Latest Gary Herbert News

Herbert names Department of Environmental Quality director

Sep. 18, 2019 2:45 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah has a new top environmental regulator. Gov. Gary Herbert's office on Wednesday announced his appointment of Scott Baird as executive director of the Utah Department of Environmental Quality. Baird has served as the department's interim director since June and has worked for the...

Utah legislators pass bill to help stores sell heavier beers

Sep. 17, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah legislators have passed a measure to make it easier for businesses to prepare to sell higher-strength beer ahead of the Nov. 1 effective date. The bill lawmakers approved during Monday's special session gives retailers a one-week grace period to purchase and store 4% beer before...

Utah lawmakers approve changes to medical cannabis law

Sep. 17, 2019 12:02 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah legislators approved changes to the state's medical marijuana law, an issue that has faced fierce criticism from people on both sides of the debate. The Utah Senate and House of Representatives voted unanimously Monday evening during a special session to send the proposal to...

The Latest: Lawmakers approve changes to medical pot law

Sep. 16, 2019 10:56 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on action on changes to Utah's medical marijuana law (all times local): 8:30 p.m. Lawmakers have approved changes to Utah's medical marijuana law following a fierce debate from people on both sides of the issues. The Utah Senate and House of Representatives voted...

Businessman becomes second Republican in Utah governor race

Sep. 10, 2019 5:18 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Businessman Jeff Burningham announced his candidacy for Utah governor Tuesday, becoming the second Republican candidate to officially enter what could become a crowded field. The technology and real estate entrepreneur from Provo pitched himself as a political outsider who would keep...

Utah Legislature: Tax reform not included in special session

Sep. 7, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has called lawmakers into a special session on Sept. 16 on medical marijuana and other issues, but tax reform is not on the agenda. The Deseret News reported Friday that income taxes in Utah must be used for education, but they are outgrowing the sales taxes...

Session called to scrap state-run medical marijuana system

Sep. 5, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is calling a special legislative session to scrap an unusual plan for a state-run medical marijuana dispensary system following concerns that it could put public employees at risk of being prosecuted under federal drug laws. Herbert said in a statement Thursday...

Hearing on LGBTQ conversion therapy ban set for this month

Sep. 5, 2019 1:31 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Proposed rules that would prohibit Utah psychologists from practicing so-called conversion therapy on LGBTQ kids are scheduled to be discussed at a public hearing later this month. The Salt Lake Tribune reports a hearing is planned for Sept. 26 to discuss rules that would label...

Utah governor donates $50k to Spencer Cox in governor's race

Sep. 4, 2019 2:24 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert's political action committee has donated $50,000 to Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox's campaign to be the state's next governor. The Salt Lake Tribune reports campaign disclosure forms show the committee made the donation on Aug. 30. The donation makes Herbert the largest...

Fonnesbeck appointed District Court judge in northern Utah

Aug. 24, 2019 2:00 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gov. Gary Herbert has appointed a Juvenile Court judge and former public defender to fill a District Court vacancy in northern Utah. Herbert's office Friday announced his appointment of Angela F. Fonnesbeck as a judge for the 1st District Court, which includes Box Elder, Cache and...