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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.

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Bills & Issues Mentioned in this Episode:

Better Know A Lawmaker: Rep. Robert Spendlove (R-Sandy)

Credit Kelsie Moore / KUER
Rep. Robert Spendlove has represented District 49 (Sandy) since 2014.

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!


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)

Julia joined KUER in 2016 after a year reporting at the NPR member station in Reno, Nev. During her stint, she covered battleground politics, school overcrowding, and any story that would take her to the crystal blue shores of Lake Tahoe. Her work earned her two regional Edward R. Murrow awards. Originally from the mountains of Western North Carolina, Julia graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2008 with a degree in journalism. She’s worked as both a print and radio reporter in several states and several countries — from the 2008 Beijing Olympics to Dakar, Senegal. Her curiosity about the American West led her to take a spontaneous, one-way road trip to the Great Basin, where she intends to continue preaching the gospel of community journalism, public radio and podcasting. In her spare time, you’ll find her hanging with her beagle Bodhi, taking pictures of her food and watching Patrick Swayze movies.
Nicole Nixon holds a Communication degree from the University of Utah. She has worked on and off in the KUER Newsroom since 2013, when she first joined KUER as an intern. Nicole is a Utah native. Besides public radio, she is also passionate about beautiful landscapes and breakfast burritos.
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