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Week 6: Work Requirements, Power Struggles & Rappin' Reps


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. 

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Bills & Issues Mentioned in this Episode:

Better Know These Lawmakers Thanks to This Embarrassing Viral Video 

In a widely mocked video, the Utah House of Representatives try to explain how a bill becomes a law in Utah using the theme song from "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." It's pretty bad. Late-night comedian Stephen Colbert called it "Schoolhouse Sucks." We'll let you decide for yourself.  

Our representatives have taken the time to explain how a law is made...with a surprise twist. Give it a listen and share so all your friends can know how laws are made! #utpol @GHughes51 @BradWilsonGOP @kimfcoleman @NormThurston @mikemckellutah @RepJimDunnigan @JohnKnotwellUT — Utah House of Reps (@UtahReps) February 28, 2018

Mark Your Calendars!

We're doing a live event in Cedar City on Wednesday, March 21, at 5:30 p.m. We'll be partnering with the Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics and Public Service at Southern Utah University for a panel with southern Utah lawmakers on how the session went. There will be trivia and a Q & A. The event is free and will be taped for an episode of our podcast. Come see us! Learn more here.

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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