The chairs of similar standing committees in the House and Senate may convene a joint standing committee meeting to discuss legislation of common interest with the approval of both the speaker of the House and president of the Senate.
(a) Subject to Subsection (2), the president of the Senate and speaker of the House shall appoint their respective members to each committee.
(i) The president of the Senate shall designate one senator in each committee as the Senate chair.
(ii) The speaker of the House shall designate one representative in each committee as the House chair and one representative in each committee as the House vice chair.
(2) The Retirement and Independent Entities subcommittee shall have the same members as the Retirement and Independent Entities Committee created in Utah Code Section 63E-1-201.
(3) A vice chair may perform the duties of a chair:
(a) as requested by the chair; or
(b) in the absence of the chair.
(4) The chair, or the vice chair as authorized under Subsection (3), may designate a member of the committee to conduct a committee meeting when neither the chair nor the vice chair is able to attend a meeting.
(5) A committee member designated under Subsection (4) may conduct a committee meeting but may not perform the duties of a chair described in JR3-2-603 and JR3-2-604.
(6) The Office of the Legislative Fiscal Analyst shall staff the joint appropriations subcommittees.