2011 General Session of the 59th Legislature

Illegal Immigration has been a hot topic leading into the 2011 legislative session. This issue could be more easily addressed at the federal level, but unfortunately the federal government lacks the courage and political leadership to do so, that leaves the states to fix the problem. One thing is certain; there are different approaches to dealing with illegal immigration as we can see by some of the bills that have been filed within the Utah House Republican Caucus. Recognizing that there were many bills to consider in our short session, the Senate Republican Caucus has suggested that an omnibus bill be created to encompass most of the compatible ideas. Clearly, not all of the ideas that have been suggested are compatible, and we in the House Republican Caucus are eager to see what they might propose.Here is a list of immigration bills that have filed this session:HB 70
Sponsored by:Rep. Stephen Sandstrom, R-Orem
Illegal Immigration Enforcement Act — This bill would among other things, require that an officer verify the immigration status of a detained or arrested person upon reasonable suspicion the person is an illegal alien.

HB 116
Sponsored by:Rep. Bill Wright, R-Holden
Guest Worker Program Act — This bill would modify the Utah Workforce Services Code to establish a guest worker program that provides for the issuance of permits to undocumented individuals.

HB 165
Sponsored by:Rep. Chris Herrod, R-Provo
State Reimbursement for Required Medical Services Act — This bill would modify the Utah Health Code to provide for state reimbursement of required medical services provided to an individual not lawfully present in the United States and to seek repayment of the money from the federal government.

HB 253
Sponsored by:Rep. Chris Herrod, R-Provo
Employment of Unauthorized Aliens — This bill would modify provisions related to labor to address verification of an individual’s eligibility under federal law to be employed.

SB 60
Sponsored by:House Sponsor, Rep. Jeremy Peterson, R-Ogden/ Senate Sponsor, Sen. Luz Robles, D-Salt Lake City
Pilot Accountability Permit Program and Identity Related Amendments — This bill would require undocumented immigrants over the age of 14 to register to receive an accountability card, which would need to be renewed every two years. The card would require fingerprints, photographs and criminal background checks on those applying, and 160 hours of English and civics classes paid for by those wishing to obtain the card. The card also would require holders to pay income taxes and prohibit the holders from receiving unemployment benefits or any social or public welfare benefits.

Highlights for Week 3: February 7 – 11

Week 3 began with a visit from Congressman Jason Chaffetz, Representative of Utah’s 3rd District. Congressman Chaffetz addressed the nation’s multi-trillion dollar debt, “the nation’s security is threatened by a debt that’s growing by almost $4 billion a day, about a third of Utah’s state budget. You know the size of the Utah state budget. Look what’s going on, on the federal side of the equation,” he said. “We don’t have a revenue problem in this county, but we do have a spending problem.” Congressman Chaffetz also discussed illegal immigration: “If we don’t fix legal immigration, we’ll never solve this problem,” he said, stressing that he rejects amnesty for those already in the country illegally.

The Utah House voted Tuesday to do away with the unpopular Salt Lake County police fee in unincorporated areas. The House voted 54-17 for HB226. The bill, by Rep. Wayne Harper, R-West Jordan, now goes to the Senate.

On Wednesday, two of the last surviving World War II Navajo code talkers appeared before the Utah Legislature, which honored them with resolution HJR 9 recognizing their service. The resolution urges the U.S. Congress, among other government bodies, “to support and preserve the Navajo code talkers’ remarkable legacy.”

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These are the bills that passed the House this week. (clicking the title of the bill, which is in blue will take you to the text of the full version)

HB 17 Enterprise Zone AmendmentsFebruary 10, 2011, 68/0 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Kraig Powell(R –Heber City)
This bill modifies provisions of the enterprise Act related to the definitions of business entity and new full-time employee positions, the criteria for designation of an enterprise zone, business entities qualifying for tax incentives, state tax credits applicable in an enterprise zone, annual reports, and technology-based service contracts within enterprise zones.

HB 31 Restoration of the Right to Code and Hold Elective OfficeFebruary 7, 2011, 70/0 votes
Sponsored by Rep. John Mathis (R –Vernal)
This bill amends provisions in Title 20A, election Code, to address the restoration of the right to vote or hold elective office.

