Editor's Note

This notice was published in the April 15, 2010, issue (Vol. 2010, No. 8) of the Utah State Bulletin.

Editor's Note: Legislation Affecting Administrative Rulemaking

During the 2010 General Session, the Legislature passed the following bills that affect rulemaking.

S.B. 31 Administrative Rules Reauthorization

S.B. 31, entitled "Administrative Rules Reauthorization", is the legislation required annually by Subsection 63G-3-502(3). The bill is sponsored by Sen. Howard Stephenson, and carries a recommendation from the Legislature’s Administrative Rules Review Committee.

The bill reauthorized all administrative rules except Rule R495-888, entitled "Department of Human Services Related Parties Conflict Investigation Procedure." Rep. R. Lockhart sponsored H.B. 86, entitled "Department of Human Services – Review and Oversight," which clarifies the Legislature’s intent related to the investigation procedures currently addressed by Rule R495-888.

The Governor signed S.B. 31 on 03/23/2010. The bill goes into effect on 05/01/2010 pursuant to section 2 of the bill.

More information about S.B. 31 is available from the Legislature’s web site at http://le.utah.gov/~2010/bills/sbillint/sb0031s01.htm.

H.B. 402 Department of Administrative Services Modifications

An "internal service fund agency" is defined as "an agency that provides goods or services to other agencies of state government or to other governmental units on a capital maintenance and cost reimbursement basis, and which recovers costs through interagency billings." (Section 63J-1-410)

H.B. 402, sponsored by Rep. S. Clark, authorizes the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) to operate all of its divisions as internal service fund (ISF) agencies. Under current law (Section 63A-1-114), only two of the department’s divisions function entirely as internal service funds. Two other divisions operate portions of their programs as internal service funds.

Under the direction of Kimberly K. Hood, Executive Director, DAS has developed a four-year implementation plan.

  • Year 1 (FY 2010) Pass enabling legislation in the General Session 2010 to explore the appropriateness of expanding the ISF model to other divisions within DAS
  • Year 2 (FY 2011): Study and identify products and services in divisions where it may be appropriate to expand the rate approval process; submit new rates for processing and approval
  • Year 3 (FY 2012) Implement new rates approved by the Governor’s Office and the Legislature; continue study to identify products and services where it may be appropriate to expand the rate approval process; process new rates
  • Year 4 (FY 2013): Expand the rate approval process to other divisions and include products and services deemed appropriate (if needed)

Each year includes steps that require annual evaluations, extensive research and data collection, outreach to affected agencies and other customers, as well as input from them on rate setting, level of service, and utilization. The mantra is "go slow, be careful, rely on the data."

H.B. 402 includes an amendment to the Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, in Section 63G-3-402, that provides:

(m) if the Department of Administrative Services operates the division as an internal service fund agency in accordance with Section 63A-1-109.5 , [the division shall] submit to the Rate Committee established in Section 63A-1-114: (i) the proposed rate and fee schedule as required by Section 63A-1-114; and (ii) other information or analysis requested by the Rate Committee….

H.B. 402 was signed by the Governor on 03/29/2010. It goes into effect on 05/11/2010. More information about H.B. 402 is available from the Legislature’s web site at http://le.utah.gov/~2010/htmdoc/hbillhtm/HB0402.htm.

Questions about these bills may be directed to Ken Hansen (801-538-3777).


Additional Information

The Portable Document Format (PDF) version of the Bulletin is the official version. The PDF version of this issue is available at https://rules.utah.gov/publicat/bull-pdf/2010/b20100415.pdf. The HTML edition of the Bulletin is a convenience copy. Any discrepancy between the PDF version and HTML version is resolved in favor of the PDF version.

For questions regarding this notice, please contact Nancy Lancaster, by phone at 801-538-3218, by FAX at 801-359-0759, or by Internet E-mail at nllancaster@utah.gov.