It's uncomfortable. It's awkward. But it is time for the Utah Legislature to do its duty and begin its own serious investigation into the mess currently unfolding in the executive offices of our state government. It is a critical part of our system of checks and balances, and after repeated scandals and allegations linking enormous contributions to special treatment from the executive branch, it's time for the people of Utah to get the facts.
To avoid the discomfort of looking into the matter, particularly the case of Attorney General John Swallow and his predecessor, Mark Shurtleff, the Legislature has "off-shored" discovering what is happening in our Utah government to the feds, forgoing a state-level, Legislature-driven investigation.
We see it in Washington all the time, Congress calling the executive branch before the appropriate committee and asking probing, serious questions. Such dialogue is imperative to hold our elected and appointed leaders accountable, and it keeps their actions public. Our Legislature has the power to do that kind of serious investigation here in Utah.