Both lawmakers and Gov. Mike Leavitt's top aides are confident they'll come up with an acceptable plan to sell the state's Olympic facilities in time for consideration by the 1994 Legislature.
The co-chairmen of the Legislature's Olympic Oversight Committee have been meeting with the governor's aides to draft a bill detailing the terms of the sale of the facilities to the Salt Lake Olympic Bid Committee.The privately funded committee bidding for the 2002 Winter Games is pushing for approval of the sale this session to meet an October deadline for submitting a proposed budget to the International Olympic Committee.
The oversight committee and the governor himself have expressed concerns about the amount of control the state would have over the facilities once they're sold. The bid committee wants the facilities run by a private foundation.
"The governor has always said that the state should not run the facilities," said Charlie Johnson, Leavitt's chief of staff. "It's just a matter of how do we accomplish that."
Johnson said the governor had a "very amiable meeting" Thursday with Olympic supporters. "We're moving forward," Johnson said, toward terms that the governor can support.
Rep. Jordan Tanner, R-Provo, agreed. "I'm totally confident that any details will be worked out," said Tanner, co-chairman of the oversight committee.