Chief Sponsor: Norman K. Thurston

Senate Sponsor: ____________


8     General Description:
9          This joint resolution authorizes the chief sponsor of a piece of legislation to issue a
10     sponsor's statement.
11     Highlighted Provisions:
12          This resolution:
13          ▸     provides that the chief sponsor of a piece of legislation may issue a sponsor's
14     statement describing the content or impact of the legislation, the sponsor's intent, or
15     other information related to the legislation.
16     Special Clauses:
17          None
18     Legislative Rules Affected:
19     AMENDS:
20          JR4-1-101
21     ENACTS:
22          JR4-2-407

24     Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
25          Section 1. JR4-1-101 is amended to read:
26          JR4-1-101. Definitions.
27          As used in this title:

28          (1) "Bill" means legislation introduced for consideration by the Legislature that does
29     any, some, or all of the following to Utah statutes:
30          (a) amends;
31          (b) enacts;
32          (c) repeals;
33          (d) repeals and reenacts; or
34          (e) renumbers and amends.
35          (2) "Boldface" means the brief descriptive summary of the contents of a statutory
36     section prepared by the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel that is printed for
37     each title, chapter, part, and section of the Utah Code.
38          (3) "Concurrent resolution" means a written proposal of the Legislature and governor,
39     which, to be approved, must be passed by both houses of the Legislature and concurred to by
40     the governor.
41          (4) "Constitutional joint resolution" means a joint resolution proposing to amend,
42     enact, or repeal portions of the Utah Constitution which, to be approved for submission to the
43     voters, must be passed by a two-thirds vote of both houses of the Legislature.
44          (5) "House resolution" means a written proposal of the House of Representatives
45     which, to be approved, must be passed by the House of Representatives.
46          (6) "Joint resolution" means a written proposal of the Legislature which, to be
47     approved, must be passed by both houses of the Legislature.
48          (7) "Laws of Utah" means all of the laws currently in effect in Utah.
49          (8) "Legislation" means bills and resolutions introduced for consideration by the
50     Legislature.
51          (9) "Request for Legislation" means a formal request from a legislator or interim
52     committee that a bill or resolution be prepared by the Office of Legislative Research and
53     General Counsel.
54          (10) "Resolution" includes constitutional joint resolutions, other joint resolutions,
55     concurrent resolutions, House resolutions, and Senate resolutions.
56          (11) "Senate resolution" means a written proposal of the Senate which, to be approved,
57     must be passed by the Senate.
58          (12) "Sponsor's statement" means a written statement of 500 words or fewer about a

59     piece of legislation that:
60          (a) is written by the chief sponsor; and
61          (b) includes:
62          (i) the chief sponsor's summary of the content of the legislation;
63          (ii) the chief sponsor's description of the anticipated impact of the legislation;
64          (iii) a statement of the chief sponsor's intent in sponsoring the legislation; or
65          (iv) any other information related to the legislation that the chief sponsor wishes to
66     convey.
67          [(12)] (13) "Statute" means a law that has met the constitutional requirements for
68     enactment.
69          [(13)] (14) "Statutory section" means the unique unit of the laws of Utah that is
70     identified by a title, chapter, and section number.
71          Section 2. JR4-2-407 is enacted to read:
Part 4. Committee Notes, Fiscal Notes, and Sponsor's Statements.

73          JR4-2-407. Sponsor's statement.
74          (1) (a) After a piece of legislation is numbered, the chief sponsor of the legislation may
75     issue a sponsor's statement for the legislation.
76          (b) The chief sponsor may issue a revised sponsor's statement at anytime after the
77     legislation is numbered and before the Legislature adjourns the legislative session during which
78     the legislation is considered sine die.
79          (2) The chief sponsor of the legislation has sole authority to issue a sponsor's
80     statement.
81          (3) (a) The secretary of the Senate and the chief clerk of the House shall ensure that a
82     sponsor's statement, if available, is printed with the legislation.
83          (b) A sponsor's statement is not an official part of the legislation.