SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has approved the creation of an independent ethics commission to review complaints against elected officials in the state's executive branch.
Orem Republican Sen. John Valentine sponsored the legislation, which he says was needed after allegations were levied against Attorney General John Swallow.
Swallow has been accused of orchestrating a plan to quash a federal investigation by bribing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Both he and Reid have denied the allegations.
The law, which Herbert signed Wednesday, takes effect May 14 and creates a five member commission.
The commission would only review complaints about any actions that take place after May 14, which means it would not apply to the allegations against Swallow.