ENABLING ACT, Approved, July 16, 1894.
AN ACT to enable the People of Utah to form a Constitution and State Government, and to be
admitted into the Union on an equal footing with the original States.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in
Congress assembled, That the inhabitants of all that part of the area of the United States now
constituting the Territory of Utah, as at present described, may become the State of Utah, as
SEC. 2. That all male citizens of the United States over the age of twenty-one years who have
resided in said Territory for one year next prior to such election are hereby authorized to vote for
and choose delegates to form a Convention in said Territory. Such delegates shall possess the
qualifications of such electors; and the aforesaid Convention shall consist of one hundred and
seven delegates, apportioned among the several counties within the limits of the proposed State
as follows: Beaver County, two delegates; Box Elder County, four delegates; Cache County,
eight delegates; Davis County, three delegates; Emery County, three delegates; Garfield County,
one delegate; Grand County, one delegate; Iron County, one delegate; Juab County, three
delegates; Kane County, one delegate; Millard County, two delegates; Morgan County, one
delegate; Piute County, one delegate; Rich County, one delegate; Salt Lake County, twenty-nine
delegates, thus apportioned, to-wit: Salt Lake City, First Precinct, four delegates; Second
Precinct, six delegates; Third Precinct, five delegates; Fourth Precinct, three delegates; Fifth
Precinct, three delegates; all other precincts in said county outside of Salt Lake City, eight
delegates; San Juan County, one delegate; San Pete County, seven delegates; Sevier County,
three delegates; Summit County, four delegates; Tooele County, two delegates; Uintah County,
one delegate; Utah County, twelve delegates; Wasatch County, two delegates; Washington
County, two delegates; Wayne County, one delegate; and Weber County, eleven delegates; and
the Governor of said Territory shall, on the first day of August, eighteen hundred and
ninety-four, issue a proclamation ordering an election of the delegates aforesaid in said Territory,
to be held on the Tuesday next after the first Monday in November following. The board of
commissioners known as the Utah Commission is hereby authorized and required to cause a new
and complete registration of voters of said Territory to be made under the provisions of the laws
of the United States and said Territory, except that the oath required for registration under said
laws shall be so modified as to test the qualifications of the electors as prescribed in this act, such
new registration to be made as nearly conformable with the provisions of such laws as may be;
and such election for delegates shall be conducted, the returns made, the result ascertained, and
the certificate of persons elected to such Convention issued in the same manner as is prescribed
by the laws of said Territory regulating elections therein of members of the Legislature. Persons
possessing the qualifications entitling them to vote for delegates under this act shall be entitled to
vote on the ratification or rejection of the Constitution, under such rules or regulations as said
Convention may prescribe, not in conflict with this act.
SEC. 3. That the delegates to the Convention thus elected shall meet at the seat of government of said Territory on the first Monday in March, eighteen hundred and ninety-five, and, after organization, shall declare on behalf of the people of said proposed State that they adopt the Constitution of the United States, whereupon the said Convention shall be, and is hereby, authorized to form a Constitution and State government for said proposed State.
The Constitution shall be republican in form, and make no distinction in civil or political rights on account of race or color, except as to Indians not taxed, and not to be repugnant to the Constitution of the United States and the principles of the Declaration of Independence. And said Convention shall provide by ordinance irrevocable without the consent of the United States and the people of said State--
First. That perfect toleration of religious sentiment shall be secured, and that no inhabitant of said State shall ever be molested in person or property on account of his or her mode of religious worship; Provided, That polygamous or plural marriages are forever prohibited.
