Article VI, Utah Constitution
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Power vested in Senate, House, and People.
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Time of general sessions.
Annual general sessions of the Legislature shall be held at the seat of government and shall begin on the fourth Monday in January.
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Election of House members -- Terms.
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Election of Senators -- Terms.
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Who is eligible as a legislator.
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Who ineligible as legislator.
No person holding any public office of profit or trust under authority of the United States, or of this State, shall be a member of the Legislature: Provided That appointments in the State Militia, and the offices of notary public, justice of the peace, United States commissioner, and postmaster of the fourth class, shall not, within the meaning of this section, be considered offices of profit or trust.
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Ineligibility of legislator to office created at term for which elected.
No member of the Legislature, during the term for which he was elected, shall be appointed or elected to any civil office of profit under this State, which shall have been created, or the emoluments of which shall have been increased, during the term for which he was elected.
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Legislator, privilege from arrest.
Members of the Legislature, in all cases except treason, felony or breach of the peace, shall be privileged from arrest during each session of the Legislature, for fifteen days next preceding each session, and in returning therefrom; and for words used in any speech or debate in either house, they shall not be questioned in any other place.
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Compensation of legislators -- Citizens' salary commission.
The Legislature shall not increase the salaries of its members on its own initiative, but shall provide by law for the appointment by the Governor of a citizens' salary commission to make recommendations concerning the salaries of members of the Legislature. Upon submission of the commission's recommendations, the Legislature shall by law accept, reject or lower the salary but may not, in any event, increase the recommendation. The Legislature shall provide by law for the expenses of its members. Until salaries and expenses enacted as authorized by this section become effective, members of the Legislature shall receive compensation of $25 per diem while actually in session, expenses of $15 per diem while actually in session, and mileage as provided by law.
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Each house to be judge of election and qualifications of its members -- Expulsion -- Legislative ethics commission.
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Majority is quorum -- Attendance compelled.
A majority of the members of each house shall constitute a quorum to transact business, but a smaller number may adjourn from day to day, and may compel the attendance of absent members in such manner and under such penalties as each house may prescribe.
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Rules -- Choosing officers and employees.
Each house shall determine the rules of its proceedings and choose its own officers and employees.
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Vacancies to be filled.
Vacancies that may occur in either house of the legislature shall be filled in such manner as may be provided by law.
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Journals -- Yeas and nays.
Each house shall keep a journal of its proceedings, which, except in case of executive sessions, shall be published, and the yeas and nays on any question, at the request of five members of such house, shall be entered upon the journal.
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Sessions to be public -- Adjournments.
All sessions of the Legislature, except those of the Senate while sitting in executive session, shall be public; and neither house, without the consent of the other, shall adjourn for more than three days, nor to any other place than that in which it may be holding session.
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Duration of Sessions
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Impeachment by House
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Trial of impeachment by Senate.
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Officers liable for impeachment -- Judgment -- Prosecution by law.
The Governor and other State and Judicial officers shall be liable to impeachment for high crimes, misdemeanors, or malfeasance in office; but judgment in such cases shall extend only to removal from office and disqualification to hold any office of honor, trust, or profit in the State. The party, whether convicted or acquitted, shall, nevertheless, be liable to prosecution, trial, and punishment according to law.
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Service of articles of impeachment.
No person shall be tried on impeachment, unless he shall have been served with a copy of the articles thereof, at least ten days before the trial, and after such service he shall not exercise the duties of his office until he shall have been acquitted.
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Removal of officers.
All officers not liable to impeachment shall be removed for any of the offenses specified in this article, in such manner as may be provided by law.
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Reading of bills -- Bill to contain only one subject -- Bills passed by majority.
Every bill shall be read by title three separate times in each house except in cases where two-thirds of the house where such bill is pending suspend this requirement. Except general appropriation bills and bills for the codification and general revision of laws, no bill shall be passed containing more than one subject, which shall be clearly expressed in its title. The vote upon the final passage of all bills shall be by yeas and nays and entered upon the respective journals of the house in which the vote occurs. No bill or joint resolution shall be passed except with the assent of the majority of all the members elected to each house of the Legislature.
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Presiding officers to sign bills.
The presiding officer of each house, not later than five days following adjournment, shall sign all bills and joint resolutions passed by the Legislature, certifying to their accuracy and authenticity as enacted by the Legislature.
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Publication of acts -- Effective dates of acts.
All acts shall be officially published, and no act shall take effect until sixty days after the adjournment of the session at which it passed, unless the Legislature by a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, shall otherwise direct.
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Private laws forbidden.
No private or special law shall be enacted where a general law can be applicable.
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Games of chance not authorized.
The Legislature shall not authorize any game of chance, lottery or gift enterprise under any pretense or for any purpose.
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Special privileges forbidden.
The Legislature shall not delegate to any special commission, private corporation or association, any power to make, supervise or interfere with any municipal improvement, money, property or effects, whether held in trust or otherwise, to levy taxes, to select a capitol site, or to perform any municipal functions.
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Lending public credit and subscribing to stock or bonds forbidden -- Exception.
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Continuity in government.
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Additional compensation of legislators.
For attendance at meetings of interim committees established by law to function between legislative sessions, members of the Legislature shall receive additional per diem compensation and mileage at a rate not to exceed that provided in this Constitution for regular legislative sessions.
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Appointment of additional employees -- Legal counsel.
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Legislative auditor appointed.
The Legislature shall appoint a legislative auditor to serve at its pleasure. The legislative auditor shall have authority to conduct audits of any funds, functions, and accounts in any branch, department, agency or political subdivision of this state and shall perform such other related duties as may be prescribed by the Legislature. He shall report to and be answerable only to the Legislature.