Utah’s Legislative Department article was written in an era when attitudes toward legislatures were marked by memories of the corruption and excesses of early and mid-nineteenth-century legislatures and fear of unchecked legislative power. Framers of state constitutions at that time typically created lawmaking bodies hedged in by numerous limitations on their powers, and Utah’s framers in 1895 followed this pattern. The original Legislative Department article consisted of thirty-one sections. They established the basic pattern of bicameralism, limited the length...
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