Week 0: New Plexiglass, Same Old Debates
“The more things change, the more they stay the same.” — your aunt’s throw pillow, probably.
The tired phrase is also true for the 2021 Utah legislative session, where things will certainly look different this time around (plexiglass between desks and virtual meetings). But some things just don’t change so quickly. As they have for the past several decades, Republicans hold a supermajority in both chambers of the Legislature.
To get a sense of what might happen over the next 45 days on Capitol Hill, hosts Emily Means and Sonja Hutson talked with Senate President Stuart Adams and House Minority Leader Brian King.
Adams said this is “the year of the tax cut,” and King said he hopes to see some policies get passed about the state’s COVID-19 response, budget and healthcare. Plus, both parties are thinking about police and gun reforms — although certainly not with the same agenda.
Oh, and two Laytonians finally settle the age-old dispute about how to pronounce the “T.”
- Use of Force Reporting Requirements
- Peace Officer Training Amendments
- Conceal Carry Firearms Amendments
News stories referenced:
- A Look At Gun Rights And Gun Control Bills On Deck For The Utah Legislature
- Lawmaker Proposes Bills To Address Police Reform During Utah’s 2021 Legislative Session
- Utah Democrats Pick Up One Seat in State House, Republicans Maintain Supermajority
- Gov. Spencer Cox’s First Budget Recommendation Focuses On Pandemic And Education Funding
- All Four Utah Representatives Vote Against Impeaching The President
- University Of Utah President Ruth Watkins Stepping Down, Leaving Mixed Legacy Behind
- Utah Legislative Committee Approves $1,500 Bonus For Educators In Districts With In-Person Learning