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Constitutional Amendment C

Utah Ballot Measure - HJR18

Election: Nov. 6, 2018 (General)
Outcome: Passed

Categories:
Executive Branch
Government Budget and Spending
Legislative Branch

Yes
636,034
(63.42%)

Argument For

No
366,921
(36.58%)

Argument Against

Summary

Legislative Sessions:
Amendment C authorizes the Legislature to be convened into session at a time other than the 45-day annual general session or when the Governor convenes the Legislature into session. The Amendment authorizes the president of the Utah Senate and the speaker of the Utah House of Representatives to convene the Legislature into session if two-thirds of all Senate and House members are in favor of convening because in their opinion a persistent fiscal crisis, war, natural disaster, or emergency in the affairs of the state requires convening. The business that the Legislature may conduct during the session is limited to the business specified in a proclamation that the Senate president and House of Representatives speaker issue to convene the session.

Amendment C contains the following additional limitations on a session convened by the president and speaker:
*the session may not be convened within the 30 days following the completion of a 45-day annual general session;
*the session may not last more than 10 calendar days; and
*the total amount of money that the Legislature authorizes to be spent may not exceed 1% of the total amount authorized to be spent for the immediately preceding fiscal year.

Requirements if State Expenditures Exceed State Revenue:
Amendment C requires the Governor to take one of two actions if the state's expenses will exceed the state's revenue for a fiscal year. The Governor must either (1) reduce proportionately the amount of money spent, except for money spent for the state's debt, or (2) convene the Legislature into session so that the Legislature may address the revenue shortfall.

Location of Legislative Sessions:
Amendment C requires a session of the Legislature that is convened by the Governor or a session convened by the Senate president and House speaker, as authorized under Amendment C, to be held at the state capitol in Salt Lake City. The Amendment makes an exception to that requirement if convening at the state capitol is not feasible due to epidemic, natural or human caused disaster, enemy attack, or other public catastrophe.

Measure Text

Shall the Utah Constitution be amended to:

*authorize the Legislature to convene into a limited session if two-thirds of the Utah Senate and House members agree that convening is necessary because of a fiscal crisis, war, natural disaster, or emergency in the affairs of the state;
*require the Governor to reduce state expenditures or convene the Legislature into session if state expenses will exceed revenue for a fiscal year; and
*require a session of the Legislature, other than the 45-day annual general session, to be held at the state capitol, unless it is not feasible due to a specified condition?

Yes ( ) No ( )

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