Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Series 83155

Legislature Laws of Utah

Dates: i 1851-

16.00 cubic feet and 95 microfilm reels and 2 microfiche setsSkip to Containers

These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.

Historical Note

An agency history is available.

Scope and Content

After each regular and special session of the state legislature or the territorial assembly, the laws that were passed were compiled and published as the Laws of Utah. The act of publishing the laws was an important step in the legislative process. Until 1972, laws were not considered to be in effect until they had first been published, a requirement dating from the 1849 Constitution of the State of Deseret. In the early territorial days, acts were often published in the newspaper as well, and the law named specific public officials who were to receive a copy. [Acts, Resolutions, and Memorials for the Territory of Utah 1851, page 213-214.] The production of this series has its origin in this requirement.

The Secretary of the Territory was given responsibility for handling the financial details and for making arrangements for publication. When Utah became a state in 1896, the Board of Examiners assumed this responsibility, but by 1907 the Secretary of State's office was again in charge. They were followed in 1967 by the Finance Department and then the State Archives from 1969-1985. Currently, the Office of Legislative Printing arranges for their publication and distribution.

Legislative sessions were held annually until 1870, usually in the winter, from December to March. After that date biennial sessions were held in even numbered years until statehood. Starting with the second session of the new state legislature in 1897, biannual sessions were switched to odd numbered years. The 13th state legislature held the first special session in 1919, and after that date one or more special sessions began to be held more often. Special sessions are convened by the governor to consider legislative matters that need to be resolved immediately, before the next regular session of the legislature convenes.

A 1968 change in the state constitution created the budget session, and the first of these was held in 1970. These were held during the even numbered years when the regular session did not meet, and only government funding issues were considered. The constitution of the state was changed again in 1985 to provide for annual sessions of the legislature, eliminating the biannual budget session.

In addition to the laws and resolutions passed at each session of the legislature, additional information about state government is regularly added to the volumes. A listing of individual members of the legislature and the districts they represent has been a standard addition since 1896; only in more recent volumes has more detailed information about them, such as party affiliation and committee assignments, been added to this basic list. During the territorial period, a list of assembly members appears in only a few of the volumes. In some years only lists of federal officials are included; in others, no additional information accompanies the Laws of the Territorial Assembly. Federal laws affecting territories or a copy of the U.S. Constitution is also sometimes added to the laws from this period. The volume for the 2nd session also contains a copy of the Constitution of the State of Deseret, and a reprint of the laws passed by that body.

Beginning in 1901, listings of major state administrative and judicial officials were added. Lists of Utah representatives in Congress first appear in 1917. The U.S. Constitution and the Enabling Act creating Utah territory are part of the first volumes of the laws; the Utah State Constitution appears in 1896 and again in 1931.

Arrangement

Chronological by year of publication.

The series is arranged chronologically by year of legislative session. Volumes from multiple sessions held in any given year may not be in chronological order. Within each volume, laws are arranged into numbered chapters, which corresponds generally to an alphabetical arrangement by topic. The laws were organized by chapter numbers first in 1870; prior to this, laws were printed in chronological order as they were passed.

Related Records

Journals from the Legislature. Senate, Series 409, discuss the progress of bills and the passage of these laws in the Senate.

Journals from the Legislature. House of Representatives, Series 456, discuss the progress of bills and the passage of these laws in the House.

Utah code unannotated from the Legislature, Series 1052, contains the current law in codified form, but does not include legal or historical annotations.

Journals from the Legislative Assembly, Series 3145, discuss the passage of laws by the assembly.

Legislative acts, resolutions, and memorial journals from the Secretary of State, Series 3148, are manuscript copies of the laws as passed by the territorial assembly or the state legislature until 1911.

Legislative bills from the Lieutenant Governor, Series 4076, contain the final versions of bills enacted into law.

Journal record books from the Legislative Assembly. House, Series 16660, contain discussions of bills passed by the legislature.

Records of the states of the United States microfilm compilation from Library of Congress, Series 16660, are the source of some of the earliest session laws of the territorial assembly.

Utah code annotated from the Legislature, Series 83238, expresses the current law in codified form and gives the legislative history of the statute.

Custody History

In 1967 the Finance Department was assigned the duty of publication but from 1969-1985 the duty fell to the State Archives. Legislative Printing began in 1985 to publish this information for distribution.

Additional Forms

This series is available on microfilm.

Copies of these records are located at Utah Government Publications Online View Online.

Access Restrictions

Microfiche holdings require staff assistance due to fewer reference copies. Handle masters under supervision.

Preferred Citation

Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.

