Commission Tackles Provision to Clarify Succession of Governor

Commission Tackles Provision to Clarify Succession of Governor


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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Who will be in charge if something happens to both the governor and the lieutenant governor?

That's the question members of the state Constitutional Revision Commission are trying to figure out. The commission is working on revising the gubernatorial succession provisions of the Utah Constitution.

The question of succession came up nearly two years ago when former Governor Mike Leavitt announced he was stepping down to take a post with the Bush administration.

The commission determined the constitution wasn't clear about whether then Lieutenant Governor Olene Walker would actually become governor or just assume the duties of the office. However, it was settled at least temporarily by the attorney general who said Walker would indeed become governor.

Now, commission members are coming up with proposed changes to clarify the succession issue in the constitution.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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