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During the 2012 General Session, the Utah Legislature passed H.B. 148, “Transfer of Public Lands Act and Related Study,” in an effort to develop a new model for public land management and use. The study has now been completed. You can read more about it here.

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R.S. 2477: Roads Litigation

R.S. 2477: Frequently Asked Questions

Members of the public who used the roads prior to 1976 (in some cases 1966) are urged to offer testimony by contacting local county officials or by emailing publiclands@utah.gov.

Utah’s Public Lands Policy Coordination Office (PLPCO) is part of the Governor’s office along with Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, Office of the Governor’s Spouse, Office of Planning and Budget, and Utah Commission on Aging. We also staff Resource Development Coordinating Committee, which is a part of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget.

Development and Coordination of Policy Initiatives

Resource Development Coordinating Committee (RDCC)

  • WE OVERSEE AND STAFF the Resource Development Coordinating Committee responsible for commenting on development and conservation proposals on Utah’s public lands. Check the RDCC current work on Endangered Species Act listings.

Constitutional Defense Council (CDC)

  • WE PROVIDE RESEARCH AND ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT to the Constitutional Defense Council that advises the Governor and the Legislature on federal intrusion into matters reserved to the states.

Litigation

  • WE DEFEND the State’s policies and interests on public lands by providing research, staff, and litigation support to the Attorney General’s Office. We are currently involved in the R.S. 2477 road cases, litigation against environmental groups’ challenge to the Bureau of Land Management’s Resource Management Plans, and rangeland health lawsuit WWP v. Pool.

Archaeology

  • WE WORK TO PRESERVE thousands of archaeological sites located on Utah’s public lands. We coordinate preservation of our archaeological heritage with other state and federal agencies. We also issue permits to regulate proper survey and excavation of archeological resources.

State Planning Coordinator

  • WE COOPERATE WITH THE STATE PLANNING COORDINATOR to develop policies, plans, programs, and processes related to the state planning coordinator’s duties. The state planning coordinator acts as the Governor’s adviser on state, regional, metropolitan, and local governmental planning matters relating to public improvements and land use. See Utah Code § 63J-4-401 for a complete list of duties.

Letter to County Clerks re: Same-Sex Marriage

October 6, 2014

Dear County Attorneys and County Clerks,

The U.S. Supreme Court issued an order this morning denying all pending cert. petitions regarding state marriage laws. We have also received the mandate from the 10th Circuit Court finalizing its order and lifting its own stay on the Kitchen v. Herbert case.

Effective immediately, all counties are legally advised to conduct business today and going forward, recognizing all legally performed same-sex marriages. Please make adjustments to any forms or other processes, as appropriate.

We appreciate the dedicated service you render to the citizens of your counties and hope that you will encourage your team to make sure that the transition in the application of our laws occurs as smoothly and professionally as possible. Please call with further questions.

Sincerely,

Sean D. Reyes
Utah Attorney General

 

County Attorney and Clerk Letter – Marriages


THREAT THWARTED AT SNOW COLLEGE

Utah Attorney General Investigators work with Multiple Agencies to Thwart Potential Homecoming Threat at Snow College

Oct. 1, 2014 – Utah Attorney General investigators working with the Ephraim Police Department, the Kane County Sheriffs’ Office, and Snow College Public Safety officers responded to a terroristic threat after an anonymous posting was seen on a website not associated with the College late last week. The post led investigators to information that those attending the Snow College Homecoming football game and activities could be in danger. A portion of the posting read, “Let’s just say homecoming this weekend is gonna go out with a bang.”

After local authorities assessed the overall threat, multiple agencies worked together with Snow College Activity Center and Athletics Department staffs to successfully execute a public safety plan for all attending the Homecoming activities. Using state of the art forensic technology and investigative techniques, officers then identified the individual who posted the potential threat and an investigation has been opened into the incident.

“Our investigators are a critical resource to localized police forces when problems arise that are outside of their regular scope of activity. We are pleased to have been part of this successful outcome and continue to seek ways to benefit agencies across Utah who find need for investigative expertise and support,” said Attorney General Reyes. “I particularly want to point out the excellent work of Special Agent Jessica Farnsworth and her team for responding and helping to resolve the threat.”

“We are happy to report that all Homecoming events were successful, and there were no public safety incidents. Through the persistent efforts of our Snow College Public Safety officers, local law enforcement officers, and the Utah Attorney General’s Office, the individual who posted the potential threat has been identified, contacted, and the investigation is ongoing,” said Snow College President Dr. Gary L. Carlston. “We extend our appreciation to Snow College Officer Derek Walk for his remarkable leadership in this situation. We also thank our employees, students, and the public for their support and cooperation during this time.“

 


Client Satisfaction Increases in Utah AG Office

Oct. 1, 2014 – At the request of Attorney General Sean D. Reyes, the Office of the Utah State Auditor conducted A Limited Review of the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) Client Satisfactionand presented its findings in September.  The review consisted primarily of a 15-question survey of OAG clients. In addition to other questions, the survey asked OAG clients to compare level of service provided in 2014 with service provided in previous years.

The report shows that 90 percent of OAG clients are equally or more satisfied with OAG services in 2014 compared to previous years.

