The executive branch of Utah state government has undergone dramatic changes since the mid-1960s, when serious attention began to be focused on its short-comings. As originally written on the eve of statehood, the Executive Department article copied the plan used by other states at the time. There were six independently elected officials at the head of government; they were thought by some constitutional convention delegates to have very little to do in the new state and, in effect, be part-time officials.32 Consequently, much of the time spent debating the...
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