Utah voters OK changes to oath of office, school earnings


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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah voters have passed ballot measures that change the wording of the oath of office and send more money to schools.

Voters on Tuesday approved Amendment A, which adds the word “Utah” to the oath of office that elected and appointed officials say when they’re sworn in. The current oath only uses “this state” when referring to Utah.

Voters also approved Amendment B, allowing public schools to draw millions more from a $2.1 billion state investment fund.

Currently, only interest and dividends generated by the fund can be spent on schools. The rest of the money is required to stay in the fund and grow.

The approved change allows schools to collect any earnings the fund makes but caps the distribution at 4 percent. The change is estimated to send $22 million more to schools next year.

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