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But the governor gets burned in the fallout.
Fortnightly Magazine - July 1 2000

Ruland Gill is a Questar corporate attorney and lobbyist whose senate bid was highly criticized. And while Gill acknowledged that his candidacy had become a rallying cry for objectors to HB 320, he said he decided not to run for family reasons.

But Gov. Leavitt, stung by allegations that he used his office to benefit a family member, said the game wasn't yet over. Leavitt asked legislative leaders to make HB 320 a top priority in the coming year, involving the PSC, utilities, and ratepayers. He promises a new bill with significant consumer protections, and said he would force a special session until such results are forthcoming. In fact, the Democratic party in Utah has promised to use HB 320 to increase its votes during legislative and gubernatorial elections this fall. And even Leavitt has acknowledged HB 320 could impact the outcome of close elections.

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