Category: Press

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 to discuss UTA Transportation Governance Amendments

MEDIA ADVISORY
March 8, 2018

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

Legislature to hold a press conference to UTA discuss Transportation Governance Amendments

What:
President Wayne Niederhauser, Speaker Greg Hughes, Senator Wayne Harper and Representative Mike Schultz will hold a press conference to discuss the passage of S.B. 136 Transportation Governance Amendments.

 Who:
President Wayne Niederhauser
Speaker Greg Hughes
Senator Wayne Harper
Representative Mike Schultz
UTA Board Members

When:
Thursday, March 8, 2018, at 11:00 am

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

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HONORING FRED HAYES’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 6, 2018

 

HONORING FRED HAYES’
Lifetime of service

The Utah Legislature honored the life and longtime service of director of State Parks and Recreation, Fred Hayes, with a House Resolution (HCR21) that commended him for his thirty-five-year career in State Parks and calls for the renaming of Starvation State Park to the Fred Hayes State Park.

Fred Hayes first started his career in 1982 as a Ranger Aide at the Starvation State Park. Under his leadership as director, the State Parks have seen a tremendous increase in visitors and numerous improvements in Park management.

Senator Ipson remarked, “It was always a pleasure to work with Fred. He was always upbeat and positive. We worked together to make some of our state parks more accessible and more user-friendly, and that was always a top priority to him.  He helped to make some dramatic capital improvements to our parks as well.  He’ll be dearly missed.”

“When I first started to serve in the House Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Committee eight years ago, the state allocated $12 to $16 million to fund state parks, said Rep. Lee Perry. “Today, it’s less than $4 million that is due to the leadership of Fred Hayes. HCR 21 recognizes his dedication and service to Utah.”

Fred Hayes passed away last week at the age of 58.  Fred is survived by his wife Serena and their five children.  He will be remembered fondly for his energetic, friendly style of leadership.

The resolution sponsored by Representative Perry and Senator Don Ipson. HCR21 was heard on March 7, 2018, on the floor of the House and Senate.  The Resolution passed unanimously in both Houses. 

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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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Rep. Kennedy to hold a press conference to discuss Utah School Safety Commission

Media Advisory
For Immediate Release
February 27, 2018

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

Rep. Kennedy to hold a press conference to discuss Utah School Safety Commission
Protecting our children

 What:
Keeping children safe is a high priority for everyone. With the rise of school threats, now more than ever is the time to rally together to come up with solutions.

Rep. Mike Kennedy assembled an uncompensated commission, Utah School Safety (USS), that will review policies directed at increasing safety in our schools. Robust dialog amongst elected officials, stakeholders, doctors, professors, parents, teachers and community members will help develop Utah solutions to increase measures to protect the safety of children across the state.

During the press conference, elected officials and stakeholders will review the plan and the purpose of the USS Commission.

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

 When:
Thursday, March 1, 9:45 a.m.

Who:
Rep. Mike Kennedy, District 27
Members of the Utah School Safety Commission

Members of the Utah School Safety (USS) Commission:

  • Terryl Warner, board member of the Utah State Board of Education
  • Clark Aposhian, chairman of the board of the Utah Shooting Sports Council
  • Dallas Earnshaw, Psychiatry doctor at Wasatch Mental Health
  • John Hoffmann, professor at Brigham Young University
  • Keith Squires, commissioner for the Utah Department of Public Safety
  • Ron Gordon, general counsel at the Office of the Governor, Utah
  • Bryan Turner, director of Architectural Services at Davis School District
  • Heidi Matthews, president, Utah Education Association
  • Two High School Students (to be determined)

Representatives who were at the press conference though not part of the commission.

  • Rep. Mike Kennedy
  • Speaker Greg Hughes
  • Rep. Ray Ward
  • Rep. Steve Handy
  • Rep. Merrill Nelson
  • Rep. Marie Poulson
  • Rep. Carol Spackman Moss

Submit suggestions to USS here

Video of the press conference can be found here.

Revised Revenue Numbers – February 2018

Utah’s consensus revenue numbers were released today in cooperation with leaders from the Utah Senate, House of Representatives, Legislative Fiscal Analyst, the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget and Utah State Tax Commission.

Utah economy continues to increase.

In December, consensus numbers estimated $382 million ongoing and $101 million one-time in available new revenue.

In January, the Legislature designed a portion of the new revenue to:

  • Repay $85 million to the rainy-day funds
  • Finance $67 million in buildings that were approved last year
  • Fix an $18 million matter with firefighter retirement
  • Pay $3 million for the statutory Tourism Marketing Performance Fund increment
  • Among other minor changes

Leaving $292 million ongoing and $12 million one-time available for tax cuts and further spending priorities, prior to base budget reductions. During the base budget process, the Legislature reduced spending by $35 million ongoing and $33 million one-time.

Our economists now predict that the  Legislature will have additional $126 million ongoing and $83 million one-time in new revenue compared to the December amounts.

The new ongoing revenue:

    • $65 million in General Fund
    • $61 million in Education Fund.

The new one-time revenue:

  • $28 million in General Fund
  • $55 million in Education Fund

The revised total available new revenue at this time, after base budget changes, is $453 million ongoing and $128 million one-time. At last year at this time, it was $361 million available ongoing and $6 million available one-time.

The above FY 2018 amounts do not include $25-$80 million in new ongoing revenue that can be expected from the federal tax reform.

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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New House Member Sworn in

Press Release
For Immediate Release
February 14, 2018

 

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

New House Member Sworn in

Salt Lake City – Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes administered the Oath of Office to the newest member of Utah House of Representatives, Rep. Travis Seegmiller on February 14, 2018.

“We’re excited to welcome Representative Seegmiller to the House,” said Speaker Hughes. “His experience in law, finance and public policy will serve him well as he jumps into his new legislative role.”

Rep. Seegmiller was selected in a special election to replace the vacant seat in House District 62. He will be assigned to House Business and Labor Committee, House Government Operations Committee and Social Services Appropriations Subcommittee.

“I am humbled by the opportunity to represent the good people of District 62,” said Rep. Seegmiller.

Seegmiller is an associate professor of law, economics and management at Dixie State University. He has worked on presidential political campaigns and public policy issues since 1996, including service as a strategy staffer for Mitt Romney and as a Judiciary Committee staffer to Senator Orrin Hatch. He also worked as management strategy consultant and attorney in the areas of finance, investment, law and policy. After completing his undergraduate degree with departmental distinction at Yale University, Rep. Seegmiller received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, graduating cum laude from both universities.

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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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