SALT LAKE CITY -- Senate leaders have moved forward a plan to potentially relocate the state prison.
In a Tuesday night session, senators voted 19-7 to approve an amended version of SB 72 and send it to the House for further consideration. The bill is sponsored by Sen. Scott Jenkins, R-Plain City.
After three days of debate, the lawmakers agreed to a measure modifying the current makeup of the Prison Relocation and Development Authority, instead of creating a new authority.
PRADA was originally set up to investigate whether it was feasible to consider a relocation and was set to give way to a new Prison Land Management Authority to further pursue the matter.
Lawmakers did not like the makeup of the proposed board for the new group and questioned some of the financial figures outlined in the original legislation.
PRADA will be charged with putting together a request for proposal for the possible prison relocation and will bring back a recommendation to the governor and Legislature in 2014.
The newly revised compromise is so new that lawmakers were not sure, as of Tuesday night, how much the board's fiscal note will be.
Jenkins was part of the original PRADA board, and he said the newly reconfigured group will have authority to pursue a request for proposal but will not be required to adopt a conceptual plan.
Zoning issues will also be left to Draper as part of the new legislation.
"It's not the way I would choose to do it, but it moves the process along," Jenkins said of the bill. He said some of the key things removed from the bill will be considered in a year when the findings from a request for proposal will be addressed.
Lawmakers have been told relocation of the prison could bring as many as 40,000 jobs to the Draper area and generate $20 billion in tax revenue over 25 years.