Month: August 2018

Paying Tribute

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. serves as a tribute to honor the brave members of the U.S. Armed Forces who fought in the Vietnam War and were killed or missing in action.

It is now possible for individuals to pay their respects with a visit to a replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Davis County. The replica is 80 percent of the original size of the monument in our nation’s capital and is the only one of its size west of the Mississippi, according to the Utah Vietnam Veterans of America.

The Wall displays the names of the more than 58,000 who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country during the Vietnam War, including  361 Utahns who gave their lives.

Its purpose is to honor the courage and sacrifice of those who answered the call to serve.

“It was a tremendous privilege to work with the Utah Vietnam Veterans’ Association to secure a little funding in order to complete the replica wall in Layton’s Commons Park,” said Rep. Steve Handy, who helped secure funding to build the memorial in Utah. “The dedication ceremony was moving and already it has become a quiet place of honor and reflection. It’s only right and fitting that we should honor these men and women who gave their last full measure in defense of our country so long ago. I’m very pleased to have had a little part in the success of this project.”

The monument is free and open to the public at Layton Commons Park, 437 N Wasatch Dr. Layton, UT 84041

News Stories:

Replica of Vietnam Memorial wall now in Layton, Utah

‘We’re kind of bringing them home’: Volunteers put final touches on Layton’s new Vietnam Memorial replica

New monument to Vietnam Veterans opened to the public in Layton

Vietnam Wall: Replica dedicated in Layton Commons Park

Job Opening: Chief Clerk


invites applications for the position of:

Chief Clerk, House of Representatives

OPENING DATE: Tuesday, August 28, 2018

CLOSING DATE: Tuesday, September 4, 2018, 5:00 pm

WHO CAN APPLY: Current and former Legislative employees only


The House of Representatives is seeking a full-time Chief Clerk.  The Chief Clerk is appointed by the Speaker of the Utah House of Representatives. The Chief Clerk provides administrative and clerical support to the members of the House of Representatives and advises on legislative procedures and parliamentary practices during the legislative session.


  • Certifies and transmits all legislation to the Senate and informs the Senate of all House actions;
  • Assists in the preparation of the House Journal and certifies it as an accurate reflection of House action;
  • Makes technical corrections in bills;
  • Is the custodian of all official documents;
  • Records the number, title, sponsor, each action, and final disposition of legislation;
  • Prepares and distributes the daily order of business;
  • Advises the Speaker on parliamentary procedure, constitutional requirements, and Joint and House Rules; Assists with amendments to bills;
  • Records votes and presents the results to the Speaker;
  • Transmits to the Governor all enrolled House bills;
  • Assigns the duties and responsibilities, and supervises, some House of Representatives personnel during the legislative session;
  • HR, financial and payroll tasks; and
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field.


  • Master’s degree in a related field;
  • Understanding of the Utah Legislature and its processes;
  • At least 5 years of experience working with the Utah Legislature.

SALARY:  $33.66 – $48.07 Hourly

BENEFITS:  This position is eligible for a full benefits package.


RECRUITER NAME:  Debbie Cragun



Speaker Hughes statement about Commissioner Squires retirement

For Immediate Release
August 23, 2018

Aundrea Peterson
Majority Director of Communications
Utah House of Representatives

Speaker Hughes statement about Commissioner Squires retirement

SALT LAKE CITY –  Speaker Greg Hughes issued this statement following  Commissioner Keith D. Squires’ retirement from public service.

“While Commissioner Keith Squires retirement is well deserved, his departure from public service will be felt across the state. I have never had a better relationship with our Department of Public Safety, and it is all due to his dedication and collaboration. His leadership has made our state safer, and without him, Operation Rio Grande would not have been possible.

Just recently my district felt the impact of his leadership when he did not hesitate to provide resources and support in search of a missing Draper Boy Scout and the honoring of Draper Fire Battalion Chief Matt Burchett. Utah has greatly benefited from Squires’ dedication to making positive impacts throughout the state, and I consider him a close friend.”


Speaker Hughes statement on the death of Draper Firefighter

SALT LAKE CITY –  Speaker Greg Hughes issued this statement following the death of Draper Fire Battalion Chief Matt Burchett, who passed away Monday, August 13, 2018, due to injuries sustained fighting the Mendocino Complex Fire in California:

“There is a special place in heaven reserved for those who sacrifice all in the service of others. My sincerest condolences go out to the family of Matt Burchett, we owe them a debt that we will never be able to repay.”


