2011 General Session of the 59th Legislature

The Governor gave the Legislature a shout out this week and told the press he feels pretty good about the state budget, particularly when it comes to public education. Speaker Lockhart has reiterated her trust in the legislative process throughout this session; it has been a difficult process, but our top priority is to ensure that government is fiscally responsible with the people’s money. We are on track to fund public education.

The House has passed a bill (H.B. 328, Government Work Week), which requires state agencies to keep office hours five days a week. This is a shift from the 4-day work week for agencies set by the executive branch under Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. Representative Mike Noel of Kanab says his bill won’t eliminate the four-day workweek for most state employees.

The House unanimously passed an immigration bill, H.B. 466, Migrant Workers and Related Commission Amendments. House Bill 466 will allow for the state to create a working relationship for migrant workers with the state of Nuevo Leon in Mexico. Utah businesses will be able to go to the state and ask for a certain number of migrant workers to come to Utah from Mexico and perform the work needed for a specified amount of time. This program is coordinated with an existing federal visa program.

On Thursday, former NBA star and candidate for the Utah House of Representatives Shawn Bradley stopped by the House floor.  As of mid-day Thursday there have been 223 bills passed during the 2011 General Session. There have been 498 House bills introduced, as well as132 substitute House bills. Additionally, there have been 19 House concurrent resolutions, 49 House joint resolutions and four House resolutions introduced. This brings the total number of House bills to 702. Of those, 125 bills have been passed.

Highlights for Week 6: February 28 – March 4

HB 54 Electronic Communications in Public Meetings
Sponsored by Rep. Kraig Powell
Allows a member of a public body to transmit an electronic message to other members of the public body when the public body is not convened in an open meeting.

HB 73 Motor Carrier Transportation Contract Indemnity Agreements
Sponsored by Rep. Don Ipson
Voids any provision in a motor carrier transportation contract that requires either party or either party’s surety or insurer to indemnify or hold harmless the other party against liability for death, personal injury, or property damage caused by the negligence of the other party.

HB 87 School Finance Amendments
Sponsored by Rep. Merlynn Newbold
Increases the voted leeway and board guarantees each year by .0005 times the value of the prior year’s weighted pupil unit.

HB 95 Amendments to Traffic Code Provisions
Sponsored by Rep. Lee Perry
Amends the definition of careless driving to include committing certain traffic violations while being distracted through fatigue or illness.

HB 116 Utah Immigration Accountability and Enforcement Amendments
Sponsored by Rep. Bill Wright
Enacts the Utah Immigration Accountability and Enforcement Act. Requires implementation to be consistent with federal laws and civil rights, and also establishes a guest worker program.

HB 122 Firearms Amendments
Sponsored by Rep. Stephen Sandstrom
The Bureau of Criminal Identification may deny, suspend, or revoke a concealed firearm permit on the basis of an indictment for a crime of violence in any state, but shall reverse that action upon notice of dismissal of the indictment or acquittal.

HB 130 Election Day Voting Centers
Sponsored by Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck
Authorizes operation of Election voting centers by election officers.

HB 132 Water Quality Amendments
Sponsored by Rep. Bill Wright
Authorizes the Water Quality Board to make more stringent rules relating to agriculture water than the current federal regulation, pending the Conservation Commission’s approval.

HB 134 Collection of Front-Line Teachers Data
Sponsored by Rep. Jim Nielson
Requires school districts and charter schools to report data to the State Board of Education for a future program that will provide for the distribution of additional WPUs to a qualified district or charter school.

HB 137 Transportation Changes
Sponsored by Rep. Ken Sumsion
Provides that the Division of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands may not issue a lease for the construction of a highway facility over sovereign lakebed lands unless the lease applicant submits an approval for the construction of the highway facility from the Transportation Commission with the application for the lease.

HB 138 Federal Receipts Reporting Requirements
Sponsored by Rep. Ken Ivory
Requires certain state agencies to prepare and submit a report to the Division of Finance on federal receipts received by those state agencies.

HB 140 Divorce Waiting Period Amendments
Sponsored by Rep. Val Peterson
Restores the 90-day waiting period before a hearing may be held in a divorce, and creates an exception if the court finds that extraordinary circumstances exist that allow the waiver of the 90-day period.

HB 148 Raw Honey Amendments
Sponsored by Rep. Stephen Sandstrom
Requires that honey produced, packaged, repacked, distributed, or sold in the state may only be labeled as raw honey if it meets the definition of raw honey, as it exists in the beehive obtained by extraction.

