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Governor Ends Contract with Utah's D.C. Lobbyist

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- For the first time in more than 20 years Utah will be without a lobbyist in Washington, D.C.

Gov. Jon Huntsman has decided not to renew a $90,000-a-year contract with the state's lobbyist, Bill Simmons.

According to the National Governors Association, two-thirds of the states have a Washington office or a representative there.

Huntsman says he's confident the move won't harm Utah. He says many of Utah's pressing issues have been taken care of-- including blocking the plan by Private Fuel Storage to store high-level nuclear waste on the Skull Valley Goshute Indian reservation.

When Huntsman took office in January 2005 he closed Utah's two-person Washington office saying it would save the state $230,000. After the shut-down, Huntsman sought out a lobbyist to help with the nuclear waste issue.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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