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Utah’s GOP House takes back hotel money from ex-lawmaker accused of trysts with escort

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Posted at 9:49 AM, Mar 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-24 11:49:16-04

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah House of Representatives has taken back money from an ex-state lawmaker in response to a sex scandal.

Jon Stanard’s final reimbursement check as a lawmaker had money deducted from it for a pair of hotel stays in 2017, a spokeswoman for the Republican House Majority Caucus confirmed to FOX 13.  Those hotel stays coincided with trips to Salt Lake City, where an escort accused Stanard of a pair of trysts.

Stanard resigned early into the 2018 Utah State Legislature. Then an escort claimed to a British tabloid she had a sexual relationship with the St. George Republican lawmaker.

The hotel stays, which are paid for by taxpayers, cost a little over $200. A stipend is provided for lawmakers and reimburses rural lawmakers for the cost of hotel stays when they travel to Salt Lake City for legislative business.