Category: Media Alert

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.”

 

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

Naturalization Ceremony to be Held at the Capitol

Media Advisory
For Immediate Release
August 2, 2018

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

Naturalization Ceremony to be Held at the Capitol

What:
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.

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

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

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

Notes:
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.

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Utah Safe Schools Commission to hold a press conference

For Immediate Release
June 18, 2018

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

Utah Safe Schools Commission to hold a press conference to present recommendations to increase safety measures in Utah schools 

What:
The Utah Safe Schools Commission to present recommendations of how to improve school safety.

The uncompensated commission reviewed policies and programs directed at increasing safety in schools in Utah. Dialog among elected officials, stakeholders, parents, teachers, community members and students helped develop solutions that will increase safety measures to protect children across the state.

During the press conference, members of the commission, elected officials and stakeholders will review their findings.

Where:
Capitol Building, Gold Room
350 State St., Salt Lake City, UT 84111

This event will also be live-streamed on the Utah House of Representatives Facebook Page.

When:
Wednesday, June 20, 11:45 a.m.

Who:
Rep. Ray Ward
Rep. Steve Handy
Rep. Mike Kennedy
Speaker Greg Hughes
Members of the Utah School Safety Commission

Members of the Utah Safe Schools Commission:
Clark Aposhian, chairman of the board of the Utah Shooting Sports Council
Dallas Earnshaw, superintendent at Utah State Hospital
John Hoffmann, professor of sociology at Brigham Young University
Terryl Warner, member of the Utah State Board of Education
Keith Squires, commissioner for the Utah Department of Public Safety
Bryan Turner, director of Architectural Services at Davis School District
Heidi Matthews, president of Utah Education Association
Elizabeth Love, student representative – West High School
Isaac Reese, student representative – Brighton High School
Brian Nelson, director at Utah Division of Risk Management
Captain Justin Chapman of the Sandy City Police Department and School Resource Officer (SRO) instructor

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Speaker Hughes and Senator Dabakis to host a news conference to discuss the inland port

Media Advisory
For Immediate Release
June 4, 2018

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

Speaker Hughes and Senator Dabakis to host a news conference to discuss the inland port

What:
Speaker Greg Hughes and Senator Jim Dabakis will host a press conference to discuss a compromise framework for SB 234Utah Inland Port Authority, and the future inland port in the Northwest Quadrant of Salt Lake County.

Who:
Speaker Greg Hughes
Senator Jim Dabakis

When:
Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at 10:30 a.m.

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

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Rep. Gage Froerer to be recognized for his legislative work

Media Advisory
For Immediate Release
April 11, 2018

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

 Rep. Gage Froerer to be recognized for his legislative work

What:
Youth Impact is holding a press conference to recognize Representative Gage Froerer for his legislative work of supporting non-profits and helping reduce the size of government. 

Who:
Rep. Gage Froerer, District 8
Youth Impact
Northern Utah Red Cross
Cottages of Hope
Intermountain Donor Services

 Where:
Youth Impact
2305 Grant Ave, Ogden, UT 84401

When:
Thursday, April 12 at 3:30 p.m.

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Utah Legislature to hold a veto override session

MEDIA ADVISORY
April 11, 2018

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

Utah Legislature to hold a veto override session

Salt Lake City – As outlined in the Utah Constitution, the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House have conducted a poll of their respective members, and two-thirds of the members of each chamber are in favor of reconvening the Legislature to reconsider bills and items vetoed by the Governor. President Niederhauser and Speaker Hughes will issue the official call of the veto override session to their members including the date and time of the session.

Article VII, Section 8(4) of the Utah Constitution states that the veto override session “shall begin within 60 days after the adjournment of the session at which the disapproved bill or item of appropriation passed. This session may not exceed five calendar days and shall be convened at a time set jointly by the presiding officer of each house solely for the purpose of reconsidering the bill or item of appropriation disapproved. If upon reconsideration, the bill or item of appropriation again passes both houses of the Legislature by a yea and nay vote of two-thirds of the members elected to each house, the bill shall become law or the item of appropriation shall take effect on the original effective date of the law or item of appropriation.”

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Speaker Hughes to hold media availability

Media Advisory
For Immediate Release
March 8, 2018

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

Speaker Hughes to hold media availability


What:
Speaker Greg Hughes will host media availability to answer questions about the 2018 General Session.

