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BLM Utah issues 2nd call for nominations to Resource Advisory Council 

SALT LAKE CITY — The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public nominations for five open positions on its Utah Resource Advisory Council. The BLM will consider nominations until June 22. The Council, composed of citizens chosen for their expertise in natural resource issues, helps the BLM carry out its stewardship of 245 million acres of public […]

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Congressman Stewart holds 2 town hall meetings, public invited 

ST. GEORGE — Rep. Chris Stewart will hold two town hall meetings in Southern Utah Tuesday: The first will be at 5 p.m. at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, the second at 7 p.m. at Hurricane High School in Hurricane. “This is a great opportunity for members of the community to ask Congressman Stewart questions about the […]

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Hatch, Klobuchar propose law to foster development of rare disease treatments 

WASHINGTON D.C. — Sens. Orrin Hatch and Amy Klobuchar introduced the Orphan Product Extensions Now Accelerating Cures and Treatments Act of 2015 Thursday. The “OPEN ACT,” as it is being called, would build on the success of the Orphan Drug Act to provide incentives to increase market potential for companies that “repurpose” previously-approved drugs for the […]

Delicate Arch gives a splendid show of nature at Arches National Park, Moab, Utah, Date not specified | Photo courtesy of the National Park Service

Herbert signs agreement outlining Arches National Park water rights 

MOAB — Gov. Gary R. Herbert signed a water right agreement Friday with the U.S. Department of Interior and Arches National Park that outlines Arches’ water rights and removes the possibility of future litigation. It also identifies protections for basin water users, including businesses, ranchers, farmers and those that recreate in red rock country. “Today’s agreement between […]

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Lee votes to block wasteful trade adjustment assistance program 

WASHINGTON — Sen. Mike Lee issued the following statement Thursday regarding his vote not to invoke cloture on the Hatch Substitute Amendment No. 1221 to H.R. 1314, the legislative vehicle for the Trade Promotion Authority bill. I am a big believer in free trade, but I have been very clear from the beginning of this debate […]

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Attorney general testifies to commission aiming to end child abuse, neglect 

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes testified in front of the bipartisan U.S congressional and presidential Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities as part of the national organization’s public meeting in Salt Lake City. The Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities, also called CECANF, was established to develop a national strategy […]

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Lee calls for USA Freedom Act debate before program expires 

WASHINGTON — Sen. Mike Lee asked for unanimous consent Tuesday to begin debate on the House-passed USA Freedom Act so that the Senate could act to preserve a vital intelligence committee program before it expires on May 31. “Free trade is of absolute importance in this country,” Lee said. “It is not, however, as pressing as […]

Tax Commissioner D’Arcy Dixon Pignanelli, circa 2015 | Foreground photo courtesy of Utah government, St. George News

Governor seeks candidates for tax commissioner; Pignanelli service ends 

SALT LAKE CITY — Tax Commissioner D’Arcy Dixon Pignanelli has informed Gov. Gary R. Herbert she will not seek reappointment to the Utah State Tax Commission. She will serve until June 30. “D’Arcy has served this state well, and I appreciate her service to the citizens of Utah,” Herbert said. “During her service, she implemented programs and […]

Governor’s Utah Energy Development Summit 2014, Salt Lake City, June 3-4, 2014 | Image courtesy of Governor's Office of Energy Development, St. George News

Herbert declares May 17-23 Utah Energy Development Week 

SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Gary R. Herbert has declared May 17-23 Utah Energy Development Week to recognize the state’s energy development and critical energy resources. “Energy is among the top issues of our time,” Herbert said. “We need diverse, affordable and reliable energy resources that continue to expand with Utah’s growing population and economy. This week […]

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Lee amendment preserves National Guard Apache Fleet 

WASHINGTON, D. C. — In the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. Mike Lee successfully added an amendment this week to the National Defense Authorization Act that preserves the National Guard’s Apache helicopter fleet. Lee’s amendment to the Army’s Aviation Restructuring Initiative extends the prohibition on AH-64 Apache helicopter transfers out of the National Guard for FY 2016. “The […]

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USA Freedom Act of 2015 passes House, moves to Senate 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sens. Mike Lee and Patrick Leahy, Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner, Bob Goodlatte, John Conyers and Jerrold Nadler issued the following statement Thursday urging the Senate to take up and pass the USA Freedom Act of 2015. Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate have come together in support of historic legislation that protects Americans’ privacy rights and […]

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Hatch, Senate Coalition introduce bill to legalize therapeutic hemp for epilepsy treatment 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. Orrin Hatch, member and former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, along with Sens. Cory Gardner and Ron Wyden and Senate co-sponsors Johnny Isakson, Jeff Merkley and Michael Bennet, announced Wednesday they are introducing the Therapeutic Hemp Medical Access Act of 2015 in the United States Senate to exempt from the Controlled Substances […]

Sen. Orrin Hatch accepting an award by the American Conservative Union, Washington, D.C., May 14, 2015 | Photo courtesy of the offices of Sen. Orrin Hatch, St. George News

American Conservative Union awards Hatch for 80 pct. rating on conservative issues 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp presented Sen. Orrin Hatch the ACU Award for Conservative Achievement Thursday, based on his score of 80 out of 100 as part of ACU’s annual rating of Congress. The 2014 rating of Congress grades members of Congress based on their votes on issues important to conservatives and has been […]

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Reyes testifies at congressional hearing for sex trafficking cause 

SALT LAKE CITY— Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes announced Monday he will testify on Thursday’s congressional hearing titled, “A Pathway to Freedom: Rescue and Refuge for Sex Trafficking Victims,” which will be held before the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations. Reyes participated in a rescue […]

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Lee reacts to circuit court ruling on NSA’s data collection program 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. Lee issued the following statement Thursday after a three-judge panel of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals found that the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records goes beyond what is authorized under Section 215 of the Patriot Act. “The Second Circuit should be commended for its well-reasoned decision finding […]

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