Category: Press

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.

 

Speaker Hughes statement about the passing of LDS president and prophet

Speaker Hughes statement about the passing of LDS president and prophet

Salt Lake City – Speaker Greg Hughes issued this statement following the passing of Thomas S. Monson, president and prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

I was saddened to learn that President Thomas Monson has passed away. While we mourn the loss of an exceptional man, we also honor his remarkable life that he dedicated to serving others. When he spoke, people all over Utah, the country and the world listened. He truly understood that when you are in the service of your fellow man you are in the service of God. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family, friends and members of the LDS church during this time.

Utah State Legislature Launches Redesigned Website

In anticipation of the 2018 General Session, the Utah State Legislature is excited to launch the newly redesigned version of the legislative website, le.utah.gov. The site helps Utahns connect and interact with their legislators. Utah residents can learn about proposed and past legislation and hear committees and floor debates.

With the growing use of smartphones and tablets, the new mobile-friendly site is more accessible to most users. Features of the site include a cleaner aesthetic design, a more engaging user experience and enhanced search and navigation functions. The new design also streamlines the site’s familiar main menu, providing a clear navigation and a responsive layout for all platforms.

“The redesign aims to simplify access to the Legislature, helping to improve communication and make information about the legislative process easily accessible to all,” said President Wayne Niederhauser. “A visually appealing and user-friendly legislative website is paramount to keeping legislators accountable to the people of Utah.”

Key components of the new site:

  • Mobile Friendly Design – offers responsive user experience that allows site visitors to navigate information easily on various platforms;
  • Find Your Legislator – helps users identify who represents them as well as who represents the area in which they are currently located – based on the current location of their device, an address look-up or a map;
  • Innovative Search Tool – integrates formerly separate search functions into a single interface, allowing users to more easily find legislation, Utah Code, budget information, audits and much more.

“The purpose was not only to update the look of the site but also to make finding information easier and more convenient,” said Speaker Greg Hughes. “In a world where communication is increasingly digitized, we want to provide a convenient path to useful information on mobile platforms for Utahns. I appreciate the hard work put in by many legislative employees to complete this project.”

The goal of this website redesign is to facilitate citizen involvement in the legislative process by enhancing the user experience. The site contains valuable easy to navigate information, allowing for greater engagement and encouraging further exploration.

We encourage all residents to go to le.utah.gov and see the exciting changes for themselves. Please submit questions, observations and concerns in the comment box on the website. Feedback is important to us as we continue to strive to develop a website that is valuable to Utahns.

 

Utah Legislature Hires New HR Administrator 

Press Release

 

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

Utah Legislature Hires New HR Administrator 

Salt Lake City – The Utah Legislature is pleased to announce that Debbie Cragun, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, will be the Legislature’s new Human Resources Administrator.

Cragun has 25 years of experience working in all aspects of human resources. She currently serves as a cabinet member for Governor Gary Herbert as the executive director of the Utah Department of Human Resource Management.

“The Legislature recognized more than a year ago the importance of hiring a human resources professional given the increasing complexity of employment law,” said Senate President Wayne Niederhauser. “We are ecstatic that someone with as much knowledge and experience as Debbie has agreed to serve in this role.”

Cragun will oversee the Utah Legislature’s human resource operations, management and strategies. Her contributions will bolster the Legislature’s strong history of providing a positive work environment that values teamwork, fairness, integrity, compassion and respect.

“A highly qualified HR manager is key to protecting our employees, managers and the legislative institution itself,” said Speaker Greg Hughes. “Debbie is an excellent fit and will be a great partner. She has the capacity to make us more effective and efficient at all aspects of human resources.”

Cragun received a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and a Masters of Arts in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix-Utah Campus.

Cragun’s first day with the Legislature will be January 15, 2018.

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State leaders announce forecast of FY 2019 revenue numbers  

Press Release
For Immediate Release
December 12, 2017

State leaders announce forecast of FY 2019 revenue numbers  

SALT LAKE CITY –  Consensus revenue figures indicate Utah’s prosperous and diverse economy is generating additional revenue for the state. The consensus revenue forecast shows a supplementary $101 million of one-time funds and $382 million in new ongoing appropriations for the upcoming FY 2019 budget. That’s an increase from the amounts available at this time last year, which were $1 million one-time and $283 million ongoing.

“Utah’s continued economic growth provides the revenues that will allow the State of Utah to make critical investments in our long-term future, including education,” said Governor Gary Herbert.

“A reliable state budget depends on a reasonable, conservative budget forecast,” said Senate President Wayne Niederhauser. “These consensus figures are encouraging and good news for our economy, but we must continue to be conservative when examining the entire budget to ensure we find the correct fiscal balance.”

“This revenue and economic forecast illustrates that Utah’s economy continues to thrive,” said Speaker Greg Hughes. “While these numbers are encouraging, we must continue our measured approach as we put together the state budget that addresses critical needs of this great state. We have some of the best legislative economists in the nation and I appreciate the hours they spent working on this forecast.” 

