Category: Media Alert

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

 

Speaker Hughes statement about the passing of Jon Huntsman Sr.

Media Statement
For Immediate Release
February 2, 2018

Contact:
Aundrea Peterson, Majority Director of Communications
Utah House of Representatives
801-791-3365 | aundreapeterson@le.utah.gov

Speaker Hughes statement about the passing of Jon Huntsman Sr.

Salt Lake City – Speaker Greg Hughes issued this statement following the death of Jon Huntsman Sr.:

I am devastated by the news of the passing of Jon Huntsman Sr. Mr. Huntsman has been a dear friend and an incredible mentor. He counseled me often and taught me the true meaning of service. To say I will miss him, his grit and his incredible compassion would be a gross understatement. My thoughts and prayers are with his great family at this time.

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Legislators to discuss bills that aim to increase transparency of local government

Media Advisory
For Immediate Release
February 1, 2018

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

Legislators to discuss bills that aim to increase transparency of local government

 What:
Reps. Gage Froerer, Keven Stratton, Rep. Mike McKell and Sen. Curtis Bramble to talk about H.B. 224, County Government Change Election Amendments, which aims to return government to the citizens of Utah counties. And H.B. 175, Oversight Committee Creation, that would create a Joint Committee on Governmental Oversight to increase the transparency, efficiency of state and local governmental entities.

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

When:
Friday, February 2, 2018, at 10:00 a.m.

Who:
Rep. Gage Froerer, District 8
Rep. Keven Stratton, District 48
Rep. Mike McKell, District 66
Sen. Curtis Bramble, District 16

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Protecting children who have Down syndrome

Media Advisory
For Immediate Release
January 18, 2018

Protecting children who have Down syndrome

What:
Representative Karianne Lisonbee and Senator Curt Bramble to discuss legislation that enacts important protections for children who have Down syndrome.

Who:
Rep. Karianne Lisonbee, District 14
Senator Curt Bramble, District 16
Bill Duncan, Senior Fellow, Sutherland Institute
Kathi Aultman, MD FACOG

Where:
Utah State Capitol – Hall of Governors
350 State St., Salt Lake City, UT 84111

 When:
Monday, January 22, 2018, at 11:30 a.m.

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

 Naturalization Ceremony to be held at the Capitol

Media Advisory
For Immediate Release
January 10, 2018

 

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

 Naturalization Ceremony for Approximately 130 Citizenship Applicants 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, January 12 at the Utah State Capitol.

The keynote speaker, Bassam Salem, will share is his story of a becoming a U.S. citizen. Salem was born in Egypt, lived in France and England as a child then came to the U.S. as a teenager to attend university.

Rep. Norm Thurston will serve as master of ceremonies. Laura McNeer, field office director for USCIS, will administer the Oath of Allegiance. Cytel Schultz will perform the U.S. National Anthem. A video welcome message from President Donald Trump.

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

 Who:  
Rep. Norm Thurston, District 64
Bassam Salem, CEO at AtlasRTX
Laura McNeer, USCIS Field Office Director

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

When:
Friday, January 12, 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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Speaker Hughes to hold media availability

Media Alert
For Immediate Release
January 10, 2018

Contact:
Aundrea Peterson
House Majority Communications Director
Utah House of Representatives
801-791-3365| aundreapeterson@le.utah.gov

Speaker Hughes to hold media availability

What:
Speaker Greg Hughes will hold media availability about his decision not to seek re-election.

Who:
Speaker Greg Hughes

When:
Wednesday, January 10 at 12:30 p.m.

 Where:
7259 S Bingham Junction Blvd., Midvale, UT 84047 (CHG Healthcare). Check in at the front desk.

 Notes:
CHG Healthcare is not involved in the press conference. It is only the location of the all-day majority caucus retreat/training.

 

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Aundrea Peterson

Majority Director of Communications

Utah House of Representatives

C: (801) 791-3365

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aundreapeterson@le.utah.gov

house.utah.gov

 

Discussion on homelessness, substance abuse and mental health

Speaker Greg Hughes will host a conversation on homelessness, substance abuse and mental health with leading experts in the field. Participants will include Dr. David Smith and Mary Hauser.

Smith is a nationally recognized leader in the treatment of addictive disease, new research strategies in the management of drug abuse problems and appropriate prescribing practices for physicians. Dr. Smith founded the Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinics in 1967 and has served on federal, state and local boards addressing substance use, abuse and treatment, and has received numerous awards.

Hauser has over four decades of experience in addiction medicine, behavioral health, mental health, and psychology. Her experience extends from directing addiction prevention, intervention, treatment, and research programs; to serving as adjunct faculty at multiple universities; to serving as a consultant at the State, Federal and Inpatient/Outpatient program level.

Where:
Streaming it live on  Facebook here.

When:
Thursday, January 11 from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.

 

Naturalization Ceremony to be held at the Utah State Capitol

Media Advisory
For Immediate Release
November 27, 2017 

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

Naturalization Ceremony to be held at the Utah State Capitol

 Salt Lake City – Representative Norm Thurston, in partnership with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), will host a naturalization ceremony at 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 28 at the Utah State Capitol.

The keynote speaker Silvana Effio, news anchor and director at Telemundo Utah, will share her experience of becoming 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.

Carla Swensen-Haslam will perform the U.S. National Anthem. A video welcome message from President Donald Trump.

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

Who:    
Rep. Norm Thurston, District 64
Silvana Effio, News Anchor and Director for Telemundo Utah
Laura McNeer, USCIS Field Office Director

What:
U.S. Naturalization Ceremony

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

When:
Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 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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Media Advisory: State leaders to discuss Medicaid waiver with media

MEDIA ADVISORY

State leaders to discuss Medicaid waiver with media

What: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced its approval of a 2016 request from the state of Utah to expand Medicaid services to 4,000 – 6,000 Utah adults without dependent children. The approval also includes authority to use federal funds to provide residential substance abuse treatment services to Medicaid recipients.

This limited expansion of Medicaid is a critical element of Operation Rio Grande, as many of the newly eligible recipients will be members of the homeless population. Phase two of the operation focuses on bringing additional treatment beds into the system to support individuals in recovery. The waiver approval will encourage treatment centers to begin offering services for Medicaid members.

State leaders will provide brief remarks on the approval and take questions from credentialed members of the media.

Who:
Gov. Gary R. Herbert
Lt. Gov. Spencer J. Cox
President Wayne Niederhauser
Speaker Greg Hughes
Representative James A. Dunnigan
Mayor Ben McAdams
Utah Department of Health
Utah Department of Workforce Services
Representatives from Odyssey House
Representatives from First Step House

When:
Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, at 11:05 a.m.

Where:
Utah Capitol, Gold Room
350 N. State Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114

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