From: The County Seat Television Program
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Governor Gary Herbert on The County Seat
Date: Fri May 09 21:14:26 MDT 2014

Review of the 2014 Legislative Session with Governor Gary Herbert       


Transfer of Public Lands - Medicaid Expansion - Gas Tax - Air Quality
The 2014 Legislative session saw nine bills dealing with the transfer of public lands. This has been a huge issue for Utah's Counties because of the impact that public lands have on rural communities where access to the land for natural resources, grazing, recreation, etc. is paramount to the people who make a living off the land. The Governor goes into some of the details on a couple of these bills ranging from the transfer of public lands to Utah's state plan for Wilderness. Learn more about Utah's Transfer of Public Lands Act

Another big issue this past legislative session was the discussion of what to do about the expansion of Medicaid. County Mental Health Services are concerned that changes could affect federal block grants that they currently receive to provide services. Governor Herbert goes into the details of the proposed Healthy Utah Plan covering the reasoning from the states perspective and how it affects Utahns.

A previous program looked at the issues involving Counties and the funding of the maintenance and construction of roads. Governor Herbert talks about some of the solutions from his perspective and predicts that we will see some progress road funding on the 2015 legislative session.

Air Quality discussion usually revolves around the inversions we encounter during the winter. Governor Herbert talks about some of the State's Progress towards cleaning up the air along the Wasatch Front.


1:30 Utah's Wilderness Act HB160

2:37 Interstate Compact on Transfer of Public Lands HB164

7:20 Medicaid Expansion in Utah

8:35 Healthy Utah Plan

14:57 Other States are waiting to see what happens with Utah's Plan

18:00 Discussing Gas Tax and how to fund roads and highway infrastructure in the future

20:49 "It's a Double Whammy"

24:01 Wrapping Up discussing Air Quality


Links of Interest:

American Lands Council; Summary of 2014 Transfer of Public Lands Legislation

Governor Herbert's Healthy Utah Plan

Clean Air Action Team


Tune in Sunday Morning at 8:30 to ABC 4 Utah or Click the picture above to watch the episode.  





Guardians of Utah's Food Supply      


What Happens in the Background to Keep Our Food Safe:


UTAH's Cattle Industry 

This week's program takes a look behind the scenes at the inspection process that takes place on meat products before they reach the grocery store. Some 31 inspections are made on cattle as they are harvested. While you might assume it's all done by the USDA, there is also a state program through the Department of Agriculture and Food that has some advantages over the federally run program.


Our panel includes Randy Parker, from the Utah Farm Bureau Federation; Russell Holt, Utah Department of Agriculture and Food; Dell LeFevre, Garfield County Commissioner for a broader discussion about the cattle industry in Utah.  

  • What impact does the cattle industry have on Utah's economy?
  • What is the process of the cattle harvest from the open range to the kitchen range?

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Congressman Jason Chaffetz     


County issues from the Washington DC Perspective 


Chad Booth met up with Congressman Chaffetz on the USU Eastern Campus in Price, Utah to talk about what is happening in Washington D.C. in relation to some issues affecting Utah's Counties in the 3rd District.    


  • Energy development on public lands and what is being done in Washington in order to help resource development on public lands and the importance of coal as a resource for energy
  • Preventing future monument designations in the state and instead focusing on a process that involves locals rather than unilateral decisions made by the President
  • HR2657 Disposal of Excess Federal Lands and finding consensus on some public lands decisions moving forward
  • Endangered Species Act, what are the issues it creates specifically for Rural Utah


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