The House passed a bill Tuesday to add three new state-appointed members to the Utah Transit Authority's Board of Trustees, and also require the group to hire and use an internal auditor.

The measure, SB231, now goes to the governor for approval. It is one of two bills that were proposed in response to an audit critical of the UTA board and also some UTA practices. The second bill failed in the House.

Rep. Wayne Harper, R-West Jordan, said in debate that SB231 was a "first step" toward addressing some issues in the audit. UTA attorney Bruce Jones said his agency viewed the measure as "productive and positive."

"We will welcome the new board members," Jones said. The governor, House Speaker and Senate President, will appoint the three new board members.