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FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2015, file photo, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert speaks to reporters during a news conference at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City. A federal judge has reversed an earlier decision and ruled Utah can cut off federal funds to the state Planned Parenthood organization. The ruling from U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups on Tuesday, Dec. 22, temporarily upholds Herbert's order to end contracts for sex education and sexually transmitted disease testing programs. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

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Utah Gov. Gary Herbert leaves a courtroom at the Fourth District Court, Tuesday, June 23, 2015, in Provo, Utah. A judge has dismissed Mr. Herbert from serving on a jury after the Republican governor reported to court. (Spenser Heaps/The Daily Herald via AP)

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FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2015, file photo, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert speaks to members of the media during a news conference at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. Utah became the only state to allow firing squads for executions Monday when Herbert signed a law approving the controversial method's use when no lethal-injection drugs are available. Herbert has said he finds the firing squad "a little bit gruesome," but Utah is a capital punishment state and needs a backup execution method in case a shortage of the drugs persists. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

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In this Feb. 5, 2015 photo, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert speaks to the reporters during a news conference at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. Herbert says state lawmakers should back off efforts to change Utah's liquor laws this year, including a proposal to repeal a requirement that some restaurants mix and prepare drinks out of customers' view. Herbert, a Republican, told reporters Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 that Utah's alcohol policies appear to be working and he doesn't see a need for a change. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

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Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is touting his plan as a way of extending insurance to people in the "coverage gap" — a situation in which people make too much for Medicaid but too little for tax credits.

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In an unprecedented challenge to federal dominance of Western state lands, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert in 2012 signed the "Transfer of Public Lands Act," which demands that Washington relinquish its hold on the land, which represents more than half of the state's 54.3 million acres, by Dec. 31. (Associated Press)

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FILE - In this April 25, 2014, file photo, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert addresses a crowd during a rally at the Western Republican Leadership Conference, in Sandy, Utah. Herbert met with Fox News Channel executives in New York City on Thursday, Sept, 12, 2014, as he looks to join the ranks of Republican colleagues like Chris Christie of New Jersey and Scott Walker of Wisconsin whose regular network appearances increase their national exposure and connect them with more supporters. While Christie and Walker are considered possible 2016 presidential candidates, Herbert’s spokesman said the governor’s motivation is to promote Utah, not to prepare a run for higher office. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

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Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said state laws should be defended until all appeals are exhausted, acknowledging failure to strictly enforce the law probably influenced the court's decision.

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Utah Gov. Gary Herbert speaks during the third-annual Energy Development Summit Wednesday, June 4, 2014, in Salt Lake City. Herbert says President Barack Obama's new plan to cut pollution discharged by America's power plants over the next two decades will likely raise electricity rates for consumers and cost the state jobs. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

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Utah Gov. Gary Herbert addresses the annual Outdoor Recreation Summit Thursday, May 8, 2014, in Salt Lake City. Gov. Herbert has kicked off his first annual Outdoor Recreation Summit by signing a long-awaited swap of state and federal lands in Grand, San Juan and Uintah Counties. The day's agenda includes discussions about public lands policy, business, recreation and tourism. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

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Utah Gov. Gary Herbert addresses the annual Outdoor Recreation Summit Thursday, May 8, 2014, in Salt Lake City. Gov. Herbert has kicked off his first annual Outdoor Recreation Summit by signing a long-awaited swap of state and federal lands in Grand, San Juan and Uintah Counties. The day's agenda includes discussions about public lands policy, business, recreation and tourism. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

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Utah Gov. Gary Herbert addresses the annual Outdoor Recreation Summit Thursday, May 8, 2014, in Salt Lake City. Gov. Herbert has kicked off his first annual Outdoor Recreation Summit by signing a long-awaited swap of state and federal lands in Grand, San Juan and Uintah Counties. The day's agenda includes discussions about public lands policy, business, recreation and tourism. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

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Utah Gov. Gary Herbert addresses the annual Outdoor Recreation Summit Thursday, May 8, 2014, in Salt Lake City. Gov. Herbert has kicked off his first annual Outdoor Recreation Summit by signing a long-awaited swap of state and federal lands in Grand, San Juan and Uintah Counties. The day's agenda includes discussions about public lands policy, business, recreation and tourism. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)