8 LONG TITLE
9 General Description:
10 This joint resolution modifies legislative rules related to concurrent and joint
12 Highlighted Provisions:
13 This resolution:
14 ▸ provides that if the governor fails to approve a concurrent resolution within a
15 specified time period, the concurrent resolution converts to a joint resolution;
16 ▸ addresses the effective date and certain technical aspects of a concurrent resolution
17 that converts to a joint resolution; and
18 ▸ makes technical and conforming changes.
19 Special Clauses:
21 Legislative Rules Affected:
28 Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
29 Section 1. JR4-1-301 is amended to read:
30 JR4-1-301. General resolution format requirements.
31 (1) Each resolution shall be typewritten or printed on paper 8-1/2 by 11 inches.
32 (2) Each resolution shall contain:
33 (a) a designation containing the information required by Subsection (3);
34 (b) a short title;
35 (c) the year and type of legislative session in which the resolution is to be introduced;
36 (d) the phrase "State of Utah";
37 (e) the sponsor's name, after the heading "Chief Sponsor:";
38 (f) [
39 the Senate sponsor's name after the heading "Senate Sponsor:"[
40 (i) is a concurrent resolution or a joint resolution;
41 (ii) originated in the House of Representatives; and
42 (iii) has passed third reading in the House of Representatives;
43 (g) [
44 the House sponsor's name after the heading "House Sponsor:"[
45 (i) is a concurrent resolution or a joint resolution;
46 (ii) originated in the Senate; and
47 (iii) has passed third reading in the Senate;
48 (h) a long title, which shall include a list of constitutional sections, legislative rules, or
49 the Utah Supreme Court's Rules of Procedure or Rules of Evidence affected, if applicable;
50 (i) a resolving clause containing the information required by Subsection (4);
51 (j) for joint resolutions, concurrent resolutions, Senate resolutions, and House
53 (i) one or more paragraphs that begin with the word "Whereas" that function as the
54 preamble; and
55 (ii) one or more paragraphs that begin with the words "Be it Resolved" that identify the
56 statement of purpose or policy; and
57 (k) special clauses including, if necessary, an effective date.
58 (3) The designation shall be a heading that identifies the resolution by [
59 resolution's house of introduction and by unique number assigned to [
60 Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel and shall be in the following form:
61 (a) for [
62 the resolution converted to a joint resolution in accordance with JR4-5-104: "S.J.R." or
63 "H.J.R." followed by the number assigned to the joint resolution;
64 (b) for [
65 concurrent resolution converts to a joint resolution in accordance with JR4-5-104: "S.C.R." or
66 "H.C.R." followed by the number assigned to the concurrent resolution;
67 (c) for a Senate [
68 Senate resolution; or
69 (d) for a House [
70 House resolution.
71 (4) Each resolution shall contain a resolving clause in one of the following forms:
72 (a) in a constitutional joint resolution, or in a joint resolution proposing to amend the
73 Utah Supreme Court's Rules of Procedure or Rules of Evidence: "Be it resolved by the
74 Legislature of the state of Utah, with at least two-thirds of all members elected to each of the
75 two houses concurring:";
76 (b) in a joint resolution: "Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:";
77 (c) in a concurrent resolution: "Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah,
78 with the Governor concurring:";
79 (d) in a Senate resolution: "Be it resolved by the Senate of the state of Utah:"; or
80 (e) in a House resolution: "Be it resolved by the House of Representatives of the state
81 of Utah:".
82 Section 2. JR4-1-302 is amended to read:
83 JR4-1-302. Effective date of resolutions.
84 (1) Unless otherwise directed by the Legislature and subject to Subsections (2) and (3),
85 a resolution becomes effective on:
86 (a) the day that the resolution receives final approval from:
88 house resolution;
90 joint resolution;
92 resolution is a concurrent resolution; or
94 election, if [
95 (b) the day after the day on which the time period described in JR4-5-104 expires, if
96 the resolution is a concurrent resolution that converts to a joint resolution in accordance with
98 (2) (a) The effective date of a resolution may not be a date later than December 31 of
99 the calendar year immediately following the calendar year of the session at which the resolution
100 is passed.
101 (b) A resolution with a contingent effective date is not subject to Subsection (2)(a).
102 (3) (a) If the effective date of a resolution is contingent, before the resolution may be
104 (i) the resolution sponsor shall inform the legislative general counsel of the contingent
105 effective date; and
106 (ii) the legislative general counsel shall, on behalf of the resolution sponsor, request
107 approval of the contingent effective date from the president and speaker.
108 (b) A resolution that has a contingent effective date that is not approved by the
109 president and the speaker may not be introduced.
110 (c) Subsections (3)(a) and (b) do not apply to a resolution to amend the Utah
111 Constitution that is contingent on approval by the voters.
112 (4) A rules committee, a standing committee, the Senate, or the House of
113 Representatives [
114 (2) or (3).
115 Section 3. JR4-5-104 is enacted to read:
116 JR4-5-104. Effect of governor's inaction on concurrent resolutions.
117 (1) If the governor does not approve a concurrent resolution before the expiration of
118 the time limit described in Utah Constitution, Article VII, Section 8 that would apply if the
119 concurrent resolution were a bill, the concurrent resolution converts to a joint resolution.
120 (2) The legislative general counsel may make technical revisions to convert a
121 resolution described in Subsection (1) from a concurrent resolution to a joint resolution,
122 including the revisions necessary to comply with JR4-1-301.
123 (3) For a resolution that converts to a joint resolution in accordance with Subsection
124 (1), the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel shall note in the Laws of Utah and
125 on the final version of the joint resolution that the resolution converted from a concurrent
126 resolution to a joint resolution in accordance with JR4-5-104.
127 (4) This rule does not apply to a constitutional joint resolution.