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S.B. 72

             1     

INITIATIVE AMENDMENTS

             2     
2011 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

             4     
Chief Sponsor: Lyle W. Hillyard

             5     
House Sponsor: David G. Butterfield

             6     
             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill amends provisions in Title 20A, Chapter 7, Issues Submitted to the Voters,
             10      related to statewide and local initiatives.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    requires an initiative to contain no more than one subject to the same extent a bill
             14      may not pass with more than one subject under the Utah Constitution;
             15          .    authorizes initiative petition sponsors to change the text of a proposed law
             16      following public hearings; and
             17          .    requires the Governor's Office of Planning and Budget to update an initial fiscal
             18      impact estimate if the text of a proposed law is changed.
             19      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             20          None
             21      Other Special Clauses:
             22          None
             23      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             24      AMENDS:
             25          20A-7-202, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 237
             26          20A-7-203, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapter 78
             27          20A-7-204, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1995, Chapter 153


             28          20A-7-204.1, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 90
             29          20A-7-209, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 367
             30          20A-7-502, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 237
             31     
             32      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             33          Section 1. Section 20A-7-202 is amended to read:
             34           20A-7-202. Statewide initiative process -- Application procedures -- Time to
             35      gather signatures -- Grounds for rejection.
             36          (1) Persons wishing to circulate an initiative petition shall file an application with the
             37      lieutenant governor.
             38          (2) The application shall contain:
             39          (a) the name and residence address of at least five sponsors of the initiative petition;
             40          (b) a statement indicating that each of the sponsors:
             41          (i) is a resident of Utah; and
             42          (ii) has voted in a regular general election in Utah within the last three years;
             43          (c) the signature of each of the sponsors, attested to by a notary public;
             44          (d) a copy of the proposed law that includes:
             45          (i) the title of the proposed law, which clearly expresses the subject of the law; and
             46          (ii) the text of the proposed law; and
             47          (e) a statement indicating whether or not persons gathering signatures for the petition
             48      may be paid for doing so.
             49          (3) The application and its contents are public when filed with the lieutenant governor.
             50          (4) (a) The sponsors shall qualify the petition for the regular general election ballot no
             51      later than one year after the application is filed.
             52          (b) If the sponsors fail to qualify the petition for that ballot, the sponsors must:
             53          (i) submit a new application;
             54          (ii) obtain new signature sheets; and
             55          (iii) collect signatures again.
             56          (5) The lieutenant governor shall reject the application and not issue circulation sheets
             57      if:
             58          (a) the law proposed by the initiative is patently unconstitutional;


             59          (b) the law proposed by the initiative is nonsensical;
             60          (c) the proposed law could not become law if passed;
             61          (d) the proposed law contains more than one subject as evaluated in accordance with
             62      Subsection (6);
             63          (e) the subject of the proposed law is not clearly expressed in the law's title; or
             64          (f) the law proposed by the initiative is identical or substantially similar to a law
             65      proposed by an initiative that was submitted to the county clerks and lieutenant governor for
             66      certification and evaluation within two years preceding the date on which the application for
             67      this initiative was filed.
             68          (6) To evaluate whether the proposed law contains more than one subject under
             69      Subsection (5)(d), the lieutenant governor shall apply the same standard provided in Utah
             70      Constitution, Article VI, Section 22, which prohibits a bill from passing that contains more
             71      than one subject.
             72          Section 2. Section 20A-7-203 is amended to read:
             73           20A-7-203. Form of initiative petition and signature sheets.
             74          (1) (a) Each proposed initiative petition shall be printed in substantially the following
             75      form:
             76          "INITIATIVE PETITION To the Honorable ____, Lieutenant Governor:
             77          We, the undersigned citizens of Utah, respectfully demand that the following proposed
             78      law be submitted to the legal voters/Legislature of Utah for their/its approval or rejection at the
             79      regular general election/session to be held/ beginning on _________(month\day\year);
             80          Each signer says:
             81          I have personally signed this petition;
             82          I am registered to vote in Utah or intend to become registered to vote in Utah before the
             83      certification of the petition names by the county clerk; and
             84          My residence and post office address are written correctly after my name.
             85          NOTICE TO SIGNERS:
             86          Public hearings to discuss this petition were held at: (list dates and locations of public
             87      hearings.)"
             88          (b) The sponsors of an initiative shall attach a copy of the proposed law to each
             89      initiative petition.


