This document includes House Committee Amendments incorporated into the bill on Fri, Feb 19, 2016 at 1:48 PM by lsjones.
This document includes House Floor Amendments incorporated into the bill on Thu, Mar 3, 2016 at 11:15 AM by cynthiahopkin.



Chief Sponsor: Michael E. Noel

Senate Sponsor: Jerry W. Stevenson


8     General Description:
9           This bill modifies the Utah Criminal Code regarding bigamy.
10     Highlighted Provisions:
11          This bill:
12          ▸      revises the definition of bigamy Ĥ→ [Ĥ→ ; and
12a          ▸ modifies the criminal penalty ←Ĥ
←Ĥ .
13     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
14          None
15     Other Special Clauses:
16          Ĥ→ [
None] This bill provides a special effective date ←Ĥ
17     Utah Code Sections Affected:
18     AMENDS:
19          76-7-101, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1997, Chapter 296
20          76-7-101.5, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2003, Chapter 6

22     Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
23          Section 1. Section 76-7-101 is amended to read:
24          76-7-101. Bigamy -- Defense.
25          (1) A person is guilty of bigamy when, knowing [he] the person has a husband or wife
26     or knowing the other person has a husband or wife, the person purports to marry [another] Ĥ→ [
27     other person [or]
] , ←Ĥ
and Ĥ→ [cohabits] cohabitates ←Ĥ with Ĥ→ , ←Ĥ [another] the
27a     other person.

28          (2) Bigamy is a Ĥ→ [ Ĥ→ [ ] third degree felony [ ] ←Ĥ ] ←Ĥ [of the third degree]
28a     Ĥ→ [ Ĥ→ class A
28b     misdemeanor
←Ĥ ] ←Ĥ .
29          (3) It [shall be] is a defense to bigamy that the accused reasonably believed [he] the
30     accused and the other person were legally eligible to remarry.
31          Section 2. Section 76-7-101.5 is amended to read:
32          76-7-101.5. Child bigamy -- Penalty.
33          (1) An actor 18 years of age or older is guilty of child bigamy when, knowing he or she
34     has a wife or husband, or knowing that a person under 18 years of age has a wife or husband,
35     the actor carries out the following with the person who is under 18 years of age:
36          (a) purports to marry the person who is under 18 years of age; [or] and
37          (b) Ĥ→ [
cohabits] cohabitates ←Ĥ with the person who is under 18 years of age.
38          (2) A violation of Subsection (1) is a second degree felony.
38a      Ĥ→ Section 3. Effective date.
38b     If approved by two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, this bill takes effect upon
38c     approval by the governor, or the day following the constitutional time limit of Utah
38d     Constitution, Article VII, Section 8, without the governor's signature, or in the case of a veto,
38e     the date of veto override. ←Ĥ

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