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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Salt Lake City's mayor was given a green light from the city attorney before allowing non-city employees to be reimbursed for expenses incurred on a trip to Torino, Italy.
City Attorney Ed Rutan has been out of town since questions regarding public expenditures for the Torino trip arose last week. However, yesterday he said he gave Anderson's administration the O-K to pay meal and room expenses for non-city employees, including Anderson's girlfriend and other friends.
Rutan says state law allows for volunteers to be reimbursed for their expenses when doing work for a government agency. However, Salt Lake County Republican Chairman James Evans says the city attorney works for the mayor, so he would rather wait for an opinion from the district attorney.
Evans has written a letter to District Attorney David Yocom asking that Anderson be investigated for possible misuse of public funds. Yocom is out of town all week and won't be able to make a decision on an investigation until next week.
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