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Huntsman Recognizes Rural Utah With First Speech

Huntsman Recognizes Rural Utah With First Speech

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Governor-elect Jon Huntsman Junior will take his first official address to rural Utah -- the Fillmore territorial statehouse.

Huntsman will be in office for just a few weeks when he has to deliver a State of the State address.

Usually governors give the address at the Utah Capitol, now closed for renovations. The work will take four years. The Utah Legislature will open business next month in a wing built behind the Capitol.

The Fillmore statehouse was used for just one pre-statehood session in 1855 before action moved to Salt Lake City. Fillmore's red sandstone statehouse was never fully completed. Its chamber holds only about 100 people.

Senate President-elect John Valentine says legislators will start their 45-day session the week Huntsman gives his speech, and that some legislators may be no-shows.

Huntsman hasn't scheduled the speech day yet, but it will happen during the third week of January. The speech will be televised.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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