Attorney General Recognized with Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility's 2015 Leadership Award

Over the past year, it's been an honor to support and advance alcohol responsibility especially as we deal as a society with how to prevent DUIs and underage drinking. I was humbled to receive the leadership award this week from Brandy Nannini at the foundation and hope that more Utahns will support the effort to advance awareness for the cause among youth and family members alike. 

 

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Happy Veteran's Day to Utah's Military Heroes

It was an honor to spend some time in Payson today at the Central Utah Veterans Home. I was truly honored and humbled to be able to speak and share stories with so many incredibly courageous military heroes. 

 

 

 

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AG Reyes Speaks to Maeser Prep Students About the Perils of Human Trafficking

Utah Attorney General Reyes takes any chance he can get to educate and warn all Utahns about the perils of Human Trafficking right here in the state of Utah and nationwide.

Today he spent the morning with Maeser Prep in Lindon Utah sharing his experience about his undercover mission to Colombia in the fall of 2014 where he helped rescue over 100 girls from child sex trafficking and the signs students should watch for if they suspect a child or adult is being trafficked.

 

Human trafficking is far from an endemic problem and educating teenagers, college students and adults alike will help to ensure the eradication of this heinous crime against children and women, which has been coined "modern day slavery" by some and simply unacceptable by AG Reyes and his team of lawyers and investigators at the Utah AG office.

 

 

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Attorney General Sean Reyes Delivers Keynote at the National Association of Women Judges 2015 Conference

AG Reyes' Speech Highlights Women in Law & Utah’s Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking

SALT LAKE CITY—Oct. 9, 2015—Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes today delivered the keynote address at the National Association of Women Judges 2015 Conference, the 37th annual event held this year in Salt Lake City. Approximately 150 women judges from throughout the country and world representing federal, state, tribal, military and administrative law courts at both the appellate and trial levels were in attendance – along with many local practicing attorneys and law students.

“I want my little girl to grow up knowing she can achieve her dreams in part because you have pushed open many doors for generations of women behind you,” noted Reyes in his remarks. “And I want to thank you for making the fight against human trafficking, which ravages women and children worldwide, one of your organizational priorities.” 

Utah has become a leader in combating trafficking both domestically and internationally. In addition to Utah’s universities offering programs focused on the issue, its legal and judiciary community, along with the legislature, non-profits network, corporations and law enforcement are joining together through the Trafficking in Persons Task Force administered through the Utah Attorney General’s Office.  Attorney General Reyes recently hosted 23 international leaders in trafficking discussions, trained 20 Attorneys General from states and foreign countries – and has been invited to speak with ambassadors and heads of state about coordinating efforts on this issue.

 

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September 11, 2015

"On this day marking one of our nation's darkest moments, we celebrate the strength and resilience of the American people. While we mourn the loss of so many innocent lives, we recognize the great light of God, of our constitution, the liberties and freedoms we enjoy as a country and those who defend them. We thank military, law enforcement and first responders who protect and serve daily.

"We remember their great sacrifice on that fateful September day in 2001 and continued sacrifices for the months and years to follow. Hopefully, we also recall the might of our collective power; a diverse citizenry. With all of us, average citizens, banding together to heal wounds and to defy evil. It is one of the lasting remembrances from such calamity--the great good that can be done when we are united as a people, with the welfare of our suffering brothers and sisters foremost in our minds and partisanship, divisiveness, prejudice and personal agendas cast aside.

"It also reminds us of the need for America to be strong. Not in arrogance. Not with a sense of cultural superiority. But strong in its defense, strong in it purpose and strong in is commitment to the ideals of democracy and liberty. May God bless America with peace and prosperity when possible and strength and deliverance when it is not."

~Attorney General Sean D. Reyes

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AG Reyes Discusses Insights on EPA Spill with FOX News HQ's Leland Vittert

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Sean Reyes, other Attorneys General react to EPA’s handling of mine waste spill

SALT LAKE CITY — With three million gallons of contaminated water flowing into the San Juan River, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes says the EPA has some explaining to do, and Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has declared a state of emergency.

“First and foremost, make sure that drinking water, that recreational water, that water critical to people’s lives and businesses is safe immediately,” Reyes said.

Reyes, along with Attorneys General from New Mexico and Colorado, held a press conference in Durango, following the EPA’s own press conference on Wednesday.

