Author: Cami Mondeaux & Marina McTee

From The Hill, Week 4: Lawmakers push for increased health care facilities, resources

The Utah state legislature closed out its fourth week, officially surpassing the halfway mark of the 45-day session. Lawmakers have officially passed 88 bills, with only one having been signed by Gov. Gary Herbert.  Mental health has been a popular subject within the session, with 14 bills surrounding changes to combat the effects. Some lawmakers are pushing for more access to resources throu...

From The Hill, Week 4: Lawmakers push for environmental regulations while President Trump plans to reduce national monuments

It’s been a busy week politics-wise in Salt Lake City, with the state legislative session kicking off its fourth week and presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg hosting a town hall meeting Feb. 17.  The town hall attracted over 4,500 Utahns to the Union Event Center to hear him speak — Buttigieg was also given a surprise endorsement from Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall.  Menden...

From The Hill, Week 3: Lawmakers address abortion rights, access to birth control

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill closed out the third week of the 45-day legislative session, passing a total of 57 bills so far. Representatives have addressed topics ranging from education to abortion rights, trying to get as many of their bill proposals in as possible.  Many abortion bills directly address the access to abortion facilities and the laws surrounding that, while others focus mainly ...

From The Hill, Week 2: Utahns testify for $30 cap on insulin co-pay

The Utah Senate and House of Representatives closed out its second week of its 45-day legislative session. So far, there have been 30 bills that have passed the floor debates and are waiting to be signed by Gov. Gary Herbert.  One of the bills gaining the most attention is HB207: a bill that would cap co-pays for insulin at $30 for a 30-day supply. Several Utahns from across the state gathere...

From The Hill, Week 2: Lawmakers work to curb vaping, e-cigarette usage

The 2020 Utah legislative session got off to a slow start Monday, with a major winter storm delaying the morning committee hearings and House and Senate floor times.  It was another busy week on Capitol Hill, with committees hearing more bills and passing some on to the House and Senate floors. One topic of interest in this legislative session is in response to the vaping epidemic that hit nationa...

From the Hill, Week One: Keeping an eye on local politics

The Utah legislature kicked off its yearly legislative session Monday, with hundreds of proposed bills lined up to be presented. Many representatives wanted to increasingly focus on the vaping epidemic, LGBTQ+ rights and more.  In this six-week series, The Forum’s editor-in-chief, Cami Mondeaux, and managing editor, Marina McTee, will dive into the highlights from each week. In 13 episodes, M...