Hatch Center Hosts “Combating the Opioid Crisis” Symposium

Salt Lake City, UT—Today, the Hatch Center—the policy arm of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation—hosted a symposium at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in Salt Lake City, Utah, on innovative solutions to combat the opioid crisis. 

In March of last year, the Utah State Department of Injury Prevention Program reported that on average, six Utahns die every week from opioid overdose. In the Beehive State alone, from 2000 to 2015, Utah experienced a nearly 400 percent increase in deaths from the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs. And from 2013 to 2015, Utah ranked as the 7th highest state in the nation for drug overdose deaths. Click here to read the full report. 

“A crisis of this magnitude requires the collective creativity and brainpower of both the public and private sectors to address it. What we need are public-private partnerships that match the innovation of industry with the resources of government to effectively combat the opioid epidemic,” said Matt Sandgren, Executive Director of the Hatch Foundation. “That’s why this morning, we’ve gathered Utah’s brightest policy minds under one roof for a deep-dive discussion on the opioid crisis and groundbreaking solutions coming out of the private sector.”
“I appreciate Senator Hatch’s leadership and foresight to confront the opioid epidemic and pass monumental legislation in U.S. Congress back in 2000,” said Utah Senate President J. Stuart Adams. “We will only have success in ending this crisis by continuing to work together to find solutions to help those in need.”
“I am grateful to the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation for placing a spotlight on the devastating results of opioid addiction,” said Brad Wilson, Speaker of the Utah House of Representatives. “Our state would not be where it is today without the numerous experts who work tirelessly to find innovative solutions to this complex challenge. It is my hope that we will continue to work hand-in-hand to keep Utahns safe, happy, and healthy.” 
“As Utah shows leadership in the nationwide opioid crisis, we must realize in order to catch up, let alone get ahead, we will have to do things we haven’t been willing to do before,” said Damien Patton, Founder and CEO, Banjo. “We must keep ethics at the forefront and as much as we want to help, we need to protect the privacy of those battling this crisis.”
The event also included a panel of local experts, including: Mikelle Moore, Senior Vice President and Chief Community Health Officer, Intermountain Healthcare; Anna Fondario, Program Manager, Violence and Injury Prevention Program, Utah State Department of Health; Tom Ross, Bountiful City Chief of Police and Former President, Utah Chiefs of Police; and Brian Redd, Chief, Utah Department of Public Safety, State Bureau of Investigation.

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Hatch Foundation to Host “Combating the Opioid Crisis” Symposium

Salt Lake City, UT—Today, the Hatch Center—the policy arm of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation—announced it will be hosting a symposium on innovative solutions to combat Utah’s opioid crisis. The event will be held on Wednesday, January 8 at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

In March, the Utah State Department of Injury Prevention Program reported that on average, six Utahns die every week from opioid overdose. In the Beehive State alone, from 2000 to 2015, Utah experienced a nearly 400 percent increase in deaths from the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs. And from 2013 to 2015, Utah ranked as the 7th highest state in the nation for drug overdose deaths. Click here to read the full report. 

“During my Senate service, I fought diligently to combat the deadly opioid epidemic. Yet much work remains to be done,” saidOrrin G. Hatch, Chairman Emeritus of the Hatch Foundation. “I look forward to the symposium and panel discussion with Utah policymakers and stakeholders from the technology, law enforcement, and healthcare communities. This event will shed light on the importance of public-private partnerships in combating opioid abuse and provide commonsense solutions to tackling the epidemic head on.”

Participants include: Stuart Adams, President of the Utah State Senate;  Brad Wilson, Speaker of the Utah House of Representatives; Damien Patton, Founder and CEO, Banjo; Mikelle Moore, Senior Vice President and Chief Community Health Officer, Intermountain Healthcare; Anna Fondario, Program Manager, Violence and Injury Prevention Program, Utah State Department of Health; Tom Ross, Bountiful City Chief of Police and Former President, Utah Chiefs of Police; and Brian Redd, Chief, Utah Department of Public Safety, State Bureau of Investigation.

