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13 Utah B. Bull. 1 (1943)

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Official Organ, The Utah State Bar
When the whole democratic system is threatened with extinction because of its alleged
inefficiency, the lawyer can engage in no more useful work in defen6e of democracy than
to cooperate with his fellows in an earnest effort to eliminate waste, lost motion, and monkey
wrenches, from the judicial machinery established by the people and for the people.
VOL. XIII                     JANUARY-FEBRUARY, 1943                          Nos. 1 & 2
Accomplishments of the Twenty-five Legislature in Improving
the Administration of Justice in Utah

The Twenty-fifth Legislature of the
State of Utah which adjourned Sunday,
March 14, 1943, enacted so many meas-
ures which are of special interest to the
practicing attorney that it is considered
profitable to review them in this article
for the benefit of the members of the
profession in this state.  Many of these
enactments were sponsored directly by
the Utah State Bar.     Others, although
having the support of the organization,
were directly sponsored by individual
senators or representatives who were in
many cases members of the Bar.
Those interested in judicial reform will
commend the work of this session of the
legislature, although representatives of spe-
cial interests who were unable to secure
the passage of their pet measures found
occasion to criticize it as a do nothing
legislature. Others charged that the legis-
lature was so far controlled by lawyers
and by the State Bar that it was unable
to find time to favorably consider their
proposed bills.

Much of this censure is unwarranted.
The accomplishments of the legislature
were many and its enactments were, with
few exceptions, carefully considered, sub-
tantial and lasting.
Among other things, the legislature
resumed its proper constitutional function
by appropriating out of the general fund
directly to the various state departments
and institutions. It reestablished a prop-
er check upon the chief executive by re-
quiring for the expenditure of funds so
appropriated, the approval of the State
Board of Examiners.     It enacted law
preventing the unauthorized shifting of
funds by the chief executive from one
account or department to another.    It
did everything within its power to return
the administration of public welfare and
relief to the sound basis of assistance in
proportion to need, by eliminating the
fixed pension theory from relief adminis-
tration.  It appropriated sufficient money
from the Liquor Control Fund to liquidate
the bonded indebtedness of the State. It

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