SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has signed legislation that lawmakers crafted in the final days of this year's session to ensure that state Attorney General John Swallow will not be tasked with investigating a complaint filed against him.
Legislators were alerted to the gap in state law after a progressive political group filed a complaint with the Utah lieutenant governor's office alleging Swallow violated election rules by failing to report several business interests on his campaign disclosures.
Swallow's campaign consultant has attacked the complaint filed by the Alliance for a Better Utah and says it is without merit.
The new law allows the lieutenant governor to bypass the attorney general's office and appoint a special counsel to investigate.