Utah Legislature Archive

Both Sides of the Aisle – Episode 70 (3/5/15)

From the Speakers office on Capitol Hill Natalie, Jim, and Chris Bleak (filling in for Greg Hughes), discuss the LGBT nondiscrimination agreement

The Bottom Line: Shaking Up the Insurance Marketplace

The Bottom Line (Air Date: March 3, 2015) –Last November Utah Insurance Commissioner Todd Kiser warned Parker Conrad’s San Francisco-based company Zenefits

Both Sides of the Aisle – Episode 68 (2/19/15)

This week from the Minority Party’s office at the Capitol, Chris Bleak (filling in for Greg on the Right), joins Jim and

Both Sides of the Aisle – Episode 67 (2/12/15)

From the Speaker’s office, Greg, Jim, and Natalie chew over cutting back the education budget, the GOP’s closed caucus for Healthy Utah

Both Sides of the Aisle – Episode 66 (2/5/15)

Into week 2 of the Legislative session Greg, Jim, and Natalie discuss the Utah House, Healthy Utah and the Department of Health

Both Sides of the Aisle – Episode 65 (1/29/15)

With the Legislature back in session this week the crew gather in the Speaker’s Office to talk football, the LDS Church’s support

Both Sides of the Aisle – Episode 64 (1/22/15)

This week the gang banters about coach Whittingham and football, Utah’s 20-year low tax burden, Jim Matheson turning lobbyist, and Obama’s State

Both Sides of the Aisle – Episode 63 (1/15/15)

Greg, Natalie and Jim talk about Mitt Romney in 2016, Russia, teetotallers on the alcohol commission, funding education, and Utah drops “Ag-Gag”

Both Sides of the Aisle – Episode 62 (1/8/15)

This week Sen. Todd Weiler on the right joins Jim and Natalie to squabble over Republicans taking over Congress, earmarks, Mia Love,

Utah Lawmakers Spar Over Federal Lands Jurisdiction

(KCPW News) A month after the interim session commenced, it was part two of interim committee meetings in the Utah legislature on

House Speaker Lockhart Pushes for Less Reliance on Federal Government

The 2013 legislative session kicked off Monday; and Utah lawmakers are already discussing what the next 45 day session will look like.

Lawmaker Wants to Boost Education Funding Through Liquor Sales

Liquor sales could begin funding public education, at least if one Utah lawmaker has his way. Republican Representative Jim Bird plans to

Hotel Master License Could Free Up Dozens of Liquor Licenses

A Utah lawmaker wants to free up dozens of liquor licenses using the state’s hotels. Republican Senator John Valentine is drafting a

Shumway Concerned about Funding, Education Governance in Final State of Education Address

“We cannot have the best school system in the country and be the lowest in the country in funding.” State Superintendent Larry

Politics Up Close: Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck, Gov. Herbert’s Environmental Adviser

Progressive public policy is the goal of Democratic State Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck. The Salt Lake City lawmaker has served in the legislature

Politics Up Close: Rep. Kraig Powell on Open Caucus Meetings, Treasurer Candidate Christopher Stout

Today on the show, we talked with State Rep. Kraig Powell of Heber City about his effort's to open up caucus meetings

Centerville Bans Specialty Smoke Shops

A bill passed by Utah lawmakers earlier this year puts new requirements on smoke shops statewide, limiting where they can operate within

Utah Democratic Party Files GRAMA Appeal

After a year-long effort to make the legislature’s 2011 redistricting records public, the Utah Democratic Party presented its case to the state’s

UTOPIA Audit Reveals Financial Woes

A performance audit of the Utah Telecommunication Open Infrastructure Agency, or UTOPIA was presented to state lawmakers Wednesday at the Capitol. KCPW’s

State Task Force Looks to Help Veterans

State leaders want to help simplify life for Utah veterans. Hundreds of programs are available for the thousands who have served, but

Push for Latino Candidates in Utah Finds Success

Salt Lake City is seeing a large number of Latino candidates running for seats in state legislative races. A total of

Politics Up Close: ALEC Critics & Supporters, Salt Lake County’s FCOZ Commission

Depending on which person you ask, the American Legislative Exchange Council is a useful tool for state lawmakers to learn how to

Politics Up Close: Merrill Nelson runs for Utah House, County Council Candidate Sam Granato

Constitutional lawyer Merrill Nelson is looking to make a comeback to the Utah Legislature. After serving in the early 1990s, he’s running

“Education First PAC” Calls Legislative Primaries a Victory for Public, Higher Ed

Organizers of a political action committee called Education First say last week’s primary election results in the Utah Legislature are a good

Politics Up Close: Health Reform Reaction, Congressional Candidate Jay Seegmiller

Democratic Congressional candidate Jay Seegmiller served one term in the Utah House of Representatives after defeating the House Speaker back in 2008,

CPA Group Question’s Auditor Candidate’s Credentials

With the primary election just days away, one group is questioning the credentials of a Republican candidate for State Auditor after endorsing

Education Budget Error Fixed in Special Session

A $25 million shortfall in the state’s education budget was resolved yesterday in a special session called by the governor. Democratic Senator

Utah Legislature Votes to Add More Liquor Licenses

After months of discussion, more liquor licenses are about to be served to Utah restaurants. In a special session yesterday, the state

Lawmakers Hear Proposal to Ban Distracted Walking at Rail Crossings

Utah lawmakers heard a proposal by the Utah Transit Authority yesterday to outlaw distractions for pedestrians who are crossing railroad tracks. UTA

Special Session Set for Wednesday

Utah’s hospitality industry could get some relief this week. Governor Gary Herbert has called a special session of the legislature this Wednesday