Second. That the people inhabiting said proposed State do agree and declare that they forever disclaim all right and title to the unappropriated public lands lying within the boundaries thereof; and to all lands lying within said limits owned or held by any Indian or Indian tribes; and that until the title thereto shall have been extinguished by the United States, the same shall be and remain subject to the disposition of the United States, and said Indian lands shall remain under the absolute jurisdiction and control of the Congress of the United States; that the lands belonging to citizens of the United States residing without the said State shall never be taxed at a higher rate than the lands belonging to residents thereof; that no taxes shall be imposed by the State on lands or property therein belonging to or which may hereafter be purchased by the United States or reserved for its use; but nothing herein, or in the ordinance herein provided for, shall preclude the said State from taxing, as other lands are taxed, any lands owned or held by any Indian who has severed his tribal relations and has obtained from the United States or from any person a title thereto by patent or other grant, save and except such lands as have been or may be granted to any Indian or Indians under any act of Congress containing a provision exempting the lands thus granted from taxation; but said ordinance shall provide that all such lands shall be exempt from taxation by said State so long and to such extent as such act of Congress may prescribe.
Third. That the debts and liabilities of said Territory, under authority of the Legislative Assembly thereof, shall be assumed and paid by said State.
Fourth. That provision shall be made for the establishment and maintenance of a system of
public schools, which shall be open to all the children of said State and free from sectarian
SEC. 4. That in case a Constitution and State government shall be formed in compliance with the
provisions of this act, the Convention forming the same shall provide by ordinance for
submitting said Constitution to the people of said State for its ratification or rejection, at an
election to be held on the Tuesday next after the first Monday in November, eighteen hundred
and ninety-five, at which election the qualified voters of said proposed State shall vote directly
for or against the proposed Constitution, and for or against any provisions separately submitted.
The return of said election shall be made to the said Utah Commission, who shall cause the same
to be canvassed, and if a majority of the votes cast on that question shall be for the Constitution,
shall certify the result to the President of the United States, together with a statement of the votes
cast thereon, and upon separate articles or propositions, and a copy of said Constitution, articles,
propositions, and ordinances. And if the Constitution and government of said proposed State are
republican in form, and if all the provisions of this act have been complied with in the formation
thereof, it shall be the duty of the President of the United States to issue his proclamation
announcing the result of said election, and thereupon the proposed State of Utah shall be deemed
admitted by Congress into the Union, under and by virtue of this act, on an equal footing with the
original States, from and after the date of said proclamation.
SEC. 5. That until the next general census, or until otherwise provided by law, said State shall be
entitled to one Representative in the House of Representatives of the United States, which
Representative in the Fifty-fourth Congress, together with the Governor and other officers
provided for in said Constitution, may be elected on the same day of the election for the adoption
of the Constitution; and until said State officers are elected and qualified under the provisions of
the Constitution, and the State is admitted into the Union, the Territorial officers shall continue
to discharge the duties of the respective offices in said Territory.
SEC. 6. That upon the admission of said State into the Union, sections numbered two, sixteen,
thirty-two, and thirty-six in every township of said proposed State, and where such sections, or
any parts thereof, have been sold or otherwise disposed of by or under the authority of any act of
Congress, other lands equivalent thereto, in legal subdivisions of not less than one quarter
section, and as contiguous as may be to the section in lieu of which the same is taken, are hereby
granted to said State for the support of common schools, such indemnity lands to be selected
within said State in such manner as the Legislature may provide, with the approval of the
secretary of the interior; provided, that the second, sixteenth, thirty-second, and thirty-sixth
sections embraced in permanent reservations for national purposes shall not, at any time, be
subject to the grants nor to the indemnity provisions of this act, nor shall any lands embraced in
Indian, military, or other reservations of any character be subject to the grants or to the indemnity
provisions of this act until the reservation shall have been extinguished and such lands be
restored to and become a part of the public domain.
SEC. 7. That upon the admission of said State into the Union, in accordance with the provisions
of this act, one hundred sections of the unappropriated lands within said State to be selected and
located in legal subdivisions, as provided in section six of this act, shall be, and are hereby,
granted to said State for the purpose of erecting public buildings at the capital of said State, when
permanently located, for legislative, executive, and judicial purposes.