HB 153 County Correctional Facilities Funding Amendments
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Noel
The compensation rate for housing state inmates shall be 73% of the final state daily incarceration rate for beds in a county.

HB 156 Assessment of Property with Conservation Easement
Sponsored by Rep. Dixon Pitcher
Provides that a county assessor is required to consider whether a property is subject to a conservation easement when assessing property, and requires the property owner to notify the county assessor of the conservation easement.

HB 168 Child Identity Theft Protection Amendments
Sponsored by Rep. Rep. Hutchings
Authorizes the Department of Workforce Services to notify the owner of personal identifying information or provide information to an appropriate law enforcement agency responsible for investigating and identity fraud violation if an individual younger than 18 years of age or the parent/guardian of the individual has enrolled the individual in a child identity protection plan.

HB 191 Nonresident Tuition Waiver Amendments
Sponsored by Rep. Carl Wimmer
Requires a student to prove that he/she, or the student’s parent or legal guardian, paid Utah income taxes during the prior three years to qualify for an exemption from the nonresident portion of total tuition.

HB 194 Service Contract Act Amendments
Sponsored by Rep. Johnny Anderson
Addresses notice requirements and remedy provisions.

HB 204 Protection of Athletes with Head Injuries
Sponsored by Rep.  Paul Ray
Requires an amateur sports organization to adopt and enforce a concussion and head injury policy and inform a parent or legal guardian of the policy and obtain the parent’s or legal guardian’s signature on the policy before permitting a child to participate in a sporting event.

HB 212 Charges by Health Providers for Medical Records
Sponsored by Rep. Francis Gibson
Establishes a time limitation for a health care provider to provide medical records to a patient, a patient’s personal representative, or a third party. A health care provider may charge when copying a patient’s medical records.

HB 224 Radio Frequency Identification
Sponsored by Rep. Wayne Harper
Provides criminal and civil penalties for requiring, coercing, or compelling a person to undergo the subcutaneous implanting of a radio frequency identification tag.

HB 249 Growing of Food
Sponsored by Rep. Chris Herrod
Recognizes the right of an individual to grow food for personal use of the individual and the individual’s family, on the individual’s property, without being subject to local, state, or federal regulation.

HB 263 Local District Services Amendments
Sponsored by Rep. David Clark
Authorizes a local district board of trustees to compel the attendance of its own members, and authorizes a local district to deliver a service beyond its boundaries in certain circumstances.

HB 265 Motor Vehicle Emissions Amendments
Sponsored by Rep. Francis Gibson
Certain county regulations and ordinances shall be compliant with the analyzer design and certification requirements contained in the state implementation.

HB 269 Commission on Civic and Character Education
Sponsored by Rep. LaVar Christensen
Requires school districts to submit a summary report to the lieutenant governor and Commission on civic and Character Education on how civic and character education is integrated in school curriculum.

HB 271 Restrictions on Political Subdivisions Regarding the Regulation of Knives
Sponsored by Rep. Ryan Wilcox
Prohibits a municipality, county and local district from regulating the use of a knife unless specifically authorized.

HB 277 Sales and Use Tax Revisions
Sponsored by Rep. Wayne Harper
Addresses the sales and use taxation of certain computer software and purchases of a computer software maintenance contract.

HB 280 State Agency Realignment
Sponsored by Rep. Wayne Harper
Establishes the Advisory Council on Optimizing and Streamlining State Government. It also establishes its membership and specifies duties of the council, which include the study of consolidating state agencies.

HB 287 Restructuring of the Department of Community and Culture
Sponsored by Rep. Wayne Harper
Restructures the Department of Community and Culture.

HB 288 Concurrent Enrollment Transcripts
Sponsored by Rep. Ronda Menlove
Requires the State Board of Regents and State Board of Education to coordinate advising to prospective and current high school students participating in concurrent enrollment.

HB 293 Underground Storage Tank Act Amendments
Sponsored by Rep. Kay McIff
Eliminates a requirement that the state risk manager petition the Legislature to increase certain fees if the risk manager determines that the Petroleum Storage Tank Trust Fund is not actuarially sound.

HB 295 Outdoor Advertising Amendments
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Noel
Provides that an illumination standard adopted by any jurisdiction shall be uniformly applied to all signs, public or private, on or off premise. Additionally, this bill increases the amount the Department of Transportation is entitled to recover in certain circumstances for unlawful outdoor advertising.