             90          (2) Each signature sheet shall:
             91          (a) be printed on sheets of paper 8-1/2 inches long and 11 inches wide;
             92          (b) be ruled with a horizontal line [3/4] three-fourths inch from the top, with the space
             93      above that line blank for the purpose of binding;
             94          (c) contain the title of the initiative printed below the horizontal line;
             95          (d) contain the initial fiscal impact estimate's summary statement issued by the
             96      Governor's Office of Planning and Budget according to Subsection 20A-7-202.5 (2)(b),
             97      including any update according to Subsection 20A-7-204.1 (4), printed or typed in not less than
             98      12 point, bold type, at the top of each signature sheet under the title of the initiative;
             99          (e) contain the word "Warning" printed or typed at the top of each signature sheet
             100      under the initial fiscal impact estimate's summary statement;
             101          (f) contain, to the right of the word "Warning," the following statement printed or
             102      typed in not less than eight point, single leaded type:
             103          "It is a class A misdemeanor for anyone to sign any initiative petition with any other
             104      name than his own, or knowingly to sign his name more than once for the same measure, or to
             105      sign an initiative petition when he knows he is not a registered voter and knows that he does
             106      not intend to become registered to vote before the certification of the petition names by the
             107      county clerk."; and
             108          (g) be vertically divided into columns as follows:
             109          (i) the first column shall appear at the extreme left of the sheet, be [5/8] five-eighths
             110      inch wide, be headed with "For Office Use Only," and be subdivided with a light vertical line
             111      down the middle with the left subdivision entitled "Registered" and the right subdivision left
             112      untitled;
             113          (ii) the next column shall be 2-1/2 inches wide, headed "Registered Voter's Printed
             114      Name (must be legible to be counted)";
             115          (iii) the next column shall be 2-1/2 inches wide, headed "Signature of Registered
             116      Voter";
             117          (iv) the next column shall be one inch wide, headed "Birth Date or Age (Optional)";
             118          (v) the final column shall be 4-3/8 inches wide, headed "Street Address, City, Zip
             119      Code"; and
             120          (vi) at the bottom of the sheet, contain the following statement: "Birth date or age


             121      information is not required, but it may be used to verify your identity with voter registration
             122      records. If you choose not to provide it, your signature may not be verified as a valid signature
             123      if you change your address before petition signatures are verified or if the information you
             124      provide does not match your voter registration records."
             125          (3) The final page of each initiative packet shall contain the following printed or typed
             126      statement:
             127          "Verification
             128          State of Utah, County of ____
             129          I, _______________, of ____, hereby state that:
             130          I am a resident of Utah and am at least 18 years old;
             131          All the names that appear in this packet were signed by persons who professed to be the
             132      persons whose names appear in it, and each of them signed his name on it in my presence;
             133          I believe that each has printed and signed his name and written his post office address
             134      and residence correctly, and that each signer is registered to vote in Utah or intends to become
             135      registered to vote before the certification of the petition names by the county clerk.
             136          I have not paid or given anything of value to any person who signed this petition to
             137      encourage that person to sign it.
             138      ________________________________________________________________________
             139          (Name) (Residence Address) (Date)"
             140          (4) The forms prescribed in this section are not mandatory, and, if substantially
             141      followed, the initiative petitions are sufficient, notwithstanding clerical and merely technical
             142      errors.
             143          Section 3. Section 20A-7-204 is amended to read:
             144           20A-7-204. Circulation requirements -- Lieutenant governor to provide sponsors
             145      with materials.
             146          (1) In order to obtain the necessary number of signatures required by this part, the
             147      sponsors shall circulate initiative packets that meet the form requirements of this part.
             148          (2) The lieutenant governor shall furnish to the sponsors:
             149          (a) a copy of the initiative petition, with any change submitted under Subsection
             150      20A-7-204.1 (4); and
             151          (b) one signature sheet.