HB 33 Election Law RevisionsFebruary 7, 2011, 71/0 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Curt Webb (R –Logan)
This bill amends Title 20A, Election code.

HB 42 Alcoholic Beverage Control Act Retail License QuotasFebruary 7, 2011, 67/3 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Gage Froerer (R –Huntsville)
This bill modifies the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act to provide for charges in the number of retail licenses.

HB 50 School Termination Procedures ModificationsFebruary 11, 2011, 73/0 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Ronda Menlove (R –Garland)
This bill amends the Utah Orderly School Termination Procedures Act, which establishes procedures for the termination of employees of a school district or the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind.

HB 51 School and Institutional Trust LandsFebruary 7, 2011, 72/0 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Roger Barrus (R –Centerville)
This bill modifies provisions of the School and Institutional Trust Last Management Act.

HB 54 Electronic Communications in Public MeetingsFebruary 11, 2011, 62/13 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Kraig Powell (R –Heber City)
This bill modifies provisions of the Open and Public Meetings Act that relate to electronic communications between members of public bodies.

HB 66 Health Professional AuthorityFebruary 10, 2011, 70/0 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Brad Last(R –Hurricane)
This bill amends the Vital Statistics Act.

HB 68 Off-highway Vehicle Operator ResponsibilitiesFebruary 11, 2011, 70/0 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Noel (R –Kanab)
This bill modifies the Off-Highway Vehicles Code by enacting provisions relating to off-highway vehicle operator responsibilities.

HB 78 Developer FeesFebruary 11, 2011, 68/0 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Morley (R –Spanish Fork)
This bill amends provisions related to municipal or county land use authority.

HB 195 Debt Service Obligations of a Divided School DistrictFebruary 11, 2011, 74/0 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Ken Sumsion (R –American Fork)
This bill modifies requirements for the imposition of a tax on property within a new district and remaining district to pay the debt service obligations of a divided school district.

HB 196 Continuing Education Requirements for Landscape ArchitectsFebruary 7, 2011, 40/28 votes
Sponsored by Rep. curt Webb (R –Logan)
This bill amends the Landscape Architects Licensing Act by providing for a continuing education licensing requirement in accordance with standards defined by rule by the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing.

HB 203 Codification of State Construction and Fire, CodesFebruary 8, 2011, 58/12 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Morley (R –Spanish Fork)
This bill enacts a new title to codify the existing State Construction Code and State Fire Code

HB 204 Protection of Athletes with Head InjuriesFebruary 10, 2011, 67/3 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Paul Ray(R –Clearfield)
This bill enacts the Protection of Athletes With Head Injuries Act within the Utah Health Code.

HB 219 State Firearm DesignationFebruary 11, 2011, 48/20 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Carl Wimmer (R –Herriman)
This bill modifies the state symbols and designations to designate model M1911 automatic pistol as the state firearm.

HB 226 Local Government Fee AuthorityFebruary 8, 2011, 54/17 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Wayne Harper (R –West Jordan)
This bill prohibits, with certain exceptions, a service area from charging or collecting a fee.

HB 230 Disability AmendmentsFebruary 7, 2011, 69/0 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Paul Ray (R –Clearfield)
To the extent possible, this bill replaces outdated terms relating to persons with a disability with updated terms.

HB 237 Enforcement of LiensFebruary 8, 2011, 65/0 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Julie Fisher (R –Fruit Heights)
This bill modifies a provision relating to the enforcement of storage facility liens.

HB 238 Radiologic Technologist and Radiology Practical Technician Licensing ActFebruary 10, 2011, 60/8 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Don Ipson(R –St. George)
This bill amends the Occupations and Professional Code related to Radiologic Technologist and Radiology Practical Technicians Licensing Act.

HB 240 Social Services – Employment First PriorityFebruary 11, 2011, 70/0 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Ronda Menlove (R –Garland)
This bill establishes an employment first priority policy for persons with a disability within the Employment Support Act, State Office of Rehabilitation Act, and the Utah Human Services Code.

