Chief Sponsor: Bradley G. Last

Senate Sponsor: Jerry W. Stevenson


9     General Description:
10          This joint resolution of the Legislature proposes to amend the Utah Constitution to
11     modify a provision relating to a legislative session convened by the president and
12     speaker.
13     Highlighted Provisions:
14          This resolution proposes to amend the Utah Constitution to:
15          ▸     modify the amount of appropriations the Legislature may make during a session
16     convened by the president and speaker.
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, 2023 for this proposal.
20     Utah Constitution Sections Affected:
21     AMENDS:
22          ARTICLE VI, SECTION 2

24     Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, two-thirds of all members elected to each
25     of the two houses voting in favor thereof:
26          Section 1. It is proposed to amend Utah Constitution, Article VI, Section 2, to read:
27          Article VI, Section 2. [Time and location of annual general sessions -- Location
28     of sessions convened by the Governor or Legislature -- Sessions convened by the
29     Legislature.]

30          (1) Annual general sessions of the Legislature shall be held at the seat of government
31     and shall begin on the day in January designated by statute.
32          (2) A session convened by the Governor under Article VII, Section 6 and a session
33     convened by the Legislature under Subsection (3) shall be held at the seat of government,
34     unless convening at the seat of government is not feasible due to epidemic, natural or
35     human-caused disaster, enemy attack, or other public catastrophe.
36          (3) (a) The President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives shall
37     by joint proclamation convene the Legislature into session if a poll conducted by the President
38     and Speaker of their respective houses indicates that two-thirds of all members elected to each
39     house are in favor of convening the Legislature into session because in their opinion a
40     persistent fiscal crisis, war, natural disaster, or emergency in the affairs of the State necessitates
41     convening the Legislature into session.
42          (b) The joint proclamation issued by the President and Speaker shall specify the
43     business for which the Legislature is to be convened, and the Legislature may not transact any
44     business other than that specified in the joint proclamation, except that the Legislature may
45     provide for the expenses of the session and other matters incidental to the session.
46          (c) The Legislature may not be convened into session under this Subsection (3) during
47     the 30 calendar days immediately following the adjournment sine die of an annual general
48     session of the Legislature.
49          (d) (i) In a session convened under this Subsection (3), the cumulative amount of
50     [appropriations that the Legislature makes] additional money appropriated by the Legislature
51     may not exceed an amount equal to [1%] 5% of the total amount appropriated by the
52     Legislature for the immediately preceding completed fiscal year.
53          (ii) The limit in Subsection (3)(d)(i) does not apply to:
54          (A) an appropriation that decreases the amount of money authorized for expenditure in
55     a fiscal year; or
56          (B) an appropriation of money that the federal government provides to the State to
57     address a fiscal, public health, or other emergency or crisis.

58          (e) Nothing in this Subsection (3) affects the Governor's authority to convene the
59     Legislature under Article VII, Section 6.
60          Section 2. Submittal to voters.
61          The lieutenant governor is directed to submit this proposed amendment to the voters of
62     the state at the next regular general election in the manner provided by law.
63          Section 3. Contingent effective date.
64          If the amendment proposed by this joint resolution is approved by a majority of those
65     voting on it at the next regular general election, the amendment shall take effect on January 1,
66     2023.