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Saturday, May 16, 2009

What happens next

Two years ago Steve Urquhart's resolution proposed that we clarify the succession process. Voters approved it as Constitutional Amendment A in 2008. Here's a key bit of text (lines 85 to 93 of the bill):
If a vacancy in the office of Lieutenant Governor occurs, the Governor shall, with the consent of the Senate, appoint a person as Lieutenant Governor, to serve:

(A) except as provided in Subsection (3)(c)(i)(B), the remainder of the unexpired term; or

(B) until the first Monday in January of the year following the next regular general election after the vacancy occurs, if the vacancy occurs because the Lieutenant Governor becomes Governor under Article VII, Section 11, Subsection (2).

The person appointed as Lieutenant Governor under Subsection (3)(c)(i) shall be from the same political party as the Governor.
The 2007 debate is more fascinating now than when the debate actually occurred. Here's one from the vault (requires RealPlayer). Here's the collection.

[Update:] If you just got back from, say, Escalante, and don't know what's up, you might Google a keyword string like Governor Huntsman Utah China.

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Anonymous Donald said...

Ah, what tunnel vision. A declaration about uniformity of political party in Urquhart's ammendment, but not a single mention of qualified, competent, or even "right for the job." If that isn't a sign of what is most important to the lege...

5/16/2009 2:25 PM  

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