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45 Days Season 3: Legislative Preview With Speaker Brad Wilson


Welcome back to another session of the Utah Legislature … and another season of 45 Days!

Lawmakers have already filed hundreds of bills to consider during the next few weeks of legislative action, including a slew of controversial proposals dealing with abortion and LGBT issues.

There’s also the question of what lawmakers will do to three voter-approved ballot measures over the next few weeks. Prop 2, which expanded access to medical cannabis, was already overhauled in a special session last month. Meanwhile, some lawmakers have plans to scale back Medicaid expansion.

Incoming House Speaker Brad Wilson says the ballot initiative process is “a really important part” of democracy and says the legislature will aim to “provide coverage for everyone” under Prop 3’s Medicaid expansion.

And lastly, rumors are already flying about who will run for governor in 2020. We listen in on how two Democratic voters in Utah County talk about the race.

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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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