A Limited Review of OAG Client Satisfaction


Rodger Graham Sentenced

DECADE LONG FRAUD CASES CLOSES WITH RODGER GRAHAM SENTENCED TO ONE YEAR IN JAIL AND $1.4 MILLION IN RESTITUTION

 

Sept. 25, 2014 — Ten years after Rodger Graham fraudulently convinced investors that he had salvage rights to building materials from the old Geneva Steel site, he has been sentenced by Judge Lynn Davis in Utah’s Fourth District Court. Graham is currently serving 365-days in the Utah County Jail and has been ordered to pay $1,417,500 million in restitution to three victims. Investigators and prosecutors in the Utah Attorney General’s Office are pleased to close the securities fraud and communications fraud case with successful results for those who have been harmed.

In 2004, Mr. Graham made representations that salvaged material from Geneva was worth approximately $5.5 million dollars and that there was a robust market for its use in new buildings. Two victims invested, with one paying him approximately $1 million dollars for the materials with a promise that when it was sold, the victim would be repaid with interest. No money was ever repaid.  Another victim hired Graham as a general contractor to build a Harley Davidson dealership using the salvaged material. Graham did very little work on the building but received hundreds of thousands of dollars in excess of the work done and then walked off the project.  Graham pled guilty to one count of securities fraud, one count of communications fraud and one count of a pattern of illegal activity. He was sentenced to 365 days in the Utah County jail and was ordered to pay almost $1.42 million in restitution.

“We appreciate the hundreds of hours of investigative work by our special agents and the additional hundreds of hours of prosecutorial expertise led by Assistant Attorney General Craig Barlow in this case,” said Attorney General Sean D. Reyes. “I am deeply committed as Utah’s Attorney General to combat white collar crime and have made internal changes to our office structure to do so. Our great state is plagued by fraud, especially affinity crimes by those who play on trusted relationships. Because of this, one of the main focuses of our new Markets and Financial Fraud Division is to wipe out this destructive pattern of unlawful activity in Utah. I appreciate those within our office who have consistently and diligently investigated and prosecuted these criminals.”



Children’s Justice Centers

The Utah Children’s Justice Center (CJC) Program is dedicated to helping local communities respond to allegations of child abuse in ways that are effective, efficient, and that minimize trauma for the child.  Administered by the Utah Attorney General, the Utah CJC Program includes 20 locations statewide.

A Children’s Justice Center (known as children’s advocacy centers in other states)  is a child-focused, facility-based program in which representatives from law enforcement, child protection, prosecution, mental health, medical services, and victim advocacy work together to conduct interviews and make team decisions about investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse cases.  In an average year, Utah’s CJCs conduct 4,500 interviews, handle 5,500 cases, and serve as many as 15,000 people.

The Utah CJC Program strongly believes that the combined professional wisdom and skill of the multidisciplinary team approach results in a more complete understanding of case issues and the most effective child and family focused system response possible.

The Utah CJC Program is an accredited chapter of the National Children’s Alliance.

For more information about the Children’s Justice Centers, please visit the One With Courage website.



SECURE Strike Force

SECURE Strike Force

(Statewide Enforcement of Crimes by Undocumented REsidents)

Established: 2009 Utah State Legislature

Co-sponsors: Utah House Majority Leader Brad L. Dee and State Senator Scott K. Jenkins

The Utah Attorney General’s Office administers and coordinates the SECURE Strike Force partnership with the Utah Department of Public Safety and county, federal and city law enforcement agencies to combat violent and other major felony crimes associated with illegal immigration and human trafficking.

The mission of the Utah Attorney General SECURE Strike Force is to carefully target major fraud, organized gun, drug and human trafficking, detect creation of fraudulent government identification and other documents, and prosecute these crimes with specialized investigators and resources and a dedicated Assistant Attorney General prosecutor.

The SECURE Strike Force has stopped major organized crime groups that previously operated anonymously in the community and has stemmed the flow of illegal weapons into Utah communities from Mexico. Utah communities are much safer. Undercover operations regularly conducted result in arrests and closing fraudulent document mills in Utah and human, drug and gun trafficking by undocumented aliens. The ripple effect from seizing thousands of fraudulent identification documents is directly seen in the guns and drugs seized, the organized crime leaders arrested, and in preventing the frauds that would have been committed if those several thousand fraudulent documents were allowed to hit the streets in Utah’s towns and cities. ID mills severely harm Utah’s economy. The misuse of Social Security numbers adversely affects the true owner’s credit. If a credit line is established with a fraudulent identification document, the financial institution becomes a fraud victim.

Each year, the SECURE Strike Force investigates and prosecutes hundreds of felony cases against high profile human trafficking organizations, national and international spice organizations, the illegal distribution of smuggled prescription drugs, some of the largest counterfeit CD and movie criminal enterprises in the nation, sex trafficking rings and identity fraud mills. The success of the strike force is built on a multi- agency integrative approach where several embedded agencies work with applicable local, state and federal agencies on case specifics.

SECURE Strike Force also provides training for agencies throughout the year and under the Utah Attorney General hosts UTIP (Utah Trafficking In Persons Task Force) comprised of local, state and federal law enforcement professionals, state and federal prosecutors, health and human service organizations, social service providers, the Utah Division of Workforce Services, Unified Fire and many non-profit and private resources.

The strike force is open to participation from any local, state or federal law enforcement agency.

 



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