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H.B. 370





Sponsor: Katherine M. Bryson

             5      This act modifies provisions relating to the certification of judges for retention elections,
             6      providing that judges shall be certified by the Supreme Court and justices by the Judicial
             7      Council.
             8      This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
             9      AMENDS:
             10          20A-7-702, as last amended by Chapter 331, Laws of Utah 2002
             11          78-7-2, as enacted by Chapter 47, Laws of Utah 1986
             12      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             13          Section 1. Section 20A-7-702 is amended to read:
             14           20A-7-702. Voter information pamphlet -- Form -- Contents -- Distribution.
             15          (1) The lieutenant governor shall ensure that all information submitted for publication
             16      in the voter information pamphlet is:
             17          (a) printed and bound in a single pamphlet;
             18          (b) printed in clear readable type, no less than ten-point, except that the text of any
             19      measure may be set forth in eight-point type; and
             20          (c) printed on a quality and weight of paper that best serves the voters.
             21          (2) The voter information pamphlet shall contain the following items in this order:
             22          (a) a cover title page;
             23          (b) an introduction to the pamphlet by the lieutenant governor;
             24          (c) a table of contents;
             25          (d) a list of all candidates for constitutional offices;
             26          (e) a list of candidates for each legislative district;
             27          (f) a 100-word statement of qualifications for each candidate for the office of governor,

             28      lieutenant governor, attorney general, state auditor, or state treasurer, if submitted by the
             29      candidate to the lieutenant governor's office before July 15 at 5 p.m.;
             30          (g) information pertaining to all measures to be submitted to the voters, beginning a
             31      new page for each measure and containing, in the following order for each measure:
             32          (i) a copy of the number and ballot title of the measure;
             33          (ii) the final vote cast by the Legislature on the measure if it is a measure submitted by
             34      the Legislature or by referendum;
             35          (iii) the impartial analysis of the measure prepared by the Office of Legislative
             36      Research and General Counsel;
             37          (iv) the arguments in favor of the measure, the rebuttal to the arguments in favor of the
             38      measure, the arguments against the measure, and the rebuttal to the arguments against the
             39      measure, with the name and title of the authors at the end of each argument or rebuttal;
             40          (v) for each constitutional amendment, a complete copy of the text of the constitutional
             41      amendment, with all new language underlined, and all deleted language placed within brackets;
             42      and
             43          (vi) for each initiative qualified for the ballot, a copy of the measure as certified by the
             44      lieutenant governor;
             45          (h) a description provided by the Judicial Council of the selection and retention process
             46      for judges, including, in the following order:
             47          (i) a description of the judicial selection process;
             48          (ii) a description of the judicial performance evaluation process;
             49          (iii) a description of the judicial retention election process;
             50          (iv) a list of the criteria and minimum standards of judicial performance evaluation;
             51          (v) the names of the judges standing for retention election; and
             52          (vi) for each judge:
             53          (A) the counties in which the judge is subject to retention election;
             54          (B) a short biography of professional qualifications and a recent photograph;
             55          (C) for each standard of performance, a statement identifying whether or not the judge
             56      met the standard and, if not, the manner in which the judge failed to meet the standard;
             57          (D) a statement provided by the Utah Supreme Court identifying the cumulative
             58      number of informal reprimands, when consented to by the judge in accordance with Section

             59      [ 78-7-107 ] 78-7-108 (2)(d), formal reprimands, and all orders of censure and suspension issued
             60      by the Utah Supreme Court under Utah Constitution Article VIII, Section 13 during the judge's
             61      current term and the immediately preceding term, and a detailed summary of the supporting
             62      reasons for each violation of the Code of Judicial Conduct that the judge has received; and
             63          (E) a statement identifying whether or not the judge was certified by the Supreme
             64      Court or, in the case of a justice of the Supreme Court, the Judicial Council;
             65          (vii) (A) except as provided in Subsection (2)(h)(vii)(B), for each judge, in graphic
             66      format, the responses for each attorney, jury, and other survey question used by the Judicial
             67      Council for certification of judges, displayed in 1% increments;
             68          (B) notwithstanding Subsection (2)(h)(vii)(A), if the sample size for the survey for a
             69      particular judge is too small to provide statistically reliable information in 1% increments, the
             70      survey results for that judge shall be reported as being above or below 70% and a statement by
             71      the surveyor explaining why the survey is statistically unreliable shall also be included;
             72          (i) an explanation of ballot marking procedures prepared by the lieutenant governor,
             73      indicating the ballot marking procedure used by each county and explaining how to mark the
             74      ballot for each procedure;
             75          (j) voter registration information, including information on how to obtain an absentee
             76      ballot;
             77          (k) a list of all county clerks' offices and phone numbers; and
             78          (l) on the back cover page, a printed copy of the following statement signed by the
             79      lieutenant governor:
             80          "I, _______________ (print name), Lieutenant Governor of Utah, certify that the
             81      measures contained in this pamphlet will be submitted to the voters of Utah at the election to
             82      be held throughout the state on ____ (date of election), and that this pamphlet is complete and
             83      correct according to law. SEAL
             84          Witness my hand and the Great Seal of the State, at Salt Lake City, Utah this ____ day
             85      of ____ (month), ____ (year)
(signed) ____________________________________

Lieutenant Governor"

             88          (3) The lieutenant governor shall:
             89          (a) ensure that one copy of the voter information pamphlet is placed in one issue of

             90      every newspaper of general circulation in the state not more than 40 nor less than 15 days
             91      before the day fixed by law for the election;
             92          (b) ensure that a sufficient number of printed voter information pamphlets are available
             93      for distribution as required by this section;
             94          (c) provide voter information pamphlets to each county clerk for free distribution upon
             95      request and for placement at polling places; and
             96          (d) ensure that the distribution of the voter information pamphlets is completed 15 days
             97      before the election.
             98          Section 2. Section 78-7-2 is amended to read:
             99           78-7-2. Justices and judges -- Limitations during terms -- Certification for
             100      retention by Supreme Court.
             101          [No] (1) A justice or judge of any court of record may not, during his term of office:
             102          [(1)] (a) practice law or have a partner engaged in the practice of law;
             103          [(2)] (b) hold office in or make any contribution to any political party or organization
             104      engaged in political activity; or
             105          [(3)] (c) use, in his efforts to obtain or retain judicial office, any political party
             106      designation, reference, or description.
             107          (2) Any judge standing for retention election shall be certified by the Supreme Court.
             108          (3) Any justice of the Supreme Court standing for retention election shall be certified
             109      by the Judicial Council.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 2-24-03 9:43 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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