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Legislative action that proposed this amendment: Questionable 1982 amendment

Disposition: This amendment took effect following voter ratification. You may read the resulting 1983 Utah Constitution here.

Amends article 21 section 1,2

[In 1987, the Utah Constitutional Revision Commission published a version of the constitution containing this language, with an annotation that it had been adopted in 1985—presumably after a 1984 ratification vote. Jean Bickmore White's thorough commentary on the Utah Constitution, published in 1998, also includes this language, though she indicates it was adopted in 1982. Following White's lead, I include this language beginning in 1983. However, I have not found any evidence that this amendment was ever actually adopted, and its inclusion by the Revision Commission and in White's commentary may be erroneous. I have examined each edition of the Laws of Utah from 1980 through 1984 and found no indication that the Legislature actually proposed this amendment. Moreover, voter information guides and election canvasses from 1980, 1982, 1984, and 1986 make no reference to ratification of this amendment. Article 21's eventual repeal (via SJR8 from the 1992 General Session) makes this point moot from 1993 on.]


Unless otherwise provided by law, all state, district, city, county, town, and school officers shall be paid fixed and definite salaries.


The Legislature shall provide by law for the fees to be collected by all officers within the state. All state, district, county, city, town, and school officers shall be required by law to keep a true and correct account of all fees collected by them, and to pay the same into the proper treasury, and the officer whose duty it is to collect such fees shall be held responsible under his bond for the same.