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On your mark, get set, #utpol. 45 Days takes you behind the scenes of the Utah Legislature's fast and furious annual session. Each week, KUER reporters highlight critical bills and how they could affect you. Along the way, we'll introduce the movers and shakers who convene every winter on Capitol Hill.

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On your mark, get set, #utpol. 45 Days takes you behind the scenes of the Utah Legislature's fast and furious annual session. Each week, KUER reporters highlight critical bills and how they could affect you. Along the way, we'll introduce the movers and shakers who convene every winter on Capitol Hill.

    45 Days Live: Conversations With The Mayoral Candidates

    45 Days Live: Conversations With The Mayoral Candidates

    We know a couple things already about who the capital city’s next mayor will be. She’ll be a Democrat, and she’ll be a woman. Over the next four years, she’ll also have the chance to lead the city on big issues like air quality, homelessness and the inland port.

    • 52 min
    Week 7: Sine Die, Gov. Herbert & Session Superlatives

    Week 7: Sine Die, Gov. Herbert & Session Superlatives

    The 63rd session of the Utah Legislature concluded last night — a little early in fact — drawing to a close about an hour before midnight. Lawmakers outdid themselves this year, passing a record 573 bills. Not to mention balancing a record-setting budget of $19 billion, with bigger investments in air quality, school counselors and retirement benefits for public safety workers. Republican leaders set out with an ambitious agenda to tackle tax reform, which fizzled out. But they did a bunch of

    • 38 min
    Week 6: Tax Reform Is Shelved, Affordable Housing & The Legislature’s ‘Red Scare’

    Week 6: Tax Reform Is Shelved, Affordable Housing & The Legislature’s ‘Red Scare’

    This week three major bills — tax reform, conversion therapy, and 4.8 percent beer — were killed in some form or another. We talk with Katie McKellar from the Deseret News about lawmakers’ efforts to address homelessness and affordable housing, and we’ve noticed a new buzzword popping up in Utah politics recently. Bills & Issues Mentioned in this Episode: Tax reform is dead —for now. After significant changes to a bill that aimed to ban conversion therapy for minors, sponsor Rep. Craig Hall

    • 29 min
    Week 5: Inland Port, Ballot Busters, Tax Reform & Yielding To Traffic Laws

    Week 5: Inland Port, Ballot Busters, Tax Reform & Yielding To Traffic Laws

    We know we’re nearing the end of the session when two major bills with big implications drop as the clock winds down. One is the widely anticipated tax reform package and the other bill proposes some significant changes to the inland port created just last year. We sit down with Rep. Robert Spendlove to dive into the new tax bill and find out what things Utahns might soon have to start paying taxes on. Plus, we examine the mixed signals lawmakers are sending about traffic safety.

    • 25 min
    Week 4: Halfway Update, Sodas With The Beer Lobby & State Flag Or S.O.B.?

    Week 4: Halfway Update, Sodas With The Beer Lobby & State Flag Or S.O.B.?

    We’re more than halfway through the legislative session and bills are chuggin’ along. In this week’s episode, we update you on the status of various bills dealing with social issues including hate crimes, abortion, guns and LGBTQ protections. We grab (nonalcoholic) drinks with the beer lobby to talk about their push for heavier brews in grocery stores. And we ask: Why do people care about flags so much?

    • 21 min
    Week 3: Gun Laws And Activism A Year After Parkland & Rep. Ray, Circus Performer

    Week 3: Gun Laws And Activism A Year After Parkland & Rep. Ray, Circus Performer

    A year after a high school shooting in Parkland, Fla., Utah lawmakers from both parties are pushing a slate of school safety and gun reform measures this session. But the Republican supermajority hasn’t been too eager to debate many of these proposals, including a controversial “red flag” law. This week, we discuss the status of gun bills this year and talk to a local March for Our Lives activist about what’s changed — and what hasn’t — since the Parkland massacre. To inject some levity, we also

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

TexanoRS ,

No better way to follow the Utah Legislature!

I absolutely love listening to 45 days! Not only to I get the inside scoop about what’s going on in the Utah legislature, but Julia and Nicole are just a delight to listen to. Keep up the great work!

Theyaskedforreviews ,

Short, ok

A good effort to cover a growing gargantuan, but unfortunately too little. I wish they would spend less time on interviews and more time on analysis of the policy implications of proposed/passed legislation.

Jkis ,

Short, simple, SPOT ON

This is a great podcast for a weekly update helping me to stay current during the legislative session. They do a great job of touching on the big issues, briefly address some of the more peripheral issues and do so in 19 to 20 minutes allowing me to get a quick complete update. Worth the listen.

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