Category: House News

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.




September 2018 Legislative Calendar

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

Monday, September 4
1:00 p.m. – Criminal Code Evaluation Task Force

Wednesday, September 5
1:00 p.m. – Native American Legislative Liaison Committee

Monday, September 17
6:00 p.m. – Social Services Appropriations Subcommittee

Tuesday, September 18
8:30 a.m. – Legislative Audit Subcommittee
10:00 a.m. – Executive Appropriations Committee
11:00 a.m. – Point of the Mountain Development Commission
1:00 p.m. – Victim Advocate Confidentiality Task Force

Monday, September 24
10:00 a.m. – Administrative Rules Review Committee
1:00 p.m. – Criminal Code Evaluation Task Force

Wednesday, September 26
1:15 p.m. – Retirement and Independent Entities Interim Committee

 Friday, September 28
1:00 p.m. – Health Reform Task Force


Constitution Day

On this day 231 years ago, the Constitution of the United States of America was signed on September 17, 1787, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We recognize and honor the men and women who helped compose the most significant document of freedom ever created by human hand. Read the Constitution here.


Utah Legislative Auditor General John M. Schaff Announces Retirement

September 4, 2018

Bryan Smith
Deputy Chief of Staff
Utah State Senate

Aundrea Peterson
Director of Communications
Utah House of Representatives

Utah Legislative Auditor General John M. Schaff Announces Retirement

Salt Lake City – After 42 years of service to Utah’s taxpayers, Legislative Auditor General John M. Schaff is retiring. In a letter announcing his plans to retire, Schaff, who has led the 28-person staff of the Office of the Legislative Auditor General since 2004, described his career with the Legislature as “a grand experience.” He praised the legislative body’s respect for the independence of his office saying, “…in all my years on the hill they have never attempted to censor or control the audit process. Rather, the Legislature has allowed the audit function freedom to discover and report the truth.”

Legislative Leaders Offer their Praise for a Dedicated Public Servant

“Utah is a better place thanks to the devoted public service of John Schaff,” said Senate President Wayne Niederhauser. “Good policy is predicated on good information. Under John’s leadership, the Office of the Legislative Auditor General has effectively provided information, analyses, and recommendations helping the Legislature make the best policy decisions for our state. John’s impartiality, integrity, and expertise have been above reproach. On behalf of the Utah Senate and the citizens we represent, we thank John for his many years of exceptional public service.”

President Niederhauser’s sentiments were echoed by Speaker of the House of Representatives Speaker Greg Hughes: “The Utah Legislature has been well served under the leadership of John Schaff,” said Speaker Hughes. “John has always exemplified professionalism, and I entrusted his ability to do his job in an exceptional manner. Our state is better because of his dedication to his position. I want to thank him for all the work he has done on behalf of legislators and the citizens of Utah. I want to congratulate John on his retirement, and I wish him well as he begins this new chapter in his life.”

Praise for Schaff and the Office of the Legislative Auditor General came from both sides of the aisle: “John has distinguished himself as an outstanding public servant,” said Senate Minority Leader Gene Davis. “He and his office has set the standard for balanced, in-depth audits. His legacy is a more efficient and accountable state.” House Minority Leader Brian King added, “Because John lead his office professionally and without partisan slant his work has been integral to making our government more competent, efficient, and responsive to Utahns. Even when his assignments were potentially politically-charged, he worked honestly and with transparency to keep our state agencies accountable. I’ve appreciated his diligence and integrity very much.”

Search Underway for Replacement

John Schaff’s retirement will be effective November 30, 2018. Meanwhile, the process has begun for hiring his replacement. The Legislative Audit Subcommittee, which is co-chaired by the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, is currently seeking applicants for the position. Applicants must be a Licensed Certified Public Accountant or Certified Internal Auditor, have at least five years of experience in performance auditing in the private or public accounting profession or the equivalent prior to appointment and must hold a master’s degree in a related business field. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume and references to hr@le.utah.govno later than September 16, 2018, by 5:00 p.m.

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The Office of the Legislative Auditor General is charged with examining and evaluating taxpayer-funded programs, operations, and entities. Their mission to serve the citizens of Utah by providing objective information, in-depth analyses, and useful recommendations that help legislators and other decision makers improve programs, reduce costs, and promote accountability.



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.