Special Session | August 2015

An email from Speaker Hughes regarding the August Special Session:


Dear Colleagues,


Governor Herbert has officially issued a call for a Special Session (call attached) to take place next Wednesday, August 19th at 3:00 p.m.  We will still hold our interim committee meetings that morning and caucus in the afternoon.  Also, you are all invited to join us in welcoming our newest member, Derrin Owens, as he gets sworn in at 7:30 a.m. in the House Chamber. 


The schedule for the Wednesday is as follows:


7:30 a.m. :                               Derrin Owens Swearing In

8:00 a.m. – 10:15 a..m:            Block A Committee Meetings

10:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.:         Block B Committee Meetings 

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m:              Caucus  

3:00 p.m.:                                Special Session


**Please note that no evening meal will be provided.  If you have special dietary needs please plan accordingly. 


Here is a list of the items that the House will be voting on during the Special Session:


1.  To consider the recommendation of the Prison Relocation Commission as to the building of a new state prison at the location of Interstate-80 and 7200 West in Salt Lake City.

2.  To consider changes to the statute of limitation governing refunds or credits issued for overpayment of corporate taxes. (SB 94 from the General Session)

3.  To consider the statutory qualifications for the Medicaid Inspector General.

4.  To consider corrections to the penalty for an accident involving injury, death, or property damage, and code references within Utah Code section 76-10-503. (Technical fixes to the Justice Reinvestment Initiative) 

5.  To consider clarifications to Utah Code 78B-2-201. (judicial code, statute of limitations, real property)  


In regards to prison relocation, after four years of study, analysis and debate – through an open and transparent process, the Prison Relocation Commission voted, in a bipartisan unanimous decision, to recommend the relocation of the state correctional facility currently located in Draper to the I-80/7200 West site in Salt Lake City.  


The commission believes the recommended site offers the greatest overall value for Utah residents and taxpayers; the best accessibility for employees, volunteers, and visitors; the lowest long-term operational costs; and the greatest opportunity for nearby compatible economic development. Attached to this email I’ve included the three documents provided by Representative Wilson:


1. Comparative Evaluation Matrix – this document compares the four finalist sites and summarizes 85 criteria that the PRC used in its decision

2. Why Not Draper – this document shares some of the obstacles that make rebuilding on the existing site in Draper not feasible

There is also a more comprehensive report on issues related to rebuilding in Draper here: http://le.utah.gov/interim/2015/pdf/00003617.pdf

3. Comparative Cost Summary – this document summarizes the costs associated with the four finalist sites 


If you have any questions regarding this decision please contact any of the PRC members.  I’m extremely grateful for the hard work and dedication from members of the PRC, legislative staff and consultants.  I especially want to thank Representative Brad Wilson for his leadership as Co-Chair of the Commission.  It has been a long journey. 


It is an honor to serve with each of you and I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday.  





Greg Hughes

Speaker of the House

Utah House of Representatives 

And a copy of the call:

Special Session August 2015