             152          (3) The sponsors of the petition shall:
             153          (a) arrange and pay for the printing of all additional copies of the petition and signature
             154      sheets; and
             155          (b) ensure that the copies of the petition and signature sheets meet the form
             156      requirements of this section.
             157          (4) (a) The sponsors may prepare the initiative for circulation by creating multiple
             158      initiative packets.
             159          (b) The sponsors shall create those packets by binding a copy of the initiative petition,
             160      a copy of the proposed law, and no more than 50 signature sheets together at the top in such a
             161      way that the packets may be conveniently opened for signing.
             162          (c) The sponsors need not attach a uniform number of signature sheets to each
             163      initiative packet.
             164          (5) (a) After the sponsors have prepared sufficient initiative packets, they shall return
             165      them to the lieutenant governor.
             166          (b) The lieutenant governor shall:
             167          (i) number each of the initiative packets and return them to the sponsors within five
             168      working days; and
             169          (ii) keep a record of the numbers assigned to each packet.
             170          Section 4. Section 20A-7-204.1 is amended to read:
             171           20A-7-204.1. Public hearings to be held before initiative petitions are circulated --
             172      Changes to an initiative and initial fiscal impact estimate.
             173          (1) (a) After issuance of the initial fiscal impact estimate by the Governor's Office of
             174      Planning and Budget and before circulating initiative petitions for signature statewide, sponsors
             175      of the initiative petition shall hold at least seven public hearings throughout Utah as follows:
             176          (i) one in the Bear River region -- Box Elder, Cache, or Rich County;
             177          (ii) one in the Southwest region -- Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Kane, or Washington
             178      County;
             179          (iii) one in the Mountain region -- Summit, Utah, or Wasatch County;
             180          (iv) one in the Central region -- Juab, Millard, Piute, Sanpete, Sevier, or Wayne
             181      County;
             182          (v) one in the Southeast region -- Carbon, Emery, Grand, or San Juan County;


             183          (vi) one in the Uintah Basin region -- Daggett, Duchesne, or Uintah County; and
             184          (vii) one in the Wasatch Front region -- Davis, Morgan, Salt Lake, Tooele, or Weber
             185      County.
             186          (b) Of the seven meetings, at least two of the meetings must be held in a first or second
             187      class county, but not in the same county.
             188          (2) At least three calendar days before the date of the public hearing, the sponsors
             189      shall:
             190          (a) provide written notice of the public hearing to:
             191          (i) the lieutenant governor for posting on the state's website; and
             192          (ii) each state senator, state representative, and county commission or county council
             193      member who is elected in whole or in part from the region where the public hearing will be
             194      held; and
             195          (b) publish written notice of the public hearing detailing its time, date, and location:
             196          (i) in at least one newspaper of general circulation in each county in the region where
             197      the public hearing will be held; and
             198          (ii) on the Utah Public Notice Website created in Section 63F-1-701 .
             199          (3) (a) During the public hearing, the sponsors shall either:
             200          (i) video tape or audio tape the public hearing and, when the hearing is complete,
             201      deposit the complete audio or video tape of the meeting with the lieutenant governor; or
             202          (ii) take comprehensive minutes of the public hearing, detailing the names and titles of
             203      each speaker and summarizing each speaker's comments.
             204          (b) The lieutenant governor shall make copies of the tapes or minutes available to the
             205      public.
             206          (4) (a) Within 14 days after conducting the seventh public hearing required by
             207      Subsection (1)(a) and before circulating an initiative petition for signatures, the sponsors of the
             208      initiative petition may change the text of the proposed law if:
             209          (i) a change to the text is:
             210          (A) germane to the text of the proposed law filed with the lieutenant governor under
             211      Section 20A-7-202 ; and
             212          (B) consistent with the requirements of Subsection 20A-7-202 (5); and
             213          (ii) each sponsor signs an application addendum to change the text of the proposed law.


