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.
Bills and Issues Mentioned in this Episode:
- Rep. Brad Daw has two bills aimed at legalizing medical marijuana for terminally ill patients.
- Rep. Justin Fawson is trying to give political parties a way out of the S.B. 54 compromise with a bill that would let them choose to be "single-path" or "dual-path" parties.
- Connor Boyack started the free-market think tank Libertas Institute six years ago. He now spends every session on the hill lobbying. He also creates useful web tools like this Chrome extension that color highlights changes to bills.
- Must Love Dogs: A new bill to make killing a police K9 a second-degree felony found early support.
- Democrats are also pushing bills to broaden the definition of first responder in death penalty cases and a bill that makes failing to assist in an emergency a class B misdemeanor.
Better Know a Lawmaker: Sen. Karen Mayne (D-West Valley)
Sen. Karen Mayne has represented District 5 since 2008. She serves on the Executive Appropriations Committee and the Senate's Business and Labor, Ethics, and Economic Development and Workforce Services committees. She's also the Senate Minority Whip.
She's a Democrat, but Mayne gets a lot of legislation passed. We talk about how she first became a state senator following the death of her husband, why transportation matters on the west side of the Salt Lake Valley and her true legislative passion: helping working Utahns and their families.
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