Visit for full story at FOX13: Sean Reyes, other Attorneys General react to EPA’s handling of mine waste spill

 

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AG Reyes Statement on EPA 111(d)

 

Utah AG Reyes (far right) joins West Virginia AG Patrick Morrisey (at podium) and several other AGs to request a stay of implementation until more analysis has been conducted. 

“We all want better air quality and a healthy environment for our families and future generations but not by mandating limits that will drastically increase energy costs and put thousands of already suffering Americans out of work, ignoring meaningful input by the States, violating the Clean Air Act and bypassing Congress. We can embrace a future that includes robust clean energy sources without killing the coal industry, which seems to be a goal of this administration.

"A complex rule with such wide-reaching implications, such as the EPA’s 111(d), merits serious review and analysis.  For this reason, Utah’s Attorney General has joined West Virginia and over a dozen other states to request a stay of implementation of the rule to allow time to evaluate its implications and consider litigation as to its legality.”

– Attorney General Sean D. Reyes

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Radio interview with Hugh Hewitt talking Attorneys generals, what they do and why they are important

I was privileged to be able to spend three hours yesterday as guest host on Rod Arquette Show (thank you Rod!) at KNRS 105.7.

Even sweeter was the opportunity to get Professor Hugh Hewitt on the air to discuss what Attorneys generals do and why they so important right now as our country fights to stave off the Obama Era of Leviathan federal agencies. Professor Hewitt is a lawyer, law professor and broadcast journalist whose nationally syndicated radio show is heard in more than 120 cities across the United States every weekday afternoon.

It was an honor to discuss his recent article, Attorneys general are the first line of defense, which provides clear warning about impending election terms and staggering EPA overreach. To read full story, click here

 

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UtahPolicy.com Poll Numbers Show Atty. Gen. Reyes in Good Political Shape

GOP Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes is looking good as he approaches his 2016 re-election, a new UtahPolicy poll shows.

Reyes gets a 53 percent “naked re-elect” number in the new poll by Dan Jones & Associates.

An incumbent wants to be above 50 percent in any naked re-elect survey – where the officeholder is not matched against a person.

Instead, the pollster asks if the incumbent should be re-elected, or is it time to give a new person a chance to serve.

The naked re-elect, as it is called in the trade, shows the incumbents’ bare bones support – and those numbers usually are lower than if he or she were matched against a real opponent within or outside of their political party.

Jones polled 803 Utah registered voters from May 5-12. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.46 percent.

Reyes, if not seen as a savior of the AG’s office, is at least respected by many Utahns, the survey shows.

And Utah’s first Hispanic attorney general certainly has had a challenge.

Reyes got into the AG Republican primary with John Swallow in 2012 – where after some anonymous negative campaigning in his favor, Swallow won the party nomination and went on to coast to victory that November.

But Swallow’s political life soon fell apart.

News reports about his campaign fundraising, perceived conflicts of interests and tactics overwhelmed him in 2013 – leading to several criminal investigations and a special investigation by the Utah House.

In December 2013 Swallow resigned, and later was charged with 12 felonies. His route to trial is slowly proceeding.

Meanwhile, GOP delegates picked Reyes to succeed Swallow. And Reyes won election to serve out the remaining two years of Swallow’s four-year term in November 2014.

Now Reyes is running for his own four-year term in 2016.

Democrats hoped to make the Swallow scandal (and that of his immediate predecessor, Republican Mark Shurtleff) a turning point in the 2014 AG election.

But it wasn’t, and Reyes won easily as a kind of reform candidate.

Jones’ new poll shows Reyes is in a good position as he starts his 2016 re-election effort:

-- Among all Utahns, 53 percent say Reyes “definitely” or “probably” should be re-elected; only 27 percent say he shouldn’t; and 20 percent didn’t know.

That is rather a high “don’t know,” considering the Swallow/Reyes issues were well before the public for some time.

-- Among those who told Jones they are Republicans, 62 percent said re-elect Reyes; 16 percent said don’t; and 19 percent didn’t know.

-- Among Democrats, 40 percent said re-elect; 47 percent said elect someone new; and 14 percent didn’t know.

-- Among political independents (who don’t belong to any political party), 41 percent said elect Reyes; 36 percent said elect someone new; and 23 percent didn’t know.

Utah is a Republican state – especially among federal and state officeholders.

With 40 percent of Democrats saying Reyes should be re-elected, and 41 percent of independents agreeing, it is clear Reyes has the support – with his 62 percent GOP naked re-elect – to get another term barring any major political scandal of his own.

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