Friday, July 19 2013, 05:29 PM MDT
Governor Signs Special Session Legislation
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gov. Gary Herbert has signed legislation from the Utah Legislature's special session Wednesday adjusting the powers of the committee investigating Attorney General John Swallow.
Herbert's office on Friday announced his approval of legislation exempting the committee from some open records and public meeting laws and addressing its powers to issue subpoenas and offer immunity.
Herbert also approved changes allowing the committee to hire special counsel or private investigators from outside Utah.
The governor also signed two other pieces of legislation that came out of the session: a roughly $3 million payment to settle claims over a failed 1997 land purchase by the state, and a measure repealing a 2013 law restricting some federal officers from enforcing local laws.
The U.S. Department of Justice had sued the state over the law.