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Salt Lake City - Governor Jon Huntsman endorsed today a redistricting map for the possibility of a 4th Congressional District, encouraging bipartisan support for the Congressional measure that would give Utah an additional House seat.

Salt Lake City - Governor Huntsman applauded the work of the Utah State Legislature tonight after passage of legislation to implement reform of the personal income tax and to give counties the option to place transit taxes on the ballot.

Salt Lake City - Governor Jon Huntsman announced today he will call the Utah State Legislature into a Special Session Sept. 19 to discuss individual income tax reform and transportation funding.

Salt Lake City - Governor Jon Huntsman today directed the Utah Department of Commerce and Utah's Energy Advisor to probe the ongoing high cost of gasoline in Utah which he termed as "remarkably high."

Salt Lake City - Governor Jon Huntsman announced today Utah has record budget surpluses, with $380 million in additional money from fiscal year 2006 which ended June 30.

Salt Lake City - Governor Jon Huntsman released today the names of 20 organizations selected to participate in a trade mission to China October 16-20.

Salt Lake City - Governor Jon Huntsman today named Tom Patterson as Executive Director of the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice. Patterson has been acting director of CCJJ since July.

Governor agrees to temporary postponement of new law

SEC regulations must follow or State law will be enforced

Salt Lake City - Utah Governor Jon Huntsman agreed Friday to a temporary postponement of the implementation of recent amendments to Utah's securities laws in order for federal regulators to construct and put into place a similar solution at the national level. If the issue has not been addressed nationally by June 2007, Utah will implement the law.

Governor Huntsman reveals Bear's induction into Hall of Fame

Thursday declared Jazz Bear Day

Salt Lake City - Governor Jon Huntsman declared Thursday as Jazz Bear Day and announced the planned induction of the Utah Jazz mascot, Bear, into the Mascot Hall of Fame.

"Hall of Fame inductees are a rare breed here in Utah," Governor Huntsman said. "We all know of Bear's commitment to excellence and the fact that his excellence has been nationally recognized is incredible."

Governor Huntsman tapped for NGA committees

Salt Lake City - Utah Governor Jon Huntsman has accepted two appointments within the National Governors Association, which chose new executive and standing committee leadership Monday.

Governor Huntsman will lead the Natural Resources Committee, of which he was vice chair last year.

Governor Huntsman supports national energy efficiency efforts

Salt Lake City - Governor Jon Huntsman joined the Leadership Group of the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency on Monday, continuing Utah's energy efficiency program launched earlier this year.

"This is something we have spotlighted in Utah. However, it is vital that each state continue to focus on reducing energy consumption," Governor Huntsman said. "This program can help coordinate efforts at all levels to ensure the realization of energy efficiency."

Gov. Huntsman appoints Col. Duncan as new DPS Commissioner

Commissioner Flowers to head up FEMA Region 8

Salt Lake City - Governor Jon Huntsman announced the appointment of Colonel Scott Duncan as the new commissioner of the Utah Department of Public Safety, replacing Commissioner Robert Flowers as he leaves to head up the Federal Emergency Management Agency Region 8 office in Denver, Colorado.

Governor Jon Huntsman expresses condolences to Norton family

"Mary Kaye and I are deeply saddened by the news of little Destiny Norton's death. We wish to express our deepest sympathies and condolences to the family during this extremely difficult period.

Governor Huntsman Urges Energy Conservancy

Salt Lake City - Governor Jon Huntsman called on state agencies and Utahns alike to conserve energy Tuesday as the western United States faces record temperatures and power demand.

Power facilities are on the brink of requiring a "Red Alert" day. Southern Utah has been on yellow alerts the entire month of July. The Wasatch Front has been on yellow alerts since mid-July. Yellow alerts denote a need for moderate conservation.

Governor Huntsman reappoints Tax Commissioner

Bruce Johnson set to serve another 4-year-term

Salt Lake City - Governor Jon Huntsman announced today he has asked Tax Commissioner Bruce Johnson to serve another term on the commission. His name has been sent to the Utah State Senate for reconfirmation.

"Bruce has the respect of the people in the tax community and I appreciate his continued willingness to serve," Huntsman said.

