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The 2018 Utah Legislative Session in Review

Julia Ritchey/KUER

Members of the Utah Legislature had a lot of work to do in the 45 days of the 2018 session. Friday, we're reviewing what they said they'd do, what they accomplished, what they left undone, and what that means for Utahns.

RadioWest divider.

Friday, we’re recapping the action on Capitol Hill during the 2018 Utah Legislative Session. With more bills filed than ever before, legislators had a lot of work to do in 45 days. They debated school funding, the death penalty, medical marijuana, and revamping UTA. Thanks to the legislature, a statue of Martha Hughes Canon will grace the Capitol, toll roads are coming to Utah, and we have a new state dinosaur. Speaker Greg Hughes and Senator Jim Dabakis will join us, and we hope you will, too.


  • Greg Hughes is the Republican representative of Draper in District 51, and the Speaker of the Utah House of Representatives.
  • Senator Jim Dabakis is a Democrat in the Utah State Senate representing the 2nd district.
  • Nicole Nixon is a reporter for KUER News.
  • Robert Gehrke is a columnist at the Salt Lake Tribune.
  • Holly Richardson is an author, activist, and a columnist for the Salt Lake Tribune. She's also a former Republican member of Utah House of Representatives.
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.