             214          (b) (i) Within three working days of receipt of an application addendum to change the
             215      text of the proposed law in an initiative petition, the lieutenant governor shall submit a copy of
             216      the application addendum to the Governor's Office of Planning and Budget.
             217          (ii) The Governor's Office of Planning and Budget shall update the initial fiscal impact
             218      estimate by following the procedures and requirements of Section 20A-7-202.5 to reflect a
             219      change to the text of the proposed law.
             220          Section 5. Section 20A-7-209 is amended to read:
             221           20A-7-209. Ballot title -- Duties of lieutenant governor and Office of Legislative
             222      Research and General Counsel.
             223          (1) By July 6 before the regular general election, the lieutenant governor shall deliver a
             224      copy of all of the proposed laws that have qualified for the ballot to the Office of Legislative
             225      Research and General Counsel.
             226          (2) (a) The Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel shall:
             227          (i) entitle each state initiative that has qualified for the ballot " Proposition Number __"
             228      and give it a number as assigned under Section 20A-6-107 ;
             229          (ii) prepare an impartial ballot title for each initiative summarizing the contents of the
             230      measure; and
             231          (iii) return each petition and ballot title to the lieutenant governor by July 20.
             232          (b) The ballot title may be distinct from the title of the proposed law attached to the
             233      initiative petition, and shall be not more than 100 words.
             234          (c) For each state initiative, the official ballot shall show:
             235          (i) the number of the initiative as determined by the Office of Legislative Research and
             236      General Counsel;
             237          (ii) the ballot title as determined by the Office of Legislative Research and General
             238      Counsel; and
             239          (iii) the initial fiscal impact estimate prepared under Section 20A-7-202.5 or updated
             240      under Section 20A-7-201.4 .
             241          (3) By July 21, the lieutenant governor shall mail a copy of the ballot title to any
             242      sponsor of the petition.
             243          (4) (a) (i) At least three of the sponsors of the petition may, by July 30, challenge the
             244      wording of the ballot title prepared by the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel


             245      to the Supreme Court.
             246          (ii) After receipt of the appeal, the Supreme Court shall direct the lieutenant governor
             247      to send notice of the appeal to:
             248          (A) any person or group that has filed an argument for or against the measure that is the
             249      subject of the challenge; or
             250          (B) any political issues committee established under Section 20A-11-801 that has filed
             251      written or electronic notice with the lieutenant governor that identifies the name, mailing or
             252      email address, and telephone number of the person designated to receive notice about any
             253      issues relating to the initiative.
             254          (b) (i) There is a presumption that the ballot title prepared by the Office of Legislative
             255      Research and General Counsel is an impartial summary of the contents of the initiative.
             256          (ii) The Supreme Court may not revise the wording of the ballot title unless the
             257      plaintiffs rebut the presumption by clearly and convincingly establishing that the ballot title is
             258      patently false or biased.
             259          (c) The Supreme Court shall:
             260          (i) examine the ballot title;
             261          (ii) hear arguments; and
             262          (iii) certify to the lieutenant governor a ballot title for the measure that meets the
             263      requirements of this section.
             264          (d) The lieutenant governor shall certify the title verified by the Supreme Court to the
             265      county clerks to be printed on the official ballot.
             266          Section 6. Section 20A-7-502 is amended to read:
             267           20A-7-502. Local initiative process -- Application procedures.
             268          (1) Persons wishing to circulate an initiative petition shall file an application with the
             269      local clerk.
             270          (2) The application shall contain:
             271          (a) the name and residence address of at least five sponsors of the initiative petition;
             272          (b) a statement indicating that each of the sponsors:
             273          (i) is a registered voter; and
             274          (ii) (A) if the initiative seeks to enact a county ordinance, has voted in a regular general
             275      election in Utah within the last three years; or


             276          (B) if the initiative seeks to enact a municipal ordinance, has voted in a regular
             277      municipal election in Utah:
             278          (I) except as provided in Subsection (2)(b)(ii)(B)(II), within the last three years; or
             279          (II) within the last five years, if the sponsor's failure to vote within the last three years
             280      is due to the sponsor's residing in a municipal district that participates in a municipal election
             281      every four years;
             282          (c) the signature of each of the sponsors, attested to by a notary public; and
             283          (d) a copy of the proposed law that includes:
             284          (i) the title of the proposed law, which clearly expresses the subject of the law; and
             285          (ii) the text of the proposed law.
             286          (3) A proposed law submitted under this section may not contain more than one subject
             287      to the same extent a bill may not pass containing more than one subject as provided in Utah
             288      Constitution, Article VI, Section 22.




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