FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 19, 2017
LEGISLATIVE LEADERS ISSUE STATEMENT ON SEPARATION OF POWERS
SALT LAKE CITY – Today, Utah legislative leaders expressed concern with executive branch overreach. Speaker of the House Greg Hughes, House Minority Leader Brian King, Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, and Senate Minority Leader Gene Davis issued the following statement:
“We express our concern with Governor Herbert’s decision to call an election without allowing the legislature to exercise its clear constitutional responsibility. Establishing election procedures in law is clearly a role given to the legislature by the U.S. Constitution. Separation of powers is one of the most fundamental principles of our government and a vigilant guard against abuse of power. Nowhere is the executive branch given the authority to establish election procedures.”
A more comprehensive statement on the subject posted today at Utah Policy Daily.
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