HB 241 Clean Out the Cabinets Month DesignationFebruary 7, 2011, 67/3 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Morley (R –Spanish Fork)
This bill designates the month of April as Clean Out the Cabinets Month in Utah

HB 243 Occupations and Professions AmendmentsFebruary 11, 2011, 65/6 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Morley (R –Spanish Fork)
This ill amends provisions of Title 58, Occupations and Professions, regarding the administration and enforcement of licensing laws and related provisions.

HB 247 Water Development AmendmentsFebruary 8, 2011, 66/3 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Noel (R –Kanab)
This bill provides for an origination fee for certain federally-funded water development loans.

HB 248 County Office VacanciesFebruary 8, 2011, 52/19 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Carl Wimmer (R –Herriman)
This bill amends provisions related to midterm vacancies in county elected offices.

HB 257 Concealed Firearm Act ModificationsFebruary 10, 2011, 67/0 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Ronda Menlove(R –Garland)
This bill modifies provisions of the Concealed Firearm Act regarding the requirements for certification as a concealed firearms instructors and the submission of fingerprints for a criminal background check.

HJR 10 Rules Resolution on Electronic MeetingsFebruary 10, 2011, 53/19 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Ronda Menlove(R –Garland)
This resolution authorizes legislative interim committees, task forces, and subcommittees to allow some members to participate in the meeting electronically from a remote location.

SB 10 Local District AmendmentsFebruary 9, 2011, 66/0 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Don Ipson(R –St. George)
This bill amends provisions relating to a local district created to acquire or assess groundwater rights.

SB 11 Worker Classification Coordinated EnforcementFebruary 9, 2011, 56/12 votes
This bill modifies labor provisions to address worker classification and related issues of enforcement.
Sponsored by Rep. Todd Kiser (R –Sandy)

SB 19 Department of Workforce Services’ Regional Workforce Services Areas amendmentsFebruary 7, 2011, 71/0 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Jim Dunnigan (R –Taylorsville)
This bill modifies provisions of the Utah Workforce Services Code related to Regional Workforce Services Areas.

SB 23 State Highway System ModificationsFebruary 8, 2011, 69/0 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Julie Fisher(R –Fruit Heights)
This bill modifies the Designation of State Highways Act by Amending the description of four state highways.

SB 25 Share Certificates in Water CompaniesFebruary 9, 2011, 67/0 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Jack Draxler (R –North Logan)
This bill modifies the Uniform Commercial Code and the Utah Revised Nonprofit Corporation Act to address issues related to water company share certificates that are lost, destroyed, or wrongfully taken.

SB 29 Uniform Driver License Act AmendmentsFebruary 8, 2011, 70/0 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Julie Fisher (R –Fruit Heights)
This bill modifies the Uniform Driver License Act by amending provisions relating to driver licenses.

SB 34 Uniform Interstate Family Support ActFebruary 9, 2011, 67/0 votes
Sponsored by Rep. David Butterfield (R –Logan)
This bill makes conforming amendments required by the Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance.

SB 35 Construction Licensees Related AmendmentsFebruary 10, 2011, 64/7 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Todd Kiser(R –Sandy)
This bill modifies labor, commerce, and general government provisions to address issues related to construction licensees that are unincorporated entities.

SB 36 Concealed Firearm Act AmendmentsFebruary 10, 2011, 66/2 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Curt Oda (R –Clearfield)
This bill amends provisions of the Concealed Firearm Act related to the issuance of concealed firearm permits to nonresidents.

SB 38 K – 3 Reading AmendmentsFebruary 9, 2011, 65/0 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Becky Edwards (R –North Salt Lake)
This bill amends deadlines related to the mid-year reading assessments of first, second, and third grad students.

SB 42 Regulation of Sign CompaniesFebruary 9, 2011, 44/27 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Jim Dunnigan (R –Taylorsville)
This bill modifies provisions of the Utah Construction Trades Licensing Act relating to specified sign contractors.

