UTAH ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE TO HELP LAW ENFORCEMENT BY DISTRIBUTING PROTECTIVE GEAR DONATIONS OF PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE) IN A PRIVATE/PUBLIC PARTNERSHIP

UTAH ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE TO HELP LAW ENFORCEMENT BY DISTRIBUTING PROTECTIVE GEAR DONATIONS OF PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE) IN A PRIVATE/PUBLIC PARTNERSHIP
 

The Utah Attorney General’s Office is partnering with a growing list of private companies to collect and distribute masks, gloves, hand sanitizer etc. to rescue and law enforcement agencies who are running out. Most of those receiving the masks are in rural communities in northern, central and southern Utah.
 
The Attorney General’s Office has already distributed more than 1,000 masks donated by PC Laptops. Sherwin Williams delivered 2,500 items for distribution this morning.
 
This effort will not take away from those who are working to provide PPE to health care professionals who are also in critical need of these items at this time. CDC guidelines to law enforcement personnel call for a minimum use of PPE whenever possible and necessary. The need for this equipment for law enforcement is running critically low in Utah.
 
So far, the local companies (which include PC Laptops, Sherwin Williams and more in progress) are donating the masks, gloves, face shields, hand sanitizer, gowns, etc. that have they have acquired. The Attorney General’s Office will distribute those items as they become available.
 
“We all realize the need for hospitals to get masks and supplies. And while we all work together to get that done, our first responders are answering emergency calls and keeping our communities safe. We owe it to them to provide some protection in the line of duty," said Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes.
 
“It’s wonderful to see fire and police chiefs, sheriffs and EMT leaders rally together so quickly in such crisis conditions," Attorney General Reyes added. "We are trying to speed up the process of collection and distribution. And the Attorney General's Office is proud to play a role in coordinating that effort. Again, I want to emphasize our efforts to ensure hospitals and medical personnel get what they need on the front lines of this pandemic while we support our other first responders."
 
Attorney General Reyes also expressed gratitude to the donors. “A big thanks to Dan Young and his team for their generous donations and dedication to get this equipment to responders around the state. We’re also working with other businesses like Sherman Williams and private donors who are generously providing masks and supplies for hospitals and responders in Utah.”
 
The Attorney General’s Office has been distributing the PPE this week. View a photo of the PPE here
 
Additional donations are expected, as this is will be an on-going effort. We will provide notification as that happens. 

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Republican Rising Star Says He Brings Proven Leadership, Ethics, Legal Excellence and Will Keep Fighting for Utah

Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes Files for Reelection

SALT LAKE CITY (March 13, 2020) — Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes today filed for re-election, at the same time emphasizing his commitment to expand on numerous achievements and initiatives he’s pioneered while in office. He reiterated his prior decision to not gather signatures for the primary ballot.

Reyes is recognized locally and nationally for his ethical leadership, innovation, and his dedication to solving major threats such as the opioid epidemic, suicide, human trafficking, cyber-crime and white-collar fraud. He has been awarded various honors for his support of law enforcement and the military, for his legal and policy expertise and his vigorous protection of Utah children, families, laws, lands and economic prosperity. Reyes is also a vocal supporter of the caucus and convention system in Utah.

“I’m a product of our caucuses and convention. I launched my first campaign at a rural caucus. And I'm looking forward to continuing to connect with delegates and all Utahns about what we’ve accomplished together over the past several years to strengthen our great state and nation,” Reyes explained. “I absolutely love my job and will keep working tirelessly to save children, investigate fraud and serious crimes, protect taxpayer interests and our defend our Constitution.”

"My decision to continue this work comes after months of contemplation and prayer with my wife, Saysha, and our family. I’ve had opportunities to serve at the national level. But I’ve chosen to stay in Utah for a reason. I’m honored to serve this state I love. I want to continue my team's momentum and success here in order to protect all Utahns, strengthen local economies and lessen human suffering. We’ve accomplished a great deal, but I have even
more to give.”

Regarding challengers in the political arena, Reyes added, “My results speak for themselves. The people of this state know I stand for the Rule of Law and justice for all, not just the elite. I will run a positive and strong campaign to remain Utah’s top law enforcement leader and the State’s principal legal counsel.”

