(KCPW News) Utah Senate President Michael Waddoups says he’s concluded his investigation into the events that led to the arrest of former Majority Leader Sheldon Killpack earlier this month on suspicion of driving under the influence. And now he wants the media coverage to stop.
“If we can get that kind of publicity on our budget, if we could get that kind of publicity on some of the important bills that we’re passing, I think you’d see a whole different change in the public perception of the hard work that the legislators are doing,” he said.
Waddoups’ investigation into the incident found that Killpack was the only lawmaker among a group of lobbyists who went out for drinks at a club following a political fundraiser. One of the lobbyists, former Representative Mark Walker, was in the passenger seat when Killpack was pulled over.
Waddoups says he’s reminded Senators that they’re expected to follow the law and not drink and drive. But what about the lobbyists?
“I’m not sure what you’d suggest that we do. My answer I guess is I’ve told them to do their job within the bounds and parameters of the law,” said Waddoups.
While the Senate investigation is over, the Utah Highway Patrol is continuing its criminal investigation of former Senator Killpack.