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S.J.R. 6 Enrolled

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JOINT RESOLUTION ENCOURAGING THE

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GOVERNOR'S BOARD APPOINTMENTS TO

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REFLECT UTAH GEOGRAPHIC BALANCE

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2008 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Dennis E. Stowell

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House Sponsor: Michael E. Noel

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             9      LONG TITLE
             10      General Description:
             11          This joint resolution of the Legislature encourages the Governor to consider statewide
             12      geographic balance when making future gubernatorial appointments.
             13      Highlighted Provisions:
             14          This resolution:
             15          .    encourages the Governor to consider, among other factors, achieving an increased
             16      statewide geographic balance when determining membership in making future
             17      committee, board, and commission appointments.
             18      Special Clauses:
             19          None
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             21      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             22          WHEREAS, participation in government by citizens from all regions of the state
             23      encourages understanding of the unique needs and perspectives of all citizens while also forging
             24      common bonds through public service;
             25          WHEREAS, there are many significant ways in which citizens from across the state
             26      contribute their time and effort for the betterment of Utah as a whole;
             27          WHEREAS, one way to recognize the significance of including citizens throughout the
             28      state in serving the public is through membership on state committees, boards, and
             29      commissions;


             30          WHEREAS, geographic representation, as reflected in the membership of these state
             31      entities, suggests that the varied perspectives of Utahns are heard and are recognized as playing
             32      an essential role in the development of public policy in Utah;
             33          WHEREAS, in some cases, the membership of state committees, boards, and
             34      commissions does not reflect the broad, geographic spectrum of the state of Utah;
             35          WHEREAS, the Legislature, in filling its appointments to state entities, has worked to
             36      reflect the varied geographic interests of the state; and
             37          WHEREAS, the citizens of the state benefit greatly as Utah's wide geographic range of
             38      interests and perspectives are included in the political process:
             39          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah
             40      encourages the Governor to give added consideration to geographic balance when making
             41      future gubernatorial appointments to the state's committees, boards, and commissions.
             42          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to Governor
             43      Huntsman.


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