- Associated Press - Thursday, September 14, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Latest on Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (all times local):

12:50 p.m.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is backing a new plan by two Republican senators to repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.

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The GOP governor said at a news conference on KUED-TV Thursday that the plan from Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy offers the kind of flexibility he’s been seeking for the state without a “one-size-fits-all” approach.

The legislation unveiled Wednesday would get rid of many of the subsidies and mandates of Obama’s 2010 law. It would provide block grants to states to help individuals pay for health coverage.

Herbert says he’s encouraging other governors to support the proposal.


12:35 p.m.

Utah’s governor says Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has signaled he’s recommending that President Donald Trump shrink Utah’s two-decade old Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

Gov. Gary Herbert said at a press conference on KUED-TV Thursday that he doesn’t know specifically what Zinke recommended for the 1.9-million acre (7,700-square kilometer) area or Utah’s new Bears Ears National Monument.

Trump asked Zinke to review 27 sprawling land and sea areas to see if past presidents misused their powers under a law allowing them to protect the spaces as monuments.

The governor says Zinke told him that Bill Clinton’s 1996 declaration of Grand Staircase-Escalante is an overreach and abuse.

Zinke has previously said Bears Ears should be downsized and he’s recommending boundary changes on a handful of monuments.

The Trump administration has not offered details or indicated when Trump may take action.

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