Month: October 2018

Medical Cannabis

For Immediate Release
October 26, 2018

 Public meeting to discuss the future of medical cannabis in Utah

A public meeting to discuss the future of medical cannabis in Utah.

Hear from legislators and advocacy groups about concerns, solutions and policy proposals. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback and input.

Speaker Greg Hughes
Utah Patients Coalition
Libertas Institute
Members of the Public

450 N. 1500 W., Orem, UT 84057 (Alder Security)

Monday, October 29, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.

Aundrea Peterson
Majority Director of Communications

Information about the Medical Cannabis Act draft bill can be found here:


Utah Take Back Day

Utah Take Back Day is this Saturday, October 27 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Take back day is a bi-annual event aimed to help properly dispose of unused, expired or unwanted prescriptions. More than 17,300 pounds of prescriptions drugs were collected in April by local law enforcement. Free and anonymous collection sites are located throughout the state including at the Capitol. Find a location closest to you here.

The following items are returnable: prescription medicines, over the counter medicines, vitamins, pet medicines, medicated ointments and lotions, inhalers, liquid medicines in glass or leak-proof containers and medicine samples.


State leaders announce year-end budget surplus

SALT LAKE CITY (Oct. 17, 2018) – State leaders announced Wednesday that the State of Utah will close out the prior fiscal year (FY 2018) with a budget surplus. This announcement comes as the Division of Finance wraps up its yearly analysis. Under the division’s current calculation, it will deposit $107 million into state reserve accounts and the Industrial Assistance Fund. After accounting for these transfers, the division estimates there will be nearly $158 million in additional, one-time revenue available from FY 2018. This budget surplus includes $8 million in the General Fund and $150 million in the Education Fund.

“Balancing the budget and operating according to prudent fiscal policies are top priorities here in Utah,” said Gov. Gary R. Herbert. “This one-time surplus revenue will help our legislature lend short-term support to our education system for one-time expenses such as buildings. But we still need a long-term solution to fund excellence in our classrooms.”

“A responsible budget should always spend less money than it takes in and set aside savings for a rainy day,” said Senate President Wayne Niederhauser. “These surplus calculations are encouraging and reflect our growing economy, but we must continue to be conservative when planning the entire state budget to ensure we find the correct fiscal balance.”

“These revenue surplus numbers are the result of Utah’s robust economy and I’m encouraged by them,” said Speaker Greg Hughes. “However, we must remain vigilant as we plan for our future to continue investing in critical areas such as education, transportation, public safety and our rainy day fund.”

As mentioned above, Utah made significant deposits into rainy day reserve accounts during FY 2018. An additional $6 million went into the general rainy day fund, $65 million into the education rainy day fund, $30 million into Medicaid rainy day fund, and $6 million into various other funds.

These numbers may slightly change as the Division of Finance finalizes its calculations.

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FY 2018 Preliminary Fund Balances

FY 2018 State of Utah Financial Highlights

State Revenue Snapshot


Aundrea Peterson
Utah House of Representatives

Anna Lehnardt
Gov. Gary R. Herbert

Bryan Smith
Utah State Senate

New House Member

The Utah House of Representatives welcomes the newest House member, Casey Snider. The Cache County Republican Party selected Rep. Snider to fill the vacancy in District 5, after former Rep. Curt Webb, whose term would have ended in December, voluntarily resigned to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Rep. Snider will fulfill the remaining of Webb’s term in the Utah legislature.

He was appointed by Governor Gary Herbert on Wednesday, Oct 15 and sworn in by the chief clerk of the House on Oct 16, 2018.  A ceremonial ceremony with the Governor was held on the afternoon of Oct. 16, 2018.

Rep. Snider will resume former Rep. Webb’s interim committee assignments.

Medical Cannabis Policy Update

What: Gov. Herbert, legislative leadership, and community advocates will discuss their shared vision for medical cannabis policy in Utah.

Gov. Gary R. Herbert
Senate President Wayne Niederhauser
House Speaker Greg Hughes
Michelle McOmber, CEO, Utah Medical Association
DJ Schanz, director, Utah Patients Coalition
Elder Jack N. Gerard, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Mark Madsen, patient advocate
Rt. Rev. Scott B. Hayashi, Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Utah
Connor Boyack, president, Libertas Institute

Thurs., Oct. 4, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. MST

Utah State Capitol, Gold Room

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Read the draft Utah Medical Cannabis Act bill here.

View a summary of the draft bill here.

Listen to the press conference that was held on October 4, 2018 here.

October 2018 Legislative Calendar

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

Wednesday, October 3
12:30 p.m. – Child Welfare Legislative Oversight Panel

Tuesday, October 9
10:00 a.m. – Veterans and Military Affairs Commission

Wednesday, October 10
10:00 a.m. – Administrative Rules Review Committee

Monday, October 15
10:00 a.m. – Commission on Federalism
1:00 p.m. – Criminal Code Evaluation Task Force
4:00 p.m. – Legislative Audit Subcommittee

Tuesday, October 16
7:30 a.m. – Executive Appropriations Committee
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
1:15 p.m. – Business, Economic Development, and Labor Appropriations Subcommittee
1:15 p.m. – Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environmental Quality Appropriations Subcommittee
1:15 p.m. – Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee
1:15 p.m. – Social Services Appropriations Subcommittee
1:15 p.m. – Legislative Water Development Commission

Wednesday, October 17
7:00 a.m. – Victim Advocate Confidentiality Task Force
8:00 a.m. – Revenue and Taxation Interim Committee
8:30 a.m. – Economic Development and Workforce Services Interim Committee
8:30 a.m. – Judiciary 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. – Transportation 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
6:00 p.m. – Subcommittee on Oversight

Thursday, October 18
8:30 a.m. – Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands

Wednesday, October 24
9:00 a.m. – Administrative Rules Review Committee

Thursday, October 25
1:00 p.m. – Health Reform Task Force

Monday, October 29
1:00 p.m. – Criminal Code Evaluation Task Force

*Not all meetings are streamed online.