5)] (e) facilitate and assist with the establishment of public-private partnerships for
111     government entities who request the facilitator's assistance in establishing a public-private
112     partnership; [and]
113          (f) provide a website with information:

114          (i) about the process for pursuing, developing, and implementing a public-private
115     partnership in the state; and
116          (ii) to help government entities and persons seeking investment opportunities through
117     public-private partnerships in the state to understand available public-private partnership
118     opportunities; and
119          (g) through promotional, informational, and other activities, work to help move the
120     state to the forefront throughout the country in the area of private participation in public
121     infrastructure development through public-private partnerships.
122          (2) If the office chooses to have the functions and responsibilities described in
123     Subsection (1) performed by a person other than the office, the office shall include in a contract
124     with that person provisions requiring the person to perform the functions and responsibilities
125     described in Subsection (1).
126          [(6)] (3) The office may make recommendations for the Legislature to consider [at the
127     2021 legislative general session] relating to public-private partnerships:
128          (a) to enhance the statutory framework for the establishment of public-private
129     partnerships for public infrastructure projects; and
130          (b) with the goal of moving the state to the forefront throughout the country in the area
131     of private participation in public infrastructure development through public-private
132     partnerships.
133          Section 5. Section 63N-13-305 is amended to read:
134          63N-13-305. Office oversight over contract performance of facilitator -- Office
135     reports to Legislature.
136          (1) The office shall monitor and oversee a facilitator's performance under a contract
137     under Section 63N-13-303 to ensure that the facilitator is fulfilling the requirements of Section
138     63N-13-304.
139          (2) Before November 15 of each year, the office shall provide an annual report to the
140     Economic Development and Workforce Services Interim Committee of the facilitator's
141     activities under this part.

142          Section 6. Section 63N-13-306 is amended to read:
143          63N-13-306. Limits on application of this part.
144          (1) Nothing in this part:
145          [(1)] (a) requires a government entity to use the facilitator to explore the possibility of
146     filling a public need through a public-private partnership; or
147          [(2)] (b) limits the ability of a government entity to directly:
148          [(a)] (i) solicit a public-private partnership; or
149          [(b)] (ii) respond to a private person exploring an investment opportunity in a public
150     project through a public-private partnership.
151          (2) A government entity anticipating the possibility of entering a public-private
152     partnership is encouraged to consult with and take advantage of the expertise of the facilitator
153     as the government entity determines:
154          (a) whether to enter the public-private partnership; and
155          (b) the best way to structure the public-private partnership.