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Prospective Oath of Office
For all our policy & procedure friends:
According to Utah Code Annotated Section 63K-1-201, the Senate President is designated as an ‘Emergency Interim Successor’ to the Office of Governor. This means that President Niederhauser is in the line of succession to that position, behind Lt. Governor Cox.
Yesterday, President Niederhauser signed the Prospective Oath of Office with our legal staff and a notary public present. Just in case. So there is no legal glitch if tragedy strikes. This is normal procedure – we do it every few years – but kind of interesting so we thought we’d share.
U.C.A. 63K-1-201 says:
(1) If the governor is unavailable, and if the lieutenant governor, president of the Senate, and the speaker of the House of Representatives are unavailable to exercise the powers and duties of the office of governor, the attorney general, state auditor, or state treasurer shall, in the order named, exercise the powers and duties of the office of governor until:
(a) the governor, lieutenant governor, president of the Senate, or speaker of the House of Representatives becomes available; or (b) a new governor is elected and qualified.
(2) Notwithstanding the provisions of Subsection (1), no emergency interim successor to the lieutenant governor, president of the Senate, speaker of the House of Representatives, attorney general, state auditor, or state treasurer may serve as governor.