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After Swallow scandal, Utah senator seeks crackdown on BizOps
Regulation » In Swallow scandal’s wake, Curt Bramble aims to rein in online marketers, coaching industry.

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In a letter to legislative leaders earlier this month, Bramble said it became apparent during the Swallow probe that telemarketing, coaching and BizOps were using "loopholes and ambiguities" in statutes to justify business models that create the potential for "engaging in questionable activities with their customers."

"These businesses," the Provo Republican said, "were allegedly making significant financial contributions to the former attorney general in exchange for looking the other way, to the detriment of our citizens."

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Bramble, who heads the Business and Labor Interim Committee, plans to study the issue this summer and fall before preparing a bill before the 2015 session.

The committee’s co-chairman is Rep. Jim Dunnigan, R-Taylorsville, who led the House investigation of Swallow.

Tolman said he is concerned that Giani and her department don’t think any of these businesses are aboveboard and worthwhile.

"If that is the kind of attitude of the regulators who oversee this industry," he said, "I worry about the kind of law that will come out of it."

Besides, Tolman added, if the Swallow-Shurtleff scandal is the driving force behind the push for more regulation, then other sectors could warrant additional scrutiny, too.

"It’s curious to me, if that’s the concern," he said, "why payday lenders and some other individuals who gave a lot more to Swallow and Shurtleff aren’t part of the effort."

The Legislature actually tightened rules on payday lenders during this year’s session.

gehrke@sltrib.com Twitter: @RobertGehrke

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