Registration is free. To attend, email events@orrinhatchfoundation.org.

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Hatch “Hopeful” after Announcement of University of Utah Mental Health Institute

Salt Lake City, UT—Today, Orrin G. Hatch, Chairman Emeritus of The Orrin G. Hatch Foundation, released the following statement after the University of Utah announced a $150 million gift from the Huntsman family to establish an institute devoted to understanding and treating mental illness.

“When it comes to suicide prevention and the effects of mental illness, my heart is both heavy and hopeful—heavy because of the many lives we have already lost in Utah, hopeful because of good people like the Huntsman family and their generous donation to the University of Utah. As with the Huntsman Cancer Institute, the establishment of the Huntsman Mental Health Institute will be transformative and provide life-saving assistance to those suffering,” said Hatch. “Although I am no longer introducing legislation such as the National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act, I am still firmly committed to being an advocate for mental health and working to save lives.”

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Hatch Foundation Hosts “Cybersecurity and Geopolitics” Symposium

Orem, UT—Today, the Hatch Center—the policy arm of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation—hosted a symposium on cybersecurity and geopolitics entitled “America’s Cyber Resilience in the Digital Age” with keynote speaker John Sherman, Chief Information Officer of the Intelligence Community in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The event was held at Utah Valley University.

“In an economy as digitally dependent as ours, a strong cybersecurity infrastructure is not an option but an absolute necessity,” said Orrin G. Hatch. Chairman Emeritus of the Hatch Foundation. “And with the 2020 election on the horizon, the need to strengthen our nation’s cyber defenses is more urgent now than ever before. The good news? Our nation’s cybersecurity is in good hands. Hearing from John Sherman and our panel of experts and industry professionals gave me confidence that we have the requisite talent and expertise to meet the cyber challenges ahead.”

“The fast-moving, disruptive nature of the new digital economy brings with it constantly evolving threats—and it will require the active participation of both the public and private sector to address them,”said Matt Sandgren, Executive Director of the Hatch Foundation.“That’s why we brought together leaders from government and industry for this morning’s panel on cybersecurity and geopolitics. This, after all, is the mission of the Hatch Foundation: To bring together people of various backgrounds to find commonsense policy solutions to our nation’s most urgent problems.”

“We must stay at least one step ahead and we’ll need driven individuals who can step up and energize organizations for action and help create the needed solutions,” said John Sherman, Chief Information Officer of the Intelligence Community in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. “Ensuring American success in the cyber and digital domains is this era’s Apollo program, and we’re all going to have to innovate, engage, and improvise with the same energy that defined the Space Race.”

The event also included a panel (shown below) with Ryan Vogel, Director, Center for National Security Studies, Utah Valley University; John McClurg, VP and Ambassador-at-Large, Blackberry-Cylance; Matt Berrett, Director of Analytics, Center for Anticipatory Intelligence, Utah State University; Adam Marre, Head of SecOps, Qualtrics; Eric Jensen, Professor of Law, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University; and Andre Jones, Graduate Research Associate, American University. 

Following the event, John Sherman joined Doug Wright for an interview on KSL Newsradio. Click [HERE] to listen.

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Hatch Foundation to Host “Cybersecurity and Geopolitics” Symposium

Washington, DC—Today, the Hatch Center—the policy arm of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation—announced it will be hosting a symposium on cybersecurity and geopolitics entitled “America’s Cyber Resilience in the Digital Age” with keynote speaker John Sherman, Chief Information Officer of the Intelligence Community in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The event will be held on Tuesday, October 8 at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. 

With an election on the horizonand our national reliance on technology growing every daystrengthening our cybersecurity infrastructure is more urgent now than ever before,” said Orrin G. Hatch, Chairman Emeritus of the Hatch Foundation. “As a former member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, I understand the threats facing our nation, and John Sherman understands those threats better than anyone. I’m grateful John would accept my invitation to visit Utah, and I look forward to hearing from him and our panel of cybersecurity experts.”