HB 301 School District Property Tax Revisions
Sponsored by Rep. Newbold
Repeals the authority of a school district to impose certain property tax levies, and authorizes a school district to impose a board local levy and capital local levy.

HB 303 Prepaid Wireless 911 Service Charge
Sponsored by Rep. Brad Dee
Provides for the collection of a prepaid wireless 911 service charge from a prepaid wireless customer at the point of retail sale. Allows a seller and the State Tax Commission to each retain a portion of money collected from the charge for administration.

HB 314 Insurance Requirements for Child Care Buses
Sponsored by Rep. Johnny Anderson
Provides that the Department of Transportation shall not require a motor carrier to comply with certain federal minimum security requirements if the motor carrier meets certain specified criteria.

HB 316 Taxation of Surplus Lines of Insurance
Sponsored by Rep. Todd Kiser
Prohibits local taxation of surplus lines insurance transactions and addresses the collection of taxes and fees for coverage of property, risks, or exposures located or to be performed in and out of this state.

HB 317 Currency Amendments
Sponsored by Rep. Brad Galvez
Recognizes gold and silver coin issued by the federal government to be legal tender in the state, but does not compel a person to tender or accept gold and silver coin.

HB 323 Multicounty Appraisal Trust Amendments
Sponsored by Rep. Gage Froerer
Requires county assessors to use the mass appraisal system selected by the Multicounty Appraisal Trust when conducting property tax assessments.

HB 327 Public Education Annual Report Amendments
Sponsored by Rep. LaVar Christensen
Requires the State Board of Education to annually report to the Education Interim Committee the methods used to instruct and prepare students on how to become informed and responsible citizens through an integrated curriculum taught in connection with regular school work.

HB 328 State Government Work Week
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Noel
Requires a state agency in the executive branch to operate nine hours Monday through Friday.

HB 330 Budgetary Procedure Amendments
Sponsored by Rep. Mel Brown
Repeals provisions related to nonlapsing funds, accounts, and account balances.  Converts nonlapsing accounts to dedicated credits.

HB 351 Homeless Coordinating committee Modifications
Sponsored by Rep. Val Peterson
Provides that the membership of the Homeless Coordinating Committee shall include the lieutenant governor, and that the lieutenant governor shall serve as the chair of the Homeless Coordinating Committee.

HB 358 Access to Controlled Substance Database Revisions
Sponsored by Rep. Steve Eliason
Provides controlled substance database access to employees of the Office of Internal Audit and Program Integrity within the Department of Health who are engaged in their specified duty of ensuring Medicaid program integrity.

HB 359 Business Resource Center Advisory Board Modification
Sponsored by Rep. Val Peterson
Changes the name of the advisory board from the Utah Business Resource Centers Advisory Board to the Utah Business Assistance Advisory Board.

HB 371 Motor Home Taxes and Fees
Sponsored by Rep.
Addresses the fee in lieu of property tax on motor homes.

HB 374 Domestic Violence Amendments
Sponsored by Rep. Brad Last
Prevents a person arrested for domestic violence from contacting the alleged victim while the person is detained in a jail and provides a penalty for violation.

HB 376 Small Claims Court Jurisdiction
Sponsored by Rep. Becky Edwards
Allows a defendant in an action in district court to remove it to a small claims court in the same jurisdiction if it is less than $10,000 and the plaintiff agrees.

HB 385 County Jail Medical Expenses
Sponsored by Rep. Brad Daw
Provides standards regarding when a sheriff is required to provide medical care to persons being held in the county jail.

HB 388 Operation and Management of Charter Schools
Sponsored by Rep. Chris Herrod
Provides that a chartering entity may use certain data to measure the performance of a charter school and prohibits the implementation of performance standards that would prevent a charter school from accomplishing the purposes of charter schools.

HB 391 National Guard Joint Forces Headquarters Modifications
Sponsored by Rep. Val Peterson
Creates a director of joint staff, and puts the director of joint staff under the adjutant general.

HB 392 Retention Elections for Justice Court Judges
Sponsored by Rep. Curt Oda
Allows the Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission to evaluate justice court judges.

HB 398 Utah State Instructional Materials Access Center Funding
Sponsored by Rep. Steve Handy
If a school district orders materials from the Utah State Instructional Materials Center, the district is required to pay its share of the cost of those materials.