The Office of Legislative Fiscal Analyst presented the consensus forecast on Tuesday, November 12, 2017, to the Executive Appropriations Committee. The office also presented a comprehensive review of revenue volatility and a trend analysis. It recommended using $67 million ongoing and $85 million one-time from the new revenue to pay existing obligations.

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Speaker Hughes Announces Changes to House Majority Leadership

Press Release
For Immediate Release
December 7, 2017

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

Speaker Hughes Announces Changes to House Majority Leadership

Salt Lake City – With the pending resignation of Rep. Dean Sanpei, Speaker Greg Hughes has appointed Rep. Brad Last, to serve as the House chair of the Executive Appropriations Committee and Rep. Mike Schultz to serve as House vice-chair of the Executive Appropriations Committee, effective immediately.

“While we will greatly miss Rep. Sanpei, Rep. Last is ready, willing and able to lead our executive appropriations committee, and I’m excited to work closely with him in this new position,” said Speaker Hughes. “Rep. Schultz has proven to be a natural leader with a strong understanding of the legislative process and will be a great addition to our leadership team. I’m confident that both representatives will serve the House well and I look forward to working with them in their new respective roles.”

The changes to the leadership team come after Rep. Dean Sanpei announced his resignation from the Utah House of Representatives after accepting a career position out of state.

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Rep. Dean Sanpei to resign from Utah House

Press Release
For Immediate Release
December 1, 2017

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

Rep. Dean Sanpei to resign from Utah House

Salt Lake City – Representative Dean Sanpei, current House chair of the Executive Appropriations Committee and vice president of strategy for Intermountain Healthcare, will resign from the Utah House of Representatives on December 8, 2017. Sanpei has accepted a position with Centura Health as senior vice president and chief strategy officer, which will require him to relocate to Colorado.

“On behalf of the Utah House of Representatives, we want to thank Rep. Sanpei for his years of service and leadership,” said Speaker Greg Hughes. “He will be hard to replace. Utah’s national recognition for being a well-managed state, and economically strong, are in large part due to his efforts. While we will greatly miss his friendship and leadership, we wish him and his family the very best as they venture out on this new journey.”

During his time in the Legislature, Rep. Sanpei has proven to be an expert on very complex issues including budgets, taxes and healthcare. Rep. Sanpei currently serves as House chair of the Executive Appropriations Committee and is a member of the Government Operations Committee and Health Reform Task Force.

“It has been an honor to serve in the Utah House during such a significant period of economic recovery and growth,” said Rep. Sanpei. “I am proud to have worked with remarkable colleagues, and I’m grateful to the constituents who entrusted me to represent them.”

Rep. Sanpei was appointed to the Utah House of Representatives in June 2010 to fill the remaining term of Rep. Stephen Clark and was elected by his district that November. Since then he has served on the Executive Appropriations Committee, Health and Human Services Interim Committee, Health Reform Task Force, Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee, House Health and Human Services Committee, House Workforce Services and Community and Economic Development Committee, Economic Development and Workforce Services Interim Committee, Education Interim Committee, House Education Committee, House Rules Committee, House Transportation Committee, Legislative Policy Summit, Government Operations Interim Committee, House Government Operations Committee, Legislative Site Visit, Transportation Interim Committee, Point of the Mountain Development Commission, and Economic Development Legislative Liaison Committee.

The Utah County Republican Party will now establish a process for choosing a replacement to be submitted to Governor Herbert for appointment.

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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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Speaker Hughes statement on the nomination of Dr. Harris to serve as U.S. Marshal for the District of Utah

For Immediate Release
November 17, 2017

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

Speaker Hughes statement on the nomination of Dr. Matthew Harris to serve as U.S. Marshal for the District of Utah

SALT LAKE CITY –  Speaker Greg Hughes issued the following statement following President Trump’s announcement to nominate Dr. Matthew D. Harris to serve as the United States Marshal for the District of Utah:

“Dr. Matthew Harris is an excellent choice to serve as U.S. Marshal for the District of Utah. He has advised me on various law enforcement issues as well as public policy recommendations related to waste fraud and abuse. He is highly qualified to serve in this role.

“I appreciate President Trump’s selection of a topnotch expert to serve in our great state and Senator Orrin Hatch for his influence and confidence in recommending Dr. Harris for this important position. I look forward to working closely with him in his new capacity.”

Dr. Harris, formerly of Utah, is currently an Assistant Special Agent in Charge with the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General. Dr. Harris previously served as a Senior Special Agent and Assistant Director for criminal investigations at the United States Government Accountability Office. Dr. Harris served in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives in Salt Lake City from 2000 to 2006 and in the New York State Office of Inspector General from 1999 to 2000.

His federal law enforcement career began in 1997 with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. Since 2003, he has been an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at Salt Lake Community College.

Dr. Harris holds a Doctorate in Business Administration from Northcentral University, a Master of Public Administration from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration and Criminal Justice from Kutztown University.

Notes:
The White House press release can be found here: President Donald J. Trump Announces Ninth Wave of United States Attorney Nominations and Third Wave of United States Marshal Nominations

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