Chaffetz’s resignation expected soon

The impending departure of U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz is creating turmoil among state leaders.

The Utah House GOP Caucus signaled Wednesday that it might sue fellow Republican Gov. Gary Herbert if he will not call legislators into special session to enact rules on how to replace Chaffetz, who House Speaker Greg Hughes said is expected to resign within a few days, effective by the end of June.

Existing election law would require 328 days for a special election, Hughes said, adding that Herbert is talking about an expedited procedure that would take 180 days.

Hughes, R-Draper, told the caucus that changes contemplated by the governor likely would violate existing law, so Herbert should call a special session to allow the Legislature to pass expedited rules.

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