Processing Note

Reel #1, which contains the microfilm copy of most of the first twenty-six sessions of the territorial assembly was filmed originally in 1949 as part of the national State Microfilming Project, sponsored by the University of North Carolina and the Library of Congress. The Archives purchased a copy during the 1960s. In several cases, the only copy held by the Utah State Archives of the laws of a particular legislative session is on this reel of microfilm. Volumes published before 1972 were microfilmed between 1965 and 1983. Volumes published 1972-1988 were microfilmed in 1988. Archival processing was also completed in that year by Val Wilson. Additional filming and container list updates were completed as necessary.Initially, one volume existed for each regular, special, or budget session; later, special sessions were bound with that of the regular session. Laws passed during sessions held from 1890-94 are also bound together. Three sessions--the 4th session, 1854/55; the 15th, 1865/66; and the 22nd, 1876--were apparently only published as part of compilations, see UTAH CODE ANNOTATED, Series 83238. Certain others exist only in microfilm: the 2nd, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 13th, 14th, 18th, and 20th sessions and were filmed together as part of the State Microfilming Project. Copies of the laws from the 17th session of the territorial assembly were duplicated on this microfilm; while that of the 7th session includes a handwritten copy as well as a printed one.

Microfiche processed by Rebekkah Shaw under the National Historical Publications and Records Commission grant to the Utah State Archives and Records Services for the Utah Microfiche Backlog Project (Grant No.: NAR10-RB-50086-10). July 2010 - December 2011

The series container list changed format in February 2010 to focus on transcribed titles of published volumes. As such, years in container list reflect year published ("Laws of Utah 2005" may include special session(s) from 2004 plus the 2005 general session) and references to the legislative session ("56th Legislature" contains two "general" sessions and special session(s)) were removed. Earlier volumes may feature this information more prominently, but it is not now found on title pages or spines in the 21st century.

Finding Aids

Indexes: Most volumes include subject indexes. Other: The UTAH CODE ANNOTATED PARALLEL TABLES is an effort to coordinate changes in the code since 1898. Essentially, the tables show which specific statutes have been carried over from earlier codified editions.

Indexing Terms

  • Legislative bodies--Utah--Publication of proceedings.
  • Laws--Utah.
  • Legislators--Utah.
  • Constitutions, State--Utah.
  • Utah--Politics and government--1851-.