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Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes Files for Reelection; Republican Rising Star Says He Brings Proven Leadership, Ethics, Legal Excellence and Will Keep Fighting for Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (March 13, 2020) — Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes today filed for re-election, at the same time emphasizing his commitment to expand on numerous achievements and initiatives he’s pioneered while in office. He reiterated his prior decision to not gather signatures for the primary ballot.

Reyes is recognized locally and nationally for his ethical leadership, innovation, and his dedication to solving major threats such as the opioid epidemic, suicide, human trafficking, cyber-crime and white-collar fraud. He has been awarded various honors for his support of law enforcement and the military, for his legal and policy expertise and his vigorous protection of Utah children, families, laws, lands and economic prosperity. Reyes is also a vocal supporter of the caucus and convention system in Utah.

“I’m a product of our caucuses and convention. I launched my first campaign at a rural caucus. And I'm looking forward to continuing to connect with delegates and all Utahns about what we’ve accomplished together over the past several years to strengthen our great state and nation,” Reyes explained. “I absolutely love my job and will keep working tirelessly to save children, investigate fraud and serious crimes, protect taxpayer interests and our defend our Constitution.”

"My decision to continue this work comes after months of contemplation and prayer with my wife, Saysha, and our family. I’ve had opportunities to serve at the national level. But I’ve chosen to stay in Utah for a reason. I’m honored to serve this state I love. I want to continue my team's momentum and success here in order to protect all Utahns, strengthen local economies and lessen human suffering. We’ve accomplished a great deal, but I have even more to give.”

Regarding challengers in the political arena, Reyes added, “My results speak for themselves. The people of this state know I stand for the Rule of Law and justice for all, not just the elite. I will run a positive and strong campaign to remain Utah’s top law enforcement leader and the State’s principal legal counsel.”

About Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes

The Honorable Sean D. Reyes is the 21st Attorney General and first minority elected statewide in Utah. Reyes has received wide praise for regaining public trust and successfully handling many of the most important cases in the state’s history. In 2013, Reyes took over an embattled office mired in scandal and criminal allegations surrounding his predecessors and restored confidence and excellence in the state’s flagship law firm. He subsequently won re-election in 2014 and 2016 by large margins. Under Reyes’ leadership, the Utah AG office continues to fight against white collar fraud, the opioid epidemic, human trafficking, rising suicide, bullying, cybercrime, youth pornography addiction and domestic violence. He was the American Bar Association’s first-ever National Outstanding Young Lawyer for his legal skill, leadership and humanitarian service and was the first to be recognized by Brigham Young University as its Young Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. Prior to serving as Utah’s 21st Attorney General, Reyes was a Partner at Parsons Behle & Latimer. He graduated summa cum laude from BYU and with honors from UC Berkeley School of Law. Reyes is the son of a Filipino-Spanish father and a Native Hawaiian and Japanese mother. He and Saysha, his wife of 24 years, have six children. www.seanreyes.com

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Thanks to Utah's AG, Tens of Thousands of Disabled Vets Will Save over $1 Billion

According to recent Cape May County Herald article, tens of thousands of veterans who are totally and permanently disabled as a result of their military service are expected to save approximately $1.3 billion on their student loans over the next decade, according to recent analysis from the U.S. Department of Education. These savings are the result of a change in federal policy prompted by the advocacy of a bipartisan coalition of 52 state and territorial attorneys general led by New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes.

To read the full story, click HERE.

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Salt Lake Tribune: Utah AG office arrests 13 on charges of trying to solicit children for sex over the internet

(Sean P. Means | The Salt Lake Tribune) Sean D. Reyes, Utah's attorney general, speaks at a news conference Monday, May 20, at the Utah State Capitol. At the news conference, officials announced 13 men were arrested in the last week on charges involving trying to entice children over the internet to meet for sexual contact.

An undercover sting operation in Utah County over the last week netted 13 arrests of men accused of trying to lure minors on the internet to meet for sexual contact, officials of Utah’s Internet Crimes Against Children task force said Monday.

“The 13 people that we arrested were actively seeking to either rape or sodomize children,” said Jessica Farnsworth, commander of the ICAC task force, at a news conference at the Utah State Capitol.

Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes said no children were involved in catching these 13 suspects, who were in contact with some of the 200 ICAC officers working the case, including members of the Utah County Sheriff’s Office and the Provo and Orem police departments.

