Nov 08, 2016
Mar 11, 2016 - Mar 17, 2016
The Governor of the State of Utah is an elected constitutional officer, the head of the executive branch and the highest state office in Utah. The Governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is not subject to term limits. The Governor upholds and executes all state laws and transacts state and executive business. The governor is responsible for presenting the annual state budget and "State of the State" speech. Additionally, the governor has the power to convene a special session of the state legislature and to grant reprieves and pardons. He is also the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces. Other duties and privileges of the office include: Requiring written information from the officer of any executive department or the head of any state institution of any aspect of the duties, condition, and expenses of the department or institution; Appointing investigative committees to look at any department or institution if the legislature is in recess. In such cases, the Governor must include the committee's findings in her next report to the legislature; Convening the Senate alone in extraordinary session; Adjourning the legislatures when the two chambers cannot agree to do so themselves; Vetoing bills, including appropriations, subject to a two-thirds legislative override; Filling vacancies in all offices not otherwise provided for, by a commission that expires at the next general election; Appointing all offices not otherwise provided for, with the advice and consent of the Senate; Sitting on the Board of Pardons with the Justices of the Utah Supreme Court and the Attorney General of Utah; Sitting on both the Board of Examiners and the Board of State Prison Commissioners with the Secretary of State and the Attorney General; Sitting on the Board of Insane Asylum Commissioners with the State Treasurer and the State Auditor; Sitting on the Board of Reform School Commissioners with the Attorney General and the Utah Superintendent of Public Instruction; Signing and sealing all grants and commissions made by the state of Utah; Officially using "The Great Seal of the State of Utah." The salary for this position is $109,470/year.