Aundrea Peterson
Majority Director of Communications


Though each person’s journey to this day was unique,  in unison over 100 people from more than 40 countries took an oath to become U.S. citizens at a naturalization ceremony at the Utah State Capitol on August 3, 2018.

The event was hosted by Rep. Norm Thurston in partnership with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Chris Mann, a business owner, designer and a recently new U.S. citizen delivered the keynote. He encouraged the new citizens to write down why they decided to become an American to remind and inspire them during difficult times.

Congresswoman Mia Love gave the welcoming remarks where she stated that naturalization ceremonies are her favorite event to attend as a member of Congress.

“It’s truly a joy to see and meet the people who take that oath seriously and to share my family’s story with them, said Love in her weekly newsletter. “ They now have something that no one can take away: full, legal American citizenship.”

Laura McNeer, field office director for USCIS, administered the Oath of Allegiance.

Rep. Thurston concluded the ceremony by encouraging the new citizens to be actively engaged in local, state and national matters as well as voice their opinion in future elections by registering to vote.

Congratulations to the new citizens of this great country.

See additional pictures here.



Naturalization Ceremony to be Held at the Capitol

Media Advisory
For Immediate Release
August 2, 2018

Aundrea Peterson
Majority Director of Communications  

Naturalization Ceremony to be Held at the Capitol

Representative Norm Thurston, in partnership with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), will host a naturalization ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday, August 3 at the Utah State Capitol.

Congresswomen Mia Love will give the welcoming remarks. Chris Mann will deliver the keynote. Chris is a business owner, designer and recently became a U.S. citizen.

Rep. Norm Thurston will serve as master of ceremonies. Laura McNeer, field office director for USCIS, will administer the Oath of Allegiance.

A video welcome message from President Donald Trump.  Cytel Schults will sing the national anthem.

Following the ceremony, on-site voter registration will be available for the new U.S. citizens.

Rep. Norm Thurston, District 64
Congresswoman Mia Love, District 4
Chris Mann, business owner and designer
Laura McNeer, USCIS Field Office Director

Utah State Capitol ­– Rotunda
350 State St., Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Friday, August 3, 2018, at 10 a.m.

New citizens will be available for interviews immediately following the ceremony. When photographing someone with their certificate, have the person cover up their number (top right) to protect their privacy.



August 2018 Legislative Calendar

Stay in the know about what is happening at the Utah State Legislature.  Here is a list of August’s meetings. Click the committee to see the agenda, meeting materials and listen to live and past audio* of meetings.

Monday, August 6

1:00 p.m. – Criminal Code Evaluation Task Force

3:00 p.m. – Higher Education Strategic Planning Commission

Tuesday, August 7

10:00 a.m. – Veterans and Military Affairs Commission

Monday, August 13

10:00 p.m. – Administrative Rules Review Committee

Tuesday, August 14

8:00 a.m. – Social Services Appropriations Subcommittee

8:30 a.m. – Executive Offices and Criminal Justice Appropriations Subcommittee

8:30 a.m. – Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee

8:30 a.m. – Infrastructure and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee

11:00 a.m. – Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environmental Quality Appropriations Subcommittee

11:00 a.m. – Legislative Water Development Commission

1:15 p.m. – Business, Economic Development, and Labor Appropriations Subcommittee

1:15 p.m. – Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee

1:15 p.m. – Social Services Appropriations Subcommittee

Wednesday, August 15

7:30 a.m. – Victim Advocate Confidentiality Task Force

8:30 a.m. – Economic Development and Workforce Services Interim Committee

8:30 a.m. – Judiciary Interim Committee

8:30 a.m. – Transportation Interim Committee

8:30 a.m. – Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Interim Committee

8:30 a.m. – Natural Resources, Agriculture, & Environment Interim Committee

8:30 a.m. – Revenue and Taxation Interim Committee

1:15 p.m. – Business and Labor Interim Committee

1:15 p.m. – Education Interim Committee

1:15 p.m. – Government Operations Interim Committee

1:15 p.m. – Health and Human Services Interim Committee

1:15 p.m. – Political Subdivisions Interim Committee

1:15 p.m. – Public Utilities, Energy, and Technology Interim Committee

Thursday, August 16

8:00 a.m. – Transportation and Tax Review Task Force 


*Not all meetings are streamed online.