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H.B. 86






Sponsor: Patrice M. Arent

             6      This act modifies Election Code provisions governing publication requirements for
             7      constitutional amendments submitted to voters.
             8      This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
             9      AMENDS:
             10          20A-7-103, as last amended by Chapter 57, Laws of Utah 2001
             11      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             12          Section 1. Section 20A-7-103 is amended to read:
             13           20A-7-103. Constitutional amendments and other questions -- Procedures for
             14      submission to popular vote.
             15          (1) The procedures contained in this section govern when:
             16          (a) the Legislature submits a proposed constitutional amendment or other question to the
             17      voters; and
             18          (b) an act of the Legislature is referred to the voters by referendum petition.
             19          (2) [The] In addition to the publication in the voter information pamphlet required by
             20      Section 20A-7-702 , the lieutenant governor shall, not [later] more than 60 days or less than ten
             21      days before the regular general election, publish the full text of the amendment, question, or statute
             22      in at least one newspaper in every county of the state where a newspaper is published.
             23          (3) The legislative general counsel shall:
             24          (a) entitle each proposed constitutional amendment "Constitutional Amendment Number
             25      __" and give it a number;
             26          (b) entitle each proposed question "State Proposition Number __" and give it a number;
             27          (c) entitle each state referendum that has qualified for the ballot "Citizen's State

             28      Referendum Number __" and give it a number;
             29          (d) draft and designate a ballot title that summarizes the subject matter of the amendment
             30      or question; and
             31          (e) deliver them to the lieutenant governor.
             32          (4) The lieutenant governor shall certify the number and ballot title of each amendment
             33      or question to the county clerk of each county no later than the second Friday after the primary
             34      election.
             35          (5) The county clerk of each county shall:
             36          (a) ensure that both the number and title of the amendment, question, or referendum is
             37      printed on the sample ballots and official ballots; and
             38          (b) publish them as provided by law.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 12-26-01 10:47 AM

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

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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