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SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah Board of Juvenile Justice (UBJJ) will announce two national finalists and honor 28 Utah middle school students for their written anti-violence entries to Utah's fifteenth annual Do the Write Thing Challenge as part of the National Campaign to Stop Youth Violence. The awards luncheon will be held at the West Jordan Library Viridian Event Center (8030 S. 1825 W.) on April 24, 2015 from 11:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. Student award ceremony starts at approximately 12:20 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY (April 23, 2015) - After serving six years as executive director of the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Amanda Smith will leave her post effective on May 22 to pursue opportunities in the private sector.

SALT LAKE CITY (April 22, 2015) - Last Friday, the latest job report showed Utah's economy continues its strong performance. New rankings released this week indicate Utah's economy is one of the strongest in the nation.

SALT LAKE CITY (April 17, 2015) - Utah's economy continues on a rapid course of expansion, posting strong numbers for March. New figures released today show total job growth of 4.0 percent while private-sector job growth is 4.6 percent.

SALT LAKE CITY (April 14, 2015) - Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement regarding the passing of former Utah Gov. Norman H. Bangerter:

SALT LAKE CITY - Gov. Gary R. Herbert has authorized the lowering of the flags of the United States of America and the State of Utah in honor of President Abraham Lincoln. A proclamation entitled, "Day of Remembrance for President Abraham Lincoln" directs the flags to be lowered to half-staff on Wed., April 15, 2015.

SALT LAKE CITY (April, 9 2015) - Due to recently reported low snowpack and water supply projections, Gov. Gary R. Herbert is encouraging Utahns today to conserve water heading into the spring and summer months. The governor met this afternoon with water supply experts from the Dept. of Natural Resources to get an update on current water supply conditions.

SALT LAKE CITY (April 9, 2015) - Following a meeting this morning, Gov. Gary Herbert (Vice Chair of the National Governors Association), Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker (President of the National League of Cities), Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson (President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors), Sen. Curtis Bramble (President-Elect of the National Conference of State Legislators) issued a joint statement:

SALT LAKE CITY (April 2, 2015) - After greeting President Barack Obama at Hill Air Force Base tonight, the president invited Gov. Gary R. Hebert to ride with him in the motorcade to the hotel in Salt Lake City to discuss issues important to Utah.

SALT LAKE CITY (April 1, 2015) - On the final day of the bill signing period, Gov. Gary R. Herbert took action on the remaining 16 bills, signing eight, vetoing five and allowing three to go into law without his signature. In total, 528 bills were passed during the 2015 General Legislative Session of which 495 required action by the governor.

SALT LAKE CITY (March 31, 2015) - Gov. Gary R. Herbert signed 82 bills today, bringing the total number of bills the governor has taken action on to 479. In total, 528 bills were passed during the 2015 General Legislative Session of which 495 required action by the governor. The bill signing period officially concludes tomorrow.

SALT LAKE CITY (March 30, 2015) ? Gov. Gary R. Herbert signed an additional 86 bills today, bringing the total number of bills the governor has taken action on from the 2015 General Legislative Session to 397. The Legislature passed 528 bills this session, 495 of which require action by the governor.

SALT LAKE CITY (March 27, 2015) - Gov. Gary R. Herbert signed an additional 59 bills today, bringing the total number of bills the governor has taken action on from the 2015 General Legislative Session to 311. The Legislature passed 528 bills this session, 495 of which require action by the governor.

SALT LAKE CITY (March 26, 2015) - Gov. Gary R. Herbert signed an additional 50 bills into law bringing the total number of bills the governor has taken action on from the 2015 General Legislative Session to 252. That total now includes two bills signed during the session that were omitted from previous counts. The Legislature passed 528 bills this session, 495 of which require action by the governor.

SALT LAKE CITY (March 25, 2015) ? Gov. Gary R. Herbert signed 56 bills into law today bringing the total number of bills signed from the 2015 General Legislative Session to 200. The Legislature passed 528 bills this session, 495 of which require action by the governor.

SALT LAKE CITY (March 24, 2015) ? Gov. Gary R. Herbert signed 42 bills today, bringing the total number of bills signed from the 2015 General Legislative Session to 144.

Gov. Herbert signs 55 bills

Mon, 23 Mar 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (March 23, 2015) ? Gov. Gary R. Herbert signed 55 bills today, bringing the total number of bills signed to 102 of the total 528 bills passed during the 2015 General Legislative Session.

