Constitutional Amendment C moves the beginning date of annual general sessions of the Legislature from the third Monday in January to the fourth Monday in January. Under this Amendment, each annual general session of the Legislature will begin a week after the federal holiday commemorating the birth of Martin Luther King, Jr.
This Amendment also excludes federal holidays from the calculation of the 45-day limit on annual general sessions of the Legislature. Presidents' Day is the only federal holiday that would currently fall within a 45-day annual general session beginning the fourth Monday in January. Under Constitutional Amendment C, Presidents' Day would not be considered when calculating the 45-day limit.
The effect of Constitutional Amendment C is that annual general sessions of the Legislature would begin one week later than under the current Utah Constitution. In addition, annual general sessions would end one week and a day later than under the current Utah Constitution.
If approved by voters, Constitutional Amendment C takes effect January 1, 2009.
Enactment of this Amendment will not likely result in any increase or decrease in revenue or cost to state or local government.