On Thursday’s Niedertalk @ KHQN 1480am, the Sutherland Institute‘s Stan Rasmussen joined the Senate President in studio. Topics: Blood alcohol levels, federal lands development, Charity Care, legislator accountability, and the new Utah Citizen Network.
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The deal with Blood Alcohol Content – .08 or .05?
Jim Fell from the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation joined on the phone to talk about research he shared with a couple of different interim committees during the last interim session about why lowering the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) level from .08 to .05 is good public policy.
Watch out for this topic in media and next session – it’s sure to come up. Listen to this segment so you can hear a little bit about research on BAC and how laws could change in Utah.
Carl Graham, the Sutherland Institute’s new Director of the Center for Self-Government in the West, joined us via Skype. He talked about the recent energy study done by the University of Wyoming detailing the billions of dollars in potential development of federal lands in Utah and the West—if the feds will allow it.
Charity Care and Healthcare Reform
Stan (in-studio) talked to President Niederhauser about Sutherland’s efforts over the last many years relating to charity care and his more recent involvement as co-chair, with Pamela Atkinson, of the Charity Care Subgroup which has accountability to the legislature’s Health Reform Task Force and, on the executive side, to the Medicaid Options Community Work Group.
Thought provoking? Yes. Inspiring topic? Absolutely. If you don’t know much about Charity Care yet, give this 13 minute segment a listen.
What’s your commitment, Senator?
Stan poses a few questions to President Niederhauser (his state senator):
What is the most effective way for citizens to contact you?
What is your commitment to the citizens of your district, and Utah?
Also, the institute’s Communications Director Dave Buer joins on the line to talk about the new Utah Citizen Network, a cool beta site from the Sutherland Institute that is aimed at educating citizens on principles, issues, and how to be influential in Utah. It’s “Citizenship, Simplified”. Check it out.
*Awesome photo from The Marke World.