An effort by Gov. Mike Leavitt to take away the Salt Lake City Council's power to confirm membership on the Olympic organizing committee has been brought back from the dead by lawmakers.
SB175, which would have stripped the council of its advice-and-consent power over appointments to the Salt Lake Olympic Organizing Committee board of trustees, was killed in committee last week.But its sponsor, Sen. Alarik Myrin, R-Altamont, was able to amend its language into another bill on the Senate floor. That bill, SB158, was approved and is now before the House.
SB158 deals with the advice-and-consent power of the Senate over the governor's appointments, but it does not extend that authority over the Olympic trustees.
Those trustees are appointed jointly by the governor and the Salt Lake mayor. The City Council obtained a legal opinion stating it had the authority to confirm or veto the appointments, just as it does others made by the mayor.