BONUS: Legislative Recap, Live From Cedar City
Mar 23, 2018 2047
We are live in Cedar City this week for a special recap of the 2018 legislative session. Joining Julia and Nicole on stage are three Utah lawmakers from the region: Rep. Walt Brooks of St. George, Rep. John Westwood of Cedar City and Sen. Don Ipson of St. George. What laws will have the biggest effect on southern Utah and how did the legislature tackle some of the critical issues facing it? This show was taped at Southern Utah University in partnership with the Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics and Public Service.
Week 7: Sine Die! & Gov. Gary Herbert
Mar 10, 2018 1874
That's a wrap! The Legislature passed 534 bills this session, just one bill shy of their record during the 2017 session, and left hundreds more behind. Here are the highlights, plus a conversation with Gov. Gary Herbert.
Week 6: Work Requirements, Power Struggles & Rappin' Reps
Mar 3, 2018 1342
Now, this is the story all about how Week 6 of the Legislature got flipped-turned upside down? Utah's beatboxing lawmakers are gearing up for their final spurt to the finish line with several big items still left on Republican leaders' to-do list. Notably, two proposals to add work requirements to Medicaid, the federal low-income health care program, are racing through the chambers as we speak. One lawmaker is also getting support for a last-minute bill to establish a "red flag" law to confiscate guns from people who pose a credible threat to public safety. The Legislature is also doing some Arnold Schwarzenegger-level flexing of power over a number of entities, including cities, the executive branch and — albeit unsuccessfully — the press.
Week 5: Death Penalty, Tax Reform & Rep. Chavez-Houck
Feb 24, 2018 1554
Nothing in this world is certain but death and taxes, and legislators are tackling both in Week 5 of the session. This week we talk with reporter Whittney Evans about some surprise backers of a new death penalty repeal effort. We also look at the state's big budget surplus and try to divine what lawmakers might do with all that extra scratch. The Utah Legislature's bluest member Sen. Jim Dabakis announces he's done after this session, joining several other incumbents on their way out the door, like Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck , our featured guest on 'Better Know a Lawmaker.'
Week 4: Air Quality, A Changing Climate & Rep. Eliason
Feb 17, 2018 1505
This week lawmakers paused to honor the 17 lives lost in a school shooting in Parkland, Fla. But the latest school violence is unlikely to persuade Republican leaders to propose any big changes to gun laws this session. Meanwhile, a committee finally approved something close to a resolution acknowledging climate change without actually using the phrase "climate change." We also talk about some air quality bills and medical marijuana. Rep. Steve Eliason joins us on 'Better Know A Lawmaker' and explains how he's tackling Utah's youth suicide problem.
Bonus: Temple & State
Feb 15, 2018 539
Every legislative session a few bills pop up that generate a lot of buzz, but never quite make it to the finish line. For the last few years, that has been the case with proposed legislation to toughen the state's penalties for hate crimes. So what invisible forces propel some bills while squashing others? Some critics say it's the Mormon Church, whose membership includes almost 90 percent of the Utah Legislature. Others say their influence is overstated. And then there's Steve Urquhart, a former Republican state senator from St. George, who observed this phenomenon firsthand.
Week 3: Sex Scandal, Tax Breaks & Rep. Coleman
Feb 10, 2018 1039
Happy Winter Olympics! Utah misses you so. That's why lawmakers are eager to win them back by 2026 or 2030 — they've even passed a resolution that says as much. But who can think of the cold when things are heating up on Capitol Hill? The halls are feeling warmer than usual after a bombshell report by a British tabloid that a Republican state lawmaker paid for sex with an escort . That lawmaker, former Rep. Jon Stanard of St. George, resigned unexpectedly this week, just before the report came out. The fallout from the scandal continues to reverberate as the state carries on an investigation into his use of taxpayer money to carry out the alleged affair. Meanwhile, lots of bills continue forward.
Week 2: Ballot Busters, Lobbyist Lunches & Sen. Mayne
Feb 3, 2018 1252
It's week 2 at the Utah Legislature and we've already seen several big bills make their way through the House and Senate. On this week's episode, we discuss a few bills in direct conflict with two citizen-led ballot initiatives making their way to voters this fall. We're calling them "Ballot Busters." We also invite a lobbyist to lunch to find out how he wins friends and influences people. And, we try to figure out whether Democrats are becoming the party of "Law & Order" with several proposals to stiffen penalties for crimes.