HB 400 Regulation of Mining Operations
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Noel
Provides that political subdivisions of the state do not have the authority to regulate mining operations on state and federal land.

HB 411 Approaching Stationary Emergency Vehicle Amendments
Sponsored by Rep. Don Ipson
Requires an individual who approaches emergency vehicles in violation of current law to attend a four hour classroom course or court traffic school program on defensive driving within 90 days of sentencing/pleading guilty.

HB 412 Land Use Revisions
Sponsored by Rep. Gage Froerer
Prohibits a municipality or a county from enforcing or enacting an ordinance in a way that fails to comply with state or federal law.

HB 415 Schools for the Deaf and Blind Foundation
Sponsored by Rep. Steve Handy
Authorizes Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind to establish a non-profit foundation.

HB 420 Water Quality Board Powers
Sponsored by Rep. Julie Fisher
Authorizes the Water Quality Board to review all total daily maximum load reports and recommendations before submissions to the EPA.

HB 421 Use of Public Buildings for Political Caucus Meetings
Sponsored by Rep. Mel Brown
Requires a legislative body of a county, municipality, or school district to make meeting facilities under its control available for political activities if the party requests use of the facility 30 calendar days in advance.

HB 432 Nuisance Amendments
Sponsored by Rep. Gage Froerer
Makes clarifying amendments to language regarding manufacturing facilities as nuisances.

HB 444 Operation and Maintenance Needs Report for Utah Highways
Sponsored by Rep. Julie Fisher
Requires Utah Department of Transportation to provide an annual report to the Transportation Interim Committee, by November 30 of each year, on the operation and maintenance needs for highways.

HB 446 Local District Tax Amendments
Sponsored by Rep. Derek Brown
Amends provisions relating to a local property tax.

HB 461 Energy Producer States’ Agreement
Sponsored by Rep. Roger Barrus
Provides for the appointment of legislators to discuss creating a multistate domestic energy development agreement.

HB 465 Respecting Our Fallen Heroes Act
Sponsored by Rep. Eric Hutchings
Requires a disruptive activity to be at least 500 feet away from a military memorial service.

HB 466 Migrant Workers and Related Commission
Sponsored by Rep.  Stephen Sandstrom
Enacts the Utah Commission on Immigration and Migration Act and requires the monitoring of the pilot program and reporting on information gained.

HB 469 Immigration Related Amendments
Sponsored by Rep. John Dougall
Enacts the Utah Pilot Sponsored Resident Immigrant Program Act.

HB 470 Authorized Use of a Business Name
Sponsored by Rep. Becky Edwards
Repeals a requirement that a certificate filed with the Division of Corporations and Commercial Code contain certain language. Also repeals provisions related to a statutory or common law trademark, service mark, or trade name rights granted by state or federal statute.

HB 475 State Energy Amendments
Sponsored by Rep. Roger Barrus
Creates the Office of Energy Development and gives the governor’s energy advisor authority to testify on behalf of the governor before the Public Service Commission. Also authorizes the office to seek federal money and participate in federal programs.

HB 477 Government Records Amendments
Sponsored by Rep. John Dougall
Provides that voice mails, instant messages, video chats, and text messages are not records subject to the act.

HB 481 Transportation of Mental Illness Patients
Sponsored by Rep. Paul Ray
Authorizes a sheriff to charge $2.50 for each mile necessarily traveled in transporting a patient to or from a hospital or mental health facility.

HB 482 Long-term Care Facility – Medicaid Certification for Bed Capacity Amendments
Sponsored by Rep. Hutchings
Allows Division of Healthcare Financing within the Department of Health, under certain conditions, to renew Medicaid certification of a nursing care facility not currently certified.

HB 487 County Use of Land Use Ordinance
Sponsored by Rep. Bill Wright
Provides that an owner of a plotted lot is the owner of record sufficient to re-subdivide the lot in certain circumstances.

HB 490 Utah State Flag Day Commemoration
Sponsored by Rep. Julie Fisher
Designates that March 9 shall be commemorated annually as Utah State Flag Day.

HB 492 Washington County Veterans’ Home
Sponsored by Rep. Don Ipson
Designates a one-time appropriation of $6,350,000 from the Veterans’ Nursing Home Reimbursement Fund for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011, and ending June 30, 2012.

HB 493 Utah County Veterans’ Homes
Sponsored by Rep. Don Ipson
Designates a one-time appropriation of $6,350,000 from the Veterans’ Nursing Home Reimbursement Fund for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011, and ending June 30, 2012.

