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Ethics » Lawmaker Brad Dee says no political talk allowed during recent trip to Europe.

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He said it not only creates problems for Dee, but also could create problems for the lobbyists, if they are seen by other lobbyists or lawmakers as gaining some special favor from Dee.

"They should know this is going to look bad and take that into account," Hall said.

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Last session, Dee sponsored HB377, which circumvented the Utah Transportation Commission and prioritized $41.5 million in road projects — with 62 percent of the money for specific projects in the bill going to clients represented by Curtis, Jolley and Stewart.

Jolley said there was nothing nefarious about the road money that came through Dee’s bill. He said the Legislature prioritizes projects in Salt Lake County, and every city in the county — except for Holladay — got at least one project funded.

Lockhart was the only House member to vote against HB377 and later said a number of lawmakers did not understand what it did when they voted for it. She did not return a request for comment Thursday.

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