“I am pleased to welcome the Hatch Foundation to our campus for an informative and timely symposium on the geopolitical challenges presented by cybersecurity,” said Utah Valley University President Astrid S. Tuminez. “Many of our students are forming their own political ideas and opinions and events such as this one provide environments where they can hear different viewpoints and expand their perspectives.

Speakers also include Ryan Vogel, Director, Center for National Security Studies, Utah Valley University; John McClurg, VP and Ambassador-at-Large, Blackberry-Cylance; Matt Berrett, Director of Analytics, Center for Anticipatory Intelligence, Utah State University; Adam Marre, Head of SecOps, Qualtrics; Eric Jensen, Professor of Law, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University; and Andre Jones, Graduate Research Associate, American University. 

Registration is free; click here to reserve a spot. 

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Hatch Foundation Holds “Discussion On Civility” with Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch

Provo, UT—Tonight, the Hatch Center—the policy arm of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation—hosted a symposium entitled “A Discussion on Civility” with Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch at Brigham Young University. B-roll available here.

Speakers included Kevin J Worthen, President of Brigham Young University; President Dallin H. Oaks, First Counselor in The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Justice Neil Gorsuch of the United States Supreme Court; Judge Carolyn B. McHugh, US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit; and A. Scott Anderson, President & CEO of Zions Bank and Board Chairman of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation. 

“Being a part of Justice Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation process was among the highlights of my time as Senator Orrin Hatch’s Chief of Staff,” said Matt Sandgren, Executive Director of the Hatch Foundation. “Justice Gorsuch is a jurist of immense intellect and impeccable character. We’re fortunate to have him on the Supreme Court, and grateful that he would accept the Hatch Foundation’s invitation to visit Utah for a special symposium on civility.”

Shown during tonight’s event was this video of Orrin G. Hatch, Chairman Emeritus of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation, sharing his thoughts on the importance of civility.
“Republics require a lot of special conditions to exist: they require an educated citizenry, they require a citizenry that is capable of governing themselves…they require a citizenry that can speak as well as listen, that can tolerate  as well as demand tolerance.” -Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch
Justice Neil Gorsuch of the United States Supreme Court and Judge Carolyn B. McHugh of the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
“Civility is important to representative government…a lack of civility degrades our institutions, academic and other. Carried to an extreme, a lack of civility, such as policies that prevent the expression of other views in academic settings, suffocate free discourse. Civility is also important to religion. It’s a basic principle of Christianity. Civility is a virtue of civilization. It allows a politician to call out a lie, without calling someone a liar…It allows us to treat opponents as worthy of heavenly thoughts rather than destined for a special place in Hell.” – President Dallin H. Oaks, First Counselor in The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

During his final years in the Senate, Hatch urged his colleagues in Congress to “recommit to civility.” He weighed in frequently on the subject through various op-eds (see here and here) and Senate floor speeches.

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Hatch Foundation to Host Discussion with Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch

Washington, DC—Today, the Hatch Center—the policy arm of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation—announced it will be hosting “A Discussion On Civility” with Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch on Friday, September 20 at 7 p.m. at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. 

Civility is the indispensable public virtue. Yet sadly, it has all but vanished from our political discourse,” said Orrin G. Hatch, Chairman Emeritus of the Hatch Foundation. “Our nation has much to learn from leaders like Justice Gorsuch—men and women who can stand firm in their beliefs but still disagree with grace and dignity. I’m grateful that Justice Gorsuch would accept my invitation to visit Utah, and I look forward to hearing his thoughts on how we can restore civility to its proper place in American society.

During his final years in the Senate, Hatch urged his colleagues in Congress to “recommit to civility.” He weighed in frequently on the subject through various op-eds (see here and here) and Senate floor speeches.

While serving on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Hatch helped usher Justice Gorsuch through the confirmation process. (Photo: AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Justice Gorsuch will be joined by his former colleague Judge Carolyn B. McHugh, appointed by President Obama, who serves on the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Tickets will be available in a limited amount; those interested in attending must register in advance here.

