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First Substitute H.B. 392

Representative Kraig Powell proposes the following substitute bill:


             1     
DELEGATE RESPONSIBILITY AMENDMENTS

             2     
2014 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

             4     
Chief Sponsor: Kraig Powell

             5     
Senate Sponsor: Curtis S. Bramble

             6     
             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill establishes requirements for a Utah delegate to a United States Article V
             10      convention.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    defines terms;
             14          .    prohibits a Utah delegate to a United States Article V convention from acting in a
             15      manner that supports or approves the proposing of an unauthorized amendment or
             16      change to the United States Constitution;
             17          .    provides for the removal of a delegate; and
             18          .    provides criminal penalties.
             19      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             20          None
             21      Other Special Clauses:
             22          None
             23      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             24      ENACTS:
             25           20A-17-101 , Utah Code Annotated 1953


             26     
             27      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             28          Section 1. Section 20A-17-101 is enacted to read:
             29          20A-17-101. Article V convention delegates.
             30          (1) As used in this section:
             31          (a) "Article V application" means an application or resolution passed by the Legislature
             32      applying to Congress to call an Article V convention.
             33          (b) "Article V convention" means a convention called for the purpose of proposing an
             34      amendment to the United States Constitution as provided in the United States Constitution,
             35      Article V.
             36          (c) "Delegate" means an individual elected by the Legislature, or by any other method
             37      provided by law, to represent the state at an Article V convention.
             38          (d) "Legislative instructions" means instruction given by the Legislature to a delegate
             39      before or during an Article V convention.
             40          (e) "Unauthorized amendment" means a proposed amendment or change to the United
             41      States Constitution that is outside the scope of the Article V application and legislative
             42      instructions.
             43          (2) A delegate from the state to an Article V convention may not act in a manner that
             44      supports or approves the proposing of an unauthorized amendment or change to the United
             45      States Constitution by the convention.
             46          (3) (a) A delegate who violates Subsection (2) is immediately recalled and shall be
             47      replaced by an alternate selected by the Legislature.
             48          (b) An alternate selected by the Legislature has the same duties and is subject to the
             49      same requirements and penalties as a delegate.
             50          (4) Upon selection by the Legislature, or by any other method provided by law, a
             51      delegate from the state to an Article V convention shall take the following oath:
             52          "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that to the best of my abilities, I will, as a delegate to
             53      an Article V convention, uphold the Constitution and laws of the United States of America and
             54      of the State of Utah, and that I will act at all times in accordance with the Article V application
             55      and the legislative instructions given to me as a delegate. I will not act in a manner that
             56      supports or approves the proposing of an unauthorized amendment or change to the United


             57      States Constitution by the convention."
             58          (5) The Legislature shall certify in writing to the Article V convention:
             59          (a) the selection of delegates and alternates;
             60          (b) if a delegate is recalled, the recall and replacement of the delegate with an alternate;
             61      and
             62          (c) if a delegate from the state violates Subsection (2), the nullification of the action
             63      that violated Subsection (2).
             64          (6) A delegate who violates this section is guilty of a third degree felony.


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