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Constitutional Issue of Governorship to be Clarified

Constitutional Issue of Governorship to be Clarified

Posted - Aug. 18, 2003 at 8:50 a.m.



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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff is scheduled to make an announcement today that will clarify Constitutional questions about who is next in line for the governor's office.

Utah Governor Mike Leavitt has agreed to take the top job with the federal Environmental Protection Agency. If he's confirmed, it's pretty clear that the lieutenant governor -- Olene Walker -- would take over Leavitt's duties.

But it's not so clear whether Walker would officially assume the title of "Governor", or whether she'd still be know as the lieutenant governor, just filling in until the next election.

If Walker is named governor, she'd be the first woman to hold that post in Utah history.

The AG is expected to make his legal opinion on the matter public this morning at the state Capitol.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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