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Governor Appoints Seven Superintendents on Higher Ed Boards

Integration of Public and Higher education focus of new appointees

Salt Lake City - Governor Jon Huntsman announced the following appointments today, emphasizing the placement of six school district superintendents on higher education boards and State Superintendent of Instruction Patti Harrington on the Board of Regents.

Governor Appoints New Energy Advisor, DEQ Director

Salt Lake City - Governor Jon Huntsman announced today the appointment of Dr. Dianne R. Nielson as his energy advisor, replacing Dr. Laura Nelson.

Dr. Nielson is currently part of Governor Huntsman's cabinet as executive director of the Department of Environmental Quality. She will be replaced by Rick Sprott, director of the Division of Air Quality at DEQ.

Governor Huntsman Calls for Lowering Flags to Honor Peace Officers

Governor Huntsman Calls Special Election

Salt Lake City - Governor Jon Huntsman issued an Executive Order today, calling for a statewide special election on the referendum challenge of HB 148 in November.

"This will allow the voters to voice their opinions as soon as logistically possible," Governor Huntsman said. "I encourage all Utahns to study the issues and consider this referendum as part of municipal elections in November."

The language of the Executive Order is as follows:

EXECUTIVE ORDER

Governor Rotates Chairman Positions

Board of Pardons, Public Service Commission Chairs will Change this Month

Salt Lake City - Governor Jon Huntsman has appointed Ted Boyer as the new chairman of the Public Service Commission and Curtis Garner as the new chairman of the Board of Pardons.

Boyer has been a commissioner since 2003, his current term expires in 2009. He will replace Ric Campbell who has served on the commission since 2001 and as chair since 2003. Campbell's term as a commissioner expires in 2013.

Governor Nominates Fourth District Judge

Salt Lake City, Utah - Utah Governor Jon Huntsman has nominated Darold J. McDade to serve as a judge for the Utah Fourth District Court, replacing retiring Judge Anthony W. Schofield.

Energy Efficiency Highlighted for Earth Day

Salt Lake City - Governor Jon Huntsman encourages Utahns to focus on personal habits and practices for energy conservation in conjunction with Earth Day, which is Sunday.

"We must work together to be more aware of our actions and their consequences on the beautiful world we all inhabit," Governor Huntsman said. "On this Earth Day I hope we take an introspective inventory of our lives and contemplate what we can do as individuals to be more eco friendly and energy efficient in all that we do."

Governor Huntsman to Lead Trade Mission to Toronto Canada

Bio-Partnering Mission will bring Utah companies together with Canadian Counterparts

Salt Lake City - Officials from the Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED) announced today that Governor Jon Huntsman will lead a trade mission to Toronto Canada. The delegation will leave Utah April 23 and return April 25.

Governor Huntsman Offers Condolences, Encourages Honoring Victims

Salt Lake City - Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. has encouraged Utahns to join Virginia in a show of mourning Friday to honor the victims who died at Virginia Tech and support all those affected.

Virginia Governor Timothy Kaine has declared a Day of Mourning in his state Friday and has asked others to join the noon-time (10 a.m. MDT) bell ringing ceremony.

Governor Huntsman Authorizes Lowering Flags to Honor Victims

Salt Lake City - Utah Governor Jon Huntsman has called on Utahns to lower the Flag of the United States of America and the Flag of the State of Utah immediately. The flags shall be flown at half-staff on all state facilities until sunset on Sunday, April 22, 2007 to honor those victims who died at Virginia Tech on Monday, April 16, 2007.

Utah Ranks #1 For Volunteering Efforts

Salt Lake City, Utah - Utah ranks number one in the nation for volunteering according to a report, "Volunteering in America: 2007 State Trends and Rankings in Civic Life," released today by the Corporation for National and Community Services. Based on data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau, this report presents a detailed breakdown of America's volunteering habits and patterns by state and region.

Utah Energy Summit Set to Begin Sunday

Governor Huntsman, Energy Policy Leaders from Across the Nation to Join in 'Comprehensive and Diverse' Program

Salt Lake City, Utah - Utah Governor Jon Huntsman released today the final agenda for the first Utah Energy Summit to be held April 15-17 at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City.

Governor Releases Attorney General's Voucher Referendum Opinion

Salt Lake City - Late last week, Governor Jon Huntsman asked the Attorney General to issue an opinion clarifying issues involving the voucher repeal referendum. Enclosed is a copy of the opinion issued by the Attorney General's Office.

Download opinion (pdf)

Governor Signs 28 Bills

WHO: Utah Governor Jon Huntsman

WHAT: The Governor signed the following bills Monday and today:

Governor Signs 27 Bills

WHO: Utah Governor Jon Huntsman

WHAT: The Governor signed the following bills today:

Governor Signs 44 Bills, 1 Resolution

WHO: Utah Governor Jon Huntsman

WHAT: The Governor signed the following bills Thursday and today:

Governor Signs 64 Bills, 2 Resolutions

WHO: Utah Governor Jon Huntsman

WHAT: The Governor signed the following bills Wednesday and today:

Governor Huntsman Announces Agreement to Reduce Waste

Salt Lake City - Governor Jon Huntsman announced today that EnergySolutions will withdraw its application for a super cell as part of an overall agreement between the waste disposal company and Utah.

