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


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.

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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


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


Share 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.


AG Reyes Speaks On Power of Athletics and Connection with Youth at the National Police Athletic/Activities League Training Conference


This week at the 71st Annual National Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL) Training Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah Attorney General Reyes shared with a captivated audience how athletics and strong role models such as his parents helped shape his character and leadership style. AG Reyes also discussed why PAL programs are resulting in positive outcomes among at-risk communities nationwide. 

“When I was young, sports such as boxing had a big influence on my life. Boxing not only trained me physically but also gave me confidence. It taught me discipline, hard work, overcoming failure and pushing myself to do hard things. My dad loved boxing and trained me before I joined a club. It was programs like PAL that helped give me a strong foundation for the future,” AG Reyes told PAL attendees.

Reyes also shared memories of his recently passed mother, Annette Reyes, a former Los Angeles-area high school principal who worked with at-risk kids at an alternative high school where she felt that impacting even one life was worth the difficulty of working among gangs, drugs and guns. Reyes likened the work of volunteer PAL directors (peace officers and civilian alike) to the public service his mother rendered, encouraging attendees to keep loving, protecting, providing stability, structure and a vision of the future to the youth they mentor in neighborhoods around the nation.

PAL is a national organization that works to prevent juvenile crime by building relationships between police and youth through recreational activities. The National PAL Training Conference began Sunday, May 17 and concludes Thursday, May 21. The conference provides classes for PAL chapters to learn skills to work with children and young adults and to discuss a number of topics, including bullying, crime prevention, youth relations and social media.

“As Utah’s Attorney General, I have deep gratitude for South Salt Lake PAL and the many other dedicated members of local and national PAL chapters for offering such positive outlets for our youth, particularly those in communities where there may be fewer positive role models available,” said AG Reyes. “PAL is an example of the many ways law enforcement contributes to the communities they protect. It is also a tremendous model of how law enforcement can interact in a peaceful, positive and meaningful way while teaching at risk youth there are ways to succeed within the limits of the law."

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In Memory of Former Governor Norm Bangerter

The Utah Attorney General’s Office expresses its deepest sympathy to the Bangerter family upon the passing of Governor Norman Bangerter. Attorney General Sean Reyes said, “Norm was a great leader and public servant. For a long time, I was a fan from afar but became friends over the past few years with him. I appreciate the wisdom and advice he provided me with humility and genuine care. The State will miss him dearly. I will miss him. I wish his family comfort and peace.”


Reyes speaks about sting operation


With more than 200 in attendance, General Reyes shared his Columbia sting experience with USU students turning heads, making new friends and amassing a few new supporters too. 

To read the full story in The Utah Statesman, click here.


The New York Times | Utah Passes White-Collar Felon Registry by Ben Protess

With just a point and a click, you can browse a face book of felons, a new government website that will warn of the danger these criminals pose to society.

Only these are not the faces of sex offenders and serial killers. These criminals are mortgage schemers and inside traders, most likely armed with nothing more than an M.B.A. or a law degree.

Their faces will soon appear online courtesy of the Utah Legislature, which on Wednesday approved a measure to buildthe nation’s first white-collar offender registry, appending a scarlet letter of sorts on the state’s financial felons. The registry — quirky even by the standards of a legislature that this week reinstated firing squads as a method of execution — will be replete with a “a recent photograph” of Utah’s white-collar offenders and, in case they try to run or hide, their “date of birth, height, weight, and eye and hair color.”

“White-collar crime is an epidemic in Utah,” said Sean Reyes, the state’s attorney general who formulated the idea for the registry when he was a defense lawyer, “representing some of these bad guys.” A former mixed martial arts fighter who has a metal plate lodged in his eye socket from a basketball injury, Mr. Reyes noted that while violent crimes were devastating, many “physical wounds heal,” whereas white-collar crimes “can forever deplete your life savings.”

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Attorney General Sean Reyes thanks the Utah-based rock band Neon Trees for serving as admirable role models for Utah youth

After introducing them to Governor Herbert, Lieutenant Governor Cox, the House, and the Senate, Attorney General Reyes presented the band with a declaration proclaiming March 4, 2015 Neon Trees Law Enforcement and Education Day.

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