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First Substitute S.J.R. 5

Senator John W. Hickman proposes the following substitute bill:






Sponsor: John W. Hickman

             7      This joint resolution proposes to amend the Utah Constitution to allow the Legislature to
             8      convene itself into special session. The joint resolution limits the length of a special session
             9      convened by the Legislature and limits the number of those special sessions. The joint
             10      resolution directs the lieutenant governor to submit the proposal to voters, makes clarifying
             11      and technical changes, and provides an effective date.
             12      This resolution proposes to change the Utah Constitution as follows:
             13      AMENDS:
             14          ARTICLE VI, SECTION 16
             15      ENACTS:
             16          ARTICLE VI, SECTION 34
             17      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, two-thirds of all members elected to each of
             18      the two houses voting in favor thereof:
             19          Section 1. It is proposed to amend Utah Constitution Article VI, Section 16, to read:
             20           Article VI, Section 16. [Duration of sessions.]
             21          (1) No annual general session of the Legislature [shall] may exceed 45 calendar days,
             22      except in cases of impeachment.
             23          (2) [No special session shall exceed 30 calendar days, except] Except in cases of
             24      impeachment[.]:
             25          (a) no special session convened by the Legislature under Article VI, Section 34 may

             26      exceed ten calendar days; and
             27          (b) no special session convened by the Governor under Article VII, Section 6 may exceed
             28      30 calendar days.
             29          (3) When any session of the Legislature trying cases of impeachment exceeds the number
             30      of days it may remain in session as provided in this section, the members shall receive
             31      compensation only for expenses and mileage for those days in excess of 45, for a general session,
             32      or 30, for a special session.
             33          Section 2. It is proposed to enact Utah Constitution Article VI, Section 34, to read:
             34           Article VI, Section 34. [Legislature may call special session.]
             35          (1) In addition to the manner of convening the Legislature under Article VII, Section 6,
             36      and the reconvening of the Legislature under Article VII, Section 8 to reconsider a bill or item
             37      returned by the Governor, the Legislature may be convened into special session by a majority of
             38      all the members elected to each house, to conduct legislative business specified by the majority.
             39          (2) No more than four special sessions may be convened under this section in any calendar
             40      year.
             41          Section 3. Submittal to voters.
             42          The lieutenant governor is directed to submit this proposed amendment to the voters of the
             43      state at the next regular general election in the manner provided by law.
             44          Section 4. Effective date.
             45          If the amendment proposed by this joint resolution is approved by a majority of those
             46      voting on it at the next regular general election, the amendment shall take effect on January 1,
             47      2003.

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