Week 0: Leg Preview, Oddball Bills & Rep. Spendlove
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.
Bills & Issues Mentioned in this Episode:
- Gov. Gary Herbert has a new budget proposal with a lot of new money for education.
- Congress did it and now the state wants to as well. We're talking, of course, about tax reform.
- The national discussion around sexual harassment is likely to extend to the state legislature and the end of 3.2 beer is nigh.
- Dino Dilemma: Nicole talks about a proposed bill that would change the state fossil from the Allosaurus to Utahraptor, but some paleontologists are pushing back.
- Philo or Martha? Julia details a proposal by Sen. Todd Weiler to swap out the statue of TV inventor Philo Farnsworth for the first female state senator in U.S. history, Martha Hughes Cannon, at the U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall.
Better Know A Lawmaker: Rep. Robert Spendlove (R-Sandy)
Since 2014, Robert Spendlove has represented District 49 in the Utah House. That includes Sandy and parts of Cottonwood Heights. He serves on the Health, Transportation and Public Education Appropriation Committee.
As an economist for Zion's Bank, he knows a lot about fiscal policy and taxes. We talk with Spendlove about Sandy's growth, state tax reform and, his current legislative passion: promoting the growth of the autonomous vehicle industry.
Have a question for your lawmaker that you want Julia & Nicole to investigate? Submit it here!
COME TO OUR 45 DAYS LAUNCH PARTY!
RSVP to hang out with KUER's Capitol Bureau Team for our 45 Days launch party at Silicon Slopes. We'll have free merch, drinks and some light snacks. It's a free event, but space is limited.
WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Silicon Slopes (2600 Executive Pkwy, Lehi, UT 84043)
MORE INFO/RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kuers-45-days-podcast-launch-party-registration-41713649649?aff=es2