Association of Southeast Asian Nations Business Conference

Governor Jon M. Huntsman Jr. is committed to helping Utah companies succeed in the international market. He is especially focused on the growing opportunities in Asia, and is pleased to announce two upcoming events that will help your business expand in that region.

Governor Huntsman to tour Southern Utah fires

Salt Lake City - Utah Governor Jon Huntsman will receive a briefing on site and tour the two southern Utah fires as part of the three-day rural road trip which begins today.

Both the Kolob fire and Jarvis fire began this weekend and have consumed more than 5,000 acres combined. Department of Public Safety Commissioner Robert Flowers will join Governor Huntsman for the 30-minute air tour.

Governor appoints new Labor Commissioner

Salt Lake City - Utah Governor Jon Huntsman announced today he has nominated Sherrie Hayashi to head the State's Labor Commission.

Hayashi, upon confirmation of the Utah State Senate, will succeed Lee Ellertson as Labor Commissioner upon his retirement in mid-July. She currently works as director of the Commission's Anti-Discrimination & Labor Division.

Governor appointees sent for Senate confirmation

Salt Lake City - Governor Jon Huntsman has submitted the following names to be confirmed by the Utah State Senate during its interim meeting June 21.

Board of Pardons and Parole:
Clark Harms is appointed to replace Don Blanchard as a member of the Board of Pardons and Parole, a term to expire February 28, 2010.

Real Estate Commission:
Kay Ashton is appointed to replace Maralee B. Jensen as a member of the Real Estate Commission, a term to expire June 30, 2010.

Governor Issues Web Site Policy

Salt Lake City - Utah Governor Jon Huntsman has approved the following policy regarding publishing information on the Web site in languages other than English.

In compliance with Utah Code § 63-13-1.5, information published on Utah's Official Web site will appear only in English with the following exceptions as outlined in the law:

Governor Launches Youth Jobs Initiative

Challenge to Utah businesses: 1,000 jobs for youth for summer

Salt Lake City - Governor Jon Huntsman issued a call to action Wednesday to the businesses of Utah to hire, mentor and enable youth to work in today's expanding economy. The program, "Connecting Utah's Youth to Utah's Economy," is tied to the Department of Workforce Services youth programs, aiming the focus on at-risk and disadvantaged youth.

Governor to Visit Troops at Border

Salt Lake City - Governor Jon Huntsman announced today he will be visiting the Utah National Guard soldiers who are working at the Arizona border Monday.

Governor Announces New Student Regent

Salt Lake City - Governor Jon Huntsman appointed University of Utah student, Ali Hasnain, as the student regent to the State Board of Regents. The student regent serves a one-year term and is a voting member of the board. Hasnain will serve on the board from July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2007, replacing Gaby Kingery.

USTAR Nominations Announced

SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Jon Huntsman, Senate President John Valentine, Speaker of the House Greg Curtis and Commissioner of Higher Education Richard Kendell today announced the nomination of eight members to the newly-formed Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) Board today, sending the names to the Utah State Senate for confirmation.

Memorial Day message from Utah Governor Jon Huntsman

"On this Memorial Day, we take time to honor the men and women who have given their lives for our freedoms. It is with reflection and respect we, as citizens of the greatest State in America, commemorate the sacrifices, the ultimate sacrifices, that have been made on our behalf. The men and women who wear the uniform, no matter the branch they claim or the rank on their sleeve, have given their all for the benefit of everyone. We owe them sincere thanks.

Governor signs 9 bills and 2 resolutions

WHO: Utah Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

WHAT: The Governor signed the following bills today:

Governor Urges Utahns to PowerForward and Conserve Energy

Salt Lake City - Governor Jon Huntsman will sign a declaration encouraging Utahns and state employees to participate in the PowerForward electricity conservation campaign. This campaign demonstrates his and the state's commitment to increase energy efficiency by 20 percent by the year 2015. State and industry leaders will join the Governor for the 2006 PowerForward Season kickoff Tuesday, May 30th at 1:30 p.m. in the Governor's Board Room located in the East Capitol Building.