Container List

REEL BOX FOLDER DATE DESCRIPTION
1 1 1 1851-1852 1st session
1 none none 1852-1853 2nd session
1 1 2 1853-1854 3rd session
1 1 3 1855-1856 5th session
1 1 4 1856-1857 6th session
1 1 5 1857-1858 7th session
1 none none 1858-1859 8th session
1 none none 1859-1860 9th session
1 none none 1860-1861 10th session
1 none none 1861-1862 11th session
1 1 6 1862-1863 12th session
1 none none 1863-1864 13th session
1 none none 1864-1865 14th session
1 1 7 1866-1867 16th session
1 1 8 1868 17th session
1 none none 1869 18th session
1 1 9 1870 19th session
1 none none 1872 20th session
1 1 10 1874 21st session
1 1 11 1878 23rd session
1 1 12 1880 24th session
1 1 13 1882 25th session
1 1 14 1884 26th session
1 1 15 1886 27th session
2 1 16 1888 28th session
3 1 17 1890 29th session
3 1 17 1892 30th session
3 1 17 1894 31st session
REEL BOX FOLDER DESCRIPTION
4 1 18 1896
4 none none 1896; revenue law
5 1 19 1897
6 1 20 1899
5 2 1 1901
7 2 2 1903
8 2 3 1905
9 2 4 1907
10 2 5 1909
11 2 6 1911
12 2 7 1913
13 2 8 1915
14 2 9 1917
15 2 10 1919
28 2 10 1919; special session
16 2 11 1921
17 2 12 1923
18 2 13 1925
19 2 14 1927
20 3 1 1929
21 3 2 1930; special session
22 3 3 1931
23 3 3 1933; first special session
23 3 4 1933
24 3 5 1933; second special session
25 3 6 1935
25 3 7 1936; special session
26 3 8 1937
27 3 9 1939
29 3 10 1941
29 3 10 1941; first special session
29 3 11 1941; second special session
30 3 12 1943
30 3 13 1944; special session
31 3 14 1945
31 3 15 1946; special session
32 3 16 1947
32 3 17 1948; special session
33 3 18 1949
34 3 19 1951
34 3 20 1951; first special session
34 3 21 1952; second special session
35 4 1 1953
36 4 2 1953; special session
37 4 3 1955
37 4 3 1955; special session
38 4 4 1957
39 4 5 1959
39 4 5 1959; special session
40 4 6 1961
41 4 7 1963
41 4 7 1963; special session
42 4 8 1965
42 4 9 1966; first special session
42 4 10 1966; second special session
43 4 11 1967
44 4 12 1969
44 4 12 1969; first special session
45 5 1 1970; budget session
46 5 2 1971
47 5 3 1971; first special session
48 5 4 1972; budget session
48 5 4 1972; second special session
46 5 5 1973
46 5 6 1973; first special session
49 5 7 1974; budget session
49 5 8 1974; second special budget session
49 5 9 1975
49 5 10 1975; special session
50 5 11 1976; budget session
50 5 12 1977
51 5 13 1977; first special session
51 5 14 1978; second special session
51 6 1 1978; budget session
51 6 2 1979
52 6 3 1980; special session
52 6 4 1980; budget session
52 6 5 1981
53 6 5 1981
53 6 6 1981; first special session
53 6 6 1982; budget session
53 6 6 1982; second special session
53 6 7 1982; third special session
53 6 8 1983; volume I : p. 1-539
54 6 8 1983; volume II : p. 539-880
54 6 9 1983; volume II
54 6 9 1983; volume II : first special session
54 7 1 1984; second special session
54 7 1 1984; third special session
58 7 2 1984; budget session
55 7 3 1985; volume I
55 7 4 1985; volume II
55 7 4 1985; volume II : first special session
56 7 5 1986; second special session
56 7 5 1986; third special session
60 7 6 1986; fourth special session
59 7 6 1987; p. 1-335
60 7 6 1987; p. 335-1384
60 7 6 1987; first special session
57 7 7 1988
57 7 7 1988; second special session
57 7 7 1988; third special session
57 7 7 1988; fourth special session
61 7 8 1989
61 7 8 1989; first special session
61 7 8 1989; second special session
61 8 1 1990; ch. 1-165
62 8 1 1990; ch. 164-end
63 8 2 1991
63 8 2 1991; first special session
64 8 3 1991; second special session
64 8 3 1992
64 8 3 1992; third special session
65 8 4 1993; ch. 1-308
66 8 4 1993; ch. 308-end
66 8 4 1993; first special session
67 8 5 1993; second special session
67 8 5 1994; ch. 1-316
68 8 5 1994; ch. 316-end
69 9 1 1995; general session, ch. 1-322
70 9 1 1995; general session, ch. 323-end
70 9 1 1995; first special session
70 9 2 1996; general session, ch. 1-234
71 9 2 1996; general session, ch. 235-end
71 9 2 1996; second special session
71 9 3 1996; third special session
71 9 3 1997; general session, ch. 1-12
72 9 3 1997; general session, ch. 13-349
73 9 3 1997; general session, ch. 350-end
73 9 3 1997; first special session
73 9 3 1997; second special session
73 9 4 1998; general session, ch. 1-229
74 9 4 1998; general session, ch. 230-end
75 9 5 1999; general session, ch. 1-366
76 9 5 1999; general session, ch. 367-end
76 10 1 2000; general session, ch. 1-275
77 10 1 2000; general session, ch. 276-end
78 10 2 2001; general session, ch. 1-259
79 10 2 2001; general session, ch. 260-end
79 10 2 2001; initiatives approved by the voters 2000 general election
79 10 2 2001; first special session
80 10 3 2002; second special session
81 10 3 2002; general session, ch. 1-279
81 10 3 2002; general session, ch. 280-end (including veto override session)
81 10 3 2002; fourth special session (third special session passed no bills)
82 11 1 2003; fifth special session
82 11 1 2003; sixth special session
82 11 1 2003; general session, ch. 1-238
83 11 1 2003; general session, ch. 239-end
83 11 1 2003; first special session
84 11 2 2004; second special session
84 11 2 2004; general session, ch. 1-243
85 11 2 2004; general session, ch. 244-end
85 11 2 2004; third special session
86 11 3 2005; fourth special session
86 11 3 2005; general session, ch. 1-157
87 11 3 2005; general session, ch. 158-end
87 11 3 2005; first special session
88 11 4 2006; volume I: second special session
88 11 4 2006; volume I: general sesion, ch. 1-223
89 11 5 2006; volume II: general session, ch. 224-end
89 11 5 2006; volume II: third special session
89 11 5 2006; volume II: fourth special session
90 12 1 2007; volume I: fifth special session
90 12 1 2007; volume I: general session, ch. 1-285
91 12 2 2007; volume II: general session, ch. 286-end
92 12 3 2008; volume I: first special session
92 12 3 2008; volume I: general session, ch. 1-174
93 12 4 2008; volume II: general session, ch. 175-381
94 12 5 2008; volume III: general session, ch. 382
95 12 6 2008; volume IV: general session, ch. 383-end
95 12 6 2008; volume IV: second special session
pending 13 1 2009; volume I: general session, ch. 1-287
pending 13 2 2009; volume II: general session, ch. 288-end
pending 13 2 2009; volume II: first special session
pending 13 3 2010; volume I: general session, ch. 1-274
pending 13 4 2010; volume II: general session, ch. 275-end
pending 13 5 2010; volume I: second special session
pending 13 5 2011; volume I: general session, ch. 1-308
pending 14 1 2011; volume II: general session, ch. 309-end
pending 14 1 2011; volume II: first special session
pending 14 2 2011; volume I: third special session
pending 14 2 2012; volume I: general session, ch. 1-280
pending 14 3 2012; volume II: general session, ch. 281-428; resolutions; veto letters
pending 14 3 2012; volume II: fourth special session
pending 14 4 2013; volume I: general session, ch. 1-303
pending 14 5 2013; volume II: general session ch. 304-478; first special session
FICHE-SET DATE DESCRIPTION
1 1967-1977
2 1980-1984 43rd-45th