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Major legislative proposals

Published March 13, 2014 7:38 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2014, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Report recommends changes

The Utah House Special Investigative Committee report recommended a series of changes, including:

Campaign finance law

• require "major donors" to file campaign contribution reports

• make it a civil or criminal violation when candidates, parties or campaign committees "coordinate" expenditures or activities with corporations or political action/issues committees

• require consultants to report expenditures on behalf of a candidate

Ethics law

• expand the scope of required financial disclosures and the number of officials required to submit them

• institute a "cooling off period" for new public officials related to people or businesses with whom they were associated prior to taking office

• clarify restrictions on outside employment or other activities for which a public official can be paid

Government Records and Management Act

• impose new retention requirements for emails

• increase penalties for improper destruction of records

Pattern of Unlawful Activity Act

• include evidence tampering as an primary offense

Legislative authority

• improve ability to enforce legislative subpoenas

• criminalize the obstruction of a legislative function

• allow the Legislature to refer cases of criminal contempt to prosecutors

Failure to Disclose Conflicts of Interest Statute

• expand to include business and economic relations of officials and candidates

• require candidates to disclose all employers

• require disclosure of money received "directly or indirectly"

• require disclosure of anyone a candidate "advises" along with names of managers and partners in companies

Violations of campaign finance reporting requirements

• allow removal from office of someone who violates reporting requirements

Campaign finance disclosures

• Strengthen candidate expenditure and in-kind contributions reporting requirements

Outside work by public officers, employees

• specify which outside employment is not appropriate

Regulation of campaign officials, advisers

• license campaign consultants, advisers

• expand laws that govern candidates to campaign managers and consultants

• make it a crime to lie to a legislative committee