Utah lawmakers back away from plan to allow commission, not Legislature, to pick prison site

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SALT LAKE CITY — Republican leaders in Utah's House of Representatives are backing away from a plan to allow a state commission to pick a location to build a new prison instead of leaving the decision with the Legislature.

Kaysville Republican Rep. Brad Wilson told The Salt Lake Tribune (http://bit.ly/1wKYVdA) that he's instead working on a bill this week that would have the Legislature involved in the final decision.

Wilson co-chairs the Prison Relocation Commission. He said last week that if the commission makes the decision, lawmakers would not have to be called into a special session later this year to deal with the issue.

Gov. Gary Herbert has said he'd veto that idea.

Utah officials want to relocate the current 700-acre prison in Draper to build a modern prison and to free up the land for development.

Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com

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