Media Advisory: Commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the U.S. entering World War I

Media Advisory: Commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the U.S. entering World War I

Media Advisory
For Immediate Release
April 4, 2017

 

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

Commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the U.S. entering World War I

Salt Lake City – Representative Stephen Handy, sponsor of H.C.R. 2 Concurrent Resolution Recognizing the United States and Utah’s Participation in World War I, to speak at a ceremony to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the U.S. entering World War I.

This resolution recognizes the United States’ and Utah’s participation in the Great War, which spanned from July 28, 1914, to November 11, 1918. It also helps the Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs and the Utah Department of Heritage establish a Utah World War I Centennial Commission. The purpose of the future Commission is to develop a statewide awareness campaign to recognize the history of the war, the role of the U.S. military played, the impact of the war on America’s and Utah’s society and culture and to remember those who served and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

This event, co-sponsored by the Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs and the Utah Division of State History, is open to the public. The event will feature several speakers, music and artifacts from the period.

Who: 
Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs
The Utah Division of State History
Rep. Stephen Handy, R-Layton

What:
Remembering the Great War – Commemorating the Centennial Anniversary of the United States’ entry into the first world war

Where:
Utah State Capitol ­– Rotunda
350 State St., Salt Lake City, UT 84111

When:
Thursday, April 6, 2017, at 10 a.m.

Notes:
For more information and details about the commemorative period, please visit history.utah.gov.

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Media Advisory: One hundred twenty-seven people to take the Oath of Allegiance at the Utah State Capitol

Media Advisory: One hundred twenty-seven people to take the Oath of Allegiance at the Utah State Capitol

Media Advisory
For Immediate Release
March 20, 2017

 

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

One hundred twenty-seven people to take the Oath of Allegiance 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 for approximately 127 people from 43 countries at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 22 at the Utah State Capitol.

Utah Speaker of the House Greg Hughes and former Utah State Representative Sophia DiCaro 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.

Sharlee Hendricks, violinist, will play the national anthem. “America, My Home” will be sung as a surprise by an international lyric tenor-baritone who is a relative of a person naturalizing.

On-site voter registration will be available following the ceremony. 

Who: 
Speaker Greg Hughes, Utah House of Representatives
Rep. Norm Thurston, District 64
Sophia DiCaro, Former Utah State Representative for District 31
Laura McNeer, USCIS Field Office Director
Sharlee Hendricks, Violinist

What:
U.S. Naturalization Ceremony

Where:
Utah State Capitol ­– Rotunda
350 State St., Salt Lake City, UT 84111

When:
Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at 10 a.m.

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Notes:
New citizens will be available for interviews immediately following the ceremony. When photographing someone with their certificate, have the person cover up their alien number (top right) to protect their privacy.

 

 

 

Cannabinoid Research Passes the House and Senate

Cannabinoid Research Passes the House and Senate

Representative Brad Daw’s statement on H.B. 130 Cannabinoid Research passing the Utah State Legislature:

“In a year with a tight budget, the medical cannabis research bill passed with a nearly unanimous vote in both the House and the Senate. Legislators agreed H.B. 130 was the right step forward. Doctors and pharmacists will be able to use this reliable data to prescribe and fill cannabinoid prescriptions confidently. I want this medicine to be accessible to all who need it, but it needs it be done right. It needs to be treated like any other medicine—carefully vetted and scrutinized. With the data that will be gathered, I hope that those who need medical cannabis will soon be able to receive it.”

Media Advisory – Rep. Gage Froerer to Discuss Prison Bond

Media Advisory – Rep. Gage Froerer to Discuss Prison Bond

 Rep. Gage Froerer to Discuss Prison Bond

What:
Rep. Gage Froerer and Sen. Wayne Harper to hold a press conference with the Utah Division of Facilities Construction and Management (DFCM) to answer questions about the $100 million-dollar prison bond proposal.

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

When:
Today, March 7, immediately following caucus at approximately 1:00 PM.

Who:

Representative Gage Froerer, District 8
Senator Wayne Harper, District 6
Representatives from DFCM

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Homelessness Proposal – 2017 Utah State Legislative Session February 24, 2017

Homelessness Proposal
2017 Utah State Legislative Session February 24, 2017

Over the last two years, stakeholders from all sectors — public, private, and nonprofit — have been working to responsibly address the homelessness crisis we face in our state. Through this work, we have developed a plan to break up the ‘one-size-fits-all’ shelter model and reorient the system to minimize homelessness.

Plan Overview

This plan has four primary components:

  • A redesigned shelter model that breaks up the one-size-fits-all emergency shelter into four resource centers, tailoring services to population needs. There will be a family resource center in Midvale, two facilities in Salt Lake City capped at 200 beds each, and another resource center located in an area outside Salt Lake City. These resource centers will serve distinct populations of adult women, adult men and a gender-segregated facility serving both adult men and women. Population locations will be determined at a later date. No additional facility for families with children is anticipated at this time, as the intent is to divert and prevent these families from entering homelessness through the alternatives discussed below.
  • Alternatives to shelter will continue to be pursued to draw down demand for emergency shelter. Efforts include Salt Lake County’s Pay for Success initiative which targets persistently homeless individuals, more affordable housing, behavioral healthcare treatment facilities, increased diversion, additional e orts to reduce length of stay at a shelter and prevent repeat stays, motel vouchers and other alternatives to meet shelter demand.
  • System improvements that more efficiently coordinate resources across the housing and homelessness delivery system, including a coordinated entry and assessment system.
  • A public safety and treatment initiative, similar to Operation Diversion launched last fall, to ensure neighborhoods are safe and individuals have access to treatment.

Full funding for the above plan is anticipated to move forward this legislative session.

Next Steps 

Utilizing the process created by last year’s HB436 Housing and Homelessness Reform Initiative, funds will be distributed to achieve the above plan. At the request of the state, through a process facilitated by Salt Lake County, stakeholders will identify possible sites for a resource center located in an area outside Salt Lake City for consideration and approval by the State Homeless Coordinating Committee by March 30, 2017. If implemented, the state anticipates being able to responsibly close the downtown emergency shelter by June 30, 2019.

 

Media Alert: Speaker Hughes, state officials and Salt Lake County and City mayors to announce next steps on homeless plan

Media Alert: Speaker Hughes, state officials and Salt Lake County and City mayors to announce next steps on homeless plan

Media Alert
For Immediate Release
February 24, 2017

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

 Speaker Hughes, state officials and Salt Lake County and City mayors to announce next steps on homeless plan

What:

Press conference announcing progress on the collaborative effort among the State, Salt Lake County and City on the homeless resource centers and the legislation to move the plan forward.

Where:

Utah State Capitol – Presentation Room, First Floor

350 State St., Salt Lake City, UT 84111

When:

TODAY, February 24, 2017, at 11:00 AM 

Who:

Speaker of the House Greg Hughes, District 51

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams

Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski

President Senate Wayne Niederhauser, District 9

Lt. Governor Spencer J. Cox

Jonathan Hardy, Department of Workforce Services

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