The Utah legislature opens its general session on Monday with a lot of new faces. 21 out of 75 members of the Utah House of Representatives are serving their first terms, along with 4 out of the 29 members of the state Senate. Republicans still far outnumber Democrats. In fact, there are only 14 Democrats left in the House. But among those new Republican members, there could be a few more moderate voices. KUER's Dan Bammes spoke to a couple of new members of the House from Utah County.
The chorus of voices demanding an investigation of Utah's attorney general is growing. The Alliance for a Better Utah is asking the Utah State Bar to look into accusations that Attorney General John Swallow helped to arrange a lobbying effort aimed at sidetracking a federal investigation of Internet entrepreneur Jeremy Johnson.
Alliance Director Maryann Martindale says, if what Johnson has been saying is true, Swallow could have violated ethical standards.
Democrat Ben McAdams was sworn in as Salt Lake County Mayor this morning by Salt Lake County 3rd district juvenile court Judge Andrew Valdez at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. McAdams, Deputy Mayor Nichole Dunn and newly elected council members Max Burdick, Jim Bradley, Michael Jensen and Sam Granato all took the oath of office before a packed theater.
A performance by the One Voice Children’s Choir helped mark the inauguration of Gary Herbert to his first full term as Governor. The ceremony also included performances from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and a 19 gun salute by the Utah National Guard. In his inaugural address Herbert refrained from making any strong political statements. Instead he urged everyone to keep pressing forward while praising the “can-do” attitude of state residents both past and present.
John Dougall will be sworn in this morning as Utah's new state auditor as business opens for the day. He won't be on the platform with Governor Gary Herbert or the other state officials during Monday's inauguration ceremony. Dougall is a former Republican state legislator from northern Utah County who won the auditor's job after defeating the incumbent, Austen Johnson, in a primary election last summer. He's promising to bring some fresh energy to the job.