Utah lawmakers vote to sue AG amid election conflict

October 19, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers are gearing up to sue the state’s attorney general amid a conflict with the governor over the special election to replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz.

Top leaders from both parties voted Wednesday to sue to force Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes to release a legal opinion on whether Gov. Gary Herbert overstepped his power when he set the election timing and process.

They say the dust-up won’t interfere with the election on Nov. 7, and they’ll back off if Reyes releases it willingly.

GOP House Speaker Greg Hughes says lawmakers asked Reyes for a legal opinion about the governor’s powers but Herbert blocked the release, claiming attorney-client privilege.

Legislators say the attorney general works for them too and they have a right to see the opinion.

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