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S.B. 157

This document includes Senate Committee Amendments incorporated into the bill on Mon, Feb 16, 2004 at 9:55 AM by rday. -->              1     




Sponsor: Carlene M. Walker


             6      LONG TITLE
             7      General Description:
             8          This bill clarifies those who are authorized to solemnize a marriage may not delegate or
             9      deputize other persons to solemnize a marriage.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    prohibits persons authorized to solemnize a marriage from delegating or deputizing
             13      other persons to solemnize a marriage.
             14      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             15          None
             16      Other Special Clauses:
             17          None
             18      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             19      AMENDS:
             20          30-1-6, as last amended by Chapter 2, Laws of Utah 1997

             22      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             23          Section 1. Section 30-1-6 is amended to read:
             24           30-1-6. Who may solemnize marriages -- Certificate.
             25          (1) Marriages may be solemnized by the following persons only:
             26          (a) ministers, rabbis, or priests of any religious denomination who are:
             27          (i) in regular communion with any religious society; and

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         (ii) 18 years of age or older;
             29          (b) Native American spiritual advisors;
             30          (c) the governor;
             31          (d) mayors of municipalities S OR COUNTY EXECUTIVES s ;
             32          (e) a justice, judge, or commissioner of a court of record;
             33          (f) a judge of a court not of record of the state;
             34          (g) judges or magistrates of the United States;
             35          (h) the county clerk of any county in the state, if the clerk chooses to solemnize
             36      marriages;
             37          (i) the president of the Senate;
             38          (j) the speaker of the House of Representatives; or
             39          (k) a judge or magistrate who holds office in Utah when retired, under rules set by the
             40      Supreme Court.
             41          (2) A person authorized under Subsection (1) who solemnizes a marriage shall give to
             42      the couple married a certificate of marriage that shows the:
             43          (a) name of the county from which the license is issued; and
             44          (b) date of the license's issuance.
             45          (3) As used in this section:
             46          (a) "Judge or magistrate of the United States" means:
             47          (i) a justice of the United States Supreme Court;
             48          (ii) a judge of a court of appeals;
             49          (iii) a judge of a district court;
             50          (iv) a judge of any court created by an act of Congress the judges of which are entitled
             51      to hold office during good behavior;
             52          (v) a judge of a bankruptcy court;
             53          (vi) a judge of a tax court; or
             54          (vii) a United States magistrate.
             55          (b) (i) "Native American spiritual advisor" means a person who:
             56          (A) (I) leads, instructs, or facilitates a Native American religious ceremony or service;
             57      or
             58          (II) provides religious counseling; and

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         (B) is recognized as a spiritual advisor by a federally recognized Native American
             60      tribe.
             61          (ii) "Native American spiritual advisor" includes a sweat lodge leader, medicine
             62      person, traditional religious practitioner, or holy man or woman.
             63          (3) Notwithstanding any other provision in law, no person authorized under Subsection
             64      (1) to solemnize a marriage may delegate or deputize another person to perform the function of
             65      solemnizing a marriage S , EXCEPT THAT ONLY FULL-TIME EMPLOYEES OF THE OFFICE

Legislative Review Note
    as of 1-23-04 10:23 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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