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  • DID YOU KNOW THE FOLLOWING ABOUT Utah

    Utah's Great Salt Lake is the largest saltwater lake in the western hemisphere.

    In the summer of 1848, flocks of seagulls came to Mormon pioneers’ rescue by gorging themselves on the crickets that were destroying their newly planted crops. To honor the “miracle,” the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints dedicated the Seagull Monument, located on Temple Square, in 1913. In 1955, the California Seagull was designated the state bird.

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    On May 10, 1869, the first transcontinental railroad was completed when the Union and Central Pacific Railroads joined rails at Promontory Summit in Utah Territory. A tie made of California laurelwood bearing a silver plaque with the railroad’s completion date and four precious metal spikes were presented during the Golden Spike Ceremony; however, an ordinary tie and iron spikes were used to unite the rail lines.

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    Although annual precipitation averages less than 5 inches within the Great Salt Lake Desert, the northern Wasatch Mountains receives more than 60. During the drought of 1976-1977, communities were forced to ration water as the state suffered from its driest period on record with only 7.7 inches of precipitation.

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    In 2010, Utah had the youngest population in the U.S. with 33 percent of residents under the age of 18. It also maintained the highest birth rate, with 86.7 births per 1,000 women between the ages of 15 and 44.

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    Arches National Park in southeastern Utah contains over 2,000 natural rock arches. The widest, known as Landscape Arch, extends 306 feet from one base to the other.

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    State of Utah Quick Facts
    • Current Population:2,995,919
    • Voter Registration Deadline: 15 days before an election
    • Election Day Voter Registration: No
    • Early Voting: Yes
    • Absentee Voting: Yes
    • Voter ID: Yes
    • Electoral Colleges: 6
    • Congressional Districts: 4
    • Date of Statehood: January 4, 1896
    • Size: 84,897 square miles
    • Nickname(s): Beehive State
    • Tree: Blue Spruce
    • Flower: Sego Lily
    • Bird: California Seagull

    Utah State Government

    Utah Constitution

    PREAMBLE

    Grateful to Almighty God for life and liberty, we, the people of Utah, in order to secure and perpetuate the principles of free government, do ordain and establish this CONSTITUTION

    All political power is inherent in the people; and all free governments are founded on their authority for their equal protection and benefit, and they have the right to alter or reform their government as the public welfare may require.

    The individual right of the people to keep and bear arms for security and defense of self, family, others, property, or the state, as well as for other lawful purposes shall not be infringed; but nothing herein shall prevent the Legislature from defining the lawful use of arms.

    The Executive Branch
    Utah State Capitol

    Executive Power

    The executive power of the state shall be vested in the Governor who shall see that the laws are faithfully executed.

    The elective constitutional officers of the Executive Department shall consist of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, State Auditor, State Treasurer, and Attorney General.

    Utah Executive Offices
  • The Governor (Elected)
  • The Lieutenant Governor (Elected)
  • The Attorney General (Elected)
  • The Treasurer (Elected)
  • The State Auditor (Elected)
  • Legislative Branch
    Utah State Capitol

    Legislative Power

    The legislative power of the state shall be vested in:(a) a Senate and House of Representatives which shall be designated the Legislature of the State of Utah; and (b) the people of the State of Utah as provided in Subsection.

    75 members make up the lower chamber of the Utah Legislature and meet at the State Capitol in Salt Lake City.

    The Utah Senate is the upper house in the Utah Legislature. It consists of 29 members.

    Judicial Branch
    Scott Matheson Courthouse

    Judicial Power

    The judicial power of the state shall be vested in a Supreme Court, in a trial court of general jurisdiction known as the district court, and in such other courts as the Legislature by statute may establish. The Supreme Court, the district court, and such other courts designated by statute shall be courts of record. Courts not of record shall also be established by statute.

