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Salt Lake City - While there is potential for serious flooding with most of the State's snowpack yet to melt, Governor Gary R. Herbert says Utah's network of emergency response personnel and resources is ready. "Utah's emergency management team of state, county and local personnel and resources is about as well-prepared as possible to battle flooding statewide. While we can't control Mother Nature, we will do all we can to protect life and property," the Governor said.

SALT LAKE CITY - June 2, 2011 - Today Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert unveiled a new look for and major enhancements to the official state website (http://utah.gov).

Salt Lake City -- Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert has issued the following statement in response to today's BLM announcement that it will not designate any lands as "Wild Lands":

SALT LAKE CITY - Accompanied by local elected officials, public safety and emergency management personnel, representatives from numerous state agencies, and the media, Governor Gary R. Herbert toured flood sites in Weber County today...

Salt Lake City -- Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert has appointed Todd M. Shaughnessy to the Third District Court, which serves Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties.

Salt Lake City - As one of the first operational health exchanges in the nation, the Utah Health Exchange has garnered a lot of interest from other states. So much so that Governor Gary R. Herbert welcomed 79 top policy officials from 30 other states and Puerto Rico this week who came to Utah for a two-day symposium to learn more. The Governor's remarks reiterated his theme of Utah solutions for Utah problems.

Salt Lake City -Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert has ordered the flag of the United States of America and the flag of the great State of Utah to be flown at half staff on all state facilities from sunrise to sunset on May 15, 2011. The Governor's order follows an executive order from the President of the United States proclaiming May 15, 2011, as Peace Officer Memorial Day and May 15 through May 21, 2011, as Police Week,

Salt Lake City - Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert issued a statement about today's action in U.S. District Court where Judge Clark Waddoups issued a temporary restraining order preventing Utah's 2011 HB497 from taking effect.

Governor Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement following the Legislature's vote on HB328:

Today's biggest loser is education. I vetoed SB229 because it earmarked priority funding for transportation, potentially putting at peril funding needed for education, public safety, and other critical public needs. It's a bad way to allocate our very limited state resources.

Twenty-seven state employees were recipients today of the Governor's Awards for Excellence. Governor Gary R. Herbert presented the awards during a ceremony this afternoon at the Governor's Mansion.

"America will never forget the tragedies of September 11, 2001, and we honor the many lives lost and families who have sacrificed since. However, it is good to know Osama bin Laden, the icon of Al-Qaeda, can commit no more terrorist acts himself. While the United States must remain vigilant, I am pleased to see an end to this chapter of the War on Terror. This is a victory for America, and for freedom and liberty throughout the world."
 

SALT LAKE CITY - Today, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert announced that the State of Utah has filed suit in federal court, asking the court to invalidate Secretarial Order 3310 which departed from Congressionally-authorized procedure and created a new "Wild Lands" designation for public lands.

Governor Herbert sent Utah state legislators the following letter regarding the May 6 veto override session today. A draft is also attached.

SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert announced today that he - in consultation with Legislative leadership - has authorized the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (DABC) to reassign $1.4 million in agency funds to forestall the closure of nine state liquor stores.

SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement regarding today's call of a veto override session by the Utah State Legislature:

SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement today regarding University of Utah President Michael K. Young's Departure for the University of Washington:

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert authorized the lowering of the flag of the United States of America and the flag of the State of Utah on Friday, April 22, 2011, in honor of Senator Dennis Earl Stowell.

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 Friday, April 22, 2011, in honor of Senator Dennis Earl Stowell.

SALT LAKE CITY - Today Governor Gary Herbert issued the following statement in response to Texas Congressman Lamar Smith's letter to United States Attorney General Eric Holder regarding Utah's H.B. 116:

Senator Dennis Stowell was a great friend with whom I worked for nearly two decades.  We met when we were both County Commissioners.  Dennis was a man of singular intellect who had a deep understanding of many issues of great importance to his native Iron County and to the whole state of Utah.

Jinshan Distrcict, Shanghai, China - Today, Governor Gary R. Herbert signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Jinshan District Mayor, Zhao Fuxi, in order to show mutual support for technology exchanges between Utah and Jinshan, China.

SALT LAKE CITY - The Third District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected nominees for a vacancy on the district court. The vacancy results from the retirement of Judge Robert Hilder, effective August 1, 2011. The Third Judicial District includes Salt Lake, Summit and Tooele counties.

The Utah Office of Tourism will promote the state at the China Outbound and Tourism Market (COTTM) in Beijing, China this week.  The trade show coincides with Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert's Trade Mission to China.

Today, Governor Gary R. Herbert, and delegates of his trade mission, had the opportunity to meet with Dai Bingguo, State Councilor of the People's Republic of China.

Salt Lake City, UTAH - Governor Gary R. Herbert has often highlighted Utah's export growth as the strongest in the nation, but he has also challenged Utah's international business leaders to "double Utah exports in the next five years." 

SALT LAKE CITY - In light of the possible shutdown of the United States federal government, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert and his staff have directed state agencies to prepare contingency plans for operations, as well as up to 4,500 impacted state employees who run federal programs locally.

Salt Lake City- Governor Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement regarding today's Lonnie Johnson hearing:

Salt Lake City - Governor Gary R. Herbert wants to tune up state rules and regulations which impact Utah businesses, so he has ordered a review by senior staff and agency heads. Part of that review includes seeking input from the public. "This review is a key part of making certain Utah continues to be one of the nation's most friendly states in which to do business," Governor Herbert said.

Today is the final day Governor Gary R. Herbert may sign legislation passed during the 2011 General Session of the Utah State Legislature. The Governor took action on the following bills today:

Salt Lake City - Governor Gary R. Herbert signed the following bills today.

Salt Lake City - Governor Gary R. Herbert signed the following bills today.

Salt Lake City - Governor Gary R. Herbert signed the following bills today.

Salt Lake City -- Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement following the Utah State Legislature's repeal of HB 477 this afternoon:

Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert today appointed W. David Patton, Ph.D., executive director of the Utah Department of Health (UDOH).

Salt Lake City – Governor Gary R. Herbert signed the following bills today.

Salt Lake City, UTAH - Governor Gary R. Herbert is scheduled to meet with a top U.S. trade official tomorrow to showcase Utah's remarkable international export performance. In his State of the State address, the Governor called on Utah businesses to double exports in the next five years, just as they have done in the previous five years.

Salt Lake City – Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert has signed the following bills:

SALT LAKE CITY - Shortly before 5:00 p.m. today, Governor Gary Herbert notified legislative leaders that he will call the Utah State Legislature into a special session to repeal HB477, Government Records Amendments. The formal call will be for Friday, March 25, at noon at the Utah State Capitol.

SALT LAKE CITY – Governor Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement regarding HB477:

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