Senator Hatch and Speaker Ryan Sign Bill to Combat Opioid Abuse [UPH Wire]

Daniel Burton Cell: 801-358-3613 *FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE *July 14, 2016 Media Contact: J.P. Freire: (202) 228-0210 Matt Whitlock: (202) 224-4511 *Senator Hatch and Speaker Ryan Sign Bill to Combat Opioid Abuse* Washington, D.C.—Senate President Pro Tempore Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., signed critical legislation this morning to address the prescription painkiller and heroin abuse epidemic sweeping the country. The bill, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, recently passed in the House and Senate, and included several provisions with a direct impact on Utah championed by Senator…

Sens. Lee, Booker Introduce Commodity Check Off Reform Bill [UPH Wire]

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE* Thursday, July 14, 2016 *Sens. Lee, Booker Introduce Commodity Check Off Reform Bill* WASHINGTON – Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced on Wednesday‎* S. 3201, the Commodity Checkoff Program Improvement Act of 2016*, a measure intended to bring much needed transparency and accountability to the federal government’s commodity check off programs. Checkoff programs are mandatory participation programs under the US Department of Agriculture. These programs are funded through compulsory fees on producers of eggs, beef, pork and a multitude of other agricultural products. The…

Attorney General’s Office Announces Human Trafficking Arrests [UPH Wire]

Attorney General’s Office Announces Human Trafficking Arrests *Over 70 arrests, including for child sex exploitation and human trafficking of minors* SALT LAKE CITY July 13, 2016 – In cooperation with local and national law enforcement agencies today, the Utah Attorney General’s Office announced in a press conference a multi-month investigation that resulted in the arrests of a number of individuals on human trafficking and child sex exploitation charges. The arrests are related to cases where victims of human trafficking were trafficked inside Utah. Some cases involved minors and some crossed…

Senator Mike Lee: Protecting the First Amendment [UPH Wire]

Senator Mike Lee: Protecting the First Amendment Yesterday I testified in a hearing with the House Oversight Committee in defense of the First Amendment Defense Act. The First Amendment Defense Act prohibits the government from discriminating against covered individuals or institutions that define marriage as a union of one man and one woman. The most important feature of the First Amendment Defense Act is its exceptionally narrow scope. If enacted, the bill would do one thing and one thing only: it would prevent the federal government from discriminating against particular…

Sens. Lee, Sasse Introduce Alternatives to Licensing that Lower Obstacles to Work (ALLOW) Act [UPH Wire]

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE *Tuesday, July 12, 2016 *Sens. Lee, Sasse Introduce Alternatives to Licensing that Lower Obstacles * *to Work (ALLOW) Act* WASHINGTON – Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Ben Sasse (R-NE) introduced legislation Tuesday that would make it easier for many Americans to begin work in their chosen field by reducing unnecessary licensing burdens. “The principle at the heart of the American economic system is equality of opportunity. In practice, this means eliminating all forms of legal privilege and political favoritism, so that the economy rewards hard work, initiative,…

Lee Testimony on First Amendment Defense Act [UPH Wire]

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE* Tuesday, July 12, 2016 *Lee Testimony on First Amendment Defense Act* WASHINGTON—This morning, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) will testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA). Remarks as prepared for delivery are available below. *Chairman Chaffetz, Ranking Member Cummings, and members of the Committee: thank you for holding this hearing today and for inviting me to testify in support of the First Amendment Defense Act. It’s an honor to be here and to participate with my fellow witnesses and…

Utah Attorney General’s Office Files Amicus Brief in Wesby [UPH Wire]

Utah Attorney General’s Office Files Amicus Brief in Wesby 17 States join amicus brief regarding qualified immunity for law enforcement officers SALT LAKE CITY July 11, 2016 – Joined by 17 states, Utah filed an amicus brief in District of Columbia v. Wesby, a case presenting important questions about qualified immunity for law enforcement officers. The defendants in Wesby are police officers in Washington, D.C. who were sued after they arrested suspects for trespassing in a vacant home at 3:00 AM on a Sunday morning after police confirmed that none…

Utah AG Reyes Statement on Shootings in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Dallas [UPH Wire]

Utah AG Reyes Statement on Shootings in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Dallas SALT LAKE CITY July 8, 2016 — Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes released the following statement regarding recent shootings in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Dallas: “Our office, which includes many front line law enforcement officers, is in mourning for all the lives lost this past week. From Dallas to Louisiana to Minnesota and the rest of our nation, all lives are sacred. And the sanctity of life should be a guiding principle in how our law enforcement and our communities…

Hatch Plays Key Role in Negotiating Opioid Addiction Bill [UPH Wire]

  *FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE* July 7, 2016 Media Contact: J.P. Freire: (202) 228-0210 Matt Whitlock: (202) 224-4511 *Hatch Plays Key Role in Negotiating Opioid Addiction Bill* Washington, D.C.—As Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and a senior member and former chairman of both the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, Senator Hatch was selected to serve on the conference committee to finalize the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act bills passed in the House and Senate. Senator Hatch also won inclusion of several provisions that…

Sen. Mike Lee highlights problem of regulatory capture in Washington, D.C. [UPH Wire]

*Sen. Mike Lee highlights problem of regulatory capture in Washington, D.C.* “Today, the vast majority of federal ‘laws’ are not passed by the House and Senate and signed by the President; they are written by unelected bureaucrats via a decision-making process that is opaque and highly technical – precisely the kind of venue that is susceptible to capture by concentrated interests,” writes U.S. Senator Mike Lee in an essay recently published in *RegBlog* , a daily online source of regulatory news and commentary produced at the University of Pennsylvania Law…