Local legislators want to continue town hall meetings through the summer

FILE PHOTO - The Utah State Capitol is viewed Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, in Salt Lake City. Utah lawmakers kick off their 45-day legislative session Monday with an endless stream of budget meetings and little bit of pomp and circumstance before diving deep into hundreds of bills. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

While the Utah legislature is in session each year local lawmakers have been holding town hall meetings with the public on Saturday mornings to talk about some of the issues legislators are dealing with.

Republican State Senator Lyle Hillyard says the meetings have been very successful and he would like to see them expanded, perhaps to a meeting once a month on a weeknight.

On KVNU’s For the People program Friday, Hillyard said what he has in mind would be discussions of issues that are in the forefront such as medical marijuana and the Justice Reform Act.

“It’s not going to be a program that we just regurgitate the information,” said Hillyard. “It’s going to be with diverse views so people can listen and decide where they feel and ask questions.

“We’ve talked about doing that and I hope to get that well underway so that during the summer, through election time, we won’t be sitting back. We’ll be trying to get people’s input and educate people about issues at the legislature.”

Hillyard said he is hoping that will happen and that the public will participate as they have at the Saturday morning sessions.

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