Utah GOP urges support to remove 'slavery' from state constitution

Utah Constitution
Posted at 10:10 AM, Sep 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-02 13:02:08-04

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Republican Party is urging voters to approve an amendment that removes "slavery" from the state constitution.

In a statement Wednesday, Utah's dominant political party urged passage of Amendment C, noting that it was passed by the legislature unanimously in a bipartisan fashion. The amendment's sponsors are Rep. Sandra Hollins, D-Salt Lake City, and Sen. Jake Anderegg, R-Lehi.

"It is always refreshing when Utahns from both major political parties can work together on an issue, creating a result that has not only bi-partisan support, but unanimous support. The Utah Republican Party joins our Utah Legislature in calling on voters throughout the state of Utah to support the passage of Amendment C in this November’s general election," said Utah GOP Chairman Derek Brown in the statement.

Amendment C will read on the ballot:

Shall the Utah Constitution be amended to make the following changes to the Utah Constitution’s ban on slavery and involuntary servitude: • remove the language that allows slavery and involuntary servitude as punishment for a crime; and • clarify that the ban does not affect the otherwise lawful administration of the criminal justice system?

Black community leaders are launching a campaign to get voters to approve Amendment C, arguing that it is past time to remove "slavery" and keeping it in the state's founding documents does not reflect Utah values.