"In an earlier setting, under church sponsorship, I referred to these fundamentals as the divinely inspired principles in the Constitution, and I here affirm my belief that they are," Elder Oaks said during the Sept. 17 event. "But in this setting of a community program, I will only refer to these as the great fundamental principles of our Constitution."
When speaking about those four fundamental principles, Elder Oaks only referenced the Utah Constitution when discussing separation of powers — and even then he did so only collectively as "state constitutions."
Of the four proposed state constitutional amendments on the ballot this year, only two of them — amendments A and D — have gotten much attention.
Amendment A would modify the scope of the secret ballot requirement, specifying that elections currently required to be by secret ballot include elections under state or federal law for public office, initiatives and referendums, and those to designate or authorize employee or individual representation.
Amendment D would establish a five-member legislative ethics commission to conduct independent reviews of complaints alleging unethical legislative behavior.
For an organization to be against all proposed amendments on the ballot would be unusual, Jowers said.
"It's not like they're all peas in a pod," he said.
Greenwood notes that amendments to the Utah Constitution happen just about every year, and the state Legislature even has a Constitutional Revision Commission to propose amendments to keep the document up to date.
"There is nothing strange or unusual about amending the Utah Constitution," he said.
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