Although nearly all of the state's attention has been focused on an initiative to remove sales tax from food, there are also two proposed amendments to the Utah Constitution on the ballot.
Unlike the initiative, which was placed on the ballot through a statewide petition drive, the pair of propositions were put there by members of the 1989 Legislature.No one came forward to write arguments against either proposition in the state's official guide to the general election, despite advertising and other attempts to find opponents.
The first proposed amendment, which appears on the ballot as Proposition 1, would allow the Legislature to authorize any county, city or town to create a special district for the purpose of providing health care.
By replacing "hospital" with "health care" on the list of services for which a special service district can be created, lawmakers say rural areas will have greater flexibility to meet health-care needs.
The second proposed amendment, which appears on the ballot as Proposition 2, expands the circumstances under which the Legislature can exercise emergency powers to include natural or man-made disasters.
The Constitution currently provides for emergency powers to take effect only in cases of disasters caused by enemy attack. Lawmakers say the change is necessary for good emergency planning.