SB 46 Higher Education Residency RequirementsFebruary 9, 2011, 69/0 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Keith Grover (R –Provo)
This bill amends provisions related to higher education residency requirements.

SB 93 Child Welfare Legislative Oversight Panel Reporting AmendmentsFebruary 11, 2011, 70/0 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Gage Froerer (R –Huntsville)
This bill amends provisions of the Child and Family Services chapter of the Utah Human Services Code relating to reports submitted to the Child Welfare Legislative Oversight Panel.

SB 94 Requirements for ConstablesFebruary 9, 2011, 65/0 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Don Ipson (R –St. George)
This bill requires that a constable prominently display a badge or other visible form of credentials and identification.

SB 99 Motor Vehicle Insurance – Named Driver Exclusion AmendmentsFebruary 9, 2011, 65/0 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Jack Draxler (R –North Logan)
This bill modifies the Insurance Code by amending provisions relating to named driver exclusions for motor vehicle insurance coverage.

SB 102 Temporary Water Shortage Emergency – Military FacilitiesFebruary 9, 2011, 66/0 votes
Sponsored by Rep. John Mathis (R –Vernal)
This bill provides for special priority for the use of water by a military facility during a temporary water shortage emergency.

SB 107 Higher Education Success Stipend ProgramFebruary 9, 2011, 69/0 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Greg Hughes (R –Draper)
This bill replaces the Utah Centennial Opportunity Program for Education with the Success Stipend Program within the State System of Higher Education.

SB 111 Utilities – Underground Facilities and PipelinesFebruary 9, 2011, 70/0 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Morley (R –Spanish Fork)
This bill addresses utility facilities, including underground facilities and pipelines.

SB 115 School Performance ReportingFebruary 9, 2011, 71/0 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Greg Hughes (R –Draper)
This bill modifies requirements for the collection and reporting of data indicating the performance of school districts and schools.

SB 118 Multistate Highway Transportation Agreement AmendmentsFebruary 9, 2011, 68/0 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Julie Fisher (R –Fruit Heights)
This bill modifies the Multistate Highway Transportation Agreement by amending the name from the Multistate Highway Transportation Agreement to the Western States Transportation Alliance.

SB 121 New Automobile Franchise ActFebruary 9, 2011, 63/0 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Holly Richardson (R –Pleasant Grove)
This bill modifies the New Automobile Franchise Act.

SCR 1 Crisis Intervention Team Program Concurrent ResolutionFebruary 10, 2011, 68/0 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Paul Ray (R –Clearfield)
This concurrent resolution of the Legislature and the Governor recognizes the positive approach and best practices of the Crisis Intervention Team Program and encourages development of active crisis intervention team programs statewide.

SCR 4 Communications Spectrum Translator System Concurrent ResolutionFebruary 9, 2011, 67/1 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Kay McIff (R –Richfield)
This concurrent resolution of the Legislature and the Governor urges the federal government to protect the communications spectrum that allows Utah’s translator system to provide free television access across the state.

SJR 5 Joint Rules Resolution on Fiscal Note ProcessFebruary 9, 2011, 62/2 votes
Sponsored by Rep. John Dougall (R –American Fork)
This resolution of the Legislature proposes to amend the Utah Constitution to modify a provision relating to the State Board of Education.

SJR 6 Joint Resolution Urging Congress  to Limit the Freeze on Longer Combination Vehicle Use in the Western StatesFebruary 10, 2011, 56/12 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Don Ipson (R –St. George)
This joint resolution of the Legislature urges Congress to lift the freeze on longer combination vehicles, so that states may conduct test programs to evaluate routes, configurations, and operating conditions.

SJR 7 Fibromyalgia Awareness Day Joint ResolutionFebruary 9, 2011, 67/1 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Ronda Menlove (R –Garland)
This joint resolution of the Legislature designates May 12, 2011, as Fibromyalgia Awareness Day.

SJR 8 Ronald Reagan Day Joint ResolutionFebruary 7, 2011, / votes
Sponsored by Rep. Greg Hughes (R –Draper)
This joint resolution of the Legislature designates February 6, 2011 as Ronald Reagan Day in the state of Utah.