SEC. 8. That lands to the extent of two townships in quantity, authorized by the third section of
the act of February twenty-one, eighteen hundred and fifty-five, to be reserved for the
establishment of the University of Utah, are hereby granted to the State of Utah for university
purposes, to be held and used in accordance with the provisions of this section; and any portions
of said lands that may not have been selected by said Territory may be selected by said State.
That in addition to the above, one hundred and ten thousand acres of land, to be selected and
located as provided in the foregoing section of this act, and including all saline lands in said
State, are hereby granted to said State, for the use of said university, and two hundred thousand
acres for the use of an agricultural college therein. That the proceeds of the sale of said lands, or
any portion thereof, shall constitute permanent funds, to be safely invested and held by said
State, and the income thereof to be used exclusively for the purposes of such university and
agricultural college, respectively.
SEC. 9. That five per centum of the proceeds of the sales of public lands lying within said State,
which shall be sold by the United States subsequent to the admission of said State into the Union,
after deducting all the expenses incident to the same, shall be paid to the said State, to be used as
a permanent fund, the interest of which only shall be expended for the support of the common
schools within said State.
SEC. 10. That the proceeds of lands herein granted for educational purposes, except as
hereinafter otherwise provided, shall constitute a permanent school fund, the interest of which
only shall be expended for the support of said schools, and such land shall not be subject to
pre-emption, homestead entry, or any other entry under the land laws of the United States,
whether surveyed or unsurveyed, but shall be surveyed for school purposes only.
SEC. 11. The schools, colleges, and university provided for in this act shall forever remain under
the exclusive control of said State, and no part of the proceeds arising from the sale or disposal of
any lands herein granted for educational purposes, or of the income thereof, shall be used for the
support of any sectarian or denominational school, college, or university.
SEC. 12. That in lieu of the grant of land for purposes of internal improvement made to new states by the eighth section of the act of September fourth, eighteen hundred and forty-one, which section is hereby repealed as to said State, and in lieu of any claim or demand by the State of Utah under the act of September twenty-eighth, eighteen hundred and fifty, and section twenty-four hundred and seventy-nine of the Revised Statutes, making a grant of swamp and overflowed lands to certain states, which grant, it is hereby declared, is not extended to said State of Utah, the following grants of land are hereby made to said State, for the purposes indicated, namely:
For the establishment of permanent water reservoirs for irrigating purposes, five hundred thousand acres; for the establishment and maintenance of an insane asylum, one hundred thousand acres; for the establishment and maintenance of a school of mines in connection with the university, one hundred thousand acres; for the establishment and maintenance of a deaf and dumb asylum, one hundred thousand acres; for the establishment and maintenance of a reform school, one hundred thousand acres; for establishment and maintenance of State normal schools, one hundred thousand acres; for the establishment and maintenance of an institution for the blind, one hundred thousand acres; for a miners' hospital for disabled miners, fifty thousand acres. The United States penitentiary near Salt Lake City and all lands and appurtenances connected therewith and set apart and reserved therefor are hereby granted to the State of Utah.
The said State of Utah shall not be entitled to any further or other grants of land for any purpose
than as expressly provided in this act; and the lands granted by this section shall be held,
appropriated, and disposed of exclusively for the purposes herein mentioned, in such manner as
the Legislature of the State may provide.
SEC. 13. That all land granted in quantity or as indemnity by this act shall be selected, under the
direction of the Secretary of the Interior, from the unappropriated public lands of the United
States within the limits of the said State of Utah.
SEC. 14. That the State of Utah shall constitute one judicial district, which shall be called the
district of Utah, and the circuit and district courts thereof shall be held at the capital of this State
for the time being. The judge of said district shall receive a yearly salary of five thousand
dollars, payable monthly, and shall reside in his district. There shall be appointed clerks of said
courts, who shall keep their offices at the capital of said State. There shall be appointed for said
district one district judge, one United States attorney, and one United States marshal. The
regular terms of said courts shall be held at the place aforesaid on the first Monday in April and
the first Monday in November of each year. For judicial purposes, the district of Utah shall be
attached to the eighth judicial circuit, and only one grand jury and one petit jury shall be
summoned in both of said courts.
