Well hi, it's Dr. Z. Brian Zehnder. Thought I'd give you a little bit of background on some of the ballot initiatives. I've had a number of people asking me about them. And we have so many on the ballot this year to talk about. Rarely do people in Utah have a opportunity to weigh in on so many decisions. I've decided to give you a brief summary of each item and my reasons for voting against it or for it. Of course, some of you may disagree with my decisions, and I'm glad we live in a country where it's okay to disagree without being disagreeable. And we may not agree on everything, but whatever our beliefs I hope we share them with our friends and neighbors in a way that is helpful without being partisan about it. So let's just dig into it real quick.
Constitutional Amendment A, it's a straight forward and logical change to the Utah Constitution. Currently, Utah military service members qualify for a property tax exemption when they serve on active duty for at least 200 days in a calendar year. With the change, the service member will qualify for the property tax exemption if they serve at least 200 days in a continuous 365 day period and they don't necessarily have to be in the same calendar year. But, it must be within a continuous 356 day period. So I support this amendment. I think it's reasonable.
Constitutional Amendment B. This amendment changes the Utah Constitution so that there's a property tax exemption on real property that the state or local government leases from a private owner. These are the only cases where the government entity pays a property tax directly. So it is not an exemption for the property owner. It just does not make sense to me to use tax money to pay taxes. This is exactly happens when the state is required to pay property taxes. I also support this amendment.
Constitutional Amendment C. This one changes the Utah Constitution to allow the president of the Utah senate and the speaker of the house to convene the legislature into session under certain limited circumstances -- certain emergencies that they deem necessary. And, it seems like it's a reasonable idea. But, I have a sense that the reason this is on the ballot for you to consider is because the legislature was unhappy that the governor did not call a special session when Representative Chaffetz resigned from office. Overall, our process works pretty well. I think the process is working fine the way it is.