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Legislative action that proposed this amendment: HJR14 1997 General Session

Disposition: This amendment took effect following voter ratification. You may read the resulting 1999 Utah Constitution here.

Amends article 20 section 1

Enacts article 20 section 2


All lands of the State that have been, or may hereafter be granted to the State by Congress, and all lands acquired by gift, grant or devise, from any person or corporation, or that may otherwise be acquired, are hereby accepted, and, except as provided in Section 2 of this Article, are declared to be the public lands of the State; and shall be held in trust for the people, to be disposed of as may be provided by law, for the respective purposes for which they have been or may be granted, donated, devised or otherwise acquired.


Lands granted to the State under Sections 6, 8, and 12, of the Utah Enabling Act, and other lands which may be added to those lands pursuant to those sections through purchase, exchange, or other means, are declared to be school and institutional trust lands, held in trust by the State for the respective beneficiaries and purposes stated in the Enabling Act grants.