Statement on the Term Limit initiative litigation

SALT LAKE CITY (November 5, 2015) – The Lt. Governor’s Office released the following statement in response to statements made by “Utah Term Limits for Appointed Executive Officials Act” following the withdrawal of their initiative:

“The Lt. Governor has a statutory requirement to reject an initiative application if it’s determined to be patently unconstitutional.

“Lt. Gov. Spencer J. Cox determined, in a timely manner, the initiative applications were patently unconstitutional, as Utah Term Limits NOW! sought to amend a specific constitutional power. Although this ended the initiative process, the Lt. Gov. encouraged the sponsors to continue their effort by following the constitutional amendment process. This is similar to another term limit effort the sponsors have undertaken.

“The decision to reject the applications was made following a careful and thorough legal review, including consultation with the Attorney General’s Office.”