Press Release: CALL FOR NEW LAW TO PREVENT SELF-APPOINTEES

UNITED UTAH PARTY CALLS FOR NEW LAW TO PREVENT SELF-APPOINTEES 
Call comes after House Speaker Greg Hughes appoints himself to Inland Port board
 
Controversy over the new international inland port planned for Salt Lake City and the board to govern it took a new turn when Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes chose himself to fill a four-year term on that board.  

“This is yet another indication of the pressing need for government reform,” said Richard Davis, United Utah Party Chair. “The conflict of interest is so obvious here.  It should not be legal for a public official to appoint themselves to another office.” 
Six United Utah Party candidates for the state legislature  -  Michele Weeks (HD 54), Stephen Walston (HD 41), Eric Chase (HD 61), Hillary Stirling (HD 57) Alex Castagno (SD 9), and Lee Houghton (SD 15) - said that they would jointly introduce a bill to prevent any public official from appointing themselves to a public office.   
 
Davis said that this should provide an impetus for the legislature to address this problem head on in the next session. 

"A bill to prevent future incidents like this would be a critical step in restoring public trust," said Davis.