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3 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS PASS BUT COULD FACE SOME MORE TINKERING

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Three amendments to the Utah Constitution passed the 1997 Legislature.

But citizens won't get a chance to vote on the amendments until the 1998 general election, so all three could be repealed or amended in the 1998 Legislature.One measure makes it clear that legislative candidates must be legal residents of the state and their district for three years immediately before they stand for election.

The constitution says a legislative candidate must have been a resident of the state for three years, but doesn't say which three years of a person's life. A person could have lived in Utah for three years, moved out for a number of years, moved back and immediately run for office.

In fact, Rep. Jordan Tanner, R-Provo, a career State Department officer, did just that, he told legislators.

Another amendment removes from the constitution "archaic and outdated" language concerning the property of married women.

Women's property will be treated like men's property under the amendment.

Finally, lawmakers passed an amendment that treats any new lands added to the state trust lands inventory like original lands.

It also allows people to contribute money or other items of value to the state trust.