Category: Media Alert

Media Advisory -Weber County considering making county commissioners part-time

Media Advisory
For Immediate Release
October 25, 2017

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

Weber County considering making county commissioners part-time
Elected officials set-forth petition to change local form of government

 Salt Lake City – Local elected officials to discuss a petition to study a new form of government in Weber County. It will include considering making Weber County commissioners part-time and increasing members to adequately represent the growing county.

Weber County has 250,000 citizens that are represented at the state level by 10 representatives and senators, locally by 76 city or town council members and 15 mayors. However, only three commissioners serve the same 250,000 citizens that have vastly diverse situations and challenges.

The purpose of the petition is to examine if a change in the form of government at the county level would be beneficial to Weber County citizens and better align with the increase in population in the area. Voters have the opportunity to decide if this is the correct path at this time.

The proposal to review a possible change in government is founded on the separation of powers and principles of representation with the growth of the county. It is not to condemn current or past commissioners.

Who:  
Rep. Gage Froerer, District 8 (northeastern Weber County)
Senator Ann Millner, District 18
Weber County Commissioner Kerry Gibson
North Ogden Mayor Brent Taylor

What:
Elected officials to discuss a petition to study a change in the form of government in Weber County.

Where:
Comfort Suites
2250 S 1200 W., Ogden, UT 84401

When:
Thursday, October 26, 2017, at noon.

Notes:
The petition was filed with the Weber County Clerk/Auditor’s Office Friday, October 20, 2017: In accordance with to the provisions of Utah Code 17-52-203 the undersigned Petitioners do hereby, “Initiate the process of adopting an optional plan,” for changing the form of Weber County government via petition of, “Registered voters of a county,” and do signal our intent to begin collecting additional signatures via petition for that purpose.

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Media Advisory: Naturalization Ceremony to be held at the Utah State Capitol

Media Advisory
For Immediate Release
September 22, 2017 

Contact:
                                 Aundrea Peterson
Majority Director of Communications
801-791-3365 | 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. Monday, September 25 at the Utah State Capitol.

The keynote speaker, Eldin Diglisic, will share his 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 J. Trump.

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

Who:  
Rep. Norm Thurston, District 64
Eldin Diglisic
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:
Monday, September 25, 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: Senate President and House Speaker to hold media availability

Media Advisory
For Immediate Release
September 20, 2017

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

Senate President and House Speaker to hold media availability

What:
Senate President Wayne Niederhauser and House Speaker Greg Hughes will host media access to comment on the first special session of the 62nd Legislature.

Who:
Senate President Wayne Niederhauser
House Speaker Greg Hughes
Members of House and Senate Leadership

When:
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 – 20 minutes following the end of the special session

Where:
Office of the Senate President
Utah State Capitol
320 State St., Salt Lake City, UT 84111

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Media Alert: Missing and Exploited Children’s Day in Utah

For Immediate Release
Media Alert
August 25, 2017

 

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

Missing and Exploited Children’s Day in Utah

Salt Lake City –  During the 2017 General Session, Rep. Steve Handy and Sen. Stuart Adams sponsored HB 53, Missing and Exploited Children’s Day. It passed the Utah Legislature and signed into law. The purpose of the bill, and following the lead of many other states, including the National Missing Children’s Day on May 25, is to call attention to missing and exploited children in Utah.

Utah’s first official Rachael Runyan Missing and Exploited Children’s Day will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 26, 2017, at the Rachael Runyan Memorial Park in Sunset.

Utah’s AMBER Alert is tested twice yearly, on January 13, and August 26, a date chosen specifically calling attention to the abduction date of Rachael.

What:
To call attention to the plight of missing and exploited children in Utah.

When:
Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.

Where:
Rachel Runyan Memorial Park, 200 W 975 N Sunset, Utah

Who:
Rep. Steve Handy, District 16, Layton
Sunset Chief of Police Ken Eborn
Member of Utah’s Amber Alert Team
Elaine Runyan, mother of Rachael Runyan

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Media Advisory: One hundred thirty people will soon take an oath to become American citizens

Media Advisory
For Immediate Release
July 17, 2017

 

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

One hundred thirty people will soon take an oath to become American citizens

Salt Lake City – Representative Norm Thurston, in partnership with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), will host a naturalization ceremony for approximately 130 people from more than 40 countries at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 19 at the Utah State Capitol.

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes and Viviane Quintela, anchor and producer for Noticias Univision 32, will deliver remarks at the ceremony. Rep. Norm Thurston will serve as master of ceremonies. Laura McNeer, field office director for USCIS, will administer the Oath of Allegiance.

Cytel Schults will perform the U.S. National Anthem. A recorded new citizen welcome message from Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly.

