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  1. 1. Utah state government<br />Seventh Grade Utah Studies<br />
  2. 2. How it works<br />The Utah State Government works in conjunction with city and county governments, and all of them are subject to the laws, rights, and regulations of the federal government in Washington D.C.<br />The Utah State Government is similar to the federal government because it is also divided into three branches:<br /><ul><li>Executive Branch
  3. 3. Legislative Branch
  4. 4. Judicial Branch</li></li></ul><li>The Executive Branch<br />The Executive Branch of Utah is made up of the following people:<br /><ul><li>Governor (Gary Herbert)
  5. 5. Lieutenant Governor (Greg Bell)
  6. 6. Attorney General (Mark Shurtleff)
  7. 7. Treasurer (Richard Ellis)
  8. 8. Auditor (Auston Johnson)</li></li></ul><li>The Executive Branch<br />The governor, in addition to serving as the state’s ambassador with other states or nations, is also the state’s commander-in-chief, with the power to call on the national guard in times of emergency.<br />It is the job of the executive branch to administer the laws of the state, while overseeing 30 state agencies, including the departments of:<br /><ul><li>Agriculture and Food
  9. 9. Commerce
  10. 10. Health
  11. 11. Transportation</li></li></ul><li>The LEGISLATIVE Branch<br />The legislative branch is the Utah State Legislature, and is made up of 2legislative bodies:<br /><ul><li>Lower house, the Utah House of Representatives
  12. 12. Upper house, the Utah Senate
  13. 13. The legislature meets at the Utah State Capitol in </li></ul> Salt Lake City. The annual general session meets <br /> for 45 days, beginning on the third<br />Monday of January, of each year. <br />
  14. 14. The LEGISLATIVE Branch<br />The Utah House of Representatives<br /><ul><li>The House of Representatives has 75 members
  15. 15. The Speaker of the House is Rebecca Lockhart
  16. 16. The Majority Leader is Brad Lee
  17. 17. The Minority Leader is David Litvack
  18. 18. Members are elected to 2-year terms, with no term limits</li></li></ul><li>The LEGISLATIVE Branch<br />The Utah Senate<br /><ul><li>The Senate has 29 members
  19. 19. The Senate President is Michael Waddoups
  20. 20. The Majority Leader is Scott Jenkins
  21. 21. The Minority Ross Romero
  22. 22. Members are elected to 4-year terms, with no term limits</li></li></ul><li>The Judicial Branch<br />The Utah Judicial Branch is divided into five separate courts:<br /><ul><li>Utah Supreme Court
  23. 23. Court of Appeals
  24. 24. District Court
  25. 25. Juvenile Court
  26. 26. Justice courts</li></li></ul><li>The Judicial Branch<br />Utah Supreme Court<br /><ul><li>The Utah Supreme Court is the court of “last resort” in Utah.
  27. 27. It has final authority in the interpretation of the Utah Constitution.
  28. 28. It has 5 justices who each serve 10-year terms.
  29. 29. Justices are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the legislature.
  30. 30. The Chief Justice is Christine Durham.</li></li></ul><li>The Judicial Branch<br />Utah Court of Appeals<br /><ul><li>The Utah Court of Appeals was created in 1987.
  31. 31. It hears all appeals from the Juvenile and District Courts (except small claims).
  32. 32. It has 7 judges who serve 6-year terms.
  33. 33. The Presiding Judge is Pamela Greenwood.</li></li></ul><li>The Judicial Branch<br />District Court<br /><ul><li>The District Court is the state trial court of general jurisdiction.
  34. 34. There are 8 judicial districts throughout the state.
  35. 35. There are 71 full-time district judges who serve in these 8 judicial districts.
  36. 36. District courts try all civil cases, all criminal cases, and certain misdemeanors.</li></li></ul><li>The Judicial Branch<br />Juvenile Court<br /><ul><li>The Juvenile Court is a court of special jurisdiction.
  37. 37. There are 8 juvenile districts throughout the state.
  38. 38. There are 28 full-time judges and 1 commissioner.
  39. 39. It has equal status to the district court.
  40. 40. Juvenile courts only deal with youths under the age of 18, who break any federal, state, or municipal law.</li></li></ul><li>The Judicial Branch<br />Justice Court<br /><ul><li>Justice courts are established by counties and municipalities.
  41. 41. There are 134 county and municipal courts throughout the state.
  42. 42. There are 108 justice court judges.
  43. 43. They are appointed by city officials and serve 4-year terms.
  44. 44. Justice courts deal with misdemeanors, small claims, minor crimes, and ordinance violations.</li></li></ul><li>Utah’s County Governments<br />At the local level, Utah is split into 29 counties. Each county has its own responsibilities, including:<br /><ul><li>Law enforcement
  45. 45. Finances
  46. 46. Elections
  47. 47. Roads & sewers
  48. 48. Other issues related to infrastructure</li></ul>Most of Utah’s counties are run by county commissioners, who are elected to 4-year terms, but usually only serve a few months out of the year.<br />
  49. 49. Utah’s National Representatives<br />The Federal Government’s legislative branch is known as the United States Congress. It is made up of 2 legislative bodies:<br /><ul><li>Lower house, the United States House of Representatives
  50. 50. Upper house, the United States Senate</li></li></ul><li>Utah’s national representatives<br />The U.S. House of Representatives<br /><ul><li>The size of a state’s population determines the number of representatives it can send to Washington D.C.
  51. 51. Utah currently has 3representatives
  52. 52. A member of the house is called a congressman, and serves 2-year terms.
  53. 53. Utah’s current congressmen are:
  54. 54. Rob Bishop (1st Congressional District)
  55. 55. Jim Matheson (2nd Congressional District)
  56. 56. Jason Chaffetz (3rd Congressional District)</li></li></ul><li>Utah’s national representatives<br />Utah’s Congressmen<br />
  57. 57. Utah’s national representatives<br />The U.S. Senate<br /><ul><li>All states in the union may elect 2 representatives to send to Washington D.C., making up the 100-member body of the U.S. Senate.
  58. 58. A member of the senate is called a senator, and serves 4-year terms.
  59. 59. Utah’s current senators are:
  60. 60. Orrin Hatch (Senior Senator)
  61. 61. Mike Lee (Junior Senator)</li></li></ul><li>Utah’s national representatives<br />Utah’s Senators<br />
  62. 62. IMages<br />Title Slide (Google Images, treehugger.com)<br />Slide 3 (stockphotos.it)<br />Slide 4 (utah.gov)<br />Slide 5 (planetware.com)<br />Slide 6 (wikipedia.com)<br />Slide 7 (wikipedia.com)<br />Slide 8 (thefreshscent.com)<br />Slide 14 (digitalnewspapers.org)<br />Slide 15 (foxtravelandtours.com)<br />Slide 17 (Google Images)<br />Slide 19 (morewhat.com, varight.com)<br />

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