Believe it or not, Utah law now does not clearly require elected city officials to reside in their municipalities. The Utah House voted 71-1 to change that on Wednesday.
HB186 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
Its sponsor, Rep. Lee Perry, R-Perry, said he discovered the problem because of an issue in his hometown.
"A member of the city council moved out of the city," he said. "But he bought a piece of property with the intention of moving back to the city. But he was gone. He didn't return, and didn't return. It went on for over a year."