    The Supreme Court shall be the highest court and shall consist of at least five justices

    Utah Current Partisan Composition
    State Representatives(75)
    (13)(62)
    State Senators(29)
    (5)(24)
    US Representatives(4)
    (4)
    US Senators(2)
    (2)
    State Executives
    Governor
    Lt. Governor
    Att. General
    Sec. Of State

    State Officials Terms, Authority,Salary, and Qualitications

    Utah Executive Offices
    The Governor
    Authority

    The Governor shall transact all executive business with the officers of the government, civil and military, and may require information in writing from the officers of the Executive Department, and from the officers and managers of state institutions upon any subject relating to the condition, management, and expenses of their respective offices and institutions. The Governor may at any time when the Legislature is not in session, if deemed necessary, appoint a committee to investigate and report to the Governor upon the condition of any executive office or state institution.

    Qualifications

    No person is eligible to any of the offices provided for in Section 1 unless at the time of election that person is a qualified voter and has been a resident citizen of the state for five years next preceding the election.

    Election

    The officers provided for in Section 1 shall be elected by the qualified voters of the state at the time and place of voting for members of the Legislature. The candidates respectively having the highest number of votes cast for the office voted for shall be elected. If two or more candidates have an equal and the highest number of votes for any one of the offices, the two houses of the Legislature at its next session shall elect by joint ballot one of those candidates for that office.

    Term of Office

    hold office for four years beginning on the first Monday of January next after their election

    Limit on Tenure

    is not subject to term limits

    Salary

    $109,470

    Qualification age

    To be eligible for the office of Governor or Lieutenant Governor a person shall be 30 years of age or older at the time of election

    The Lieutenant Governor
    Authority

    serve on all boards and commissions in lieu of the Governor whenever so designated by the Governor

    Qualifications

    No person is eligible to any of the offices provided for in Section 1 unless at the time of election that person is a qualified voter and has been a resident citizen of the state for five years next preceding the election.

    Election

    The officers provided for in Section 1 shall be elected by the qualified voters of the state at the time and place of voting for members of the Legislature. The candidates respectively having the highest number of votes cast for the office voted for shall be elected. If two or more candidates have an equal and the highest number of votes for any one of the offices, the two houses of the Legislature at its next session shall elect by joint ballot one of those candidates for that office.

    Term of Office

    hold office for four years beginning on the first Monday of January next after their election

    Limit on Tenure

    is not subject to term limits

    Salary

    $104,005

    Qualification age

    To be eligible for the office of Governor or Lieutenant Governor a person shall be 30 years of age or older at the time of election

    The Attorney General
    Authority

    The Attorney General shall be the legal adviser of the State officers, except as otherwise provided by this Constitution, and shall perform such other duties as provided by law.

    Qualifications

    No person is eligible to any of the offices provided for in Section 1 unless at the time of election that person is a qualified voter and has been a resident citizen of the state for five years next preceding the election.

    Election

    every four years at the time and place of voting for members of the Legislature. The candidates respectively having the highest number of votes cast for the office voted for shall be elected. If two or more candidates have an equal and the highest number of votes for any one of the offices, the two houses of the Legislature at its next session shall elect by joint ballot one of those candidates for that office

    Term of Office

    hold office for four years beginning on the first Monday of January next after their election

    Limit on Tenure

    is not subject to term limits

    Salary

    $104,405

    Qualification age

    To be eligible for the office of Attorney General a person shall be 25 years of age or older, at the time of election, admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the State of Utah, and in good standing at the bar.

    The Treasurer
    Authority

    The State Treasurer shall be the custodian of public moneys

    Qualifications

    No person is eligible to any of the offices provided for in Section 1 unless at the time of election that person is a qualified voter and has been a resident citizen of the state for five years next preceding the election.

    Election

    every four years at the time and place of voting for members of the Legislature. The candidates respectively having the highest number of votes cast for the office voted for shall be elected. If two or more candidates have an equal and the highest number of votes for any one of the offices, the two houses of the Legislature at its next session shall elect by joint ballot one of those candidates for that office.

