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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A former state employee has lost an appeal on a whistleblower lawsuit filed against two state legislators who crafted a budget cut that eliminated his position.
Ron Ivie, formerly a Utah Health Department sanitation and safety manager, claimed St. George Republicans Sen. Bill Hickman and Rep. Stephen Urquhart unfairly cut his position.
Hickman engineered a budget cut eliminating Ivie's job after Ivie enforced swimming pool water quality rules at a St. George condominium complex.
Hickman said he thought the rules were intrusive.
The Utah Court of Appeals upheld a lower court's dismissal of the suit in a ruling Thursday, determining that Ivie could not claim protection under Utah whistleblower laws because his employer was the Health Department, not individual legislators.
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