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Press Release: Walt Brooks Appointed to the Utah House of Representative

Tweet Press Release For Immediate Release September 21, 2016 Contact: Aundrea Peterson House Majority Communications Coordinator Utah House of Representatives 801-791-3365 aundreapeterson@le.utah.gov  Walt Brooks Appointed to the Utah House of Representative Salt Lake City – Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes administered the Oath of Office to the newest member of Utah House of Representatives, Rep. Walt Brooks, during the September legislative Interim day. Rep. Brooks was selected by the Washington County Republican Party Central Committee to replace former Rep. Don Ipson. Rep. Ipson resigned from the House this morning to fill the vacancy in the State Senate after the recent resignation of Sen. Steve Urquhart. Rep. Brooks will represent House District 75. During the remainder of the 2016 legislative session, Rep. Brooks will be assigned to the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice and Political Subdivisions interim committees and the Infrastructure and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee. “I am honored and look forward to this opportunity to represent the constituents of District 75,” said Rep. Brooks. “I’m ready to hit the ground running.” Rep. Brooks received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Dixie State University. Previously, he owned and operated of small businesses and was the director of sales for an electronics company. Currently, he is the president of RxTrax, a software company that specializes in tracking deliveries for the pharmaceutical industry. He enjoys serving in the community and is fluent in Chinese.   “We’re excited to welcome Representative Brooks to our esteemed body,” said Speaker Hughes. “We wish him well on his first day.”... read more

Media Statement: Public Lands Commission Chairs Statement on Billing Questions

Tweet Media Statement For Immediate Release September 21, 2016 Contact: Aundrea Peterson Majority Communications Coordinator Utah House of Representatives 801-791-3365 aundreapeterson@le.utah.gov   Public Lands Commission Chairs Statement on Billing Questions  Salt Lake City – Representative Keven J. Stratton and Senator David Hinkins, chairs of the Commission on the Stewardship of Public Lands, issued the following statement in regards to the internal review about payments made by the commission for outside legal services and communications work:  We recognize the passions on all sides of the critical issue of Utah’s work to manage public lands at the local level but ask for responsible, civil and respectful dialogue throughout the process, with fidelity to the rule of law. As Commission chairs, we are satisfied with the services and progress of the consultants and legal team in this regard. The legal analysis that was the culmination of their work is anchored in the sound constitutional principles of state sovereignty and equal footing, both critical to the vibrancy and health of our nation and to the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness of every American. The Commission’s work shouldn’t be diminished by questions raised by politically-motivated groups. The Commission has checks and balances in place to ensure billing is accurate. We would like to reiterate that to date, we anticipate spending less than half of our allocated budget for the first phase of this endeavor.  The internal review, which is standard legislative practice, shows both Davillier and Strata under budget and cooperative in issuing reimbursements where warranted. The Commission will continue to review and monitor all invoices. # # # Click here to see... read more

Today, Rep. Brad Dee, who serves as the vice-chair of the Capitol Preservation Board, Ron Fox a community historian, John Lambert the founder and CEO of Historic Masonry Consultant, Senate President, the Lt. Governor and Allyson Gamble the executive director of the Capitol Preservation Board, extracted a 100-year-old time capsule from the capitol cornerstone.

"One hundred years ago that capsule was placed in the State Capitol and to hold that today was a great thrill," said Rep. Dee. "It was a once in a lifetime moment."
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Speaker Greg Hughes administering the Oath of Office to the newest member of Utah House of Representatives, Rep. Walt Brooks. ... See MoreSee Less

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Speaker Greg Hughes showed the Ambassador of Romania to the U.S., George Cristian Maior, the Ambassador's wife, Anamaria Maior, the Honorary Consul of Romania, Mircea Divricean and the administrative manager for Kostopulos Dream Foundation/Camp Kostopulos, Natalie Norris, around the Capitol during the Ambassador’s visit to the Beehive State.

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Speaker Greg Hughes showed the Ambassador of Romania to the U.S., George Cristian Maior, the Ambassador's wife, Anamaria Maior, the Honorary Consul of Romania, Mircea Divricean and the administrative ...

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