    Term of Office

    hold office for four years beginning on the first Monday of January next after their election

    Limit on Tenure

    is not subject to term limits

    Salary

    $104,005

    Qualification age

    To be eligible for the office of State Auditor or State Treasurer a person shall be 25 years of age or older at the time of election.

    The State Auditor
    Authority

    The State Auditor shall perform financial post audits of public accounts except as otherwise provided by this Constitution.

    Qualifications

    No person is eligible to any of the offices provided for in Section 1 unless at the time of election that person is a qualified voter and has been a resident citizen of the state for five years next preceding the election.

    Election

    every four years at the time and place of voting for members of the Legislature. The candidates respectively having the highest number of votes cast for the office voted for shall be elected. If two or more candidates have an equal and the highest number of votes for any one of the offices, the two houses of the Legislature at its next session shall elect by joint ballot one of those candidates for that office

    Term of Office

    hold office for four years beginning on the first Monday of January next after their election

    Limit on Tenure

    is not subject to term limits

    Salary

    $104,005

    Qualification age

    To be eligible for the office of State Auditor or State Treasurer a person shall be 25 years of age or older at the time of election.

    Utah State Congress
    The State House
    Authority

    The Speaker of the House is the presiding officer of the body. Duties of the Speaker include preserving order and decorum and appointing all committee members.

    Qualifications

    a citizen of the United States; (b) at least twenty-five years of age; (c) a qualified voter in the district from which the person is chosen; (d) a resident of the state for three consecutive years immediately prior to: (i) the last date provided by statute for filing for the office, for a person seeking election to the office; or (ii) the person's appointment to the office, for a person appointed to fill a mid-term vacancy; and (e) (i) a resident of the district from which the person is elected for six consecutive months immediately prior to the last date provided by statute for filing for the office; or (ii) a resident of the district for which the person is appointed to fill a mid-term vacancy for six consecutive months immediately prior to the person's appointment.

    Election

    The members of the House of Representatives shall be chosen biennially on even-numbered years by the qualified voters of the respective representative districts, on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

    Term of Office

    Their term of office shall be two years from the first day of January next after their election

    Limit on Tenure

    No term limit.

    Salary

    $273/day + per diem

    Qualification age

    At least twenty-five years of age.

    The State Senate
    Authority

    The presiding officer of the Senate is the President of the Senate and is selected by the majority party caucus. The majority and minority leaders are selected by their respective party caucuses.

    Qualifications

    a citizen of the United States; (b) at least twenty-five years of age; (c) a qualified voter in the district from which the person is chosen; (d) a resident of the state for three consecutive years immediately prior to: (i) the last date provided by statute for filing for the office, for a person seeking election to the office; or (ii) the person's appointment to the office, for a person appointed to fill a mid-term vacancy; and (e) (i) a resident of the district from which the person is elected for six consecutive months immediately prior to the last date provided by statute for filing for the office; or (ii) a resident of the district for which the person is appointed to fill a mid-term vacancy for six consecutive months immediately prior to the person's appointment.

    Election

    The senators shall be chosen by the qualified voters of the respective senatorial districts, at the same times and places as members of the House of Representatives.

    Term of Office

    Their term of office shall be four years from the first day of January next after their election

    Limit on Tenure

    No term limit.

    Salary

    $273/day + per diem

    Qualification age

    At least twenty-five years of age .

    Utah State Courts
    The Supreme Court
    Authority

    The Utah Supreme Court has original jurisdiction over matters of state law that were certified from federal courts, and can also issue extraordinary writs.

    Qualifications

    Supreme court justices shall be at least 30 years old, United States citizens, Utah residents for five years preceding selection, and admitted to practice law in Utah.

    Election

    Term of Office

    who serve renewable 10-year terms

    Limit on Tenure

    Chief salary

    $150,000

    Associates salary

    $148,000

    Qualification age

    Supreme court justices shall be at least 30 years old

    The District Court
    Authority

    Qualifications

    Election

    Term of Office

    Limit on Tenure

    Salary

    Qualification age

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