House Speaker Greg Hughes on passing for former Governor, Speaker of the House Norm Bangerter
SALT LAKE CITY (04/14/2015) “I’m saddened to hear of the passing of Governor Norm Bangerter. As a Representative, Speaker of the House and Governor he took tough stands on tough issues and he always put the people of Utah first. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time.”
House Business and Labor Committee advances H.B. 446
SALT LAKE CITY (03/04/2015) On Wednesday night the House Business and Labor Committee heard testimony on the merits of both Healthy Utah, S.B. 164 and Utah Cares, H.B. 446. After thoughtful deliberation, the committee voted to advance H.B. 446 to the House floor reaffirming the House’s commitment to a responsible and sustainable approach to Medicaid.
“We appreciate the committee and their recommendation, and look forward to a robust floor debate. Anyone monitoring tonight’s hearings had to come away impressed knowing that House members have a firm grasp on this complicated issue and their decision was not rendered in an information vacuum,” said House Speaker Greg Hughes.
“Members of the Utah House of Representatives showed their long-term commitment to their constituents,” said Hughes. “The Utah Cares proposal is a responsible, sustainable generational decision that covers all those in the gap created by the ACA, without expanding into Obamacare.”
“We appreciate the Governor and the work he’s done on so many issues that affect our state. The House, Senate and Governor are all important parts of a team where each has a role to play. While we don’t always agree, better governance is achieved through the process of debate and discussion as we seek to find common ground on these most important issues. We look forward to a continued effort of collaboration throughout the session.”
Speaker-elect Greg Hughes Statement on the Passing of Speaker Lockhart
SALT LAKE CITY (January 17, 2015) – An emotional outpouring of grief and support by members of the Utah House of Representatives has followed news today that former Speaker Rebecca Lockhart has passed away.
Speaker-elect Greg Hughes issued the following statement:
“Utah lost one of its finest today. I’m heartbroken for Stan and the Lockhart family. Few in this state will ever fully appreciate Becky Lockhart’s efforts on behalf of the citizens of Utah. Her unwavering commitment to Utah’s school children, economic development and the bolstering of Utah’s transportation infrastructure will be felt for generations.
While it is hard to understand how someone so good and so young could be taken from us, we can cherish the experiences and associations we had with Becky. She was a great leader and a dear friend and she will be deeply missed.”
December 18, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY – The incoming Utah House Majority leadership team issued the following statement regarding the recommendations from the Health Reform Task Force:
“After two years of careful study the recommendations from the Health Reform Task Force speak for themselves. We applaud their efforts and will use these recommendations to inform the process the legislature is about to begin. Consideration and a careful eye for those in need is a responsibility we all share and one we take seriously.”
Medicaid expansion will be a key issue that will be discussed during the upcoming General Legislative Session.
“We appreciate the Governor and his staff for the hours they have spent putting together this budget proposal. We agree with many of the Governor’s ideas and appreciate his leadership.
However, this budget proposal relies on statutory changes to our current tax law that will be considered and debated in the 2015 Legislative Session. Until those changes are made, we believe it would be prudent to base the budget on current revenues with a contingency plan for changes that may come.
Balancing the budget is a constitutional requirement, and fiscal restraint is a commitment made by many of us to our voters. There is much to be done. We look forward to close collaboration with the Governor and the Senate to accomplish the people’s work. “