New House Member Sworn in

Speaker Greg Hughes administered the oath of office to the newest member of Utah House of Representatives,  Kyle R. Andersen, on June 19, 2018.

Rep. Andersen filled the seat vacated in House District 7 following Rep. Keith Grover’s appointment to the Senate to fill the vacancy in Senate District 15.

Rep. Andersen will be assigned to the Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee, Government Operations Interim Committee and Transportation Interim Committee.

He is a registered certified public accountant and a volunteer coordinator at Family Promise of Ogden. He received his Bachelor of Science in accounting from Weber State University.

Utah Safe Schools Commission to hold a press conference

For Immediate Release
June 18, 2018

Aundrea Peterson
Utah House of Representatives 

Utah Safe Schools Commission to hold a press conference to present recommendations to increase safety measures in Utah schools 

The Utah Safe Schools Commission to present recommendations of how to improve school safety.

The uncompensated commission reviewed policies and programs directed at increasing safety in schools in Utah. Dialog among elected officials, stakeholders, parents, teachers, community members and students helped develop solutions that will increase safety measures to protect children across the state.

During the press conference, members of the commission, elected officials and stakeholders will review their findings.

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

This event will also be live-streamed on the Utah House of Representatives Facebook Page.

Wednesday, June 20, 11:45 a.m.

Rep. Ray Ward
Rep. Steve Handy
Rep. Mike Kennedy
Speaker Greg Hughes
Members of the Utah School Safety Commission

Members of the Utah Safe Schools Commission:
Clark Aposhian, chairman of the board of the Utah Shooting Sports Council
Dallas Earnshaw, superintendent at Utah State Hospital
John Hoffmann, professor of sociology at Brigham Young University
Terryl Warner, member of the Utah State Board of Education
Keith Squires, commissioner for the Utah Department of Public Safety
Bryan Turner, director of Architectural Services at Davis School District
Heidi Matthews, president of Utah Education Association
Elizabeth Love, student representative – West High School
Isaac Reese, student representative – Brighton High School
Brian Nelson, director at Utah Division of Risk Management
Captain Justin Chapman of the Sandy City Police Department and School Resource Officer (SRO) instructor



Utah Honor Flight

Veterans are some of our nation’s greatest heroes. They served during times of war, not knowing if they would ever return. An immeasurable debt is owed to those who served in harm’s way to defend the freedoms we enjoy today. We have a responsibility to show gratitude to our nation’s veterans.

Members of the Utah House of Representatives raised over $13,000 of their own money for the Utah Honor Flight program, which sends veterans to our nation’s capital to tour war memorials built in memory of their service. The trip for some veterans may be the only opportunity to visit the memorials as well as pay their respects to friends lost in combat. Veterans who participate in the Honor Flight program do so at no cost to them.

Rep. Carl Albrecht invited the Utah Honor Flight Chairman Mike Turner and a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran Ron Thorn to visit the majority caucus to share information about the program during the 2018 session.

Each year, the Utah Honor Flight program sends veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit memorials dedicated to the conflicts they fought in. Including the World War II Memorial, Korean War Memorial and the Vietnam Memorial at the National Mall.

“Sending servicemen and women to D.C. to visit their memorials is a great cause,” said Rep. Albrecht. “It’s the least we can do to honor the sacrifice they have given to our country to preserve our freedoms.”

The money raised was given to Turner.

Thank you to all veterans for serving our country and protecting our freedoms. We are grateful for your service, sacrifice and dedication.

Learn more about the program here.


Speaker Hughes and Senator Dabakis to host a news conference to discuss the inland port

Media Advisory
For Immediate Release
June 4, 2018

Aundrea Peterson
Majority Director of Communications
Utah House of Representatives

Speaker Hughes and Senator Dabakis to host a news conference to discuss the inland port

Speaker Greg Hughes and Senator Jim Dabakis will host a press conference to discuss a compromise framework for SB 234Utah Inland Port Authority, and the future inland port in the Northwest Quadrant of Salt Lake County.

