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First Substitute S.B. 280

Senator Ralph Okerlund proposes the following substitute bill:




Chief Sponsor: Ralph Okerlund

House Sponsor: Gregory H. Hughes

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies the Election Code to establish procedures for submitting a
             10      nonbinding opinion question to the voters of Utah.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    establishes procedures for submitting a nonbinding opinion question to the voters of
             14      Utah;
             15          .    outlines the duties of the lieutenant governor and election officials in submitting the
             16      opinion question to the voters;
             17          .    establishes procedures for the ballot form, voter information pamphlet, public
             18      notice, manner of voting, and canvass of returns in relation to the opinion question;
             19          .    repeals Sections 36-16a-101 through 36-16a-108 and related provisions on January
             20      1, 2013; and
             21          .    makes technical changes.
             22      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             23          None
             24      Other Special Clauses:
             25          None

             26      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             27      ENACTS:
             28          36-16a-101, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             29          36-16a-102, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             30          36-16a-103, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             31          36-16a-104, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             32          36-16a-105, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             33          36-16a-106, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             34          36-16a-107, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             35          36-16a-108, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             36          63I-2-236, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             38      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             39          Section 1. Section 36-16a-101 is enacted to read:

             41          36-16a-101. Definitions.
             42          As used in this chapter:
             43          (1) "Election official" means the county clerk.
             44          (2) "Opinion question" means a nonbinding question that is submitted to all the legal
             45      voters of the state according to the procedures established in this chapter.
             46          (3) "Originating house" means:
             47          (a) the Utah House of Representatives if the resolution is a House joint resolution; or
             48          (b) the Utah Senate if the resolution is a Senate joint resolution.
             49          (4) "Regular general election" has the same meaning as provided under Section
             50      20a-1-102 .
             51          Section 2. Section 36-16a-102 is enacted to read:
             52          36-16a-102. Submission of opinion questions to Utah voters.
             53          (1) The Legislature may submit an opinion question to the legal voters of the state by
             54      passing a joint resolution meeting the requirements of this section.
             55          (2) The joint resolution required under Subsection (1) shall include:
             56          (a) the language of the opinion question as it will appear on the ballot;

             57          (b) a statement directing that the lieutenant governor submit the language of the
             58      opinion question to the legal voters of the state for their approval or rejection; and
             59          (c) language designating the regular general election date as the date the election in
             60      which the opinion question shall be submitted to the voters.
             61          (3) After passage by both houses of the Legislature, the originating house shall submit
             62      the joint resolution to the lieutenant governor with instructions that the opinion question
             63      specified in the joint resolution be submitted to the legal voters on the election date specified in
             64      the resolution.
             65          Section 3. Section 36-16a-103 is enacted to read:
             66          36-16a-103. Lieutenant governor's duties.
             67          (1) After receipt of a joint resolution on an opinion question that has been submitted
             68      under Section 36-16a-102 , the lieutenant governor shall:
             69          (a) submit the opinion question to the legal voters of Utah as required by resolution;
             70          (b) comply with the procedures of Section 36-16a-106 ; and
             71          (c) except as provided in Section 36-16a-105 , comply with all relevant provisions of
             72      Title 20A, Election Code, relating to the conduct of elections.
             73          (2) The lieutenant governor may establish additional requirements for election officials
             74      to facilitate the conduct of the election.
             75          Section 4. Section 36-16a-104 is enacted to read:
             76          36-16a-104. Election official duties.
             77          Each election official shall comply with:
             78          (1) the requirements of Title 20A, Election Code, relating to regular general elections;
             79          (2) the requirements of Section 36-16a-106 ; and
             80          (3) any other requirement imposed by the lieutenant governor.
             81          Section 5. Section 36-16a-105 is enacted to read:
             82          36-16a-105. Exemption.
             83          Title 20A, Chapter 7, Issues Submitted to the Voters, does not apply to an opinion
             84      question submitted under the authority of this chapter.
             85          Section 6. Section 36-16a-106 is enacted to read:
             86          36-16a-106. Procedures for submission of opinion questions to popular vote.
             87          (1) The lieutenant governor, the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel,

             88      and each election official shall comply with the procedures contained in this section whenever
             89      the Legislature authorizes an opinion question under Section 36-16a-102 .
             90          (2) No later than July 20 before the election, the Office of Legislative Research and
             91      General Counsel shall:
             92          (a) draft and designate a ballot title that summarizes the subject matter of the opinion
             93      question; and
             94          (b) deliver the materials created under Subsection (2)(a) to the lieutenant governor.
             95          (3) No later than August 31 before the election, the lieutenant governor shall certify the
             96      number and ballot title of the opinion question to each election official as provided in Section
             97      20A-6-107 .
             98          (4) No more than 60 days nor less than 14 days before the date of the election, the
             99      lieutenant governor shall cause the full text of the opinion question to be published in at least
             100      one newspaper in every county of the state where a newspaper is published.
             101          (5) Each election official shall cause both the number and title of the opinion question
             102      to be:
             103          (a) printed on the ballot to be used on election day;
             104          (b) printed on the sample ballots; and
             105          (c) otherwise published as provided by law.
             106          Section 7. Section 36-16a-107 is enacted to read:
             107          36-16a-107. Ballot form -- Manner of voting.
             108          The lieutenant governor shall ensure that a ballot containing an opinion question
             109      includes:
             110          (1) a number and ballot title;
             111          (2) the text of the opinion question; and
             112          (3) (a) the words "FOR" and "AGAINST," each word presented with an adjacent
             113      square in which the voter may indicate the voter's vote; or
             114          (b) all possible responses to the opinion question, each response presented with an
             115      adjacent square in which the voter may indicate the voter's vote.
             116          Section 8. Section 36-16a-108 is enacted to read:
             117          36-16a-108. Canvass of returns.
             118          (1) The county legislative body shall conduct a public canvass of the returns from the

             119      opinion question election no later than 14 days after the election.
             120          (2) Each election official shall:
             121          (a) make a certified abstract of the record of the canvassers detailing the votes cast on
             122      the opinion question; and
             123          (b) seal the transcript, endorse it "Election Returns," and transmit it to the lieutenant
             124      governor's office so that the lieutenant governor receives it by the fifth day before the day
             125      designated for the meeting of the state board of canvassers.
             126          (3) The state board of canvassers established by Section 20A-4-306 shall meet to
             127      compute and determine the vote on the opinion question.
             128          (4) After consulting existing statutes governing elections, the lieutenant governor may
             129      determine any issues relating to the canvassing process that are not governed by this section.
             130          Section 9. Section 63I-2-236 is enacted to read:
             131          63I-2-236. Repeal dates, Title 36.
             132          Sections 36-16a-101 through 36-16a-108 are repealed January 1, 2013.

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