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Grassroots Lawmaking and Utah’s Legislature

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Utahns are trying to get six initiatives onto the 2018 ballot. Monday, we’re talking about these measures and the tension they inject into the process of making Utah’s laws.

RadioWest divider.

This year, Utahns are circulatingsix petitions to bypass the Legislature and enact laws on issues like redistricting, medical marijuana, and education funding. BYU scholar David Magleby says this is remarkable because initiatives aren’t really part of our political culture. It’s hard to get them on the ballot, and lawmakers often find ways to stymie them. Monday, we’re talking about these ballot measures and the tension they inject into the process of making Utah’s laws.


Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
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