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Approve Constitutional Amendments

Posted - Oct. 22, 2010 at 3:50 a.m.



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Utah voters this year are being asked to approve four amendments to the state's Constitution. KSL is not opposed to any of them.

Our endorsement of Constitutional Amendment A, though, is lukewarm. Utah's constitution already requires all elections to be by secret ballot, so we're not convinced it's necessary to specify types of elections to be by secret ballot, as this amendment does. Its passage, though, won't do any harm and may, in fact, guarantee, as intended, that voting to establish a labor union in Utah be by secret-ballot.

Constitutional Amendment B rightly clarifies eligibility requirements for the office of state senator or state representative and makes sense in our highly mobile society. So, yes on Amendment B!

Constitutional Amendment C extends a property tax exemption to non- profit water entities that currently is provided all government and some privately owned water facilities used to produce, treat, store and distribute water in Utah. In the name of fairness, this amendment should be approved.

Constitutional Amendment D establishes a five-member legislative ethics commission to deal with legislative ethics issues. Its approval will help bring greater ethical accountability to the state's elected leaders.

All of these proposed amendments to the Utah State Constitution have broad support, including ours. KSL encourages their approval.

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