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2020 Legislative Session Wrap-Up

Austen Diamond

Lawmakers wrapped the 2020 Utah legislative session at the stroke of midnight on Thursday. Friday morning, we're looking back at the past 45 days to discuss what did – and didn’t – happen on Capitol Hill this year.

Overall, 2020 was a slim session in terms of high profile, controversial bills. Yes, there was the surprising move todecriminalize polygamy, but there were some other big issues, like education funding, abortion and affordable housing. Guest host and RadioWest producer Benjamin Bombard and our panel of journalists will sift through the issues and ask what they mean for Utahns.


  • Sonja Hutson, politics and government reporter at KUER
  • Robert Gehrke, columnist for the Salt Lake Tribune
  • Benjamin Wood, government reporter for the Salt Lake Tribune
A Salt Lake native, Benjamin Bombard served numerous internships in the KUER newsroom before becoming a producer of RadioWest. He aspired to the position for years, and in his sometimes wayward pursuit of it he has worked as a print and radio journalist in Utah, Wyoming, and California, a horse wrangler, golf course “bag rat,” dishwasher, janitor, bookseller, children’s museum guide, barista, linecook, and a male nanny or “manny.” He has dished up gelato to Mafiosos in Rhode Island, and worked as a volunteer for a health NGO in Mali, West Africa, where he politely declined an offer to act as a blood-diamond mule. He values holistic personal fitness and good, honest food. Most of his free time is spent writing, reading, preparing for hunting season, hunting when it's hunting season, and otherwise pursuing an overabundance of diverse interests and passions.