As early voting has begun, I’ve received a lot of questions about the constitutional amendments on the ballot this year.
Here is a quick summary of each amendment and a link to the Utah State Voter Guide containing more detailed information and pro/con arguments addressing each one.
Amendment A would allow the governor to appoint individuals to the Utah State Tax Commission without any regard to party affiliation, thus allowing the selection to be based on qualification. Currently, no more than two of the four members can be from the same political party.
Amendment B would ensure that an appointed lieutenant governor would be up for election at the same time as the governor. This is the process that has been followed since 1984, and supporters claim that this amendment is simply a clarification of the provisions already contained within the Utah Constitution.
Amendment C would authorize the lieutenant governor, state auditor and state treasurer to appoint their own legal counsel, rather than the current provision which permits those officeholders to simply rely on the attorney general for legal services. The fiscal impact of this amendment is estimated at $120,000 per position.