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

Who:  
Rep. Norm Thurston, District 64
Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes
Viviane Quintela, Anchor and Producer for Noticias Univision 32
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:
Wednesday, July 19, 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: House members to meet to discuss separation of powers concerns

Media Advisory
For Immediate Release
June 19, 2017

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

     Elizabeth Converse
House Minority Communications Director
Utah House of Representatives
801-835-7087 | econverse@le.utah.gov

House members to meet to discuss separation of powers concerns

What:
Majority and Minority House members will meet Tuesday, June 20 at noon to discuss concerns related to separation of powers.

Where:
Utah State Capitol – House Building, Room 30

When:
Tuesday, June 20, 2017, beginning at 12:00 p.m.

Media availability immediately following in the House lobby (1st floor of the House Building) at approximately 1:20 p.m.

Who:
Members of the Utah House of Representatives
John Fellows, General Counsel, Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

 

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Media Advisory: Commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the U.S. entering World War I

Media Advisory
For Immediate Release
April 4, 2017 

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

Commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the U.S. entering World War I

Salt Lake City – Representative Stephen Handy, sponsor of H.C.R. 2 Concurrent Resolution Recognizing the United States and Utah’s Participation in World War I, to speak at a ceremony to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the U.S. entering World War I.

This resolution recognizes the United States’ and Utah’s participation in the Great War, which spanned from July 28, 1914, to November 11, 1918. It also helps the Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs and the Utah Department of Heritage establish a Utah World War I Centennial Commission. The purpose of the future Commission is to develop a statewide awareness campaign to recognize the history of the war, the role of the U.S. military played, the impact of the war on America’s and Utah’s society and culture and to remember those who served and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

This event, co-sponsored by the Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs and the Utah Division of State History, is open to the public. The event will feature several speakers, music and artifacts from the period.

Who: 
Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs
The Utah Division of State History
Rep. Stephen Handy, R-Layton

What:
Remembering the Great War – Commemorating the Centennial Anniversary of the United States’ entry into the first world war

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

When:
Thursday, April 6, 2017, at 10 a.m.

Notes:
For more information and details about the commemorative period, please visit history.utah.gov.

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Media Advisory: One hundred twenty-seven people to take the Oath of Allegiance at the Utah State Capitol

Media Advisory
For Immediate Release
March 20, 2017

 

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

One hundred twenty-seven people to take the Oath of Allegiance 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 for approximately 127 people from 43 countries at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 22 at the Utah State Capitol.

Utah Speaker of the House Greg Hughes and former Utah State Representative Sophia DiCaro will deliver remarks at the ceremony. Rep. Norm Thurston will serve as master of ceremonies. Laura McNeer, field office director for USCIS, will administer the Oath of Allegiance.

Sharlee Hendricks, violinist, will play the national anthem. “America, My Home” will be sung as a surprise by an international lyric tenor-baritone who is a relative of a person naturalizing.

On-site voter registration will be available following the ceremony. 

Who: 
Speaker Greg Hughes, Utah House of Representatives
Rep. Norm Thurston, District 64
Sophia DiCaro, Former Utah State Representative for District 31
Laura McNeer, USCIS Field Office Director
Sharlee Hendricks, Violinist

What:
U.S. Naturalization Ceremony

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

When:
Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at 10 a.m.

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Notes:
New citizens will be available for interviews immediately following the ceremony. When photographing someone with their certificate, have the person cover up their alien number (top right) to protect their privacy.

 

Speaker Hughes, state officials and Salt Lake County and City mayors to announce next steps on homeless plan

Media Alert
For Immediate Release
February 24, 2017

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

 Speaker Hughes, state officials and Salt Lake County and City mayors to announce next steps on homeless plan

What:
Press conference announcing progress on the collaborative effort among the State, Salt Lake County and City on the homeless resource centers and the legislation to move the plan forward.

 Where:
State Capitol – Presentation Room, First Floor
350 State St., Salt Lake City, UT 84111

 When:
TODAY, February 24, 2017, at 11:00 AM

 Who:
Speaker of the House Greg Hughes, District 51
Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams
Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski
Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, District 9
Lt. Governor Spencer J. Cox
Jonathan Hardy, Department of Workforce Services

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Media Alert: Rep. Steve Eliason to Raise Awareness of Suicide with Shoe Display

Media Alert
For Immediate Release
February 21, 2017

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

Rep. Steve Eliason to Raise Awareness of Suicide with Shoe Display

What:
Rep. Steve Eliason to hold a press conference with the Utah Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to raise awareness about suicide. A display of combat boots from the National Guard and shoes from Deseret Industries to represent the more than 600 (74 servicemen and women) lives lost to suicide in Utah last year.

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

When:
Today, February 21, immediately following floor time at approximately 12:00 PM. The display of shoes and combat boots will begin at 9:00 AM

Who:
Representative Steve Eliason, District 45
Utah Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

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