Speaker Greg Hughes
Senator Jim Dabakis

Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at 10:30 a.m.

Utah State Capitol – Centennial Room
350 State St., Salt Lake City, UT 84111



June 2018 Legislative Calendar

Stay in the know about what is happening at the Utah State Legislature.  Here is a list of June’s meetings. Click the committee to see the agenda, meeting materials and listen to live and past audio* of meetings.

Thursday, June 7
9:30 a.m. – Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands – Emery County

10:00 a.m. – Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee

Friday, June 8
9:00 a.m. – Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands –  Emery County

Tuesday, June 12
10:00 a.m. – Veterans and Military Affairs Commission

Wednesday, June 13
1:00 p.m. – Child Welfare Legislative Oversight Panel

Friday, June 15
1:00 p.m. – Child Welfare Legislative Oversight Panel

Monday, June 18
9:00 a.m. – Administrative Rules Review Committee

2:00 p.m. – Point of the Mountain Development Commission

Tuesday, June 19
8:30 a.m. – Executive Offices and Criminal Justice Appropriations Subcommittee

8:30 a.m. – Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee

8:30 a.m. – Infrastructure and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee 

8:30 a.m. – Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands

1:15 p.m. – Business, Economic Development, and Labor Appropriations

1:15 p.m. – Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environmental Quality Appropriations Subcommittee

Wednesday, June 20
7:30 a.m.  – Victim Advocate Confidentiality Task Force

8:30 a.m. – Economic Development and Workforce Services Interim Committee

8:30 a.m. – Judiciary Interim Committee

8:30 a.m. – Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Interim Committee

8:30 a.m. – Natural Resources, Agriculture, & Environment Interim Committee

8:30 a.m. – Revenue and Taxation Interim Committee

8:30 a.m. – Transportation Interim Committee

1:15 p.m. – Business and Labor Interim Committee

1:15 p.m. – Education Interim Committee

1:15 p.m. – Government Operations Interim Committee

1:15 p.m. – Health and Human Services Interim Committee

1:15 p.m. – Political Subdivisions Interim Committee

1:15 p.m. – Public Utilities, Energy, and Technology Interim Committee

Monday, June 25
10:00 a.m. – Federal Funds Commission

*Not all meetings are streamed online.

Memorial Day

On this Memorial Day, we are reminded of the great sacrifices made throughout the history of our nation that have allowed us to live in freedom. This blessing is granted through the sacrifices of those who have served with honor and devotion. Thank you to the brave men and women for their services defending our nation.

Utah Legislature Recognizes Contributions of Confucius Institutes

For Immediate Release
May 24, 2018

Aundrea Peterson
Director of Communications
Utah House of Representatives

Bryan Smith
Deputy Chief of Staff
Utah State Senate

Utah Legislature Recognizes Contributions of Confucius Institutes
University of Utah, Southern Utah University and Davis County Public Schools Receive Commendations  

Salt Lake City – Confucius Institutes across the state were honored by the Utah legislature at the state capitol on May 17. The legislature presented a citation of honors to a delegation from the Confucius Institute Headquarters in Beijing (Hanban) attending the Eleventh National Chinese Language Conference. Senator Curtis Bramble (R – District 16) said that this citation recognizes the efforts of the people of Utah to advance Chinese language programs with the support of Confucius Institutes.

At the conference opening ceremony, Utah Governor Gary Herbert affirmed his commitment to advancing Utah’s Chinese dual language immersion program, citing the value of Chinese language education for Utah’s economic development and workforce employability.

Since the establishment of the first Confucius Institute in Utah in 2007, more than 13,000 students have participated in Chinese language classes. Supported by Confucius Institutes, Utah’s dual language initiative has become a leading program in American immersion language instruction, preparing Utahns to thrive in a globalized society. In his meeting with Utah students and educators, Senator Orrin Hatch (R) called the Confucius Institutes’ programming “really critical and crucial” and said “learning [Chinese] … is in [the US’] best interest.”

