Governor News & Media

SALT LAKE CITY - Today, Governor Gary R. Herbert released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court ruling on Arizona's Immigration Law:

SALT LAKE CITY - In accordance with Utah Code Annotated SS 20A-14-105, Governor Gary R. Herbert has certified the following names to the Lt. Governor's Office for inclusion on the 2012 ballot as candidates for the State Board of Education.

Salt Lake City - Governor Gary R. Herbert and the Utah Board of Regents named Dave Buhler the Commissioner of Higher Education today.

SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert has appointed Su J. Chon and James T. Blanch to the Third District Court, which serves Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties.

Salt Lake City - Today Governor Gary R. Herbert signed a proclamation convening the Utah Legislature into Special Session to address six legislative issues on June 20, 2012, at 3:00 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah's economic growth continued through May, according to newly released jobs data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Utah added 28,800 jobs in May, maintaining a 2.4% growth rate - which is more than 1.5 times the national growth rate. Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert said this data confirms the success of Utah's economic policies.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - At today's U.S. Chamber of Commerce Jobs Summit, Governor Gary R. Herbert touted Utah's latest rankings in a steady stream of notable economic accolades.

SALT LAKE CITY- Today Governor Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement on the passing of Paul Flint Barber, Kaysville, a distinguished member of the Governor's Energy Task Force.

Cle Elum, Washington - Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert was elected Chairman of the Western Governors' Association (WGA) today. The Governor's primary focus and the overarching theme for his chairmanship is "Responsible Energy Development," with a goal of providing reliable, affordable and cleaner energy for the long term.

SALT LAKE CITY- Today Governor Gary R. Herbert spoke at the Bloomberg State & Municipal Finance Conference in Chicago, Illinois, about the economic recovery in Utah following the national recession.

SALT LAKE CITY - Today Governor Gary R. Herbert named Brad Barber to the Governor's Council on Balanced Resources. The Council brings together diverse leaders from the public and private sectors to resolve challenging environmental, natural resource and public lands issues. The Council is action-oriented, dedicated to collaborating to achieve practical results.

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah has the 49th lowest average in the nation for the amount of time claimants receive Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits.  According to new data released by the U.S. Department of Labor, the average UI duration rate was 14.4 weeks for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2012.

SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert today put the brakes on vehicle emissions by signing an executive order requiring all 7,300 state vehicles to be turned off whenever they are expected to idle more than 30 seconds. The order signifies Utah's commitment to improve air quality through the Governor's statewide initiative Utah Clean Air Partnership (U-CAIR).

SALT LAKE CITY - To honor those who have served the nation in the armed forces and particularly those who have given their all, Governor Gary R. Herbert today called on Utahns statewide to fly the nation's flag for Memorial Day.

SALT LAKE CITY - In his role as commander in chief of the Utah National Guard, Governor Gary R. Herbert announced today his selection for the new adjutant general of the Utah National Guard, Brigadier General Jefferson S. Burton, a 30-year military veteran and current Assistant Adjutant General.

SALT LAKE CITY - Today, Governor Gary R. Herbert was honored by the Royal House of Portugal and inducted into The Order of Saint Michael of the Wings as Knight Grand Cross. The award was bestowed upon Governor Herbert by order of the Grand Master, His Royal Highness, Duke of Braganza because of the many Utah citizens actively engaged in causes of the Portuguese Royal Charities.

SALT LAKE CITY - In the Capitol Board Room this afternoon, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert, flanked by agency leadership, detailed the State's comprehensive response to the recent health and Medicaid data breach. The State response includes a full-scale, independent audit of technology security systems, the appointment of a new health data security ombudsman, investigation by law enforcement and personnel action.

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert has authorized the lowering of the Flag of the United States of America and the Flag of the State of Utah on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, in recognition and honor of "Peace Officers Memorial Day."

SALT LAKE CITY -Governor Gary R. Herbert has appointed H. David Burton to serve on the Board of Directors for the Utah Transit Authority (UTA).

SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert has appointed former Speaker of the Utah House of Representatives David Clark to the Dixie State College Board of Trustees.

SALT LAKE CITY -   Governor Gary R. Herbert has announced to his energy task force the appointment of Cody Stewart as the Governor's new energy adviser. Presently serving as Lt. Governor Greg Bell's chief of staff, Stewart will replace Amanda Smith as energy adviser and Smith will remain executive director of the Dept. of Environmental Quality.

SALT LAKE CITY - Today, Governor Gary R. Herbert hosted a summit of Intermountain West governors, dubbed the Rocky Mountain Roundtable.

SALT LAKE CITY -  In an effort to identify common ground on issues critical to the Intermountain West, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert will host the governors of four adjacent states at the Utah Governor's Mansion tomorrow.

SALT LAKE CITY - According to the ALEC-Laffer State Economic Index, "Rich States, Poor States," Utah is the number one state in the nation for economic outlook - an honor the State has now received five years in a row. 

SALT LAKE CITY - In response to the data breach of Medicaid file information on a Utah Department of Technology Services (DTS) server, Governor Gary R. Herbert called for a comprehensive audit of all state technology security and data storage procedures, as well as a specific audit of the handling of personal information in this recent incident.

Salt Lake City, UT - The 3rd District Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting for April 17 at 2:00 pm to review applications of individuals interested in filling judicial vacancies resulting from the retirement of Judge Sandra N. Peuler and the pending retirement of Judge Tyrone E. Medley. The Commission will meet in the conference room of the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice.

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SALT LAKE CITY -  Today Governor Gary R. Herbert took action on the last of the 477 bills from the 2012 General Session of the Utah Legislature. He signed SB 134, State Water Development Commission Amendments, sponsored by Senator Margaret Dayton, and vetoed HB 414, School Bonding for Seismic Purposes, sponsored by Representative Gage Froerer.

Governor Signs Bills

Mar 27 2012

SALT LAKE CITY ? Governor Gary R. Herbert has signed the following bills:

SALT LAKE CITY - Today, surrounded by hundreds of students at Falcon Ridge Elementary in West Jordan, Governor Gary R. Herbert signed four education bills.

Governor Signs Bills

Mar 26 2012

SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert has signed the following bills:

Governor Signs Bills

Mar 24 2012

SALT LAKE CITY ? Governor Gary R. Herbert has signed the following bills:

SALT LAKE CITY - Today, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert signed House Bill 148, which demands the federal government make good on the promises made in the 1894 Enabling Act to extinguish title to federal lands in Utah.

SALT LAKE CITY - March 21, 2012 - In addition to registering to vote, Utah voters may now request an absentee ballot online, instead of visiting their county clerk's office in person.

SALT LAKE CITY ? Governor Gary R. Herbert has signed the following bills:

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah's First Lady, Jeanette Herbert, will be lighting the Governor's Mansion this Wednesday, March 21st, with blue floodlights to raise Down syndrome awareness for the 2012 Light the Way campaign.

SALT LAKE CITY - After meaningful review and deliberation, Governor Gary R. Herbert vetoed House Bill 363, Health Education Amendments, tonight.

SALT LAKE CITY - Today the Utah Governor's Office was notified by the Utah office of the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) of the completion of its environmental impact statement (EIS) for Gasco Energy Incorporated's Uinta Basin Natural Gas Development Project. The project, located on 206,826 gas-producing acres in Uintah and Duchesne counties, includes 1,298 new gas wells on 575 well pads over a period of 15 years.

SALT LAKE CITY -  Utah received a "B+" when it comes to government spending transparency, according to Following the Money 2012: How the States Rank on Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data, the third annual report of its kind by the United States Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG).

Salt Lake City - Today Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell announced the launch of the "Find My Caucus Location" tool on The caucus location tool displays the date, time, and location of each participating political party's neighborhood caucus meeting by voting precinct.

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