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Gov. Spencer Cox declares state of emergency in anticipation of weekend protests

(SALT LAKE CITY) — Utah Gov. Spencer Cox declared a state of emergency ahead of potential protests at the Utah State Capitol this weekend. The precaution comes after the siege of the U.S. Capitol that occurred on Jan. 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C., which resulted in five deaths including a U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian […]

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Gov. Spencer Cox appoints new Colorado River Commissioner

(SALT LAKE CITY) — Utah Gov. Spencer Cox announced the appointment of Gene Shawcroft as the Utah Commissioner to the Upper Colorado River Commission (UCRC). The UCRC is an interstate water administrative agency that works with the upper basin states (Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming) to safeguard their respective water rights and allocations while […]

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Gov. Spencer Cox issues a statement on safety protocols for the 2021 legislative session

(SALT LAKE CITY) — In response to the Utah Legislature’s decision to conduct its business virtually during the 2021 Legislature, Gov. Spencer Cox issued the following statement: “I fully support the Legislature’s careful decision to shift legislative business online,” Gov. Cox said. “We appreciate the counsel of the Utah Highway Patrol in monitoring potential social […]

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Gov. Spencer Cox and Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson present FY 2022 budget proposal

CEDAR CITY (Jan. 11, 2021) — Gov. Spencer J. Cox and Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson unveiled their FY 2022 budget priorities, featuring major investments in education, infrastructure, open space and a tax decrease.  The $21.7 billion budget includes $250 million to assist the state’s public health partners, households, businesses and schools affected by the coronavirus; […]

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Gov. Spencer Cox orders flags to be lowered in honor of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick

SALT LAKE CITY (Jan. 10, 2021) – Gov. Spencer J. Cox has ordered the lowering of the flag of the United States of America and the flag of the state of Utah on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021 in honor of the life and service of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick.  Officer Sicknick was […]

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Gov. Spencer Cox announces vaccine eligibility for Utah teachers, school staff and older adults

SALT LAKE CITY (Jan. 8, 2021) – Utah Gov. Spencer J. Cox today announced teachers and staff members in Utah’s K-12 schools will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine beginning the week of January 11. Utah adults 70 and older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine beginning the week of January 18. […]

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Inauguration 2021: Gov. Spencer Cox, Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson sign first executive order

FILLMORE, UTAH (Jan. 4, 2021) — In their first official action, Gov. Spencer Cox and Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson signed an executive order dealing with occupational licenses in front of the historic Territorial Statehouse in Fillmore.  Executive Order 2021-01 (link to unsigned copy) requires state agencies to review all occupational licenses to ensure they are […]

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Inauguration 2021: Gov. Spencer Cox, Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson and other statewide elected officials take the Oath of Office at Tuacahn Center of the Arts

IVINS, UTAH (Jan. 4, 2021) — Gov. Spencer Cox was sworn in as Utah’s 18th governor and Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson as the ninth Lt. Governor of Utah in an open air ceremony at the Tuacahn Center for the Arts.  Utah Supreme Court Justice Paige Petersen administered the Oath of Office to Cox and Henderson […]

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Inauguration 2021: Gov.-elect Spencer Cox and Lt. Gov.-elect Deidre Henderson attend worship services

ST. GEORGE, UTAH (Jan. 3, 2021) — Gov.-elect Spencer Cox and Lt. Gov.-elect Deidre Henderson gathered with four local faith communities as part of their Day of Prayer prior to their inauguration ceremony.   “Spending the day before taking the Oath of Office in spiritual communion and contemplation was very important to me,” said Cox. “The […]

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Inauguration 2021: Gov.-elect Spencer Cox and Lt. Gov.-elect Deidre Henderson conclude their One Utah Food Drive with hands-on service and a call for donations at the first event of their inaugural weekend

ST. GEORGE, UTAH (Jan. 2, 2021) — Gov.-elect Spencer Cox and Lt. Gov.-elect Deidre Henderson kicked off their inaugural events with a service project at the Southern Utah distribution center of the Utah Food Bank, 4416 River Road in St. George. “Service is a core value for us and we know there are so many […]

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