Rick Bowmer, Associated Press
FILE- In this Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, file photo, shows the Utah House of Representatives on the floor at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City.

SALT LAKE CITY — Legislation that would create a new legislative committee with power to investigate the state's executive branch of government passed in the Utah House late Tuesday.

HB175 would create the Joint Committee on Governmental Oversight, made up of six House members and three senators appointed by the speaker and Senate president, respectively.

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In addition to its duties to make and appropriate funds, the Legislature has a responsibility to investigate other areas of government, said Rep. Keven Stratton, R-Orem, the bill's sponsor.

Rep. Merrill Nelson, R-Grantsville, argued that another committee is unnecessary because existing committees can handle everything the new panel would be tasked to do.

"We do not need to create another layer of government over them," he said.

The original legislation included counties and cities in the proposed new committee's purview. Stratton removed local governments from the version of the bill that passed Tuesday 44-29. It now goes to the Senate.