Sunday, February 9 2014, 11:31 PM MST
Web Exclusive: Leading Town Hall Meetings
SHAUNA LAKE: I think one of the things you said you want to listen to people. You do all these town hall meetings. Is that a fair way to describe them?
BECKY LOCKHART: Yeah.
SHAUNA LAKE: Where do you go and you really do meet with all types of groups.
BECKY LOCKHART: Yeah its been a lot of fun.
SHAUNA LAKE: Yeah. Whats your role in that?
BECKY LOCKHART: Well one of the things, being Speaker of the House, obviously my most important job is to represent my district. Thats who I represent. Thats what Im elected to do. But as Speaker of the House I get to sit down with the Governor and with the president of the Senate and negotiate the budget and negotiate the position of the house and big state policies if you will. Which is a lot of fun by the way, but other than that I find it important that I know kind of where the state is right? What the people are thinking in all of the various districts. So Ive been out with my colleagues. Having these town meetings in their districts and listening with them, to their constituents about whats going on in their areas, and there are some pervasive themes across the state.
SHAUNA LAKE: Like?
BECKY LOCKHART: Education - always there are concerns about education and what were doing there. Federal Lands I was just in Southern Utah last week, and they are so concerned about the influence and the power of the federal government in their areas of the state, and what that means for their communities for economic development for all of that. Common core thats something that comes up everywhere I go. Its an education issue. So yeah, its been very interesting getting to hear all of that, and see what my colleagues deal with on a regular basis with their constituents, but also how I can reflect that when I have the responsibility of looking at overall state policy.
-Written and Produced by Leslie Tillotson
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