Three candidates who submitted their names as potential candidates to replace former Attorney General John Swallow had their residency questioned. One had not lived in the state quite long enough and another had lived and worked in Washington, D.C., for several years after taking a position at the White House.
Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, was serving on the candidate-vetting committee, and he was worried that if one of these candidates had been chosen to replace Swallow it could have led to a lawsuit and caused even more embarrassment to the state.
This experience prompted Weiler to propose legislation to tighten residency laws, which he called "an abyss of ambiguity." The bill, SB90, unanimously passed the Senate Government Operations and Political Subdivisions Committee Thursday on its way to the full Senate.