Category: House News

 Utah to take the lead on lowering prescription drug costs

For Immediate Release

November 13, 2018

 

Contact:
Aundrea Peterson
Majority Director of Communications
aundreapeterson@le.utah.gov

 Utah to take the lead on lowering prescription drug costs

 What:
Rep. Paul Ray to announce legislation that will aim to lower the inflated cost of prescriptions for Utahns.

Who:
Rep. Paul Ray, District 13

Where:
Utah State Capitol ­– Capitol Board Room
350 State St., Salt Lake City, UT 84111

When:
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.

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Utah House Democrats Congratulate Speaker-Elect Brad Wilson

Utah House Democrats Congratulate Speaker-Elect Brad Wilson

SALT LAKE CITY – This evening the Utah House Democrats released the following statement following the Republican Caucus’s announcement of their new leadership team:

“Congratulations to Speaker-Elect Brad Wilson and the new members of the Republican Caucus leadership team. The House Democratic Caucus looks forward to working with Speaker-Elect Wilson, as we know he values inclusivity and listening to all perspectives.  Speaker-Elect Wilson has shown himself to be fair, astute, and respectful of collaboration.  He understands that many Democratic priorities align with the Republican Caucus’s own concerns, such as quality education for our children, public safety, high-quality jobs and protecting the well-being of all Utahns.  Going forward, we are eager to work in partnership with Speaker-Elect Wilson and all of our Republican colleagues for the people of Utah.”

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House Majority Leadership Team for 2019/20

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah House Majority Caucus elected their leadership team for the upcoming legislative session Thursday night. They are as follows:

  • Brad Wilson, R – District 15, was selected to serve as Speaker
  • Francis Gibson, R – District 65, was selected serve as Majority Leader
  • Mike Schultz, R – District 12, was selected to serve as Majority Whip
  • Val Peterson, R – District 59, was selected to serve as Majority Assistant Whip

“I am humbled and grateful for this opportunity to lead the Utah House,” said Speaker-elect Brad Wilson. “During this upcoming session, we will continue to tackle big issues and find solutions to pressing concerns. Our work in the Utah Legislature will reflect the values and needs of all Utahns. Together, we will work to keep Utah the leading state for quality of life, prosperity and opportunity.”

“It is an honor and privilege to be selected by my colleagues to lead the majority caucus,” said Majority Leader-elect Francis Gibson. “I’m grateful for the chance to the lead the men and women of our caucus, reach across the aisle and work with the Senate to pass legislation that will better our state.”

Bios for the newly elected majority leadership team are below.

Representative Brad Wilson, Speaker-elect  

Brad Wilson, a Davis County native, represents Kaysville in District 15. He and his wife, Jeni, are the parents of three children.

Rep. Wilson is the CEO of Destination Homes, a residential homebuilder. In 2010, he was elected to the Utah House of Representatives. He served as the assistant majority whip in 2014-16. Currently, he is the majority leader and a member of the Executive Appropriations Committee.

During his time in the Legislature, Rep. Wilson has passed legislation to reform alcohol policy, strengthen the ability for small businesses to grow within the state while generating numerous strategies to improve Utah’s air quality, put protections in place for property owners from frivolous lawsuits and helped ensure victims of crime receive fair and timely restitution and reparation. Additionally, his leadership in moving the state prison to a new location will result in numerous jobs created, which will help stimulate even more economic growth.

Rep. Wilson is a public servant who aims to inspire and rally people to work together to find the best solutions for challenging issues.

He is active in the community. Boards Rep. Wilson has served on include Davis Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Davis Economic Advisory Council,  Children’s Aid Society of Utah, National Advisory Council for Weber State University, World Trade Center of Utah, Walker Institute and Utah Capital Investment Corporation. He is also a member of the Utah Chapter of the Young President’s Organization. He was named as one of Utah’s Top 40 Under 40 Business Professionals.

Wilson has a business degree from Weber State University and is a graduate of the College of Financial Planning. In 2015, he was the Weber State University Alumnus of the Year.

Representative Francis Gibson, Majority Leader-elect

Rep. Francis Gibson has represented District 65 in the Utah House of Representatives since 2009. He has chaired the Education Standing Committee and served on the Education Appropriations Committee, been a member of the Health Care Task Force, House Special Investigative Committee and the Legislative Redistricting Committee. He has served in a leadership position as majority whip for the past four years.

He believes being actively involved in the community where you live, rather it be an elected or voluntary position, is an important part of giving back.

For four years, he was a councilman for Mapleton City. He has served in many volunteer positions from Executive Board for Boy Scouts of America National Parks Council, Children’s Justice Center of Utah County, Utah Sports Commission and coached youth sports in the community and at the high school level.

As Rep. Gibson represents his district, he strives to be humble, dependable and accessible. He believes in addressing difficult matters is vital to improve and maintain Utah’s way of life we all know and love. Some of the most significant issues that he has and continues to tackle include growth, transportation, affordable housing and homelessness.

Rep. Gibson is the CEO and Administrator of the Orem Community Hospital and Spanish Fork Hospital, which is part of the Intermountain Healthcare organization. He has a Bachelor of Science from Brigham Young University, a Master of Social Work from the University of Houston and a Master of Business Administration from Utah State University.

In his spear time, he loves boogie boarding in the ocean, camping and golfing with his family and recently began riding dirt bikes with his sons. He looks forward to the day when he can retire and travel the country in a motorhome, visiting national parks.

Rep. Gibson and his wife, Shiela, have been married 25 years and have four children, three sons, and one daughter.

