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H.J.R. 15






Chief Sponsor: David Clark

Senate Sponsor: Dennis E. Stowell

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This joint resolution of the Legislature proposes to amend the Utah Constitution to
             11      establish a legislative ethics commission.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This resolution proposes to amend the Utah Constitution to:
             14          .    establish a legislative ethics commission and define its authority; and
             15          .    authorize the Legislature to provide by rule for complaint filing procedures and
             16      requirements, for the qualifications, appointment, and terms of commission
             17      members, and for commission duties, powers, operations, and procedures.
             18      Special Clauses:
             19          This resolution directs the lieutenant governor to submit this proposal to voters.
             20          This resolution provides a contingent effective date of January 1, 2011 for this proposal.
             21      Utah Constitution Sections Affected:
             22      AMENDS:
             23          ARTICLE VI, SECTION 10
             25      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, two-thirds of all members elected to each
             26      of the two houses voting in favor thereof:
             27          Section 1. It is proposed to amend Utah Constitution Article VI, Section 10, to read:

             28           Article VI, Section 10. [Each house to be judge of election and qualifications of
             29      its members -- Expulsion -- Legislative ethics commission.]
             30          (1) Each house shall be the judge of the election and qualifications of its members, and
             31      may punish them for disorderly conduct, and with the concurrence of two-thirds of all the
             32      members elected, expel a member for cause.
             33          (2) (a) There is established a legislative ethics commission with authority to conduct an
             34      independent review of each complaint alleging unethical legislative behavior, to determine
             35      whether the complaint merits further consideration by the house of the member against whom
             36      the complaint is made.
             37          (b) (i) The commission shall consist of five members.
             38          (ii) A commission member may not be a sitting legislator or a person who is registered
             39      as a lobbyist.
             40          (c) The Legislature may by rule provide for:
             41          (i) procedures and requirements for filing a complaint alleging unethical legislative
             42      behavior;
             43          (ii) the qualifications, appointment, and terms of commission members; and
             44          (iii) commission duties, powers, operations, and procedures.
             45          Section 2. Submittal to voters.
             46          The lieutenant governor is directed to submit this proposed amendment to the voters of
             47      the state at the next regular general election in the manner provided by law.
             48          Section 3. Effective date.
             49          If the amendment proposed by this joint resolution is approved by a majority of those
             50      voting on it at the next regular general election, the amendment shall take effect on January 1,
             51      2011.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 12-18-09 7:43 AM

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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