The House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct will probably vote next week whether to investigate allegations that Rep. Wayne Owens, D-Utah, used a Utah Power and Light Co. lobbyist to help him draft Central Utah Water Project legislation, which might be a violation of House rules.
The committee will almost certainly not call Owens to appear at this stage, if ever, a committee spokesman said. Normally a member is called at a later stage of an investigation.Owens continued to say this week that he was confident that he had done nothing wrong, and that the committee would vote not to investigate the charges.
A spokesman for Owens said, however, that the congressman had no information from the committee itself as to how sentiment was leaning.
The committee is prohibited by law from discussing pending charges, or even that charges have been made.