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UTAH GOVERNOR SAYS THE GAMES BELONG TO THE STATE
Published February 29, 1996
UT Gov. Mike Leavitt told Salt Lake Council members Tuesday the 2002 Games belong to the state, not Salt Lake City, according to the DESERET NEWS. Those comments came as council members met with Leavitt after a bill was passed declaring they do not have the legal power to ratify appointments to the SLOOC board of trustees. Appointments to the board are made jointly by the governor and mayor. Leavitt said Salt Lake City does not have any greater interest in the Games than other cities in the state, and that the state is taking the financial risk of hosting the Games by agreeing to indemnify Salt Lake City against any losses (Lisa Riley Roche, DESERET NEWS, 2/28). MARKETING TALKS: Negotiations continue between the SLOOC and USOC over how to divide marketing money. SLOOC President Tom Welch said his group submitted a plan to the USOC and is reviewing their response. A meeting on details is expected sometime next month (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 2/29).