Senator Howard Stephenson (R – District 11) said that “the success of Utah’s Chinese language program would not have happened without the Confucius Institutes and the caliber of teachers provided through these partnerships.” He added, “I have never seen more dedicated teachers than those from the Confucius Institute.” An advocate for dual language immersion in Utah, Sen. Stephenson claims “monolingualism is the illiteracy of the 21st Century.”

Memorandum of Understanding Signed

Following the recognition, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Hanban and the Utah State Board of Education on May 18. The MOU recognized Utah’s dual language Chinese immersion education program and the role of the Confucius Institutes in promoting people-to-people exchanges between the US and China. Hanban pledged ongoing support of Confucius Institutes to meet Utah’s growing demand for Chinese language and culture classes.


The Confucius Institute U.S. Center is a nonprofit organization that supports the teaching of Chinese language and culture in the United States and fosters educational exchanges between China and the United States.


SB 136, Transportation Governance Amendments

During the recent session, the Utah Legislature passed SB 136, Transportation Governance Amendments. The purpose of the bill was to reform the governance of Utah Transit Authority (UTA), provide tools for local governments to support the rising demand for multimodal transportation, improve checks and balances, and increase transparency. It also included a rebranding component. Though no money was appropriated to rebrand, due to confusion and misinformation, bill sponsors requested that the agency not proceed with that aspect of the bill.

UTA has been recognized across the country as one of the best models to emulate; however, issues of transparency and trust have overshadowed much of the good work that they’ve done. Last year, the Legislature formed the Transportation Governance and Funding Task Force to investigate potential changes to the governance and funding of UTA. Since May of 2017, the task force has met and during the 2018 legislative session, put forward well-researched solutions for the future of the agency.

The passage of SB 136 will allow UTA to operate with better structure and greater accountability and efficiency, which will benefit everyone. Putting the name change aside ensures that the focus remain on the other, more important aspects of the legislation.

UTA should now work just as hard on promoting the successes of their agency as they have on creating a false narrative related to the costs of the name change.

The Legislature will work with the new UTA board once it is in place in November to decide the best path forward.

Read highlights of SB 136 here.



Speaker Hughes Attends WH State House Speakers Conference

Speaker Greg Hughes attended the White House State House Speakers Conference on May 21, 2018. The conference brings together state house speakers from across the country to receive an update on the President’s policy initiatives.

Several administration officials meet with the group including Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, Senior Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, senior staff members and intergovernmental directors from more than 20 federal agencies. During the conference, they discussed an extensive range of topics including federalism, housing, opioids, homelessness, deregulation, workforce development, the farm bill, rural businesses, broadband, opportunity zones, veterans’ legislation, infrastructure, treatment, health care and foreign trade.

Rep. Schultz and Sen. Harper ask UTA to hold on rebranding UTA

For Immediate Release
May 16, 2018

Aundrea Peterson
Director of Communications
Utah House of Representatives

Bryan Smith
Deputy Chief of Staff
Utah State Senate

 Sen. Harper and Rep. Schultz ask UTA to hold on rebranding UTA

Salt Lake City – Due to confusion and misinformation surrounding SB 136, Transportation Governance Amendments, bill sponsors Senator Wayne Harper and Representative Mike Schultz request Utah Transit Authority (UTA) to not proceed with the request for proposal (RFP) and rebranding. The Legislature will continue to study this issue and work with the new UTA board once it is in place, to decide the best path forward.

“We want all to focus on the new day of multimodal transportations, better utilization of resources, improved land use and planning and adequate funding,” said Sen. Wayne Harper. “A plan for the next 40 years.”

“The name change was a minimal aspect of the bill. No money was appropriated to rebrand UTA,” said Rep. Mike Schultz. “The purpose of this legislation is to revamp the transit agency by increasing transparency, improving checks and balances and providing local governments with the necessary tools to assist with the growing demand for multimodal transportation. It is now time for stakeholders to come together to further enhance Utah’s transportation system and set clear directives that will lead to better efficiencies and oversight and ultimately benefit all Utahns.”


Watch the press conference from May 16, 2018, here.

Read highlights of SB 136 here.