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Huntsman Plans Private Meetings with Committee Members

Huntsman Plans Private Meetings with Committee Members

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Governor Jon Huntsman plans to meet Monday with members of the Committee of Consumer Services. He plans to meet with them privately -- individually or in small groups.

He may be wanting to tell them he still supports his nominee for agency director, Leslie Reberg, despite her name coming up in one of the current investigations into Salt Lake County government.

But as long as the number of committee members at each meeting with the governor is less a quorum, the meetings do not have to be public -- as otherwise required under the Utah Open and Public Meetings Act.

Huntsman spokeswoman Tammy Kikuchi says the governor decided to hold the closed-door meetings because of scheduling difficulties, not because he wants to keep his dealings with the committee members secret.

However, The Salt Lake Tribune says that five of the six committee members said they had no scheduling conflicts, and several said the governor's staff told them their meetings were scheduled to get around the open meetings law.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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