HB 495 Animal Control Modifications
Sponsored by Rep. John Mathis
Provides for the control of the Cat and Dog Community Spray and Neuter Program Restricted Account by the Department of Agriculture.

HB 496 Technology and Life Science Economic Development Act and Related Tax Credits
Sponsored by Rep. David Clark
Amends a nonrefundable income tax credit related to capital gain transactions, and also enacts a nonrefundable income tax credit related to the purchase of an ownership interest in certain business entities.

HB 497 Utah Illegal Immigration Enforcement Act
Sponsored by Rep.  Stephen Sandstrom
Requires that an officer verify the immigration status of a person arrested for a felony or a class A misdemeanor, as well as a person booked for a class B or C misdemeanor.

HCR 8 Concurrent Resolution on Providing Continuing Federal financial Assistance for the Delivery of Basic Services to Dutch John, Utah
Sponsored by Rep. Mel Brown
Urges U.S. Government to provide continued financial assistance for 15 years to defray costs of administration and community services to residents of Dutch John, Utah.

HCR 13 Secure Rural Schools Concurrent Resolution
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Noel
Expresses support for the reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000, and urges Utah’s congressional delegation to support efforts to reauthorize the Act.

HJR 8 Joint Resolution regarding School Supplies
Sponsored by Rep. Kraig Powell
Proposes to amend the Utah Constitution to provide that nothing in the Education article may be construed to prohibit a school or teacher from inviting a student to furnish, on a voluntary basis, school supplies for the student’s own use

HJR 11 Joint Resolution Honoring Law Enforcement Officers Killed in the Line of Fire
Sponsored by Rep. Lee Perry
Urges Utah citizens and state and local government entities to recognize May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day this year and every year hereafter.

HCR 12 Concurrent Resolution Opposing United States Secretary of Interior’s Wilderness Re-inventory
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Noel
Urges U.S. Secretary of the Interior to honor the 2003 Settlement Agreement and abandon the “Wild Lands” re-inventory, and urges Congress to honor the longstanding commitments to multiple use management of public lands in Utah and Western United States.

HCR 18 Concurrent Resolution Approving Solid Waste Facility Classification Change
Sponsored by Rep. Brad Dee
Addresses the proposed commercial Weber County C&D Landfill that is currently owned and managed as a Class IV noncommercial, nonhazardous solid waste landfill by Weber County and located in the county.

HJR 19 Joint Resolution Opposing the Environmental Protection Agency’s Regulation of Greenhouse Gases
Sponsored by Rep. Roger Barrus
Calls on Congress to adopt legislation prohibiting the EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions without Congressional approval, and prohibiting funding for EPA greenhouse gas regulatory activities.

HJR 26 Scofield Land Transfer Joint Resolution
Sponsored by Rep. Patrick Painter
Urges Utah’s congressional delegation to sponsor legislation to resolve the Scofield lands transfer issue as outlined in this resolution, and to make every effort to see it successfully pass the United State Congress.

HJR 29 Federalism Interim Committee Joint Resolution
Sponsored by Rep. Chris Herrod
Establishes a legislative interim committee on federalism.

HJR 31 Joint Resolution on the Need to Be Self-Sufficient
Sponsored by Rep.  Chris Herrod
Urges U.S. Government to keep and honor its promises as reflected in Utah’s Enabling Act and urges Utah citizens to petition the U.S. Government to place the state of Utah on an “equal footing” with eastern states. Also urges Utah citizens to be self-sufficient in their energy, food, and economic needs.

HJR 38 Joint Resolution to Amend Rule of Evidence
Sponsored by Rep. Jim Dunnigan
Amends the Utah Rule of Evidence, Rule 409, regarding expressions of apology by health care professionals and employees.

HJR 39 State Jurisdiction of Federally Managed Lands Joint Resolution
Sponsored by Rep. Roger Barrus
Calls on Congress to give the title and jurisdiction over land currently governed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to the state of Utah.

HJR 43 Taiwan Joint Resolution
Sponsored by Rep. Ronda Menlove
Urges the Obama Administration to support Taiwan’s inclusion in the United States’ Visa Waiver Program and its meaningful participation in the United Nation’s specialized agencies, program, and convention.

