Resolution to remove slavery from Utah’s constitution clears House

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) A resolution to remove slavery from Utah’s constitution cleared the House Monday afternoon.

Representative Sandra Hollins’ (D) Salt Lake City, House Joint Resolution 8 received 73 “yes” votes and passed unanimously.

Article I, Section 21 of Utah’s constitution currently reads “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime, whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within this State.”

HJR8 would amend Article I, Section 21 to read “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude shall exist within this State.”

HJR8 now heads to the Senate for consideration.

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