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H.J.R. 11






Chief Sponsor: John Dougall

Senate Sponsor: ____________

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This joint resolution of the Legislature proposes to amend the Utah Constitution to
             11      modify a provision on the use of charges related to motor vehicles.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This resolution proposes to amend the Utah Constitution to:
             14          .    modify a provision requiring certain proceeds from charges related to motor
             15      vehicles to be used for specified purposes; and
             16          .    specify that certain sales tax revenues are not subject to that provision.
             17      Special Clauses:
             18          This resolution directs the lieutenant governor to submit this proposal to voters.
             19          This resolution provides a contingent effective date of January 1, 2013, for this
             20      proposal.
             21      Utah Constitution Sections Affected:
             22      AMENDS:
             23          ARTICLE XIII, SECTION 5
             25      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, two-thirds of all members elected to each
             26      of the two houses voting in favor thereof:
             27          Section 1. It is proposed to amend Utah Constitution Article XIII, Section 5, to read:

             28           Article XIII, Section 5. [Use and amount of taxes and expenditures.]
             29          (1) The Legislature shall provide by statute for an annual tax sufficient, with other
             30      revenues, to defray the estimated ordinary expenses of the State for each fiscal year.
             31          (2) (a) For any fiscal year, the Legislature may not make an appropriation or authorize
             32      an expenditure if the State's expenditure exceeds the total tax provided for by statute and
             33      applicable to the particular appropriation or expenditure.
             34          (b) Subsection (2)(a) does not apply to an appropriation or expenditure to suppress
             35      insurrection, defend the State, or assist in defending the United States in time of war.
             36          (3) For any debt of the State, the Legislature shall provide by statute for an annual tax
             37      sufficient to pay:
             38          (a) the annual interest; and
             39          (b) the principal within 20 years after the final passage of the statute creating the debt.
             40          (4) Except as provided in Article X, Section 5, Subsection (5)(a), the Legislature may
             41      not impose a tax for the purpose of a political subdivision of the State, but may by statute
             42      authorize political subdivisions of the State to assess and collect taxes for their own purposes.
             43          (5) All revenue from taxes on intangible property or from a tax on income shall be used
             44      to support the systems of public education and higher education as defined in Article X,
             45      Section 2.
             46          (6) Proceeds from fees, taxes, and other charges related to the operation of motor
             47      vehicles on public highways and proceeds from an excise tax on liquid motor fuel used to
             48      propel those motor vehicles shall be used for:
             49          (a) statutory refunds and adjustments and costs of collection and administration;
             50          (b) the construction, maintenance, and repair of State and local roads, including
             51      payment for property taken for or damaged by rights-of-way and for associated administrative
             52      costs;
             53          (c) driver education;
             54          (d) enforcement of state motor vehicle and traffic laws; and
             55          (e) the payment of the principal of and interest on any obligation of the State or a city
             56      or county, issued for any of the purposes set forth in Subsection (6)(b) and to which any of the
             57      fees, taxes, or other charges described in this Subsection (6) have been pledged, including any
             58      paid to the State or a city or county, as provided by statute.

             59          (7) (a) Fees and taxes on tangible personal property imposed under Section 2,
             60      Subsection (6) of this article are not subject to Subsection (6) of this Section 5 and shall be
             61      distributed to the taxing districts in which the property is located in the same proportion as that
             62      in which the revenue collected from real property tax is distributed.
             63          (b) Revenue from any sales and use tax on motor vehicles or on parts or service for
             64      motor vehicles is not subject to Subsection (6) of this Section 5.
             65          (8) A political subdivision of the State may share its tax and other revenues with
             66      another political subdivision of the State as provided by statute.
             67          Section 2. Submittal to voters.
             68          The lieutenant governor is directed to submit this proposed amendment to the voters of
             69      the state at the next regular general election in the manner provided by law.
             70          Section 3. Effective date.
             71          If the amendment proposed by this joint resolution is approved by a majority of those
             72      voting on it at the next regular general election, the amendment shall take effect on January 1,
             73      2013.

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