Governor News & Media
Governor Herbert, Federal Delegation, and State Legislators Join Together to Demand Transfer of Public Lands to Utah
Mar 23 2012
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.
Lt. Governor Bell Announces New Online Absentee Ballot Tool Utah voters now able to request absentee ballot online at voter.utah.gov
Mar 21 2012
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.
Mar 20 2012
SALT LAKE CITY ? Governor Gary R. Herbert has signed the following bills:
Mar 19 2012
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.
Mar 16 2012
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 vote.utah.gov. The caucus location tool displays the date, time, and location of each participating political party's neighborhood caucus meeting by voting precinct.
SALT LAKE CITY - Driven by Governor Gary R. Herbert's recently announced clean air initiative, Utah Clean Air Partnership, or U-CAIR, the State of Utah is replacing 73 of its fleet vehicles with fuel-efficient hybrids this year.
Mar 05 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert has signed the following bills:
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement today regarding the employment summary released by the Utah Department of Workforce Services this morning:
SALT LAKE CITY - Referring to hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells as "a process used responsibly for more than 60 years," Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert strongly urged the head of the U.S. Department of the Interior to reconsider and reject the need for new regulatory requirements, calling them a "redundant, burdensome and costly layer of federal approval" for routine operations.
Governor Opposes Cuts to Air National Guard Joins 48 Governors to Send Letter to Secretary of Defense
Feb 28 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert joined 48 other Governors to sign a letter to U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta opposing the disproportionate cuts facing the Air National Guard. "I am extremely proud of our Utah Air National Guard and the critical role they play at home and abroad.
WASHINGTON - Governors focused on innovative strategies to improve the nation's road to wellness, enhance the delivery and efficiency of health care services and increase the long-term sustainability of the nation's health care system during the National Governors Association Winter Meeting.
SALT LAKE CITY - In his new role as co-Chair of the recently created Health Care Subcommittee for the Republican Governors Public Policy Committee, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert will focus on one of the most pressing issues for Americans this year: Repealing and replacing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The Governor will co-chair the committee with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.
SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert has appointed Chyleen A. Arbon, an adjunct professor at Brigham Young University's Romney Institute of Public Management, to serve on the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole.
Feb 18 2012
SALT LAKE CITY ? Governor Gary R. Herbert has signed the following bills this week:
Feb 08 2012
KEARNS, UTAH - In front of what has been called the fastest ice in the world and the athletes who train on it, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert and Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker joined other Utah officials and Olympic VIPs to announce the formation of an exploratory committee to consider a bid for the 2022 or 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
SALT LAKE CITY - After learning about the deaths of Charlie and Braden Powell, Governor Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement:
SALT LAKE CITY -After learning about the tragic death of Micron CEO Steve Appleton, Governor Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement:
SALT LAKE CITY - In response to today's announcement from the Bureau of Land Management to severely restrict available acreage for oil shale and tar sands leasing in Utah, Governor Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement:
SALT LAKE CITY - Flanked by representatives from business, healthcare and growth planning organizations, today Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert called Utahns to action and urged them to do their part to improve Utah's air quality. The initiative, the Utah Clean Air Partnership (U-CAIR), is an invitation to all partners currently working toward cleaner air to join forces and motivate individual Utahns to change their beliefs and the behaviors that impact state air quality.
Jan 31 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert signed the following bills today:
Wed, 25 Jan 2012
Lt. Governor and Mrs. Bell; President Waddoups; Speaker Lockhart; members of the Utah Legislature; members of my Cabinet; Justices of the Utah Supreme Court; Utah's First Lady, my beautiful wife, Jeanette; and my fellow Utahns...
SALT LAKE CITY - Today Governor Gary R. Herbert appointed Dan McCay to represent Utah House District 52 and Craig Frank to represent Utah House District 57. The appointments were recommended by party delegates in their respective districts.
Jan 19 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert called today's Dept. of Workforce Services "Employment Summary for December 2011" great news for the people of Utah.
Jan 13 2012
Salt Lake City - Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert today appointed Woods Cross resident Todd Weiler to Utah Senate District 23. The appointment was recommended by the Davis County Republican Party delegates. Weiler will replace Sen. Dan Liljenquist who resigned to run for the U.S. Senate.
Jan 12 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - Today in the Capitol Gold Room, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert honored Utah Army National Guard Sergeant Guy Mellor, 24, winner of the Army's 2011 Best Warrior Competition Noncommissioned Officer of the Year. With Mellor's mother, Kelly Sue, National Guard officials and friends looking on, the Governor signed an official declaration, making it "Sergeant Guy Mellor Day in Utah." Mellor, B Battery, 1st Battalion, 145th Field Artillery, is from Fayette, Utah.
Jan 11 2012
ST. GEORGE, UTAH - Earlier this morning, in front of a St. George audience at the "What's Up Down South" Washington County Economic Summit, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert signed the official letter to appoint V. Lowry Snow to Utah House District 74.
SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert has ordered the Flag of Utah and the Flag of the United States of America to be lowered statewide tomorrow, January 11, in honor of Agent Jared Francom...
Dec 22 2011
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert has issued the following message to all Utahns this holiday season:
SALT LAKE CITY - Ten days ago Governor Gary R. Herbert and other state leaders sent Kathleen Sebelius, head of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS), a letter urging consideration of state input in federal health policy, as well as flexibility in defining the "essential health benefits" package dictated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Last Friday, HHS released a bulleting doing just that.
SALT LAKE CITY - Today Governor Gary R. Herbert announced the appointment of Kathleen Clarke to head the Public Lands Policy Coordination Office (PLPCO). Clarke is presently a deputy commissioner of the Utah Dept. of Agriculture and Food and former national director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the U.S. Department of Interior.
Dec 15 2011
SALT LAKE CITY - Today's Dept. of Workforce Services (DWS) announcement of a notable decline in Utah's unemployment rate prompted a response from Governor Gary R. Herbert.
Utah Files Notices of Intent to Sue Federal Government Over Title to 18,784 Roads in 22 Utah Counties
Dec 14 2011
SALT LAKE CITY - The State of Utah has completed filing a series of Notices of Intent (NOI) to initiate litigation under the Quiet Title Act for 18,784 roads in 22 rural Utah counties. The NOIs were filed with the U.S. Department of Interior in anticipation of filing suit in federal court, as required by law.
SALT LAKE CITY -Today Governor Gary R. Herbert announced the appointment of Curtis L. Garner to the Third District Court. Garner will be filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Sandra N. Peuler. Garner is currently serving as a member of the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole.
Dec 12 2011
Today, Governor Gary R. Herbert unveiled his budget recommendations for FY 2013. The Governor?s budget recommendations focus on his four policy cornerstones: Education, Jobs, Energy, and Self-determination. A recovering economy and fiscally prudent management will allow the State to fund critical priorities, including growth in public education.
SALT LAKE CITY - The U.S. Census Bureau's Consolidated Federal Funds Report for Fiscal Year 2010 shows that, unlike many state economies that are increasingly reliant on federal government spending, Utah depends less per capita on federal dollars.
Dec 07 2011
SALT LAKE CITY - At 5 p.m. this afternoon the Governor's Office met with Davis County leaders, city leaders, emergency responders and state agency leadership via conference call for a status update on remaining local needs in the cleanup effort following last week's severe wind storm.
Dec 06 2011
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 Wednesday, December 7, 2011, in recognition of the 70th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor. The flags shall be flown at half-staff on all state facilities from sunrise to sunset on December 7 only.