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

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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 pic.twitter.com/KqaUSqOKtC — 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.

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