Who:
Speaker Greg Hughes

When:
Thursday, March 8, 2018, at 6:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Where:
Utah State Capitol, Office of the Speaker of the House
350 State St., Salt Lake City, UT 84111

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Press Conference: Month of kindness

Media Advisory
For Immediate Release
March 7, 2018

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

Month of kindness – honoring the victims who lost their lives

What:
Representative Paul Ray and Senator Daniel Thatcher will hold a press conference to discuss H.C.R. 22, which designates April as a month of kindness for the state of Utah and honors the lives of the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Ryan Petty, the father of 14-year-old Alaina who lost her life during the recent attack in Florida, is supporting this measure to honor his daughter’s legacy; one of hope, service and love. His goal is to focus on school safety initiatives to ensure no one else will have to go through the tragedy that his family is experiencing.

During the month of April, those who perform acts of kindness in Utah can report them via the SafeUT app. The resolution supports acts that shed light on the goodness in communities while encouraging student’s participation in using the SafeUT app – an app that is designed to prevent future acts of violence.

Who:
Rep. Paul Ray (R-Clinton)
Sen. Daniel Thatcher (R-West Valley)
The Petty Family

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

 When:
Thursday, March 8 from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.
The resolution will be heard on Thursday, March 8, 2018, at 10:00 AM in the House

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Press conference to discuss abolishing the death penalty in Utah 

Media Advisory
For Immediate Release
February 16, 2018

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

Press conference to discuss abolishing the death penalty in Utah 

What:
Principles such as fiscal responsibility, limited government and the right to life, among others are inevitably leading many to the conclusion that the death penalty is a failed big government program that must end.

Rep. Gage Froerer, Speaker Greg Hughes and former U.S. Attorney for the District of Utah Brett Tolman to discuss HB 379, Death Penalty Amendments, which would prospectively end the death penalty in Utah.

Where:
Capitol Building, Presentation Room
350 State St., Salt Lake City, UT 84111

When:
Tuesday, February 20, 9:30 a.m.

Who:
Rep. Gage Froerer, District 8
Speaker of the House Greg Hughes, District 51
Brett Tolman, former United States Attorney for the District of Utah

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Reps. Schultz and Redd Receive AHRI Policy Leadership Award

News Release
For Immediate Release
February 12, 2018

Rep. Mike Schultz to Receive AHRI Policy Leadership Award
HVACR Trade Association Legislator’s Industry Support

On Monday, February 12, 2018, Utah State Representatives Mike Schultz and Edward Redd were presented with a Policy Leadership Award from the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), the national trade association for manufacturers of heating, cooling, water heating, and commercial refrigeration equipment.  Rep. Schultz will be recognized for his efforts to protect the ability of Utah businesses to continue to install and natural gas-fired commercial water heaters in the state.  The HVACR and water heating industry employs some 6,700 Utahans in manufacturing, distribution, installation, and maintenance.

“I really appreciate the efforts of AHRI to work together to implement Low NOx water heaters,” said Rep. Schultz. “This change will have a significant impact on improving the air quality in the state of Utah.”

“I am honored to receive this award, said Rep. Redd. “We worked collaboratively with AHRI representatives and legislators to get ultra-low NOx water heaters as the standard for new installations and replacement water heaters in the state of Utah. Ultra low-NOx water heaters put out 70 percent fewer nitrogen oxides emissions than current standard natural gas-fueled water heaters in Utah. This intervention will gradually help improve air quality long-term as current water heaters are replaced with ultra low-NOx water heaters.”

“Rep. Schultz’s efforts effectively preserved the ability of Utah businesses to have a choice in their water heater use,” said AHRI President and CEO Stephen Yurek. “His common-sense amendment to HB 37 helped our industry and the Utah citizens we serve, while continuing to take the steps necessary to protect the environment and save energy.  We are very grateful for his work on this issue.”

AHRI Director of Government Relations Garrett McGuire presented Reps. Schultz and Redd their award at the Utah State Capitol at Monday, February 12 at 11 a.m.

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About AHRI

The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) is the trade association representing manufacturers of air conditioning, heating, commercial refrigeration, and water heating equipment. An internationally recognized advocate for the industry, AHRI develops standards for and certifies the performance of many of these products. AHRI’s 300+ member companies manufacture quality, efficient, and innovative residential and commercial air conditioning, space heating, water heating, and commercial refrigeration equipment and components for sale in North America and around the world.

Contact:
Aundrea Peterson, Majority Director of Communications
Utah House of Representatives
aundreapeterson@le.utah.gov