Gov. Herbert signs 36 bills

Fri, 20 Mar 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (March 20, 2015) - Gov. Gary R. Herbert signed 36 bills today. To date the governor has signed a total of 47 bills passed during the 2015 Legislative session. The governor signed the following 2015 bills:

SALT LAKE CITY (March 20, 2015) ? With today's announcement, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has ignored Utah's successful model and chosen to embrace a one-size-fits-all approach for regulating hydraulic fracturing that reduces the ability of states to respond to local needs. This federally-led regulatory approach increases costs and delays for industry and may threaten Utah's proven ability to effectively regulate oil and gas production in Utah.

SALT LAKE CITY ? (March 20, 2015) Utah?s economy continues to post impressive numbers. New figures released today show total job growth of 4.2 percent, while private-sector job growth increased to 4.8 percent.

SALT LAKE CITY (March 11, 2015) ? Marty Carpenter, spokesman for Gov. Gary R. Herbert, issued the following statement on HB 378, White Collar Crime Registry:

SALT LAKE CITY (March 10, 2015) ? Marty Carpenter, spokesman for Gov. Gary R. Herbert, issued the following statement regarding H.B. 11, Death Penalty Procedure Amendments:

SALT LAKE CITY (March 5, 2015) ? Gov. Gary R. Herbert has authorized the lowering of the flags of the United States of America and the State of Utah in honor of former Salt Lake City mayor, Deedee Corradini. The former mayor will be laid to rest on Mon., March 9, 2015.

SALT LAKE CITY (March 4, 2015) ? Marty Carpenter, spokesman for Gov. Gary R. Herbert, issued the following statement in response to the House Business and Labor Committee vote on Healthy Utah:

SALT LAKE CITY (March 4, 2015) ? Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement regarding the non-discrimination and religious liberty bill announced earlier today:

SALT LAKE CITY (March 4, 2015) ? Marty Carpenter, spokesman for Gov. Gary R. Herbert, issued the following statement regarding HB454, Prison Development Amendments:

SALT LAKE CITY (March 4, 2015) ? Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed Paige Petersen to fill a judicial vacancy on the 3rd District Court.

SALT LAKE CITY ? (March 4, 2015) Utah's total employment grew at a year-over pace of 4.1 percent in January, while private sector job growth increased by 4.7 percent, according to new data released today. Utah's strong economy positions the state to invest in long-term priorities including education. 

SALT LAKE CITY (March 2, 2015) ? Gov. Herbert has taken action on two bills today. To date the governor has signed a total of 11 bills during the 2015 Legislative session. The governor signed the following 2015 bills:

SALT LAKE CITY (Feb. 26, 2015) ? Gov. Gary R. Herbert is committed to working with the House of Representatives to come to an agreement on the Healthy Utah 2.0 bill (SB164) passed by the Senate yesterday. If those negotiations prove to be fruitless, the governor will consider all his options, though we have not specified support for any specific action and we do not have, at this point, a comprehensive list of available options.

SALT LAKE CITY (Feb. 25, 2015) ? Gov. Gary R. Herbert has taken action on nine bills today. The governor signed the following bills:

SALT LAKE CITY (Feb. 25, 2015) ? Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement concerning the news of former Sen. Bob Bennett's health condition:

SALT LAKE CITY (Feb. 25, 2015) ? House leadership opted to deny rank-and-file members the opportunity to represent their constituents and debate the amended version of the Healthy Utah plan passed by the Senate today.

SALT LAKE CITY (Feb. 23, 2015) ?  Gov. Gary R. Herbert has declared Feb. 22-28, 2015 eating disorders awareness week to educate Utah residents about eating disorders and increase understanding of the serious mental and health conditions.

SALT LAKE CITY (Feb. 18, 2015) ? Utah's economic expansion continues as revenue estimates have been revised upward from November.

SALT LAKE CITY (Feb. 13, 2015) ?  Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement regarding the confirmation of Constandinos G. Himonas as an associate justice of the Utah Supreme Court:

SALT LAKE CITY (Feb. 11, 2014) ­ The Governor's Standards Review Panel, co­chaired by former Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Richard Kendell and Utah Valley University President. Matthew Holland released its report of the Utah State Core Standards in mathematics and English language arts to the Utah State Board of Education. Additionally, Attorney General Sean Reyes presented his legal review of the adoption of these standards.

SALT LAKE CITY (Feb. 10, 2014) - Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued an executive order to help ensure a healthy sustainable population for the Greater Sage-Grouse.

SALT LAKE CITY (Feb. 9, 2015) ? Statement from the Office of Governor Gary R. Herbert: 

SALT LAKE CITY (Feb. 7, 2015) ? Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement in response to news of the passing of Utahn and golf champion, Billy Casper:

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