Week 1: State of The State, Rapid Fire Bills & Speaker Hughes
Jan 27, 2018 1125
The gavel has fallen and the Utah Legislature is officially in session! This week we dissect opening speeches by Gov. Gary Herbert and House Speaker Greg Hughes, then Speaker Hughes will also join us later in the episode for our “Better Know a Lawmaker” segment. To wrap it up, we'll sprint through some of the bills that have started to gain momentum on the hill.
Week 0: Leg Preview, Oddball Bills & Rep. Spendlove
Jan 6, 2018 1339
And we're back! Welcome to Season 2 of 45 Days. The 2018 Utah Legislative Session is just around the corner. This week we're giving you an idea of some of the big topics lawmakers will try to tackle, some oddball bills we're kind of fond of, and our first ever installment of "Better Know a Lawmaker," featuring Rep. Robert Spendlove.
45 Days Ep. 7: Sine Die! Wrap-up Of The 2017 Utah Legislative Session
Mar 11, 2017 2482
On the final episode of 45 Days, KUER’s Terry Gildea, Judy Fahys, Erik Neumann, Nicole Nixon, Lee Hale, and Julia Ritchey break down the final hours of the 2017 Utah Legislative Session: alcohol, teacher salaries, homelessness, public lands, and—crucially—cattle harassment. See you next year.
45 Days Ep. 6: Crossing The Zion Moat
Mar 4, 2017 1745
With just a week to go until the end of the 2017 Utah Legislative Session, KUER’s Terry Gildea , Nicole Nixon, and Whittney Evans talk about the latest developments on a bill to pull down the Zion Curtain—turns out there’ll still be a barrier between drinkers and the sober public. Also, legislators are looking to clarify “Stand Your Ground” rules in the state. And finally, Terry, Nicole and Whittney look at several important bills previously covered on the podcast that lawmakers are trying to pass before time runs out.
45 Days Ep. 5: Concealed Carry & Teacher Salaries
Feb 25, 2017 1610
We’re nearing the end of the 2017 Utah legislative session. This week, KUER news director Terry Gildea talks with reporters Nicole Nixon, Whittney Evans, and Lee Hale about a bill to make provisional concealed carry permits available to 18 to 20-year-olds, amid concerns of sexual assault. They also discuss what lawmakers are doing—or not doing—to raise salaries for public school teachers.
45 Days Ep. 4: Guns & Booze
Feb 18, 2017 1403
We’ve reached the halfway point of the 2017 legislative session. This week on 45 Days, KUER News Director Terry Gildea talks with reporters Nicole Nixon, Whittney Evans, and Julia Ritchey about a bill that would lower the legal blood alcohol level from .08 to .05—one of the lowest limits in the country. Also, some legislators are trying to change concealed weapon permit laws in the state, and polygamy is back in the news this week, with people for and against showing up in Southern Utah to protest.
45 Days Ep. 3: Sex Ed. & Federal Lands
Feb 11, 2017 1520
This week, KUER reporters Nicole Nixon, Lee Hale, and Judy Fahys join news director Terry Gildea to talk about sex education in Utah, and the fight over federal control of public lands in Utah. Last week Governor Gary Herbert signed a non-binding resolution that asks President Trump to rescind the Bears Ears National Monument. Also, the Utah Senate passed a resolution asking Congress to shrink the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.
45 Days Ep. 2: Medical Marijuana & Bears Ears
Feb 4, 2017 1659
It’s the second week of “45 Days,” the KUER podcast bringing you the latest news on the bills and politics coming out of the 2017 general session of the Utah Legislature. This time, KUER reporters Erik Neumann, Judy Fahys, and Julia Ritchey sit down with news director Terry Gildea to talk about medical marijuana, resolutions surrounding Bears Ears, and more.
45 Days: Episode 1
Jan 28, 2017 1383
The 2017 general session of the Utah Legislature is underway, and KUER reporters are breaking down the bills, and the politics behind them, in our new podcast “45 Days.” On our first episode, KUER news director Terry Gildea is joined by reporters Whittney Evans and Julia Ritchey. They talk about the Women’s March, the Governor’s speech to the Utah Legislature, the future of the so-called Zion curtain, and more.