Governor Huntsman announced five major changes in administration

DCC Executive Director, other cabinet and administrative shifts outlined

Salt Lake City - Governor Jon Huntsman named five changes in his administration Wednesday:

Legislature to convene for Mexican President Fox

Salt Lake City - Governor Jon Huntsman announced today he will be calling the Utah State Legislature into a Special Session May 24.

On that day Mexican President Vicente Fox will be addressing a Joint Convention of the Legislature.

"We look forward to hearing from President Fox on this most historic occasion," Governor Huntsman said.

Governor unveils trains for quarter design

Promontory Summit - Governor Jon Huntsman unveiled today the people's choice for the design on the back of the Utah Quarter: Crossroads of the West, the driving of the golden spike.

"In 1869 with the driving of the golden spike and the completion of the transcontinental railroad Utah became the Crossroads of the West," Governor Huntsman said. "This holds true today as we celebrate our past with this quarter and move toward our future."

Governor to host Mexican President Vicente Fox

Salt Lake City - Governor Jon Huntsman announced today plans for Mexican President Vicente Fox to visit the State May 23 and 24, calling the trip an historic occasion. This visit is still awaiting approval from the Mexican Congress.

Governor Nominates Clark A. Harms for Utah Board of Pardons and Parole

Salt Lake City - Utah Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., has nominated Clark A. Harms of Centerville to serve as the newest member of the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole. If confirmed by the Utah Senate, Harms will replace former Chair Don Blanchard.

Change at Governor's Office

Salt Lake City - Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., today announced his General Counsel, Michael Lee, has accepted an offer to serve as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. Lee will begin his clerkship with Justice Alito in July, 2006.


National Healthy America Week Kicks Off May 1, 2006

Salt Lake City - Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., joins fellow governors as part of the National Governor's Association's (NGA) effort to promote healthy living for all Americans. The NGA is raising awareness for all Americans to live healthier and more active lifestyles by sponsoring Healthy America Week activities (May 1-5).

Governor, Senator Hatch: "No Way" to Nuclear Waste

Governor to declare Friday No Way Day

Salt Lake City - Governor Jon Huntsman joins Senator Orrin Hatch, elected officials, business leaders and community activists to call on Utahns to say "No Way" to high-level nuclear waste storage in Utah.

Governor Huntsman and Senator Hatch will host other state and local leaders and concerned citizens Friday in a rally to urge people to write letters opposing plans to transport and store highly toxic nuclear fuel rods within the state.

Youth "Do The Write Thing"

Awards Luncheon April 28 at the Governor's Mansion

SALT LAKE CITY, (April 28, 2006) - "Why do people just sit around and watch or just ignore the situation when they know that it is wrong. I think that the worst thing that any one can do when violence happens is to sit around and not do anything about it. I know that I have just sat around watching people get bullied before, but I promise that I will not do it again," wrote one of the finalists in his entry to the Do the Write Thing Challenge.

Governor Huntsman to Launch State Energy Efficiency Policy

Salt Lake City - Governor Jon Huntsman will unveil a comprehensive policy on energy efficiency for the State of Utah Wednesday, setting a goal to increase the State's overall energy efficiency by 20 percent by the year 2015. State and industry leaders will join the Governor in the policy rollout.

Governor Inspects Potential Flood Areas

State Experts, Local Officials Join Governor on Tour

Salt Lake City - Utah Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. toured several parts of the state today observing specific areas suffering or in danger of landslides or flooding.

"I felt it was important to get an up close picture of the many stresses facing our state and make sure all levels of government are working closely together to prepare our citizens and communities for potential problems," Governor Huntsman said.

Passover Message from Utah Governor Jon Huntsman

Salt Lake City - As Passover begins at sundown this evening, I wish observers well during this time of reflection and symbolism.

Mary Kaye and I are preparing to enjoy Passover Seder tonight with Representative David Litvack and our families. I am humbled by this long-standing tradition of freedom and family and celebrating the liberation of the Children of Israel from slavery.

Governor Huntsman reappoints Adjutant General Brian Tarbet

Salt Lake City - Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. announced today that he has asked Major General Brian L. Tarbet to serve another six year term as the Adjutant General for the Utah National Guard.

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