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Herbert to appear at Bell confirmation hearing

Herbert to appear at Bell confirmation hearing



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah Gov. Gary Herbert plans to appear at a confirmation hearing this week for his lieutenant governor pick, Sen. Greg Bell.

The Senate Government Operations and Political Subdivisions Confirmation Committee will hold a hearing Thursday for Bell, a Republican from Fruit Heights.

Herbert is the only person who has asked to appear before the committee.

Herbert spokeswoman Angie Welling says it's important to Herbert to make a brief statement on Bell's behalf.

It's the first time a lieutenant governor pick has had to be confirmed by the Senate because of a new amendment to the state Constitution about succession.

The committee will make a recommendation to the full Senate. The full Senate is set to vote on the nomination on Sept. 1 during a special session.

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Information from: Deseret News

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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