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Week 1: Medicaid Fight, Opening Gavel and Two Freshmen (Women!) Lawmakers

Image of Gary Herbert.
Renee Bright / KUER

The first week of the legislative session always has a very back-to-school feel, with lawmakers sworn in, speeches from new leaders and interns wandering around lost. In this week’s episode, the governor’s ambitious tax cut, more on the fallout over lawmakers’ attempts to repeal and replace Prop 3, and a conversation with new female lawmakers from opposing parties.

Bills & Issues Mentioned in this Episode:

  • Senate Republicans are pushing through a controversial bill that would scale back portions of the Medicaid expansion initiative approved by voters in November. It’s moving fast and could be in the House by next week.
  • House Speaker Brad Wilson opened the session on Monday by calling for a $225 million sales tax cut — the largest in state history. Gov. Gary Herbert quickly jumped on board.
  • The House passed a bill that would allow candidates to use campaign funds for child care while on the campaign trail.
  • A Senate committee gave unanimous approval to a bill that would provide $24 million in incentives for cities to build affordable housing.
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