Governor Signs 32 Bills, 1 Resolution

WHO: Utah Governor Jon Huntsman

WHAT: The Governor signed the following bills last night and today:

Governor Signs 35 Bills

WHO: Utah Governor Jon Huntsman

WHAT: The Governor signed the following bills last night and today:

Governor Signs 33 Bills

WHO: Utah Governor Jon Huntsman

WHAT: The Governor signed the following bills today:

Governor Signs 34 Bills

Salt Lake City - Utah Governor Jon Huntsman issued the following statement regarding his signing seventh substitute House Bill 236, Student Clubs Amendments:

Governor Signs 26 Bills, 2 Resolutions

WHO: Utah Governor Jon Huntsman

WHAT: The Governor signed the following bills today:

The Governor signed the following bills today:

Governor Jon M. Huntsman and First Lady Mary Kaye Huntsman to Host Power in Parents Conference

WHO:

Governor Names New General Counsel, DWS Director

Salt Lake City, Utah - Utah Governor Jon Huntsman announced Tani Pack Downing as the new General Counsel in the Office of the Governor. Downing currently serves as the Executive Director of the Department of Workforce Services.

Governor Huntsman has named Kristen Cox, former Secretary of Disabilities for Maryland, as Downing's replacement at Workforce Services.

Governor Nominates 3rd District Judge

Salt Lake City, Utah - Utah Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. has nominated Michele M. Christiansen of Salt Lake City, Utah, to serve as a judge on the Utah Third District Court. If confirmed by the Utah Senate, Christiansen will replace Judge Leslie Lewis.

Governor Opts Not to Sign SB 155

Salt Lake City - Governor Jon Huntsman signed 9 bills and issued the following statement regarding Senate Bill 155 today:

As Governor, I will allow SB155 to go into effect without my signature. I do so in part because of the need to recognize the "grandfather" status of an existing facility. The bill is simply a technical clarification of current practice. It is not the legislation that concerns me, but the nuclear waste industry and its impact on Utah.

Governor Signs 8 Bills, 1 Resolution

WHO: Utah Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.
WHAT: The Governor signed the following bills and resolution today:

Senate Bills:

Governor Huntsman signs Resolution Opposing Divine Strake

Salt Lake City - Utah Governor Jon Huntsman signed SCR 5, Resolution Opposing Divine Strake, Thursday.

Copies of the signed legislation have been sent to the United States Department of Defense and Department of Energy.

Download resolution (.pdf document)

Cancellation of Proposed Divine Strake Experiment

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) has decided to cancel the proposed Divine Strake experiment. "I have become convinced that it's time to look at alternative methods that obviate the need for this type of large-scale test," said DTRA Director Dr. James A. Tegnelia. This decision was not based on any technical information that indicates the test would produce harm to workers, the general public, or the environment.

Governor Huntsman: Divine Strake Defeated

Salt Lake City - Governor Jon Huntsman declared a victory for Utah today, announcing the Defense Threat Reduction Agency had canceled the Divine Strake experiment.

"This is an expression of the will of the people and a huge victory for all Utahns," Governor Huntsman said. "This isn't a political achievement as much as a reflection of democracy at work. The people of Utah made their voices heard and those in Washington listened. It's an extremely consequential outcome and a great day for Utahns."

Governor Huntsman Signs Ethics Executive Order

Salt Lake City - Governor Jon Huntsman signed an Executive Order establishing an Ethics Policy for Executive Branch agencies and employees today.

The policy includes a prohibition against the receipt of gifts, a prohibition against nepotism in hiring and contracting and a prohibition against lobbying Executive Branch department or agency employees by former employees.

Governor Huntsman Expresses Condolences, Encourages Healing

Flags have been lowered on State facilities

Salt Lake City - Governor Jon Huntsman and First Lady Mary Kaye Huntsman wish to express their most sincere condolences to the grieving families affected by the devastatingly tragic events at Trolley Square Monday night. They also wish peace and consolation to all of the others who were involved.

Governor signs 2 bills

WHO: Utah Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

WHAT: The Governor signed the following bills this afternoon:

Senate Bill: SB 131, Retirement and Independent Entities Committee; Sen. Curtis Bramble

House Bill: HB 148, Education Voucher; Rep. Stephen Urquhart

Governor Huntsman calls on Legislature to Save Utah Soccer

Salt Lake City, Utah - Utah Governor Jon Huntsman today called on the Utah State Legislature to amend and pass 1SHB 38 in support of professional soccer in Utah.

Governor Nominates 7th District Judge

Salt Lake City, Utah - Utah Governor Jon Huntsman has nominated Douglas B. Thomas to serve as a judge on the Utah Seventh District Court. Upon confirmation by the Utah State Senate, Thomas will replace retiring Judge Bruce Halliday.

"Doug has the right combination of qualities that will make him a great judge, he has a keen legal mind and a solid record as a court commissioner," Governor Huntsman said. "Doug will be a tremendous asset to the 7th District."

Chris Roybal to Leave Governor's Office

Salt Lake City - Governor Jon Huntsman announced today his Senior Economic Development Advisor Chris Roybal will end his tenure in the Office of the Governor to take a position as President and Chief Operating Officer at a Salt Lake-based transportation services company.

Roybal was one of Governor Huntsman's first appointments when he was elected in November 2004. He left as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Economic Development Corporation of Utah to serve on the Governor's senior staff.

Governor Huntsman Expresses Condolences to Sorenson Family

Salt Lake City -- Mary Kaye and I extend our most sincere condolences to the family of James LeVoy Sorenson Sr. who passed away today.

Jim Sorenson was dedicated to making people's lives better. His entrepreneurialism and creativity in both the medical fields and business were made only more impressive by his philanthropic endeavors which have served to greatly benefit our state.

2007 State of the State Address

Salt Lake Air Base
January 16, 2007
Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.
State of Utah


Lt. Governor Gary and Jeanette Herbert;
President John and Karen Valentine;
Speaker Greg and Teresa Curtis;
Chief Justice Christine Durham;
Attorney General Mark Shurtleff;
Members of the Legislature;
My wife and best friend, Mary Kaye;
Guests and fellow Utahns;

Total Records Found: 1489

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