Cities, counties may create own ethics commission

SALT LAKE CITY — Cities, counties and school districts would be able to create their own ethics commission under a bill Utah lawmakers are considering.

SB180 does not mandate local government set up the commission but gives them the option.

Rep. Francis Gibson, R-Mapleton, said it puts locally elected officials under the same ethics guidelines as state legislators.

Rep. Craig Frank, R-Pleasant Grove, he likes the concept in the bill, but has concerns it could be used to attack or bully local officials.

Ethics issues have arisen recently in Cedar Hills, which is part of Frank’s district, and in Provo.

Because the House amended SB180, it goes back to the Senate for consideration.

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