Title 20A Chapter 7 Section 209

Election Code
Issues Submitted to the Voters
Section 209
Ballot title -- Duties of lieutenant governor and Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel.

            

20A-7-209.   Ballot title -- Duties of lieutenant governor and Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel.

            (1) By June 5 before the regular general election, the lieutenant governor shall deliver a copy of all of the proposed laws that have qualified for the ballot to the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel.

            (2) (a) The Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel shall:

            (i) entitle each state initiative that has qualified for the ballot "Proposition Number __" and give it a number as assigned under Section 20A-6-107;

            (ii) prepare an impartial ballot title for each initiative summarizing the contents of the measure; and

            (iii) return each petition and ballot title to the lieutenant governor by June 26.

            (b) The ballot title may be distinct from the title of the proposed law attached to the initiative petition, and shall be not more than 100 words.

            (c) For each state initiative, the official ballot shall show:

            (i) the number of the initiative as determined by the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel;

            (ii) the ballot title as determined by the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel; and

            (iii) the initial fiscal impact estimate prepared under Section 20A-7-202.5 or updated under Section 20A-7-204.1.

            (3) By June 27, the lieutenant governor shall mail a copy of the ballot title to any sponsor of the petition.

            (4) (a) (i) At least three of the sponsors of the petition may, by July 6, challenge the wording of the ballot title prepared by the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel to the Supreme Court.

            (ii) After receipt of the appeal, the Supreme Court shall direct the lieutenant governor to send notice of the appeal to:

            (A) any person or group that has filed an argument for or against the measure that is the subject of the challenge; or

            (B) any political issues committee established under Section 20A-11-801 that has filed written or electronic notice with the lieutenant governor that identifies the name, mailing or email address, and telephone number of the person designated to receive notice about any issues relating to the initiative.

            (b) (i) There is a presumption that the ballot title prepared by the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel is an impartial summary of the contents of the initiative.

            (ii) The Supreme Court may not revise the wording of the ballot title unless the plaintiffs rebut the presumption by clearly and convincingly establishing that the ballot title is patently false or biased.

            (c) The Supreme Court shall:

            (i) examine the ballot title;

            (ii) hear arguments; and

            (iii) certify to the lieutenant governor a ballot title for the measure that meets the requirements of this section.

            (d) The lieutenant governor shall certify the title verified by the Supreme Court to the county clerks to be printed on the official ballot.


Amended by Chapter 334, 2012 General Session