HJR 44 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Academy Joint Resolution
Sponsored by Rep. Val Peterson
Recognizes the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Academy and the important contribution it has made in helping high school student body officers develop leadership skills, a sense of patriotism, and motivation to be actively engaged in preserving the freedoms enjoyed in the United States of America.

SB 61 Education for Prescribing Controlled Substances
Sponsored by Rep. Brad Daw
Requires a prescriber applying for a new or renewed controlled substance license to take four hours of controlled substance prescribing classes each licensing period.

SB 66 Military Leave for an Elected Official of a Political Subdivision
Sponsored by Rep. Chris Herrod
Authorizes an elected official of a political subdivision to take military leave, and allows the governing body to appoint a temporary replacement.

SB 87 Marketable Record Title Amendments
Sponsored by Rep. Ryan Wilcox
Expands a provision prohibiting the extinguishment of certain easement rights to apply to any right, title, or interest.

SB 108 Joint Use of a Canal or Ditch
Sponsored by Rep. Mel Brown
Requires a person to negotiate in good faith a written contract before the use or enlargement of another person’s canal or ditch to convey water.

SB 120 Career Service Amendments
Sponsored by Rep. Ryan Wilcox
Exempts employees of the Department of Workforce Services, designated a schedule AW, from the career service provisions of the Utah State Personnel Managements Act. Also changes the repeal date of the transition clause for the Career Service Review Board.

SB 124 Leaving a Child Unattended in a Motor Vehicle
Sponsored by Lee Perry
Provides that it is a class C misdemeanor for a person who is responsible for a child under nine years of age to intentionally, recklessly, knowingly, or with criminal negligence leave a child in an enclosed compartment of a motor vehicle if: the child is not supervised by someone 9 years or older and the conditions present a risk to the child.

SB 128 Regulatory Amendments
Sponsored by Rep. Evan Vickers
Requires the Health Data Authority to publish comparative data about physician and clinic quality by October 1, 2011.

SB 130 Surplus Property Amendments
Sponsored by Rep. Ryan Wilcox
Moves state surplus property program from the Division of Fleet Operations of the Department of Administrative Services to the Division of Purchasing and General Services in the same department.

SB 134 Transparency in Health Care Provider Advertising
Sponsored by Rep. Brad Wilson
Requires the health care provider to include certain information about the license and title of the health care provider in any advertisement for the health care provider’s services.

SB 141 Burglary Offense Amendments
Sponsored by Rep. Holly Richardson
Provides that the offense of burglary includes a person entering a building with the intent to commit any act of voyeurism, rather than the current element of intent to commit an act of voyeurism against a child younger than 14 years old.

SB 145 Utah Educational Savings Plan Amendments
Sponsored by Rep. Ronda Menlove
Authorizes the Utah Educational Savings Plan to own institutional accounts in order to establish and administer scholarship programs or other college savings incentive programs.  Exempts the plan from provisions of Government Records Access and Management Act. Also Authorizes board of directors to establish advisory committees.

SB 146 Impact Fee Amendments
Sponsored by Rep. Brad Galvez
Enacts provisions regulating the establishment of an impact fee and notice of provisions.

SB 157 Property Tax Revisions
Sponsored by Rep. Patrick Painter
Authorizes the State Tax Commission to enter into agreements with commercial or industrial taxpayers providing for equal property tax payments if specified conditions are met. Requires the State Tax Commission to report annually to the Legislature’s Revenue and Taxation Interim Committee.

SB 159 Sex Offender Registry Revisions
Sponsored by Rep. Paul Ray
Adds Canada, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand as countries where convictions for sex/kidnap offenses are recognized for purposes of identifying convictions subject to registration. Also requires lifetime registration for the offense of aggravated exploitation of prostitution.

SB 172 Political Subdivisions Administration Amendments
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Morley
Prohibits a council in municipal council-manager form of government from: appointing a manager during an interim vacancy period, as well as entering into a contract that contains an automatic renewal provision on or after May 10, 2011.

SB 178 Municipal Land Use Amendments
Sponsored by Rep. Dean Sanpei
Amends municipal land use provisions relating to nonconforming uses and nonconforming structures.

SB 188 Tax Commission Amendments
Sponsored by Rep. Wayne Harper
Exempts the State Tax Commission from the Open and Public Meetings Act when considering or acting on certain confidential matters.

SB 191 Worker’s Compensation Coverage Waivers
Sponsored by Rep. Todd Kiser
Repeals the authorization for insurers to issue worker’s compensation waivers and enacts the Workers’ Compensation Coverage Waivers Act.

