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9 LONG TITLE
10 General Description:
11 This joint resolution of the Legislature proposes to amend the Utah Constitution to
12 enact a provision relating to challenges to the legality of a conviction or sentence.
13 Highlighted Provisions:
14 This resolution proposes to amend the Utah Constitution to:
15 . provide that, following a direct appeal, a person may challenge the legality of the
16 conviction or sentence only as provided by statute; and
17 . provide that a person may not be barred from obtaining relief from a conviction or
18 sentence under certain circumstances.
19 Special Clauses:
20 This resolution directs the lieutenant governor to submit this proposal to voters.
21 This resolution provides a contingent effective date of January 1, 2011 for this proposal.
22 Utah Constitution Sections Affected:
24 ARTICLE I, SECTION 30
26 Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, two-thirds of all members elected to each
27 of the two houses voting in favor thereof:
Senate Committee Amendments 2-12-2009 rd/rhrSection 1. It is proposed to enact Utah Constitution Article I, Section 30, to read:
29 Article I, Section 30. [Challenging the legality of a conviction or sentence.]
30 (1) After a person's conviction and sentence have been affirmed in a direct appeal
31 under Article I, Section 12, or the time to file a direct appeal has expired, and notwithstanding
32 any other provision of this Constitution, the person may challenge the legality of the conviction
33 or sentence only in the manner and to the extent provided by statute, subject to Subsection (2).
34 (2) S. (a) .S A person S. , including a person sentenced to death, .S may not be
34a barred from obtaining relief from a conviction or sentence if S. [
36 (i) engage in the conduct for which the person was convicted;
37 (ii) engage in conduct relating to a lesser included offense; and
38 (iii) commit any other felony arising out of or reasonably connected to the facts
39 supporting the indictment or information upon which the person was convicted; or
40 (b) S. [
40a obtaining relief from a conviction or sentence if .S the person can prove with newly
41 discovered evidence that the person lacked the mental state necessary for conviction of a
42 capital offense.
43 Section 2. Submittal to voters.
44 The lieutenant governor is directed to submit this proposed amendment to the voters of
45 the state at the next regular general election in the manner provided by law.
46 Section 3. Effective date.
47 If the amendment proposed by this joint resolution is approved by a majority of those
48 voting on it at the next regular general election, the amendment shall take effect on January 1,
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