House Majority Leader Brad Dee has reportedly been offered the chairmanship of the committee tasked with investigating Swallow. House Democrats are for the most part "whooping it up" over the near equal participation in that committee, which will be made up of 4 Democrats and five 5 Republicans, although some complain that committee's structure is still stacked in GOP-partisan favor:
- Attorney General John Swallow's attorney says lawmakers must stick to allegations related to conduct in office
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Update 7/3/13 10:09 a.m.: Breaking news via the Salt Lake Tribune:
The Utah House took its unprecedented first steps Wednesday toward creating a special committee to explore allegations of misconduct against Attorney General John Swallow.Here's the full Trib writeup:
The House Rules Committee met for 90 minutes to discuss a resolution forming a nine-member investigative panel with the power to issue subpoenas and interview witnesses under oath in hopes of ultimately providing House members a factual report of the myriad allegations against Swallow...
The full House is expected to meet at 10 a.m. to pass the resolution, but support in the chamber is far from unanimous...
The Rules Committee voted 8-3 against recommending changing the committee size [from 9 to 8.]
HR9001 passed the full House with only token opposition, 69-3. The three Representatives voting against were Ken Ivory (Republican, West Jordan), Curt Oda (Republican Clearfield), and Jim Nielson (Republican, Bountiful).Hopefully the good folks of Bountiful, Clearfield and West Jordan will jot down this last bit of info down for easy reference, prior to "turning up" at their respective polling places, when the next Utah General Election rolls around in November of 2014.
Update 7/3/13 10:00 p.m.: More on this story from Fox13 News: