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H.J.R. 4

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RESOLUTION ELIMINATING VOTING

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RIGHTS OF CONVICTED FELONS

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1998 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Sponsor: Carl R. Saunders

6    A JOINT RESOLUTION OF THE LEGISLATURE PROPOSING TO AMEND THE UTAH
7    CONSTITUTION; ELIMINATING THE VOTING RIGHTS OF CONVICTED FELONS;
8    AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
9    This resolution proposes to change the Utah Constitution as follows:
10    AMENDS:
11         ARTICLE IV, SECTION 6
12    Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, two-thirds of all members elected to each of
13    the two houses voting in favor thereof:
14        Section 1. It is proposed to amend Utah Constitution Article IV, Section 6, to read:
15         Article IV, Section 6. [Mentally incompetent persons, convicted felons, and certain
16     criminals ineligible to vote.]
17        [No] Any mentally incompetent person [or], any person convicted of a felony in a state
18    court in Utah, or any person convicted of treason[,] or a crime against the elective franchise, unless
19    restored to civil rights as provided by the Legislature, [shall] may not be permitted to vote at any
20    election[,] or be eligible to hold office in this State.
21        Section 2. Submittal to electors.
22        The lieutenant governor is directed to submit this proposed amendment to the electors of
23    the state of Utah at the next general election in the manner provided by law.
24        Section 3. Effective date.
25        If approved by the electors of the state, the amendment proposed by this joint resolution
26    shall take effect on January 1, 1999.





Legislative Review Note
    as of 11-20-97 10:36 AM


A limited legal review of this bill raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel


Committee Note

The Government Operations Interim Committee recommended this bill.

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