Tuesday, January 14 2014, 04:55 PM MST
Election Law Changes Proposed After Swallow Investigation
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's elections office is recommending dozens of changes to state laws based on a four-month investigation of former Attorney General John Swallow.
The Utah lieutenant governor's office, which oversees elections, presented the report to state legislators Tuesday.
Republican Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox announced in November that his office found Swallow likely violated campaign-disclosure laws during his 2012 campaign.
Cox's office said Swallow deliberately withheld information about business interests and tens of thousands of dollars in income from his campaign documents.
The proposed changes in state law include expanding the definitions of business and other outside interests, such as second jobs and family trusts.
Cox says he hopes the changes will prevent similar problems and questions about candidates in the future.
Swallow resigned in November and Cox declined to pursue any penalties against him.
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