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H.J.R. 24

             1     

JOINT RESOLUTION ON EQUAL TREATMENT

             2     
BY GOVERNMENT

             3     
2010 GENERAL SESSION

             4     
STATE OF UTAH

             5     
Chief Sponsor: Curtis Oda

             6     
Senate Sponsor: ____________

             7      Cosponsor:Carl Wimmer              8     
             9      LONG TITLE
             10      General Description:
             11          This joint resolution of the Legislature proposes to amend the Utah Constitution to
             12      enact a provision prohibiting discrimination and preferential treatment by government
             13      entities.
             14      Highlighted Provisions:
             15          This resolution proposes to amend the Utah Constitution to:
             16          .    prohibit the State, public institutions of higher education, and political subdivisions
             17      from discriminating against or granting preferential treatment to any individual or
             18      group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin with respect to
             19      public employment, public education, or public contracting; and
             20          .    provide exceptions;
             21          .    authorize the Legislature to provide a remedy for a violation and provide limits for a
             22      remedy; and
             23          .    provide that the prohibition is self-executing.
             24      Special Clauses:
             25          This resolution directs the lieutenant governor to submit this proposal to voters.
             26          This resolution provides a contingent effective date of January 1, 2011 for this proposal.
             27      Utah Constitution Sections Affected:


             28      ENACTS:
             29          ARTICLE I, SECTION 30
             30     
             31      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, two-thirds of all members elected to each
             32      of the two houses voting in favor thereof:
             33          Section 1. It is proposed to enact Utah Constitution Article I, Section 30, to read:
             34           Article I, Section 30. [Prohibition against discrimination and preferential
             35      treatment.]
             36          (1) Each of the following is subject to this section:
             37          (a) the State, including any department, agency, or other governmental instrumentality
             38      of the State;
             39          (b) each public institution of higher education; and
             40          (c) each county, city, town, school district, local district, special service district, and
             41      other political subdivision of the State.
             42          (2) An entity that is subject to this section may not discriminate against, or grant
             43      preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or
             44      national origin with respect to public employment, public education, or public contracting.
             45          (3) Subsection (2) may not be construed to:
             46          (a) prohibit a bona fide qualification based on sex that is reasonably necessary to the
             47      normal functioning of public employment, public education, or public contracting;
             48          (b) invalidate a court order or consent decree in force on January 1, 2011;
             49          (c) prohibit action required to be taken to establish or maintain eligibility for a federal
             50      program, if ineligibility would result in a loss of federal funds; or
             51          (d) affect an action taken before January 1, 2011.
             52          (4) (a) The Legislature may by statute provide a remedy for a violation of Subsection
             53      (2).
             54          (b) A remedy for a violation based on discrimination may not be substantially different
             55      than a remedy for a violation based on preferential treatment.
             56          (c) A remedy for a violation based on discrimination or preferential treatment may not
             57      differ based on the race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin of a person or group.
             58          (5) Subsection (2) is self-executing.


             59          Section 2. Submittal to voters.
             60          The lieutenant governor is directed to submit this proposed amendment to the voters of
             61      the state at the next regular general election in the manner provided by law.
             62          Section 3. Effective date.
             63          If the amendment proposed by this joint resolution is approved by a majority of those
             64      voting on it at the next regular general election, the amendment shall take effect on January 1,
             65      2011.




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