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Overreach by the Governor in Connection With the Prospective Vacancy for Congressional District 3 June 20, 2017 This summary is provided from the House Democratic leadership to the members of the Utah House of Representatives on June 20, 2017, regarding the issues the Legislature is grappling with in connection with the prospective vacancy for Congressional District 3, the U.

House of Representative seat currently held by Representative Jason Chaffetz. The state of Utah has no process to hold special elections or make a temporary appointment for a vacancy that occurs in the U. A vacancy such as the one that may occur for Representative Jason Chaffetz has not happened in Utah since 1930. The language of the United States Constitution matters a great deal here. According to the Constitution, the Governor is required to call a special election when a vacancy happens in the U.

Utah has no law addressing the time, place, or manner of carrying out an election to fill a vacancy for the U. It is proper for the Legislature to be called into a Special Session to address that lack of process in our statutes. However, the Governor is the only individual who can call the Legislature into Special Session.

The Governor has assured the public and leaders in the state that he is within his legal authority to not simply issue the writ of election.

  • What do you think about the suggestion that the Court should refrain from reviewing these exercises of power under "the political question" doctrine?
  • He asserted that, to most effectively promote liberty, these three powers must be separate and acting independently;
  • He asserted that, to most effectively promote liberty, these three powers must be separate and acting independently;
  • Separation of powers, therefore, refers to the division of government responsibilities into distinct branches to limit any one branch from exercising the core functions of another;
  • Could Congress delegate all of its law-making power to a super agency and take a long vacation?
  • The public would not have been worse for not knowing about it.

He has gone further and claimed the authority to determine the specifics of the process and timing of that election. There is a second way in which legislative leaders believe the Governor has overreached. The Governor has gone so far as to threaten to file a complaint with the Utah State Bar against the Attorney General or any member of his office who provides a legal opinion on these issues to the Legislature.

Given the resistance of the Attorney General to providing a legal opinion to the Legislature, the Speaker and President requested a legal analysis to be completed by the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel. OLRGC Opinions Summarized A vacancy occurs when the elected official leaves office or tenders an irrevocably worded letter of resignation with a definitive effective date.

  1. Forty state constitutions specify that government be divided into three branches. In other words, he could change his mind between now and June 30th.
  2. His publication, Spirit of the Laws, is considered one of the great works in the history of political theory and jurisprudence, and it inspired the Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Constitution of the United States. Establishing the time, place, and manner of the election is a Legislative, not Executive, function.
  3. The Governor has assured the public and leaders in the state that he is within his legal authority to not simply issue the writ of election. The resources include law review articles, court cases and legislative reports.
  4. As a result, there is an inherent measure of competition and conflict among the branches of government. However, the Governor is the only individual who can call the Legislature into Special Session.

It did not irrevocably express as of that date his resignation effective June 30th. In other words, he could change his mind between now and June 30th.

Separation of Powers -- An Overview

There is no vacancy of his seat until he either irrevocably resigns effective June 30th or that day comes and he steps down. Establishing the time, place, and manner of the election is a Legislative, not Executive, function. Likewise, because the Lieutenant Governor operates under the Executive, not the Legislative, branch of government, the time, place, and manner outlined by the Lieutenant Governor for the election are beyond the scope of his authority to provide. According to the U.

  1. It is drunk with blood and vomits crime incessantly. He asserted that, to most effectively promote liberty, these three powers must be separate and acting independently.
  2. How far can Congress go in delegating its law-making powers?
  3. Could Congress delegate all of its law-making power to a super agency and take a long vacation?

Constitution, the legislature is the only body with the authority to define the election process for a midterm Congressional vacancy. The OLRGC and legislative leaders believe the Governor has overstepped his authority both in establishing the time, place, and manner of the election to fill a prospective vacancy in the U. House of Representatives and in interfering with the right and ability of the Legislature to obtain the legal opinion of the Attorney General on the proper balance of power between the Governor and the Legislature.