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Hatch Foundation Holds Music Licensing Symposium with Industry Experts

Park City, UT—Today, the Hatch Center—the policy arm of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation—hosted a symposium entitled “Music Licensing in the 21st Century.

Speakers included Makan Delrahim, Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice; Gordon Smith, President and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters; Elizabeth Matthews, CEO of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers; Michael O’Neill, President and CEO of Broadcast Music, Inc; and Orrin G. Hatch, Chairman Emeritus of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation. B-roll footage available here

“What an honor to have so many music luminaries here in our own backyard,” said Hatch“As a lifelong songwriter myself, I have long advocated on behalf of the talented men and women who contribute greatly to our arts and culture through their work in the recording industry. Today we heard insightful commentary from a handful of policymakers who are committed to building on the coordinated effort between lawmakers and stakeholders that resulted in the Music Modernization Act last year.”

“In true Orrin Hatch fashion, today’s symposium brought together two sides of an issue to work towards a unifying solution,” said Matt Sandgren, Executive Director of the Hatch Foundation. “The focus of our discussion was on striking a balance in music licensing: We need a regulatory environment that allows our broadcasters to thrive, but we also need consent decrees that work for our songwriters and publishers. The biggest takeaway from today is that we can do both.”

“Regulation by Washington is not justified simply because it has been around for decades and has been the status quo…. Over the last century, innovation, regulation, and competition have been complementary—yet sometimes, competing—forces at play in the music industry.  When regulation threatens to reduce innovation or competition, change must occur to restore the proper balance.” – Makan Delrahim, Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice
“The ASCAP and BMI consent decrees have effectively prevented harm to licensees, songwriters and consumers, and ensured that radio and television broadcasters are able to fairly, efficiently and transparently license musical works to the benefit of their audiences. For these reasons, the Department of Justice should work with the many legislators who have weighed in during the Music Modernization Act process and since then to help develop an alternative framework prior to any action.” – Gordon Smith, President and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters
“We have to innovate and collaborate together if we are going to create a global licensing marketplace with reliable and transparent data for licensees and drive a sustainable ecosystem for songwriters.” – Elizabeth Matthews, CEO of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers
“If we all give and take, like we did with the MMA, we can make great things happen. That spirit of compromise can go a long way for our industry and better serve songwriters, businesses and the public.” – Michael O’Neill, President and CEO of Broadcast Music, Inc.
Matt Sandgren, Executive Director of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation, leads a panel discussion. 

After the symposium, Gordon Smith joined Boyd Matheson, Opinion Editor at Deseret News, to discuss. Click here to listen. Yesterday, Makan Delrahim joined Matheson’s podcast to preview the event. Click here to listen.

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Hatch Foundation to Hold Music Licensing Symposium

Washington, DC—Today, the Hatch Center—the policy arm of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation—announced it will be hosting a music licensing symposium in August in Park City, UT.

“As a lifelong advocate for songwriters and other important figures in the music industry, it was an honor to usher the Music Modernization Act into law last year,” said Orrin G. Hatch, Chairman Emeritus of the Hatch Foundation. “This legislation was the culmination of years of coordinated effort between lawmakers and stakeholders alike. The symposium will provide additional insights as we hear from various key players and discuss music licensing in the 21st century.”

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Hatch Calls for Equal Pay for Female Athletes

Washington, DC—Today, Orrin G. Hatch, Chairman Emeritus of The Orrin G. Hatch Foundation, released the following statement regarding the pay disparity between male and female athletes:

“I extend my warmest congratulations to the U.S. women’s soccer team in its 13-0 win over Thailand. While we cheer our team on in the Women’s World Cup, here at home, we can and must do more to ensure pay equity for all athletes,” said Hatch. “Hosting the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympics and Paralympics was one of the proudest moments I had as a U.S. Senator to welcome the world to Utah and to showcase our country’s finest athletes. Just like then, the world’s eyes are on us to do the right thing. I trust that the U.S. Soccer Federation and other policymakers will once and for all end this two-tiered, gender-based structure that has unfairly discriminated against female athletes.”

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