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Week 4: Air Quality, A Changing Climate & Rep. Eliason


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. 

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Better Know A Lawmaker: Rep. Steve Eliason (R-Sandy)

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Rep. Steve Eliason

Rep. Steve Eliason has served in the Utah House since 2011. He sits on the House Health and Human Services and Revenue and Taxation committees. This session, he's championing a number of bills to address the problem of youth suicide in the state, which has skyrocketed over the last five years. That includes a bill that would ensure the state's crisis lines are staffed 24/7. He tells us why this is such a resonant issue for him. You can reach the state crisis line at 801-587-3000.

ICYMI, we dropped a bonus episode earlier this week on the LDS Church's influence on state politics. Be sure to give it a listen when you have a chance. 

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.
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.
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