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Legislative action that proposed this amendment: SJR6 2004 General Session

Disposition: This amendment took effect following voter ratification. You may read the resulting 2005 Utah Constitution here.

Amends article 6 section 16,17,18,19


(1) No annual general session of the Legislature may exceed 45 calendar days, except in cases of impeachment.

(2) No session of the Legislature convened by the Governor under Article VII, Section 6 may exceed 30 calendar days, except in cases of impeachment.


(1) The House of Representatives shall have the sole power of impeachment, but in order to impeach, two-thirds of all the members elected must vote therefor.

(2) If not already convened in an annual general session, the House of Representatives may convene for the purpose of impeachment if a poll of members conducted by the Speaker of the House indicates that two-thirds of the members of the House of Representatives are in favor of convening.


(1) All impeachments shall be tried by the Senate, and senators, when sitting for that purpose, shall take oath or make affirmation to do justice according to the law and the evidence.

(2) Upon an impeachment by the House of Representatives, the Senate shall, if not already convened in an annual general session, convene for the purpose of trying the impeachment.

(3) When the Governor is on trial, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court shall preside.

(4) No person shall be convicted without the concurrence of two-thirds of the senators elected.


The Governor and other State and Judicial officers shall be liable to impeachment for high crimes, misdemeanors, or malfeasance in office; but judgment in such cases shall extend only to removal from office and disqualification to hold any office of honor, trust, or profit in the State. The party, whether convicted or acquitted, shall, nevertheless, be liable to prosecution, trial, and punishment according to law.