From an e-mail sent by Speaker Rebecca Lockhart on May 31, 2013. The others can be found here:
Impeachment is a rare and serious undertaking. It’s so rare that in my research so far, I cannot find one instance when Utah’s House of Representatives has approved Articles of Impeachment for a public or elected official in the entire history of the state. It has, however, happened in other states and at the Federal level, so some information exists to help give us context. In fact, Utah’s Constitutional language closely mirrors the Federal language.
Attached to this e-mail you’ll find documents that describe impeachment processes and explain the reasons for and roles in that process, including:
• Comparison of Utah and U.S. Constitutional language
• Federalist 65/Alexander Hamilton
• Congressional Research Service/Impeachment Overview
• Congressional Research Service/Portions of a few documents with some interesting discussion of impeachment criteria in general. I can send the entire contents of these documents if any of you would like to read them in total. Please let me know.
• Copy of an internal memo prepared by an OLRGC law clerk in 2003 that discusses the interpretation of the “high crimes and misdemeanors” language of Utah’s Constituion.
As I’ve stated before, these e-mails are not to advocate for or against impeachment. But I would be derelict in my duty as Speaker of the House to not provide all the information necessary for the members to consider their roles and responsibilities under the Utah Constitution. I invite you to read and consider the information. Speak with your constituents. And engage your fellow representatives about the issues before us.
As always, my door is open and my phone is on.
Speaker Becky Lockhart