Representative Mike Schultz, Majority Whip-elect

A lifelong resident of Hooper, Roy and West Haven, Representative Mike Schultz grew up working on his grandfather’s cattle farm. From that experience, he learned one of life’s greatest lessons–the value of hard work.

With this in mind, and with the help of his parents, at the age of 10 Schultz began his career as an entrepreneur selling worms to fishermen. At 12, he took his first job milking cows at his neighbor’s dairy farm and by the age of 16 he had started a hay hauling business and was sub-contracting with a ward member to roof houses. He earned his general contractor’s license and started building homes when he was 20 years old.

Rep. Schultz owns and operates a number of small business and currently serves as president of Castle Creek Homes, headquartered in Roy, Utah. He also serves on the Board of Directors for First National Bank.

As an employer and small business owner, he believes that the role of government is simply to give its citizens the framework to build their own success and then get out of the way.

He was first elected to represent District 12 in the Utah House in 2014. Serving in the Utah Legislature has been most meaningful to him when it gives him the opportunity to make a positive impact in people’s lives, especially in those areas where government has overstepped its authority.

He and his wife, Melissa, are the proud parents of six children.

When not busy with work or family, he can be found in the great outdoors hunting, fishing, cattle ranching or snowmobiling.

Representative Val Peterson, Majority Assistant Whip-elect  

Representative Val Peterson was first elected to the Utah State Legislature in 2010. As a member of the Utah House of Representatives he has served as chair of House Education and Vice Chair of Rules, Government Operations, Economic Development, Work Force Service and Labor Appropriations.

Rep. Peterson is the Vice President for Finance and Administration at Utah Valley University (UVU). He serves on the UVU Events Center Board, is a board member of Timpanogos Regional Hospital in Orem and has served on the Provo Airport Board.

During his time in the legislature, Peterson has and continues to work a number of issues including education funding, air quality, transportation funding, public lands, prison relocation and public lands legislation.

Prior to running for office, Peterson served his country for 32 years. He served in the National Guard for 30 years and as the Land Component Commander for the State of Utah. He retired as a Brigadier General. Throughout his military career, his areas of responsibility consisted of the Army National Guard MACOMS, military intelligence, engineers, aviation, artillery, special forces, medical services and commanded at the Company, Battalion and Brigade level.

He has a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations, a master degree in Mass Communications from Brigham Young University (BYU), a master degree in Strategic Studies from United States Army War College and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from BYU.

Peterson, originally from Idaho, lives in Orem with his wife, Ann. They are parents of three children. The Peterson family enjoys boating, water skiing, hiking, skiing and golfing together.

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Communications Intern

The Utah House of Representatives Majority Communications Office invites applications for the position of:

GENERAL SESSION COMMUNICATIONS INTERN

PHYSICAL ADDRESS:
Utah House of Representatives
350 North State, Suite 350
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114

OPENING DATE:                Friday, November 2, 2018

CLOSING DATE:               Until filled. We will be interviewing applicants as resumes are received.

JOB DESCRIPTION:

The Utah House of Representative Majority Communications office is looking for two creative communications interns who are willing to contribute and provide support with various tasks during the 2019 General Session. The interns will work directly with the communications director to develop and promote communications outreach for the House Majority.

EXAMPLE OF DUTIES:

  • Monitor and track local news
  • Draft blog post and newsletter articles
    Film and edit videos
  • Design and create graphics and presentations
  • Research talking points for numerous topics

TYPICAL QUALIFICATIONS:
In addition to demonstrating a high degree of flexibility and diplomacy in a professional environment, applicants must have a variety of skills:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Solid understanding of the different social media platforms
  • Graphic design or video editing, is a plus

Minimum qualifications:

  • Proficient in Microsoft Suite
  • Experience working in a professional office setting.
  • Must be able to work extended hours from approximately January 9 to March 23, 2019.

 SALARY:  Stipend, no benefits

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:  Send a cover letter, resume, 3 references, writing sample, and if available video and/or graphic examples to:

Debbie Cragun
HR Administrator
hr@le.utah.gov

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION:

Employees in this position serve at the pleasure of the appointing officer in an at will status and may be terminated at any time without cause. This is not a career service position.

The State of Utah is an equal opportunity employer. Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability. Reasonable accommodations provided to known disabilities of individuals in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. For accommodation information or if you need special accommodations to complete the application process, contact Debbie Cragun at 801-326-1600. 

Veteran’s Preference (Utah Code Ann. 71-10-1, et. Seq.) An applicant claiming veteran’s preference must do so in the body of the cover letter by providing sufficient information to identify the type of veteran’s preference requested. Additionally, a copy of the applicant’s DD-214 must be attached to the resume. If a disabled preference is claimed, a copy of the applicant’s letter form the VA stating the disability percentage granted must also be attached.

Click here to see the job posting.

 

 

Medical Cannabis

For Immediate Release
October 26, 2018

 Public meeting to discuss the future of medical cannabis in Utah

What:
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.

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

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

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

Contact:
Aundrea Peterson
Majority Director of Communications
aundreapeterson@le.utah.gov

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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ATTACHMENTS:

FY 2018 Preliminary Fund Balances

FY 2018 State of Utah Financial Highlights

State Revenue Snapshot

CONTACTS:

Aundrea Peterson
Utah House of Representatives
aundreapeterson@le.utah.gov

Anna Lehnardt
Gov. Gary R. Herbert
alehnardt@utah.gov

Bryan Smith
Utah State Senate
bsmith@le.utah.gov

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.

Who:
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

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

Where:
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.