SB 200 State Debt Collections Amendments
Sponsored by Rep. Mel Brown
Moves the Office of State Debt Collection from the Department of Administrative Services to the Division of Finance.

SB 203 Executive Residence Commission
Sponsored by Rep. Gage Froerer
Expands membership and duties of the commission, and requires the commission to meet at least once a year and make any recommendations to the State Building Board.

SB 204 Capital Development and improvement Process Approval Requirements Amendments
Sponsored by Rep. Gage Froerer
Modifies circumstances under which legislative approval is not required for a capital development project.

SB 212 Judicial Evaluation Amendments
Sponsored by Rep. Curt Oda
Allows the Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission to vote in a closed meeting on whether or not to recommend that the voters retain a judge, and requires that any record of an individual commissioner’s vote be a protected record.

SB 214 Motor Vehicle Rental Company
Sponsored by Rep. Ryan Wilcox
Provides that a motor vehicle rental company may include separately stated surcharges, fees, or charges in a rental agreement, including motor vehicle license cost recover y fees, airport access fees and airport concession fees.

SB 230 DNA Amendments
Sponsored by Rep. Ryan Wilcox
Authorizes the Department of Public Safety to reimburse sheriffs for collecting DNA specimens.

SB 242 Assessment Area Amendments
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Morley
Amends provisions relating to an assessment area consisting of unimproved property.

SB 271 Eminent Domain Revisions
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Morley
Amends provisions authorizing an entity to exercise eminent domain for: a byroad leading from a highway to a residence/development/farm and sewage service for a development.

SB 290 Abatement of Weeds, Garbage, Refuse, and Unsightly Objects
Sponsored by Rep. Eric Hutchings
Provides that an owner or occupant may select a person to provide an abatement service with certain exceptions.

HB 296 Highway Construction Contract Amendments
Sponsored by Rep. Curt Oda
Requires the department to allow a local highway authority to be an additional contracting party for a federal-aid highway construction contract on a class B or C road along with the department.

SCR 9 Philo T. Farnsworth Concurrent Resolution
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Noel
Recognizes Philo T. Farnsworth for his pioneering work in the invention of the television and for his many other inventions that have impacted the lives of millions of people around the world.

SCR 11 Dixie State College Concurrent Resolution
Sponsored by Rep. Don Ipson
Expresses support for Dixie State College’s plan, as presented to the Utah State Board of Regents, for achieving university status.

SCR 12 Wear Red Month Concurrent Resolution
Sponsored by Rep. Ronda Menlove
Designates February as Wear Red Month in the state of Utah and urges all citizens to show their support for women and the fight against heart disease.

SCR 13 Rotary Club Concurrent Resolution
Sponsored by Rep. Greg Hughes
Designates May 6, 2011 as Sugar House Rotary Club Day in the state of Utah.

SCR 14 Concurrent Resolution Honoring Providers of Health Care Services to Military Personnel and Their Dependents
Sponsored by Rep. Steve Handy
Expresses gratitude to the hospitals, clinics, facilities, institutions, and individual providers of health care who serve the needs of Utah’s military personnel, their families, and those retired from military service.

SJR 13 Joint Resolution – Request for Proposals
Sponsored by Rep. David Butterfield
Requires that the determination to issue a request for proposal (RFP) for the legislative branch is the responsibility of the Legislative Management Committee. The Legislative Management Committee shall assign the drafting of the RFP to the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel (OLRGC).

SJR 14 Communications Device Usage Joint Resolution
Sponsored by Rep. John Dougall
The presiding officer, the majority leader, and the minority leader of each house may establish reimbursement policies and procedures for expenses incurred for approved communication devices. Also requires the Legislative Oversight Committee to ensure that the procedures are established for the purpose of avoiding duplicate or improper reimbursements. It also permits a legislator to decline to receive a reimbursement or to receive a partial/reduced reimbursement amount.

SJR 21 Relations with the Republic of Turkey Joint Resolution
Sponsored by Rep. Eric Hutchings
Encourages the creation of a Utahn-Turkish Friendship Task Force by members of the Utah Legislature for further long standing Utah-Republic of Turkey Relations.

SJR 25 Federal Law Joint Resolution
Sponsored by Rep. Lee Perry
Recognizes that government should be held accountable to the people and return to them control over their lives while striving to help solve their problems and serve the common good.