SEC. 15. That the circuit and district courts for the district of Utah and the judges thereof,
respectively, shall possess the same powers and jurisdiction and perform the same duties
possessed and required to be performed by the other circuit and district courts and judges of the
United States, and shall be governed by the same laws and regulations.
SEC. 16. That the marshal, district attorney, and clerks of the circuit and district courts of the
said district of Utah, and all other officers and other persons performing duty in the
administration of justice therein, shall severally possess the powers and perform the duties
lawfully possessed and required to be performed by similar officers in other districts of the
United States, and shall, for the services they may perform, receive the same fees and
compensation allowed by law to other similar officers and persons performing similar duties.
SEC. 17. That the Convention herein provided for shall have the power to provide, by ordinance,
for the transfer of actions, cases, proceedings, and matters pending in the supreme or district
courts of the Territory of Utah at the time of the admission of the said State into the Union, to
such courts as shall be established under the Constitution to be thus formed, or to the circuit or
district court of the United States for the district of Utah: and no indictment, action, or
proceeding shall abate by reason of any change in the courts, but shall be proceeded with in the
State or United States courts according to the laws thereof, respectively. That all cases of appeal
or writ of error heretofore prosecuted and now pending in the Supreme Court of the United States
upon any record from the supreme court of said Territory, or that may hereafter lawfully be
prosecuted upon any record from said court, may be heard and determined by said Supreme
Court of the United States; and the mandate of execution or of further proceedings shall be
directed by the Supreme Court of the United States to the circuit or district court hereby
established within the said State from or to the supreme court of such State, as the nature of the
case may require. And the circuit, district, and state courts herein names shall, respectively, be
the successors of the supreme court of the Territory as to all such cases arising within the limits
embraced within the jurisdiction of such courts, respectively, with full power to proceed with the
same, and award mesne or final process therein; and that from all judgments and decrees of the
supreme court of the Territory, mentioned in this act, in any case arising within the limits of the
proposed State prior to admission, the parties to such judgment shall have the same right to
prosecute appeals and writs of error to the Supreme Court of the United States as they shall have
had by the law prior to the admission of said State into the Union.
SEC. 18. That the sum of thirty thousand dollars, or so much thereof as may be necessary, is
hereby appropriated out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated to said Territory
for defraying the expenses of said Convention and for the payment of the members thereof, under
the same rules and regulations and at the same rates as are now provided by law for the payment
of the Territorial Legislature.
SEC. 19. That the Constitutional Convention may, by ordinance, provide for the election of
officers for a full State government, including members of the Legislature and Representative in
the fifty-fourth Congress, at the time for the election for the ratification or rejection of the
Constitution; but the said State government shall remain in abeyance until the State shall be
admitted into the Union as provided by this act. In case the Constitution of said State shall be
ratified by the people, but not otherwise, the Legislature thereof may assemble, organize, and
elect two Senators of the United States in the manner now prescribed by the laws of the United
States; and the Governor and Secretary of State of the proposed State shall certify the election of
the Senators and Representative in the manner required by law, and when such State is admitted
into the Union, as provided in this act, the Senators and Representatives shall be entitled to be
admitted to seats in Congress, and to all rights and privileges of Senators and Representatives of
other states in the Congress of the United States; and the State government formed in pursuance
of said Constitution, as provided by the Constitutional Convention, shall proceed to exercise all
the functions of State officers; and all laws in force made by said Territory at the time of its
admission into the Union shall be in force in said State, except as modified or changed by this act
or by the Constitution of the State; and the laws of the United States shall have the same force
and effect within the said State as elsewhere within the United States.
SEC. 20. That all acts or parts of acts in conflict with the provisions of
this act, whether passed by the Legislature of said Territory or by Congress,
are hereby repealed.
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