Category: Media Alert

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

O: (801) 326-1563

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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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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