The debate on an initiative to remove sales tax on food on the November general election ballot has overshadowed two other ballot proposals, according to the Utah Foundation.
Both proposals are to amend the state constitution. Neither has raised any opposition, according to the foundation, a non-profit organization that studies state issues.Proposition No. 1 would amend the constitution to allow counties, cities, and towns to establish special districts to provide health care services.
Proposition No. 2 would amend the constitution to allow the Legislature to adopt measures ensuring the continuity of government operations in the event of a natural or man-made disaster.
Currently, the state constitution allows counties and municipalities to create special service districts for hospitals but says nothing about other health care services.
Supporters of the proposed amendment point out hospitals may not always be the most effective way to provide health care services, especially in rural areas.
By replacing the word "hospitals" with "health care" in the constitution, it gives local areas more options and flexibility to provide health care services, according to supporters.
The constitution allows the Legislature to adopt measures to ensure the continuity of government only in the aftermath of an enemy attack, saying nothing about natural or other disasters.
Supporters of the proposition argue the amendment is needed to ensure planning, management of disasters, and a return to normalcy after an event. No mention is currently made of earthquakes, fires, floods, radiation leaks, or other calamities.
There is little or no opposition to the two proposals, the foundation noted.
Under Utah law, the lieutenant governor is charged before an election with drawing up and distributing information, including pro and con arguments, on ballot proposals.
No opposing arguments for either proposition were filed by the publishing deadline, the foundation said, so none will appear on the official election pamphlet.