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Governor Herbert pushes for executive ethics reform

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January 28, 2013


By Justin Haas

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah: Following a recent scandal involving Attorney General John Swallow, Governor Gary Herbert is endorsing ethics reforms for state executive officials.[1]

Herbert said that he supports the creation of an executive ethics commission, similar to the commission that handles ethics complaints against legislative officials. This commission would have jurisdiction over complaints made against the governor's office, attorney general, treasurer, and state auditor.[1]

Senators John Valentine (R) and Jim Dabakis (D) are currently working on legislation to create an ethics commission to investigate these complaints.[1]

The situation which sparked the reform discussion involves businessman Jeremy Johnson, who is accused of mail fraud, bank fraud, and money laundering. Johnson claimed that attorney general John Swallow arranged a deal to pay Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid $600,000 to make the federal investigation on the matter disappear.[1]

However, Herbert urged citizens to hold their judgment on the incident until the federal investigation uncovers the facts.[1]

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