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First Published Mar 12 2014 09:29 pm • Last Updated Mar 12 2014 09:29 pm

Report recommends changes

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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

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• 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

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