To read entire Salt Lake Tribune article, visit: https://www.sltrib.com/news/2019/05/20/utah-task-force-arrests/ 

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ICYMI | Deseret News Op-Ed: Three-digit suicide lifeline is a huge victory for Utah by Sean Reyes

With the American public focused on myriad issues in the media, Congress quietly passed a bill this week that is a game-changer in preventing death by suicide and supporting those contemplating it.

Suicide is the leading cause of death for teens in Utah. It has increased exponentially over the past 20 years. And across all age demographics, Utah has some of the highest per capita suicide losses in the nation.

For full Op-Ed, click here

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Sean Reyes Praises Judge Kavanaugh, Urges Quick SCOTUS Confirmation

Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes made the following statement after President Trump's announcement of his Supreme Court of the United States nomination.

"I applaud President Trump for nominating Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Judge Kavanaugh’s experience and jurisprudence on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia demonstrates he has the most important quality a judicial nominee can possess—the ability to decide cases as an impartial judge based on the U.S. Constitution and laws passed by Congress, and not as a would-be legislator, based on laws as the judge may wish them to be.

"President Trump deserves credit for continuing his commitment to nominate originalist and textualist jurists like Justice Neal Gorsuch and Judge Brett Kavanaugh who respect the Constitution and the Rule of Law. Judge Kavanaugh brings with him many of the best aspects of Justice Kennedy’s legacy in addition to his own unique lens to the Court.
 
"Those who have worked with Judge Kavanaugh on both sides of the aisle praise his intellect, approach and character on the bench. He will be a fine addition to the High Court. I urge the Senate to quickly confirm Judge Kavanaugh so that the Court can continue its important work with a full complement of Justices when it returns to the bench this fall."

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AG Reyes kicks off an event for the expansion of eight new drug disposal kiosks

Attorney General Sean Reyes along with other state leaders kicked off an event for the expansion of eight new drug disposal kiosks. Walgreens is placing the new kiosks around Utah. There has already been several placed including one at the Bountiful location right off 515 South and 500 West. Each kiosk will be place inside right next to the pharmacy and are open for public use.

To watch the KUTV story, click here. 

 

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UTAH AG ISSUES STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT’S EXECUTIVE ORDER ON IMMIGRATION

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes calls on Congress to act quickly to close loopholes.

This afternoon, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes issued the following statement in support of the President’s Executive Order Affording Congress An Opportunity to Address Family Separation:

“I applaud President Trump’s executive order stopping family separations at the border to allow Congress time to address the problem. No one wants to see children separated from their parents. It has been obvious for decades and under multiple administrations that our immigration system is flawed. Congress needs to close these loopholes immediately.

“I was born into a family with an immigrant father. I understand the immigration quandary from both a personal and legal perspective. My father stood up to a dictatorial regime and risked his life to escape his country, but ultimately achieved his U.S. citizenship legally. As the immigration debate continues and laws hopefully evolve, we must remember all of the true victims of today’s broken system and the consequences if Congress fails to fix the current U.S. immigration code.

“The current loopholes in today’s U.S. immigration laws not only hurt families, but also help fuel the human trafficking scourge. Again, I call on Congress to close the loopholes and get immigration right.”

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Utah AG Reveals Benefits of SafeUT App at Federal School Safety Standards Roundtable Hosted by U.S. Senators Rubio and Nelson

Education Week, April 18, 2018 (blogs.edweek.org)

A school safety forum on Capitol Hill hosted by Florida's U.S. senators focused on how to help students head off threats from their peers, and on improving security measures for schools, among other topics.  

Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat, and Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican, also used the event here on Wednesday to tout their support for having the federal government offer states incentives to adopt "red flag" laws that prevent those who represent a threat to themselves or others from accessing or purchasing firearms, while preserving legal protetions for those individuals. Rubio and Nelson introduced a bill to this effect, the Extreme Risk Protection Order and Violence Prevention Act, last month, after the school shooting in Parkland, Fla. 

Advocates and public officials also emphasized the importance of communication at various stages to help address school violence, from making it easier for students to share their concerns with adults, to helping law enforcement respond to violent incidents more quickly.

For full story, click here.

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